John H. Funny

John H. Funny is President of the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association

Dear SCSUNAA Members:

Concerns around managing the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) exposure and treatment continue to escalate. The President declared a National Emergency on March 13th. SCSUNAA believes the health, safety and well-being of our members, stakeholders and the communities in which we live and serve are top of mind as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, we appreciate each of you serving and supporting SCSU and SCSUNAA during this crisis.

SCSUNAA has adopted the following Business Continuity Plan to provide proper precautions for our members.

Meetings or Events

SCSUNAA is requesting that all meetings and/or events be postponed or cancelled until further notice. However, we are requesting chapters and members to utilize technology infrastructure (Webinar, Zoom, etc.) to facilitate continuity of service. Keep in mind, SCSUNAA is placing the safety and health of our members first.

May 9, 2020 National Council Quarterly Business Meeting

The SCSUNAA will host our National Council Quarterly Business meeting on May 9, 2020 via online technology. All participants will be provided detailed instructions. During the coming weeks, our meeting facilitating team will be working with the administration to implement a smooth transition to the online meeting process.

2020 Convention

Due to the heightened awareness of global health concerns, the SCSUNAA Officers respect the recommendations of the CDC and the World Health Organization. In a concerted effort with other organizations across the country to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed our 2020 Convention until 2021. We are communicating with the host hotel and will provide more information as it becomes available. All paid registration to date will be fully refunded.

Travel

SCSUNAA is instructing members to opt for teleconference or Zoom meetings rather than in person meetings.

Safety/Hygiene Protocol

As a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to avoid the spread of respiratory disease. Here are a few provided guidelines by CDC.

• How COVID-19 Spreads

• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the

virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. It is also spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within approximately 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

• Symptoms

• Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

• Prevention

• Practice good hygiene.

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol when water and soap are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that have been touched, i.e., counters, door handles, toilets, phones.

• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, then immediately dispose of the tissue and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

• Avoid shaking hands and always wash hands after contact with others.

If you need additional information about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus website at https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and we wish everyone well as we collectively navigate this global health challenge. Our leadership team is closely monitoring the situation, and as more information is provided from the national level, we will update our business continuity plan as necessary to ensure that our response is timely and adequate.

You’re in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

With Bulldog Tenacity,

John J. Funny, National President

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