March 14 Moody Community COVID-19 Update
Dear Moody Community,
Moody Bible Institute’s COVID-19 Task Force was made aware last evening (March 13) that a staff member who is also a commuter student and lives off campus began presenting symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus around March 10, and is now in self-quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the CDC and their physician.
This staff member has not been on campus since March 4, nor been in the presence of a known case, has not visited a foreign country, and has no underlying health issues. The staff member has been in contact with their physician and the appropriate health officials, and has not been diagnosed with COVID-19, but their status may not be confirmed since they are not considered part of the at-risk population. The staff member will therefore remain home for the duration of the 14-day quarantine.
We appreciate the care, communication, and wisdom demonstrated by this member of our Moody community. Given that this type of “news” is to be expected for any large community of people such as Moody, we appreciate everyone’s early communication if illness is suspected. If you present any symptoms consistent with what the CDC has shared, please do not come to campus and ensure that you follow the CDC’s recommendations. In addition, we ask that you contact your supervisor at Moody so they can work with the COVID-19 Task Force on next steps.
Our Facilities team continues to work hard to clean, disinfect, and sanitize our campus buildings. As a reminder, please continue to practice good personal hygiene.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and then wash your hands at the earliest convenience
- Wipe down phone, keyboard, and other frequently touched surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick. Supervisors have a responsibility to send employees home who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Staff: In our ongoing effort to help ensure the health and safety of our Moody team members during this outbreak through the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing, please stay tuned for an email later today about adjustments to the work-remote policy. A list of helpful FAQs is also being developed, which will be available as soon as possible.
Students: Please continue to reference information shared with you by email from Student Development on March 13, along with the “Student Development and Housing Information” link on Moody’s COVID-19 web page.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and prayers as Moody monitors this ever-evolving and complex situation and prayerfully makes and communicates decisions. As we weather this storm together, let us continue to remember Jesus’ words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
Brian Stoffer (Chief of Public Safety) and Sam Choy (Chief Marketing Officer)
Co-Chairs, COVID-19 Task Force