College of Arts and Sciences creates emergency resource page for COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday, Mar 17 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences has created an emergency resource section on their website to help make sure students, faculty and staff stay informed during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 The resources include travel guidelines, information on working from home, resources for professors moving courses online, departmental emergency plans and tips to stay healthy.

The website also contains links to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 resources and the Campus Health Services site. 

The resources can also be accessed by clicking on the banner on the Arts and Sciences homepage. 

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

 

The post College of Arts and Sciences creates emergency resource page for COVID-19 outbreak appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Kentucky ranked high for mental distress Thursday, Feb 27 2020 

–By Eli Hughes and Madelin Shelton

A recent study that analyzed the mental distress of Americans based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention data showed that Kentucky ranks high across multiple age groups.

DirectCBD, a company specializing in canibid oil procucts products, analyzed the CDC’s data and found that Kentucky had the fourth highest increase in mental distress.

Kentucky also ranked 14th among the states for highest rate of mental distress for Generation Z and 19th for Millennials.

The data, which covered 14 years of information from 2004 to 2018, sought to see how many Americans experience mental distress on a regular basis.

They found that women are much more likely to experience mental distress. Generation Z women with a 64% rate of distress.

The state of Kentucky’s rate of mental distress increased from 29% to 35.7%. The study believes that possible factors could include the shortage of mental health resources and the opioid crisis.

Dr. Gordon Strauss, a professor at U of L and the director of student mental health services, says that the first step to stopping this rise of mental distress is ending the stigma around mental illness.

 “If we can begin to regard mental illness as just one more instance of illness in general, much of the shame and avoidance can be reduced or even eliminated,” Strauss said.

Strauss also highlighted the many resources available to U of L students who are struggling, “The university Counseling Center provides therapy and counseling—both 1:1 and in groups—for students.”

The university also has a psychiatric department as a part of Campus Health Services where students can be evaluated and treated for mental illness. Both the Counseling Center and Campus Health Services provide these services free-of-charge.

For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s website at https://louisville.edu/counseling or call their number at (502) 852-6585.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

The post Kentucky ranked high for mental distress appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.

Two people are being monitored for the coronavirus Friday, Jan 31 2020 

By Maggie Vancampen —

A second email sent to students and faculty said two non-students have traveled back from China and are being monitored off-campus as of Jan. 31. Travel has now been suspended to China and any other countries that have been identified with the virus.

Executive Vice President and Vice Provost Beth Boehm said, “The university has informed the Louisville Health Department about both of these individuals and will continue to follow Health Department and CDC recommendations in handling any cases of individuals arriving from countries in which the virus has been confirmed.”

According to a previous email, since the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) surfaced in Wuhan, China, the virus has spread to more than 16 countries with five confirmed cases in the United States.

The first email said symptoms include fever, cough and breathing difficulties just like the flu. The virus has even led to respiratory illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia.

Campus Health Services has said students should see their doctor or call immediately if they have traveled abroad and are experiencing these symptoms. Campus Health Services has also confirmed cases of the flu which has no relation to the virus.

U of L spokesperson John Karman said, “We have experts in environmental health and safety on this campus, and we would coordinate with other agencies to address coronavirus or any other similar outbreak situations.”

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to follow normal strategies to protect themselves like they would from the cold or flu:

  • get a flu shot
  • wash hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • cover coughs and sneezes
  • clean and disinfect surfaces
  • avoid contact with sick people

Campus Health Services number is 502-852-6479 (Belknap) or 502-852-6446 (Health Sciences). For more information, visit the Campus Health Services website.

To learn more about the coronavirus, visit the CDC coronavirus website.

Officials declined further comment upon receiving the second email.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

The post Two people are being monitored for the coronavirus appeared first on The Louisville Cardinal.