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Salem State is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more about our response.

A Message from President John Keenan

President John Keenan

A Message from President John Keenan

President Keenan on Salem State's response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a novel highly contagious disease that causes respiratory illness and flu-like symptoms. Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for updates and resources. 

This page will be updated regularly to reflect the latest campus preparations and guidelines in response to this evolving situation.

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Campus Preparedness and Reporting

The university is also continuing our preparedness on campus through our pandemic emergency response and continuity of operations plans. These include response protocols should there be a suspected case on campus, as well as a continuity of operations plan should the university have to temporarily close offices or buildings.

All contingencies are being considered on how to manage this changing situation. The pandemic emergency response plan includes an emergency health incident advisory committee. The core response team is meeting on a daily basis.

Please know that Salem State’s COVID-19 emergency response team coordinates closely with both the Salem Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and strictly adheres to the guidance and recommendations provided by those agencies when we learn of a member of our community who may have contracted COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Department of Public Health has strict guidelines that we follow. In the event the circumstances warrant notification to individuals on campus due to a risk of exposure then we will do so in coordination with DPH, who takes the lead on the notification process.

We respect the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of medical/healthcare information and therefore will not share information unless there is a fact pattern to support that other members of the community may be at risk. Any information that is shared will be done so with strict adherence to the DPH guidelines. 


Campus Contacts

Any campus updates will be made regularly to this webpage. However, if you have particular concerns, please contact one of the departments listed below:


Learn More

To learn more about the coronavirus, risk assessment, situation updates, and more, please visit the following links: 


Campus Messages Archive

President John Keenan and Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Risk Management Gene Labonte have shared the following campus-wide messages to keep the Salem State community up to date.

Please note: guidelines and recommendations reflect the date the message was sent. The most recent information will be posted to this page as it develops.

An archive of faculty and staff specific communications about the cornavirus response can be found on this page.

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