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UPDATED: August 7, 2020

At this time the College remains open on a very limited basis for essential staff only, per PA Governor Tom Wolf's order that was announced on March 19.  Classes are scheduled to begin, on campus, on August 24, 2020.  Shuttle service has been suspended until further notice. 

Advising and registration for the fall semester will continue online.

Beginning July 13, Moravian College will be accepting visitors by appointment only for tours and interviews. There is a limit of two guests (parents/guardians only) per student on tours. Contact admission@moravian.edu or 610-861-1320 to make plans for your campus visit.

In addition, please note the following deadline and event announcements:

  • The application deadline has been extended to August 1 for new applicants
  • The deposit deadline for incoming students has been extended to August 1 
  • Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held on October 24, 2020 (Homecoming weekend)

The purpose of this page is to keep the Moravian community informed about the public health situation relating to the COVID-19 ("Coronavirus"). Check this page for ongoing updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

As of this date and time, we have two confirmed positive results and one presumed positive result from our college community (someone who remains untested, but was categorized as a presumed positive by medical professionals.) The college's senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health Center and the Bethlehem Health Bureau are continuing to monitor this situation.

*Note: As a reminder, The World Health Organization changed the name of the virus to COVID-19 on Feb. 11.

 

Helping Hounds Fund & Seeds of Hope Fund

Many alumni, parents, and community members have asked how they can help Moravian students that may be impacted now, and in the future, by the current COVID-19 crisis. Please see links to the Moravian College Helping Hounds Fund and the Moravian Seminary's Seeds of Hope Fund if you'd like to make a gift. Thank you. #MoCoTimeOfCaring


COVID-19 Data Visualizations

A local look at the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas

Moravian College alumnus and MSPA adjunct faculty member, Kevin Brown has created an interactive COVID-19 dashboard, visible only to those that have the direct link; the data source, Johns Hopkins University, is set to auto-refresh daily. Congratulations and many thanks to our outstanding alum, Kevin!


Messages to Campus

Below are messages sent by the College on COVID-19:


Symptoms, Precautions & Resources

Symptoms

Per the CDC: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who thinks they have been exposed to the virus via travel or contact with others should call and talk with a medical professional as soon as possible. Call the Health Center at (610) 861-1567.

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

Other common respiratory infections

Moravian Resources

Health Center

  • (610) 861-1567
  • Hours:
    • Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 
    • Afternoon visits by appointment from 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Emergency and after-hours information: moravian.edu/healthcenter/emergency
  • Health Center staff can assess your particular history and symptoms and make recommendations.
  • The Health Center has free flu shots available for students. Call or visit the website to schedule an appointment.

Counseling Center

  • (610) 861-1510
  • Staff in the Counseling Center are aware that for some students, fear and anxiety about becoming sick can disrupt sleep, studying, and finding pleasure in being with friends. They also know that sharing the thoughts and feelings associated with those concerns, with a person willing to listen, can often be quite helpful in getting back to normal routines. Counselors are available and welcome and invite students to call the center to schedule an appointment to help address their concerns, anxiety and coping. 
  • Below are some tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage anxiety, and maintain the commitment to Moravian values of equity and respect.
    • Limit worry and distress by reducing the amount of time you spend on social media or news sites that are upsetting. Although you'll want to stay informed—especially if you have loved ones in affected areas—remember to take a break from absorbing the news.
    • Keep connected and keep your daily routine. Being among friends or family can help maintain a sense of normalcy and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
    • Self-awareness and situational awareness are important to not stigmatize others in our community. Please avoid making assumptions about students, faculty and staff from affected areas. Reach out to friends and colleagues who may be worried about family and friends at home while also dealing with normal stressors.

Prevention Strategies

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses that cause respiratory infections can live on your hands, and regular hand washing can help protect you from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses that cause respiratory infections can enter your body this way and make you sick.
  • Stay away from people who are sick. Sick people can spread viruses that cause these infections through close contact with others.
  • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
  • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as keyboards and doorknobs.

Official COVID-19 Information Sources


Travel Information


News Coverage