COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has evolved rapidly,  Bryn Athyn College has continued our monitoring of the situation, as the health and safety of our community members is always our priority.

The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11.  This is a serious and highly contagious illness; therefore, in an effort to educate our community, we are sharing important information about this virus.

Bryn Athyn College is conducting classes online for the duration of the spring term. College property is closed for the duration of the term to non-essential employees and community members to protect our on-campus residents and employees. Athletics have been suspended for the duration of the season. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will send information about our plans for graduation, which are currently under review.

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What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.

Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

This is a serious and highly contagious illness.  Individuals designated high risk include those who are older (>60 years old) or have underlying chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung, or kidney disease or immunosuppressive illnesses. These high-risk individuals are members of all of our campus communities, and these medically vulnerable individuals should avoid mass gatherings and community events.

Symptoms and transmission:

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.   Transmission is person to person or by touching infected surfaces and then face or mouth.


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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 CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • 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.

Colleges and Universities Begin Social Distancing

As more states report cases of COVID-19, the strategy has changed from containment to mitigation, with social distancing being key to slowing the spread of this disease. Universities are grappling with the innumerable scenarios of exposed or infected students returning from spring break travel into the congregated settings of campus living and learning.

Many have already made the decision to suspend in-person classes and move to virtual lectures. Others have taken this opportunity to prepare their IT infrastructure, evaluate their critical functions and key personnel, and determine which staff can telecommute.

Global Travel Alert

CDC has issued a Global Level 2 Alert. Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.

The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.


If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Seeking Care

Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms.

If you are a Bryn Athyn College Student please make health services aware immediately by calling 267-502-6070 ( It is important to leave a message at this number if no one answers, messages are forwarded directly to health services personnel and they will respond in a timely manner.) During health services hours of operation you can reach out to the Director of Health and Wellness 267-502-6077 or the Nurse Practitioner 267-502-6011.

Campus residents please call Director of Residence Life during business hours 267-502-2794, or the Area Coordinator after business hours at 215-502-2950.

If you are a Bryn Athyn College employee, staff or faculty remember please refer to COVID-19 Communication #1 and Communication #2 above for specific directives for communications with supervisors and Human Resources.

Student Health Services

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Health Services. We understand these can be stressful times; for students interested in support please contact our counselors for an appointment.

Head shot of Scott JonesScott Jones  
Director of Health and Wellness
College Health Center Room 20


Bryn Athyn College will be conducting classes online for the duration of the spring term. College property is closed for the duration of the term to non-essential employees and community members to protect our on-campus residents and employees. Athletics have been suspended for the duration of the season.
For more information and regular updates, visit Bryn Athyn College COVID-19 Update.