September 22, 2009

Dear Members of the UW Bothell Community,

As a follow up to President Emmert’s memo concerning novel H1N1 influenza virus preparations, please let me echo the University’s commitment to communication during this time.

The novel H1N1 influenza virus is likely to impact members of our campus community. From an administrative point of view, we will be doing everything we can to keep our institution operating as usual. We have named a UW Bothell Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD), chaired by Lynda West, which is connected to the UW ACCD. Together, these committees are working tirelessly to prepare our campus for a potential outbreak.

As a first step, the committee has launched a web site to share information with the community: Please visit the site to: view updates on H1N1, learn about developments at the University, and find important links and information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the King County Public Health Department. Additional resources will be posted as they become available.

It is important for all to remember that prevention is key to fighting the novel H1N1 influenza virus and to keeping our campus community healthy. It is reported that the virus can live on surfaces for up to eight hours, so remember to frequently wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you are feeling ill. To quote President Emmert, “We are all vulnerable to catching this virus, and we are all in this together.”

The UW Bothell ACCD and your campus administration are developing resources for faculty and staff on how to handle personnel and student absenteeism due to the novel H1N1 influenza virus and those documents will be forthcoming.

As we move into the academic year, please stay healthy and safe. May we all exercise a little extra patience and goodwill during this time.

Kind regards,

Kenyon S. Chan

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