Campus Messages

Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Message to Faculty and Staff and Students

BraveNation:

I hope you had a restful and happy Labor Day. I wanted to take a moment to provide a few updates and reminders after the long weekend.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, we have 42 active COVID-19 cases, a decrease from 57 on Friday, and we’re using only 16% of our quarantine and isolation capacity on campus. These numbers are a positive trend for our campus, and I thank each of you for continuing to practice our safety standards over the weekend so we can maintain this great progress. When followed, the protocols we have in place are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and give us our best chance to complete this semester as planned. 

For the last several weeks, we have as a university cancelled all in-person sanctioned activities and events and encouraged them to be hosted virtually. Likewise, we’ve encouraged others to do the same with their events. We will continue to monitor and restrict all gatherings that are not critical to our academic purpose and mission. In this, we ask for your full cooperation to put the health and safety of your peers and continuing your education as the top priority. As we communicated last week, while the Governor has increased limits on mass gatherings, measures in place at UNCP will not adjust for the time being. 

We are also quickly approaching flu season, and I strongly encourage each of you to get your flu vaccination this year. While many of the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may also prevent the flu, getting a vaccination is more important than ever before to keep each other healthy. Student Health Services will hold events for flu vaccinations in October, but you can get yours starting before then using Vaccine Finder or contacting your primary care provider. 

Faculty and Staff can find information about flu shots from the State Health Plan at https://www.shpnc.org/employee-benefits/flu-shot-information.

We’re now a third of the way through Fall 2020 with just over two months remaining. As I’ve expressed many times, your actions are the deciding factor in the completion of our semester on campus. Please continue to wear your mask, social distance, wash your hands and avoid large gatherings. Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen many of you following our safety standards. I sincerely appreciate your efforts to keep our campus safe and healthy so you can have the educational experience for which you chose UNCP.

Go Braves!

Sincerely,

Robin Gary Cummings, MD

Chancellor