NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers has launched a website to keep students, faculty and administration informed about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
University President Robert Barchi announced the launch of the site, which contains details about students studying abroad, tips for prevention and care against the virus and other information.
Barchi also said he has mobilized a COVID-19 task force under the university's Office of Emergency Management. The office is led by Chief Operating Officer Tony Calcado and includes senior leaders from academic and operation units across the school.
"The Task Force is charged to develop plans that anticipate all probable scenarios of COVID-19’s effect on our missions of teaching, research, and service," Barchi said in a statement. "The Task Force has the authority to marshal any and all resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the members of our community in response to COVID-19."
Gov. Phil Murphy's office said Sunday that the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the state has risen to six.
As of the website's last update on Sunday night, "there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving Rutgers students, faculty, or staff."
However, other universities and high schools in the area are already taking precautions.
Princeton is giving students the option of not returning after spring break. They can meet their academic requirements remotely, according to a New York Times report.
Columbia announced that it was canceling classes Monday and Tuesday and that classes would be taught remotely for the rest of week after a university community member was quarantined for exposure to COVID-19.
According to a TAPinto Cranford report, that school district has announced its classes would be canceled Monday, March 16, to allow staff and administrators to form a response plan. Classrooms will also be cleaned and disinfected that day.