COVID-19 Community Update – March 5, 2020
Dear Northwest University community member,
We are set to begin Spring Break after tomorrow, so we will continue to follow our pattern of as-normal-as-possible operations through tomorrow. During the Break, we will carry out a thorough disinfection of the campus to bolster the efforts made to this point.
If you are leaving for Spring Break, we would recommend that you maintain a prudential distance (six feet) away from people over the age of 60, people who are pregnant, people who suffer chronic disease, or people who are immunocompromised. Healthy young people are at very little risk from COVID-19, but people in higher-risk categories are much more vulnerable. Since asymptomatic people may carry the virus, none of us knows for sure that we are safe to be in close contact with people at higher risk. Love expressed through a smile and sweet words counts just as much as a hug or a kiss, so be sure to tell people how you feel about them.
Enjoy Spring Break, and we'll be in touch late next week to bring you up to date on our plans for helping everyone succeed this semester. In the meantime, I'll be praying along these lines:
"God and Father of us all, I pray that you would bless all of the families of our Northwest University Community. Bless us with good health and freedom from disease. Instead of fear, may we be filled with gratitude. Instead of suspicion, let us overflow with faith. Instead of recklessness, help us act with sober caution and thoughtfulness. Bless us with sweet communication and love. Where there are conflicts, bring reconciliation. Comfort those in distress, heal those who are sick, restore those who are tired. We who are heavy laden come to you that you might give us your rest. We take your yoke upon us and draw close to you. And so we will find rest for our souls. Amen."
Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D.
President, Northwest University