Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a newly diagnosed respiratory illness. The college has been closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State and the actions of governments worldwide to shape the college's response to the disease's spread.
COVID-19 Case in the Smith Community
On March 29, the college issued a notification that a student on-campus has been tested for COVID-19. Previously, the college shared important guidance on how to protect yourself and those around you.
Letters to M.S.W. Students:
- 3.24.2020: Early Ending of Field FAQ & Resources for Students
- 3.18.2020: Update Regarding Alternate Modes of Instruction
- 3.16.2020: Update regarding Smith SSW Early Ending of Field
- 3.9.2020: Update for M.S.W. Field Students
Letters to Ph.D. Students:
- 3.20.2020: Update for Ph.D. Post Residents
- 3.20.2020: Update for Ph.D. Internship Students
- 3.18.2020: Update for Ph.D. Students Regarding Alternate Modes of Instruction
- 3.10.2020: Update for Ph.D. Students
Letters to Faculty, Adjuncts, FFAs, Field/Clinical Supervisors:
- 3.17.2020: Update for Faculty Regarding Alternate Modes of Instruction
- 3.16.2020: Update for M.S.W. Field Supervisors, Training Directors and Faculty Field Advisers Smith SSW Early Ending of Field
- 3.10.2020: Update for Ph.D. Agency Administrative Supervisors, Clinical Supervisors/Consultants, Faculty Field Advisers, Dissertation Chairs, and Oral Exam Committee Member
- 3.9.2020: Update to M.S.W. FFAs, Supervisors and Field Seminar Instructors
Letters to Alumni:
Letters to the Community:
Prevention Information from the CDC
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings(at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.