Latest UNH Information on H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)
May 11, 2009
The university's response to the H1N1 virus is being coordinated
by Paul H. Dean, director of the UNH Office of Emergency Management.
Director Dean is in daily contact with the CDC and the State of
New Hampshire Office of Homeland Security, and is overseeing our
overall response should the virus affect the UNH community. He
will be providing regular updates to this link.
Campus Status Report
Click here for more information from the State of New Hampshire.
Click here for more information from UNH Health Services.
Why isn't the UNH canceling classes?
All decisions regarding University operations are being driven by the best medical advice available. Health and emergency officials from the state, the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the University of New Hampshire continue to support the decision to keep the campus open and continue to monitor the situation closely.
UNH has a strong pandemic plan in place. All elements of the university—academic departments, student life, athletics, etc.—are covered in this plan. The University Emergency Group (UEG) meets when necessary to review the status of the spread of the virus.
Thus far, the H1N1 virus is a flu from which the majority of those infected will recover. At this time, it is business as usual at UNH, with no expected cancellation of events or classes. If this changes, the campus will be notified through its RoamSecure system and on the UNH Web site.
Communications to the Campus
President Mark W. Huddleston issued a campus-wide communication on Wednesday, April 29, archived below. At this point in time, he wants faculty, staff, students and visitors to UNH to take reasonable precautions:
- Stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms. We also recommend
you call your primary care physician. If symptoms appear while
on campus, go to Health Services to be seen by a health care provider
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you
cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
While we have not had to deal with a flu outbreak exactly like this before, we are well-prepared to do so if cases are identified in New Hampshire or at the university.
At this time, no campus events have been cancelled. If this changes, because of increased reports of confirmed cases in the area, we will post information on the UNH homepage. For example, as of April 29, there were 10 reports of the H1N1 virus at the University of Delaware, and officials there are evaluating the cancellation of events on a case-by-case basis. For example, a large lecture open to the public, as well as a concert, were cancelled.
Study Abroad Programs
In collaboration with campus emergency management officials, faculty, staff, and our partners at La Universidad de las Américas–UDLA in Puebla, Mexico, UNH is cancelling the six-week summer study abroad program that was due to begin on May 17, 2009. Faculty and staff are working with all affected students to find satisfactory alternatives. The Two-Week Summer Seminar for Spanish Teachers at UDLA, starting on June 27, currently remains open and is expected to operate as planned. At this time all other UNH summer and fall semester study abroad programs are expected to continue as scheduled.
Regarding the spring semester students who were studying abroad in Mexico, two have returned home to their families. One student studying on a UNH Approved Program sponsored by IFSA-Butler remains in the Yucatan Peninsula where there have been no reported cases of H1N1 flu. Click here for more information.
Paul H. Dean
Director of the UNH Office of Emergency Management