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Dear Faculty and Staff:

I wanted to provide you an update on what we are doing regarding the coronavirus and our CSU community. First, please know that nothing is more important to us than the health and welfare of our CSU family. Second, the university is open at this time. If that should change for any reason – we will keep you and our community informed immediately.

It was announced today that there are three cases of coronavirus in Cuyahoga County. As of now, we have no known cases of the virus on campus or anyone related to the university. We will inform you of any updates that impact CSU.

We have been providing updates to the campus since January 28th. We are following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in all our planning and response. We also are in close contact with local and state health and governmental authorities.

We have formed a coronavirus task force to lead the response and planning related to the virus and CSU. President Sands has appointed Dr. Forrest Faison, Chief of Health Strategy, to lead the group. Dr. Faison was formerly the Surgeon General of the United States Navy. He has extensive experience in preparing for and dealing with pandemic situations.

It is our intention to get accurate and verifiable information to you as quickly and concisely as possible, using all possible communication venues. We are committed to full transparency with our CSU family as this evolves so you have the information you need. We take the responsibility of keeping our CSU family safe extremely seriously and will continue to keep you informed. There is a great deal of good information about coronavirus, the current situation, and recommendations to keep yourself healthy:

If you still have questions, please email them to coronavirusquestions@csuohio.edu and we will work to get answers for you. I want to thank you for your dedication, commitment and support as we go through this challenging time.


Jianping Zhu

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cleveland State University

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