on the latest recommendations by health officials to prevent the spread of
COVID-19 and to protect all involved, the University has determined the
following actions to be necessary, effective immediately:
for University updates on this website, or through emails or social media. For
current and reliable information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
The last few weeks have been extremely challenging for the
Shaw University community. Even so, the desire among our alumni to help in any
way they can continues to inspire us. Within hours of the announcement of the
University’s response to COVID-19, we heard from many alumni who told
us, "Just let us know what we can do." This is the embodiment of the Shaw U
spirit of caring and concern that makes the University so special.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Read more about coronavirus here.
Currently, all testing for COVID-19 is performed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Testing is done only under specific circumstances. Only those who meet all of the following criteria should request testing:
1) Recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19, 2) experiencing fever, and 3) experiencing respiratory symptoms. Individuals who meet all three criteria should contact their doctor
or local health department. A clinician and public health officials will decide if a COVID-19 test is appropriate. Other health groups such as hospitals and clinics will have the capability in the coming days and weeks to run their
own tests, but again only for patients who meet criteria.
Yes, we were
notified on March 23 that a graduate student in the Shaw University School of Divinity tested
positive for the novel corona virus (COVID-19) and is now in home quarantine.
The individual was last on campus on March 9, 2020 to attend a musical
performance by the Virginia Commonwealth University Black Awakening Choir that
was held in the foyer of the Willie E. Gary Student Center. We are asking
anyone who attended this event and who is experiencing any symptoms to please
contact their primary care physician and follow their direction. Shaw
University is undertaking a complete sanitation of the Willie E. Gary Student
Center as recommended by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Currently, if you are healthy there is no additional benefit to wearing a mask yourself. If you are sick with fever and cough, you can wear a surgical mask to prevent transmission to other people.
At the present time, the CDC has determined that people with COVID-19 are most contagious when they first become symptomatic. Therefore, public health officials are working to identify who came in close contact with a patient. Currently,
“close contact” is defined as people who were within six feet of the symptomatic patient for 10 minutes.
As these contacts continue to be identified, the Wake County Health Department can assess their risk of exposure and implement the appropriate public health recommendations.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has information listed on their website about
how individuals, businesses and others can prepare.
Shaw University is taking a number of precautions including the following enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices.
In addition, Shaw community members are advised to follow CDC guidelines for illness prevention:
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.