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Health and Safety

Sant’Anna Covid-19 Response

Sant’Anna Institute Epidemic Prevention Protocol Overview

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

 

Sant’Anna has developed a robust and rapidly evolving Epidemic Prevention Protocol in order to assure the health, safety, and academic excellence of our onsite programs in light of the current global pandemic.  This overview highlights the new practices we are implementing on our campus and in our onsite programs.

Given the day-to-day developments of this situation, we will be regularly updating this protocol to adhere to regional and national regulations as well as suggested measures by the CDC (the U.S. health protection agency). 

As of the current national situation in Italy, international students should be allowed to enter the country to carry out in person academic programs on our campus in Sorrento, Italy. As today’s update (September 1st) the procedure requires students to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, which is a measure that may change in the upcoming months before the beginning of the Spring semester. Even so, Sant’Anna is prepared to support students during the potential quarantine with online instruction, virtually social activities, food service assistance, and other services as necessary.  

 

The following topics and guidelines have been designed with the Guiding Principles of: informed preparation, effective prevention and timely communication to address important COVID-19 and other epidemic related issues, including: 

 

Operational Scenarios

  1. Return to routine campus activities at regular density
  2. Return to routine campus activities at reduced density (Expected for Spring 2021)
  3. Campus closure to the public and online course delivery
  4. Campus closure, online course delivery and remote work

 

Faculty and Staff Training, including:

  • Introduction to epidemiology and virology
  • Understanding COVID-19 and its origin, causes, contagion, and symptoms
  • Guidelines for protection and prevention
  • Health screening procedures
  • Emergency case management procedures

 

Pre-departure and Travel Instructions 

  • All travel in accordance with international travel protocol and by country policy.
  • Program participants are required to take a COVID-19 antibody test in their home country within 48 hours of departure and provide a copy of the test results for reference.
    • Students will be required to self-quarantine (approximately 48 hours) during the time of the test and departure 
    • If a student is unable to take a test and receive the results before departure or unable to quarantine during the time of the test and departure, they will be required to take a swab test immediately upon arrival at Sant’Anna and quarantined for 48 hours or until results are ready.  
  • Online Sant’Anna Study Abroad pre-departure orientation, including health and safety portion.
  • Voluntary travel will depend on Italian and destination jurisdiction policy, therefore, may be restricted. Those who travel during the program will be responsible for any government required quarantine and or serological tests upon return.

 

Covid-19 Fee

The Covid-19 fee of $600 will be added to each student’s total program total, which will include the following expenses:

  • Hygiene Kit, including personal protection gear and products such as face masks, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, and box of sanitation wipes.
  • Dining Kit, including 2 dishes, 1 bowl, 1 glass, 4 pieces of cutlery (knife, fork, spoon and spoon), 1 cup, and gloves.
  • In case of Quarantine: 
    • accommodation
    • food service assistance
    • sanification
    • assistance to obtain medical supplies
    • Personal Protective Kit, including surgical masks, face protection and gloves (disposable), germicidal disinfectant and wipes for cleaning surfaces and fabrics, and a disposable bag for biohazardous waste.

 

Arrival Process and Procedures

  • Must follow arrival airport customs, screening, baggage and health protocol.
  • Upon arrival to Sant’Anna, students must present their negative test results and a self-certification of the 48-hour, pre-departure quarantine.
    • If a student was unable to take a test and receive the results before departure or unable to quarantine during the time of the test and departure, they will be required to take a swab test immediately upon arrival at Sant’Anna and quarantined for 48 hours or until results are ready.  
  • In the case that the 14-day quarantine is required by the Italian government during the arrival of the Spring semester:
    • students will quarantine in an assigned accommodation
    • courses will be organized online and virtual social activities will be scheduled for the initial 14-day period
    • quarantine guidelines administered by the Italian Ministry of Health will be followed
  • Orientation includes Sant’Anna Health and Safety Protocol and general hygiene policies and procedures.

 

Testing

  • Students will be administered a swab test within the first week of arrival (or immediately if unable to take a pre-departure test or pre-departure quarantine as mentioned above).
  • There will be a daily temperature check registered for each student, staff member, faculty member, and visitor on campus.
  • 8-10 mandatory screenings will be scheduled during term (approximately every 10 days).
  • Students, faculty and staff may also be tested for COVID-19 if they are symptomatic. In this circumstance, Sant’Anna will require testing at a local health analysis lab applying the most recent COVID-19 screening techniques. 
  • In the case of a positive test result, students must be quarantined and follow the guidelines for ‘solitary confinement’ as outlined by the Italian Ministry of Health, also listed in the ‘In Case of COVID’ protocol section below.
    • Quarantined students will be provided accommodation, food service assistance, sanification,  a Personal Protective Kit, assistance with obtaining medical supplies, and other services as deemed necessary.

 

Campus & Accommodations Policies and Procedures 

General Sanitation and Cleaning

    • A professional sanitization company will perform a deep clean to all campus facilities before the term, and daily cleaning and disinfecting will be applied throughout the term. 
    • Masks are required to be worn at all times by students, staff, faculty and visitors while in indoor common spaces and transit areas such as classrooms, hallways, kitchen and dining areas.  Masks may only be removed if person is stationary and maintains a one-meter distance from other people.
    • Disinfectant dispensers will be located at school entry points and at select stations on campus.
    • Sant’Anna Institute will ensure proper cleaning and maintenance of campus A/C and heating systems according to regional regulations.

 

School & Classrooms

    • Entry and exit of all persons through the school and Residence Hall entrances will be regulated according to campus protocol and local requirements. Access will be denied to anyone with a body temperature higher than 37.5 ° C.
    • Classroom equipment must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use. 
    • Classroom aeration and disinfecting will be carried out frequently.
    • Students and faculty will be required to wear masks in the classrooms.  Masks may only be removed if stationary and maintains a one-meter distance from other people.

 

Accommodations & Dining

    • Students will be accommodated in single occupancy dorm or bedrooms, which will be cleaned and disinfected every day.
    • Student access to the kitchen located in the student residence will be limited according to a schedule provided by Sant’Anna. 
    • Each student will receive a Dining Kit with dishware and certain cleaning supplies and will also be assigned a fridge section to keep personal items.
    • A buffet-style meal and or parties with more than 10 students are not allowed.

 

Laundry

    • Reservations are required to use the coin-operated washers and dryers located in the Residence Hall Laundry Room. Each Student is responsible for the cleaning and his or her own items.
    • Towels and sheets will be changed weekly and professionally cleaned by an external laundry service, which will certify that the linens are washed with specific detergents.

 

Field Trips & Student Life

    • Academic field trips, cultural excursions, and any collaborations with local tour operators will be selected and carried out according to our health and safety protocol and follow the protocol of the visited sites.
    • The various student life workshops and activities will be selected and carried out according to our health and safety protocol, such as: Book Club, Coffee chats, Arts and crafts workshops, and Exploring Sorrento peninsula excursions.

 

  • General Health and Safety Guidelines
    • All protocols will be checked and approved by SantAnna Institute’s Certified Safety Engineer.
    • An increased focus will be put on hand hygiene and cleaning and hygiene protocols.
    • Disinfectant dispensers and disposal units will be offered in public areas.
    • Signage from the CDC will be posted around campus to encourage everyone to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

 

  • In Case of COVID-19: Reporting and Procedures

Suspected and Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases: Reporting and Procedures

  • Sant’Anna Institute will manage a SUSPECTED or CONFIRMED SYMPTOMATIC CASE by promptly contact the Azienda Sanitaria Locale (ASL) Napoli 3 SUD (the Health and Prevention Department, responsible for dealing with local COVID-2019 cases), as per the regional protocol.
  • The SUSPECTED or CONFIRMED SYMPTOMATIC CASE will be obliged to quarantine according to local ASL and the U.S. CDC guidelines when applicable. 
  • A COVID-19 Personal Protective Kit must be made available at Sant’Anna for use by those with COVID-19 symptoms or for those caring for an affected person.
  • If a student is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19, coursework will be organized virtually for that individual student.

 

Quarantine (updated August 27, 2020)

  • The Italian Ministry of Health recommends the following guidelines for people in solitary confinement (quarantine):
    • Anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection should stay away from other [residence] members, if possible, in a well-ventilated single room and should not receive visitors.
    • The caregiver should be in good health and should not have any illnesses that put him/her at risk if infected.
    • [Residence] members must stay in other rooms or, if this is not possible, maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from the sick person and sleep in a different bed.
    • Caregivers must wear a surgical mask carefully placed on their face when they are in the same room. If the mask is wet or dirty due to secretions, it should be replaced immediately, and they should thoroughly wash their hands after removing it.
    • Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water or a hydroalcoholic solution after every contact with the patient or his/her surroundings, before and after preparing food, before eating, after using the bathroom and whenever they appear dirty.

 

High Risk for Severe Illness from Covid-19

  • In order to protect students and staff at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions, options will be offered that limit their exposure risk (for example: virtual learning opportunities, telework, modified job responsibilities that limit exposure risk).

 

 

SPRING 2021 SEMESTER Enrollment and Cancellation policy

  • Initial deposit of 30% of the program fee is due upon confirmation of acceptance to the program and by Dec 4, 2020.
  • Full payment of 70% of the program fee is due by January 2, 2021.
  • Cancellation through January 9, 2021: the student will receive a full refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
  • Cancellation between January 10 – 16, 2021: the student will be eligible for a 50% refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
  • Cancellation from January 17, 2021: there will be no refund of amount paid.

 

* In the event of a force majeure (e.g., national crisis as identified by the Italian Government):

  • Occurring after application and before the start of the Spring term and resulting in the cancellation of the Spring program, students will be eligible for a full refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
  • Occurring after the start of the Spring  term and results in a modification of the Spring program (e.g., students are required to leave Sorrento and return to the U.S. and courses are converted to a distance learning format for course completion), students will be eligible for a partial refund of 40% of accommodation expenses for the number of nights unused in the amount paid for, minus bank fees  . All other fees and expenses are non-refundable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a full version of the Sant’Anna Institute Epidemic Prevention Protocol 

please email Serena Vacca, Study Abroad Coordinator

 at serena.vacca@santannainstitute.com

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

We continue to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and provide this Sant’Anna Response and Update – Coronavirus 5.28.20. As the global coronavirus situation continues to evolve, our top priority remains the well-being of our community and wish good health to all persons during these challenging times.

We are very happy to report some very good news. After more than three months of very difficult conditions the situation in Italy is finally improving. We are particularly pleased to announce that Sorrento is now Covid-19 free – meaning that there are no Covid-19 positive cases in all the Sorrento Peninsula. While our Sant’Anna campus remains closed due to government policy, our staff continues to work remotely preparing for the Summer, Fall and Spring terms. We have developed new programs and are implementing several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to ensure the continuity of our teaching and study abroad mission. This brief provides a summary of the current situation, both in Italy and abroad, and measures that the Italian Government and Sant’Anna are taking in response moving forward.

Current Situation

As noted above, in Italy, the situation is vastly improving – albeit differently and by region. The first known case of coronavirus reported in Italy was in Rome on January 31st where two Chinese tourists visiting from the Hubei region fell ill. The first cluster of cases was reported on February 21st in Lombardy (Lodi county) and in Veneto (Padua county). By the beginning of March, the virus had spread to all regions in Italy. On March 8th, Prime Minister Conte had placed all of Lombardy and 14 other regions in full quarantine. Two days later, March 11th, all of Italy and its 60 million person population was placed in quarantine with mandatory stay-in-home orders enforced by the military and police. Prime Minister Conte prohibited all non-essential commercial activity except supermarkets and pharmacies. On March 21st, the Italian Government ordered all non-essential businesses and industries closed. On March 19th, Italy became the country with the highest number of coronavirus related deaths until April 11th, when it was overtaken by the USA. Italy was called out early as the second epicenter of the outbreak only after China, but since then the global pandemic situation has changed significantly.
Woldometer.com reports that Italy is no longer the second most affected country and is seeing huge decreases in new daily cases and mortalities. In fact, conditions have really turned around with some parts of the country, including the Sorrento Peninsula, as being Covid-19 free – meaning that there are zero positive cases in the municipality. As indicated in the table below, Italy is now the 6th most affected country in terms of the total number of cases following the USA, Brazil, Russia, Spain, and the UK. There are a couple of caveats to the data. For instance, Brazil and India are expecting to see large increases in cases and mortalities due to concerns of low levels of testing, very dense and poor living conditions, and a weak health system. China is now listed as the 14th most affected country and is considered as grossly mis-representing the situation, therefore making their data unreliable.
To put things further in perspective, worldometer.com reports that as of May 25th, there were nearly 5.6 million total cases reported in the world, with approximately 78% of those cases reported in the top 15 countries listed in the table below. The number of cases and mortalities reported in the USA far outweighs that of all other nations. For instance, currently there are 31% of the world’s total reported cases and 29% of the reported mortalities in the USA as opposed to countries such as Italy which comprises 4% of the world cases.
The number of cases is correlated to the amount of testing performed in each country. The USA leads the world in the number of tests at approximately 15 million with a corresponding 46,000 tests per million person population while Italy has conducted 3.5 million tests equaling approximately 56,000 tests per million population. In contrast, Brazil and India have conducted roughly only 3000 tests per million population.  China is not reporting their testing numbers.

Worldometer May 25, 2020 Coronavirus Summary by Top 15 Countries
Total % World Total % World Total Tests/ Population
Rank Country Cases Cases Deaths Deaths Tests 1M Pop
World 5,584,267 347,613
1 USA 1,706,226 30.6% 99,805 29% 15,187,647 45,910 330,811,717
2 Brazil 376,669 7% 23,522 7% 735,224 3,461 212,409,786
3 Russia 353,427 6% 3,633 1% 8,945,384 61,300 145,928,485
4 Spain 282,480 5% 26,837 8% 3,556,567 76,071 46,753,049
5 UK 261,184 5% 36,914 11% 3,532,634 52,065 67,851,047
6 Italy 230,158 4% 32,877 9% 3,482,253 57,586 60,470,230
7 France 182,942 3% 28,432 8% 1,384,633 21,217 65,259,581
8 Germany 180,789 3% 8,428 2% 3,595,059 42,922 83,757,965
9 Turkey 157,814 3% 4,369 1% 1,853,754 22,004 84,247,422
10 India 144,950 3% 4,172 1% 3,033,591 2,200 1,378,641,054
1 Iran 137,724 2% 7,451 2% 818,917 9,763 83,883,203
12 Peru 123,979 2% 3,629 1% 840,922 25,541 32,924,686
13 Canada 85,711 2% 6,545 2% 1,482,468 39,313 37,709,091
14 China 82,985 1% 4,634 1% N/A N/A 1,439,323,776
15 S.Arabia 74,795 1% 399 0% 722,079 20,775 34,757,706
Top 15 Total 4,381,833 78% 291,647 84% 49,171,132

While we see evidence of worsening conditions in many countries, the trend in Italy is rapidly improving with respect to declines in the number new cases per day and the number of new mortalities per day. At near the outset of the outbreak in Italy on February 23rd, there were 71 cases reported. On March 21st, Italy reported the highest number of new cases per day at 6,557 and has since seen that number decline 95% to 300 per day on May 25th. During the same period, the number of new mortalities per day has also declined 90% from the peak of 919 per day on March 27th to 92 per day on May 25th. In addition, we continue to observe widening gaps between the number of new cases and new mortalities and in the number of persons who have recovered versus those that have passed – further evidence of improving conditions through strict policies, effective treatments and preventative measures.Within Italy, there still exists significant differences in the incidence and prevalence of coronavirus between regions – particularly between the hard-hit northern regions and those of lesser impacted southern regions of Italy. The highest number of cases and mortalities are found in the northern regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, and Veneto. The North of Italy is comprised of these four regions as well as the Aosta Valley, Liguria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.

As of today, the entire North of Italy has reported that there are 185,000 cases, representing 80% of the total number of cases in Italy. Moreover, the North of Italy represents approximately 86% of the total number of fatalities in the country. By comparison, in the South of Italy (including Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise, and Sicily), the incidence and prevalence of coronavirus has been and continues to be much lesser in nature.  The South of Italy represents less than 8% of all cases and 5% of all mortalities in Italy respectively. Within the South, the sub-region of Molise, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata represents just over 4% of all cases and less than 3% of the mortalities in Italy.

There are several factors that have influenced the lesser impact of the pandemic in the South of Italy.

  • First is the factor of timing. When the epidemic spread throughout Italy and some outbreaks arose in the south, the authorities were already prepared, and the lockdown was effective. The measure of social distancing hindered the virus in the South before it could spread in the same proportion as in the North, where it had been circulating for a long time.
  • The second factor is the difference in the economic environments. In Italy, the virus has shown to mainly affect the most productive industrial areas, such as the Northern regions versus the agricultural areas of the South. This is because there is greater opportunity for inter-personal contact and more daily movement of people reflective of their busy work environments.
  • The third factor is mobility. The North is more and better connected to Europe and the rest of the world enabling greater interaction of people to and from different origin markets all year around. The South is a little different in that it relies heavily on tourism and given the winter timing of the outbreak, there were very few tourists in the South at that time.
  • The fourth factor is demography. There is greater population density in the North. Except for the larger cities such as Naples, Bari and Palermo, the South is generally much less densely populated, again allowing for less person to person interaction and the chance of virus spread.
  • Finally, the North is characterized as having more particulate matter (PM 10) in its atmosphere, colder temperature, greater proportion of elderly persons, higher density in health care facilities and more senior care centers than does the South.

As noted above, our Campania Region and the Sorrento Peninsula have been some of the least affected areas in Italy. For Instance, in Campania, as of May 25, approximately 4,700 people have tested positive with the virus and 400 have deceased. In the Sorrento Peninsula, there are no new Covid-positive cases and no new daily mortalities to report. Tthe total number of tests performed in Campania is approximately 180,000.

Italy Measures

Italy has been under lockdown for more than two months with strict order to stay-in-home, closed businesses and restricted all non-essential travel and movement. But on May 18th, Italian Prime Minister Conte issued a Coronavirus Phase II Relaunch Decree comprising many new policies, procedures, parameters, subsidies and compensations for Italian businesses, workers, families, schools, government agencies, travel and lifestyle.

For instance, starting Monday 18th, retail stores, restaurants, bars, pizzerias, ice cream shops and pastry shops, pubs, hairdressers may reopen with similar restrictions as enacted in the USA such as 1 meter minimum social distancing, restricted occupancy and compulsory reservations for hairdressers and beauty salons. The beaches may also reopen (with some differences among the Regions), but they will have to stick to very stringent protocols. The holy masses, football training and tourist sites and museums may reopen.
The most significant change in the new Phase 2 Decree is the green light to inter-regional traffic within your home region without having to show a self-certification (which is only to be used for travel between regions). It will also now be possible to visit friends, and not only relatives. Of course, there is still a ban on leaving home for those with COVID symptoms.

Beginning May 25th, gyms, swimming pools and sports centers may reopen, and on June 15th, theaters, cinemas and summer centers for children may reopen – again with social distancing, occupancy and service restrictions. All schools remain closed until September with just High School final exams to be allowed in person).

On June 3rd, inter-regional travel will also be possible. Before this date, people can only travel can from one region to another for only for work, emergency, or essential business. As conditions improve, the government will evaluate to eliminate all travel restrictions.  While not clear, it is probable that the Lombardy Region will not be included. One of the options under consideration is to allow inter-regional travel just between regions with the similar rates of infection. This policy has yet to be determined.

Also, as of June 3rd, inter-EU travel will be possible enabling people to travel between the EU states to Italy without quarantine, therefore facilitating the recovery of tourism and commerce. Of course, this is dependent on tourists being allowed to enter Italy by their respective governments. At this time, there is no set policy on travelers to Italy from non-EU countries.
As is the case in the US, It is recommended that all companies and organizations make maximum use of smart working and, where face-to-face work becomes necessary, it is important to pay attention to  physical distancing, to reduce the number of people that will be at the same time in the workplace, as well as the extension of the opening hours of offices and services. The Re-Launch Decree also provides for many benefits and compensation to workers, families, businesses and agencies. For more information, please go to (insert hyperlink).

Sant’Anna Measures

Sant’Anna is taking many measures in managing our business and preparing for the future. For instance:

  • Spring 2020
    • Successfully completed all Spring Courses and Internships, receiving very high marks for the smooth transition of courses from live onsite to distance learning, online course delivery and student-faculty interaction.
    • Published our new Sant’Anna Health, Safety and Lifestyle website and Coronavirus Response and Update articles.
    • Initiated our Sant’Anna Series comprised of a series of interesting and informative cultural and lifestyle videos and academic interviews on topics of contemporary interest. Details here
    • Active social media campaigns, events and programming to stay connected and contribute to our community. Check our social media channels
  • Summer 2020.
    • We are offering online courses for the Summer I and II programs. Deails here
    • New Online Virtual Internships (not for credit). Details here
    • New Virtual Guest Lecture Series. Details here
    • Developed our Emergency Epidemic Protocol Manual, with safety measures for students, faculty and staff. Please contact us for additional info on this.
  • Fall 2020.
    • We are moving to a 12- week onsite program. Details here
    • Revised our Application and Cancellation Policies. Details here
    • Exploring J-Term, Fall Break or Spring Break programs. Details to follow
As everyone is aware, the global situation is very dynamic and fortunately it appears that while conditions are improving in Italy, things may worsen in other markets such as the USA – therefore impacting demand and preference for international travel and education. Nevertheless, the situation is subject to change at any time. We are optimistic that this event will pass and we can resume normal operations soon. Despite the hardships and strict intervention, the South of Italy has fared better than other Italian regions during the crisis and Sorrento will be one of the first destinations in Italy opening up for business and international travel and education. In the meantime, we are available and ready to work with students, universities, faculty and partners to explore individual and group options and for each term, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or thoughts.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

We continue to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and provide this Sant’Anna Response and Update – Coronavirus 4.1.20.

As the situation continues to evolve, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community and wish good health to all persons during these challenging times. We continue to implement and plan for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to ensure the continuity of our teaching and study abroad mission. Our Sant’Anna campus remains closed, but our staff continues to operate remotely with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community while preparing for the Summer and Fall terms. We wish we had better news to share and provide a brief summary of the current situation in Italy and an update on our Sant’Anna measures and policies. In the addendum, we provide global and U.S. data and information as reported by the World Health Organization, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Current Situation – Italy

In Italy, the situation continues to be very severe and the country remains at the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak with its entire 60 million population under lockdown and  having to stay indoors. Fines are meted out to anyone that leaves the house without a valid reason such as to buy food or medicine, or if they have to work and can’t do so from home. Italians in the south of the country are bracing themselves for the coronavirus outbreak that has crippled northern Italy. While the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has started to stabilize in Italy, more and more cases are being seen in the south of Italy, which is poorer, less developed and less equipped to withstand the economic impact of the coronavirus.

However, on March 30th, the Italian Health Ministry reported a slower spread rate than seen previously with 4,050 new cases reported. Italy is now the 2nd worst-affected nation, following the U.S. There are 105,792 total cases and of those 75,528 people have tested positive for the virus, 27,795 are being treated, 43,752 are in home isolation, and 15,729 people have recovered. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Italy rose to 12,428, more than registered in China.

  • In our Campania Region, 2092 people have tested positive with the virus. Of those, 1237 are being treated and isolated in quarantine, 634 hospitalized, 88 fully recovered and 133 deaths.
  • In Sorrento, seven persons have tested positive to the virus, with each being treated and quarantined. There is one fatality.
  • To further reduce virus spread, Campania Governor De Luca has issued very strict business and social restrictions and policies and has requested the Italian Army into the region to assist with preventative treatment, enforcement and care.
  • As of March 9th, the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Economy and Finances issued a decree that stipulates travel between Italian regions is now suspended until April 3rd, pending future amendments. Travel between regions is only permitted if there is a documented work necessity, emergency, or health issue. Travel between Italy and other countries has also been restricted or suspended and subject to the regulations of individual foreign nations, Italy, and travel companies.

 

Sant’Anna Measures

Per the Italian Authority Decree, Sant’Anna remains closed to the public, students and faculty until April 14th, again pending future amendments by the Italian Government.  All related activities, events, internships and organized travel have been cancelled and courses are conducted via distance learning.

  • Our staff is in regular communication with our students, universities, and study abroad partners to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time.
  • All classes have been converted to online delivery using our JU Blackboard Online Learning Platform. Students are performing their studies remotely and will continue through to completion at the end of the Spring Semester April 24th. We now offer the option to convert course grades from a letter grade to a pass/fail.
  • Students taking the Internship course were given the option to complete the course early for reduced credit, continue project work online through the JU Blackboard platform, and/or to convert their remaining Internship course credit hours to a customized Independent Study also to be completed online.
  • Students are still participating in Student Life activities, albeit remotely. We are hosting Zoom coffee chats, furry Thursday’s on Instagram, cultural activities on Facebook, book club via Zoom, and sharing useful tips and guidelines such as this Harvard University publication on Managing Fears.https://www.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/content/coronavirus_HUHS_managing_fears_A2%5B5%5D.pdf.

We understand that our partners and affiliates are in the process of reviewing Summer 2020 programs and we are offering traditional and online options, extended application deadlines, revised cancellation policies and are exploring short-term program options to accommodate decisions and commitments.

  • We are now offering Summer 2020 courses in two formats: Traditional in-residence and online via eLearning.
    • In addition to offering our exceptional in-residence study abroad experience in Sorrento, fifteen (15) popular Sant’Anna courses will now be available online to provide students with distance learning options for the Summer I and II 2020 terms.
    • We have developed the set of flexible and fully supported distance-learning options combining Italian studies with a special selection of territory based-courses encompassing Classics, Business Studies, Social and Natural Sciences, Food and Cultural Studies.
    • For the list of courses and more information, please visit our website.
  • At this time, we are planning to run our study abroad programs as scheduled for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. However, if the crisis continues, a decision will be made at least 30 days prior to the start of each Summer Session to remain open or cancel. In the meantime, we will work with our community to find alternate program solutions as appropriate.
  • We have extended the Summer I 2020 application deadline to April 30th, Summer II 2020 to May 30th and Fall 2020 to June 15th.
  • Sant’Anna Fall 2020 cancellation policy has been revised as follows:
    • Cancellation up to August 3rd, (20 days prior to the beginning of the fall term), the student will receive a full refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
    • 10 – 19 days prior to the beginning of the term, the student will be eligible for a 50% refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
    • 0 – 9 days prior to the beginning of the term and or after the start of the program, there will be no refund of amount paid.
    • We will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with our students, affiliates and partners to co-develop opportunities.
  • We will also soon provide more information regarding new short-term programs such as J-Term, Fall Break or Spring Break.

This situation is very dynamic and unfortunately it appears that conditions may worsen before getting better. Nevertheless, the situation is subject to change at any time. We are optimistic that this event will pass and we can resume normal operations soon. In the meantime, we are available and ready to work with students, universities, faculty and partners to explore individual and group options and for each term, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or thoughts.

 

Addendum

 

Current Situation – Globally

Globally, the pandemic continues to spread with unprecedented speed and depth. Unfortunately, while some regions are reporting signs of slowing spread (e.g., Italy), others are seeing significant increases (e.g., U.S.) The World Health Organization reported today that worldwide there are nearly 875,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases with more than 43,000 fatalities and roughly 185,000 recovered. The WHO Coronavirus website, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 contains up-to-date statistics, “protect yourself,” country and technical guidance, situation briefings, “what you need to know,” and research and development information.

The WHO Director General advised yesterday that ‘the Coronavirus disease outbreak has now spread to 203 countries and is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively. Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, deaths due to vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically.”

 

Current Situation – U.S.

On March 19th, the US State Department issued its strongest Global Travel Advisory for International Travel to a Level 4: Do not Travel.

  • For those that are considering travel, as a first step check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. You can see the world at a glance on their color-coded map.
  • They note that conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time and to receive updated Travel Advisories and Alerts, choose your preferences at state.gov/stayingconnected
  • For more details and FAQs about safety and security information, please see state.gov/travelsafely.

As many readers are seeing firsthand, the situation is worsening. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) website contains up-to-date information on the current situation, tips on how to protect yourself and advice for home care and coping with stress. The CDC has issued a Level 3, global pandemic warning notice and recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. As of this morning, there are now more than 185,000 cases in the U.S., with 4,059 deaths and 7,251 persons recovered.

  • All 50 U.S. states have reported cases of COVID-19 to CDC.
  • Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity.
  • The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic.
  • The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
  • S. COVID-19 cases include: (1) Imported cases in travelers; (2) Cases among close contacts of a known case; and (3) Community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown.
    • Roughly 75% of states have adopted a “stay-at-home, stay healthy” policy and some states (e.g., Florida) are setting interstate roadblocks, screening and or prohibiting out-of-state travelers (e.g., those with New Yok State license plates) from traveling into their state.
    • New York is the worst-affected state. As of March 31st, there have been at least 75,795 confirmed cases of the coronavirus discovered in the state, including more than 43,139 in New York City. At least 1,550 people with COVID-19 have died in the state, which has the largest number — around 41 percent — of confirmed cases in the U.S.
  • Many states now have mandates urging people to practice social distancing and to only leave their homes for necessities such as grocery shopping and seeking medical attention or acquiring medicine. Exemptions for media, health care providers and financial institutions, among others, were made as well, with workers falling into the category of “essential workers.”
  • CDC officials are considering recommending that Americans wear face coverings in public. But there’s still no consensus on whether widespread use of facial coverings would make a significant difference, and some infectious disease experts worry that masks could lull people into a false sense of security and make them less disciplined about social distancing.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

We continue to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and provide this Sant’Anna Response and Update – Coronavirus 4.1.20.

As the situation continues to evolve, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community and wish good health to all persons during these challenging times. We continue to implement and plan for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to ensure the continuity of our teaching and study abroad mission. Our Sant’Anna campus remains closed, but our staff continues to operate remotely with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community while preparing for the Summer and Fall terms. We wish we had better news to share and provide a brief summary of the current situation in Italy and an update on our Sant’Anna measures and policies. In the addendum, we provide global and U.S. data and information as reported by the World Health Organization, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Current Situation – Italy

In Italy, the situation continues to be very severe and the country remains at the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak with its entire 60 million population under lockdown and  having to stay indoors. Fines are meted out to anyone that leaves the house without a valid reason such as to buy food or medicine, or if they have to work and can’t do so from home. Italians in the south of the country are bracing themselves for the coronavirus outbreak that has crippled northern Italy. While the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has started to stabilize in Italy, more and more cases are being seen in the south of Italy, which is poorer, less developed and less equipped to withstand the economic impact of the coronavirus.

However, on March 30th, the Italian Health Ministry reported a slower spread rate than seen previously with 4,050 new cases reported. Italy is now the 2nd worst-affected nation, following the U.S. There are 105,792 total cases and of those 75,528 people have tested positive for the virus, 27,795 are being treated, 43,752 are in home isolation, and 15,729 people have recovered. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Italy rose to 12,428, more than registered in China.

  • In our Campania Region, 2092 people have tested positive with the virus. Of those, 1237 are being treated and isolated in quarantine, 634 hospitalized, 88 fully recovered and 133 deaths.
  • In Sorrento, seven persons have tested positive to the virus, with each being treated and quarantined. There is one fatality.
  • To further reduce virus spread, Campania Governor De Luca has issued very strict business and social restrictions and policies and has requested the Italian Army into the region to assist with preventative treatment, enforcement and care.
  • As of March 9th, the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Economy and Finances issued a decree that stipulates travel between Italian regions is now suspended until April 3rd, pending future amendments. Travel between regions is only permitted if there is a documented work necessity, emergency, or health issue. Travel between Italy and other countries has also been restricted or suspended and subject to the regulations of individual foreign nations, Italy, and travel companies.

 

Sant’Anna Measures

Per the Italian Authority Decree, Sant’Anna remains closed to the public, students and faculty until April 14th, again pending future amendments by the Italian Government.  All related activities, events, internships and organized travel have been cancelled and courses are conducted via distance learning.

  • Our staff is in regular communication with our students, universities, and study abroad partners to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time.
  • All classes have been converted to online delivery using our JU Blackboard Online Learning Platform. Students are performing their studies remotely and will continue through to completion at the end of the Spring Semester April 24th. We now offer the option to convert course grades from a letter grade to a pass/fail.
  • Students taking the Internship course were given the option to complete the course early for reduced credit, continue project work online through the JU Blackboard platform, and/or to convert their remaining Internship course credit hours to a customized Independent Study also to be completed online.
  • Students are still participating in Student Life activities, albeit remotely. We are hosting Zoom coffee chats, furry Thursday’s on Instagram, cultural activities on Facebook, book club via Zoom, and sharing useful tips and guidelines such as this Harvard University publication on Managing Fears.https://www.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/content/coronavirus_HUHS_managing_fears_A2%5B5%5D.pdf.

We understand that our partners and affiliates are in the process of reviewing Summer 2020 programs and we are offering traditional and online options, extended application deadlines, revised cancellation policies and are exploring short-term program options to accommodate decisions and commitments.

  • We are now offering Summer 2020 courses in two formats: Traditional in-residence and online via eLearning.
    • In addition to offering our exceptional in-residence study abroad experience in Sorrento, fifteen (15) popular Sant’Anna courses will now be available online to provide students with distance learning options for the Summer I and II 2020 terms.
    • We have developed the set of flexible and fully supported distance-learning options combining Italian studies with a special selection of territory based-courses encompassing Classics, Business Studies, Social and Natural Sciences, Food and Cultural Studies.
    • For the list of courses and more information, please visit our website.
  • At this time, we are planning to run our study abroad programs as scheduled for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. However, if the crisis continues, a decision will be made at least 30 days prior to the start of each Summer Session to remain open or cancel. In the meantime, we will work with our community to find alternate program solutions as appropriate.
  • We have extended the Summer I 2020 application deadline to April 30th, Summer II 2020 to May 30th and Fall 2020 to June 15th.
  • Sant’Anna Fall 2020 cancellation policy has been revised as follows:
    • Cancellation up to August 3rd, (20 days prior to the beginning of the fall term), the student will receive a full refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
    • 10 – 19 days prior to the beginning of the term, the student will be eligible for a 50% refund of the amount paid minus bank fees.
    • 0 – 9 days prior to the beginning of the term and or after the start of the program, there will be no refund of amount paid.
    • We will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with our students, affiliates and partners to co-develop opportunities.
  • We will also soon provide more information regarding new short-term programs such as J-Term, Fall Break or Spring Break.

This situation is very dynamic and unfortunately it appears that conditions may worsen before getting better. Nevertheless, the situation is subject to change at any time. We are optimistic that this event will pass and we can resume normal operations soon. In the meantime, we are available and ready to work with students, universities, faculty and partners to explore individual and group options and for each term, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or thoughts.

 

Addendum

 

Current Situation – Globally

Globally, the pandemic continues to spread with unprecedented speed and depth. Unfortunately, while some regions are reporting signs of slowing spread (e.g., Italy), others are seeing significant increases (e.g., U.S.) The World Health Organization reported today that worldwide there are nearly 875,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases with more than 43,000 fatalities and roughly 185,000 recovered. The WHO Coronavirus website, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 contains up-to-date statistics, “protect yourself,” country and technical guidance, situation briefings, “what you need to know,” and research and development information.

The WHO Director General advised yesterday that ‘the Coronavirus disease outbreak has now spread to 203 countries and is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively. Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, deaths due to vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically.”

 

Current Situation – U.S.

On March 19th, the US State Department issued its strongest Global Travel Advisory for International Travel to a Level 4: Do not Travel.

  • For those that are considering travel, as a first step check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. You can see the world at a glance on their color-coded map.
  • They note that conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time and to receive updated Travel Advisories and Alerts, choose your preferences at state.gov/stayingconnected
  • For more details and FAQs about safety and security information, please see state.gov/travelsafely.

As many readers are seeing firsthand, the situation is worsening. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) website contains up-to-date information on the current situation, tips on how to protect yourself and advice for home care and coping with stress. The CDC has issued a Level 3, global pandemic warning notice and recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. As of this morning, there are now more than 185,000 cases in the U.S., with 4,059 deaths and 7,251 persons recovered.

  • All 50 U.S. states have reported cases of COVID-19 to CDC.
  • Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity.
  • The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic.
  • The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
  • S. COVID-19 cases include: (1) Imported cases in travelers; (2) Cases among close contacts of a known case; and (3) Community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown.
    • Roughly 75% of states have adopted a “stay-at-home, stay healthy” policy and some states (e.g., Florida) are setting interstate roadblocks, screening and or prohibiting out-of-state travelers (e.g., those with New Yok State license plates) from traveling into their state.
    • New York is the worst-affected state. As of March 31st, there have been at least 75,795 confirmed cases of the coronavirus discovered in the state, including more than 43,139 in New York City. At least 1,550 people with COVID-19 have died in the state, which has the largest number — around 41 percent — of confirmed cases in the U.S.
  • Many states now have mandates urging people to practice social distancing and to only leave their homes for necessities such as grocery shopping and seeking medical attention or acquiring medicine. Exemptions for media, health care providers and financial institutions, among others, were made as well, with workers falling into the category of “essential workers.”
  • CDC officials are considering recommending that Americans wear face coverings in public. But there’s still no consensus on whether widespread use of facial coverings would make a significant difference, and some infectious disease experts worry that masks could lull people into a false sense of security and make them less disciplined about social distancing.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

First, we hope that all of you, your families and peers are healthy and safe during this challenging period. Sant’Anna continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak globally and provide this Coronavirus Response and Update dated 3.21.20. Prior updates and more information may be found at Sant’Anna Health and Safety.

We wish we had better news, but unfortunately the Coronavirus outbreak is worsening, and its impact is being felt in every corner of the world. Here in Italy, the situation remains very challenging and the country remains in a state of “lockdown.” Italy has adopted extreme measures country-wide to reduce the risk of contagion and community spread of the virus and our medical and healthcare systems are being stretched to extremes. We are also very aware that at this moment the United States is also trying to manage the virus spread and is implementing comprehensive travel, business and social restrictions. Some jurisdictions have already adopted a “stay-at-home” mandate, just as we have had to implement here in Italy.

 

World Health Organization

The WHO reported today that there are more than 266,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases with more than 11,000 fatalities – worldwide. The Coronavirus disease outbreak has now spread to 183 countries. The WHO Director General provided the following opening remarks at the March 20,2020 WHO Coronavirus Response and Update Briefing.

  • Every day, COVID-19 seems to reach a new and tragic milestone.
  • Every loss of life is a tragedy. It’s also motivation to double down and do everything we can to stop transmission and save lives.
  • We also need to celebrate our successes. Yesterday, Wuhan reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started.
  • Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world, that even the most severe situation can be turned around.
  • Of course, we must exercise caution – the situation can reverse. But the experience of cities and countries that have pushed back this virus give hope and courage to the rest of the world.
  • Every day, we are learning more about this virus and the disease it causes.
  • One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.
  • Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.
  • Today, I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you.
  • Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.
  • I’m grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus.
  • As I keep saying, solidarity is the key to defeating COVID-19 – solidarity between countries, but also between age groups.
  • Thank you for heeding our call for solidarity, solidarity, solidarity.
  • https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19—20-march-2020

 

US State Department

The US State Department has issued its strongest Travel Advisory for International Travel to a Level 4: Do not Travel.

  • The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travelat this time due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • Entry to the U.S. has been suspended for most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries (including Italy) at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.
  • Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.
  • https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

 

US Center for Disease Control

The CDC Travel Alert to Europe remains Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel and has issued two new travel advisories.

 

The Italian Health Ministry

The Italian Health Ministry issues regular updates, tips, guidance and recommendations. The Ministry reports that as of today, approximately 47,021 people in Italy have tested positive with the Covid-19 virus. Of those, approximately 37,860 are being treated, 4,032 have died and 5,129 have fully recovered.

  • In our Campania region, 652 people have tested positive with the virus. Of those, 356 are being treated and isolated in quarantine, 213 fully recovered and 17 deaths.
  • In Sorrento, 4 persons have tested positive to the virus, with each being treated and quarantined. There are no fatalities.
  • To further reduce virus spread, Campania Governor De Luca has issued very strict business and social restrictions and policies and has requested the Italian Army into the region to assist with preventative treatment, enforcement and care.
  • The March 9 Ministry Decree stipulates that travel between Italian regions is now suspended until April 3, pending future amendments by the Italian Government. Travel between regions is only permitted if there is a documented work necessity, emergency, or health issue. Travel between Italy and many other countries has been suspended.

 

Sant’Anna Measures

Per the Italian Authority Decree, Sant’Anna remains closed to the public, students and faculty until April 3rd, pending future amendments by the Italian Government.  All related activities, events, internships and organized travel have been cancelled and courses are conducted via distance learning.

  • Our staff is in regular communication with our students, universities, and study abroad partners to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time.
  • All classes have been converted to online delivery using our JU Blackboard Online Learning Platform. Students resumed their studies remotely and will continue through to completion at the end of the Spring Semester April 24th.
  • For the Spring 2020 students who were affected by this crisis yet may be interested in returning to Sant’Anna for a new academic study abroad program during a future 2020 or 2021 term (Summer I, II, Fall or Spring), Sant’Anna is offering a 4-week accommodation credit.
  • We understand that our partners and affiliates are in the process of reviewing all 2020 programs and we have extended the Summer I 2020 application deadline to April 30th, Summer II 2020 to May 30th and Fall 2020 to June 15th.
  • At this time, we are planning to run our study abroad programs as scheduled for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. However, if the crisis continues, a decision will be made at least 30 days prior to the start of each Summer Session to remain open or cancel. In the meantime, we will work with our community to find alternate program solutions as appropriate.

This situation is very dynamic and subject to change at any time. Looking forward, we are optimistic that this event will pass, and everyone can resume operations very soon. Therefore, we are open and ready to work with everyone in our community to explore individual and group options for each term, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with inquiries.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

Sant’Anna continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak globally, throughout Italy and, particularly here in the Sorrento area. We are following the Italian national and local government recommendations and mandates and provide this Coronavirus Response and Update 3.20.20.


First, we hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe during this very challenging period. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your families and peers. We wish we had better news, but unfortunately it appears that the Coronavirus outbreak is worsening, and its impact is being felt in every corner of the world. Here in Italy, the situation remains very challenging and the country remains in a state of “lockdown.” We have adopted extreme measures country-wide to reduce the risk of contagion and community spread of the virus, while providing enhanced healthcare and treatment programs. We are also very aware that at this moment the United States is also trying to manage the virus spread and is implementing comprehensive travel, business and social restrictions and prohibitions. Some jurisdictions are also adopting a “stay-at-home” mandate, just as we have had to implement here in Italy.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO reported today that there are now more than 210,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases with nearly 9,000 fatalities – worldwide. The Coronavirus disease outbreak has now spread to 169 countries. The WHO Director General provided the following opening remarks at the March 20,2020 WHO Coronavirus Response and Update Briefing.

  • Every day, COVID-19 seems to reach a new and tragic milestone.
  • Every loss of life is a tragedy. It’s also motivation to doule down and do everything we can to stop transmission and save lives.
  • We also need to celebrate our successes. Yesterday, Wuhan reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started.
  • Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world, that even the most severe situation can be turned around.
  • Of course, we must exercise caution – the situation can reverse. But the experience of cities and countries that have pushed back this virus give hope and courage to the rest of the world.
  • Every day, we are learning more about this virus and the disease it causes.
  • One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.
  • Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.
  • Today, I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you.
  • Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.
  • I’m grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus.
  • As I keep saying, solidarity is the key to defeating COVID-19 – solidarity between countries, but also between age groups.
  • Thank you for heeding our call for solidarity, solidarity, solidarity.
  • https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19—20-march-2020

 

US State Department (https://www.state.gov/)

The US State Department has issued its strongest Travel Advisory for International Travel to a Level 4: Do not Travel.

  • The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travelat this time due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • Entry to the U.S. has been suspended for most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries (including Italy) at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.
  • Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.
  • https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

 

US Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/)

The CDC Travel Alert to Europe remains Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel.

 

The Italian Health Ministry (http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/p5_11.jsp)

The Italian Health Ministry issues regular updates, tips, guidance and recommendations. The Ministry reports that as of today, approximately 41,035 people in Italy have tested positive with the Covid-19 virus. Of those, approximately 33,190 are being treated, 3,405 have died and 2,498 have fully recovered.

  • In our Campania region, 652 people have tested positive with the virus. Of those, 356 are being treated and isolated in quarantine, 213 fully recovered and 17 deaths.
  • In Sorrento, 4 persons have tested positive to the virus, with each being treated and quarantined. There are no fatalities.
  • To further reduce virus spread, Campania Governor De Luca has issued very strict business and social restrictions and policies and has requested the Italian Army into the region to assist with preventative treatment, enforcement and care.
  • The March 9 Ministry Decree stipulates that travel between Italian regions is now suspended until April 3, pending future amendments by the Italian Government. Travel between regions is only permitted if there is a documented work necessity, emergency, or health issue. Travel between Italy and other countries will be impacted and will be subject to the regulations of individual foreign nations, Italy, and travel companies.

 

Sant’Anna Measures

Per the Italian Authority Decree, Sant’Anna remains closed to the public, students and faculty until April 3rd, pending future amendments by the Italian Government.  All related activities, events, internships and organized travel have been cancelled and courses are conducted via distance learning.

  • Our staff is in regular communication with our students, universities, and study abroad partners to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time.
  • All classes have been converted to online delivery using our JU Blackboard Online Learning Platform. Students resumed their studies remotely and will continue through to completion at the end of the Spring Semester April 24th.
  • For the Spring 2020 students who were affected by this crisis yet may be interested in returning to Sant’Anna for a new academic study abroad program during a future 2020 or 2021 term (Summer I, II, Fall or Spring), Sant’Anna is offering a 4-week accommodation credit.

We understand that our partners and affiliates are in the process of reviewing Summer and Fall 2020 programs and we have extended deadlines and revised cancellation policies to accommodate decisions and commitments.

  • At this time, we are planning to run our study abroad programs as scheduled for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. However, if the crisis continues, a decision will be made at least 30 days prior to the start of each Summer Session to remain open or cancel. In the meantime, we will work with our community to find alternate program solutions as appropriate.
  • Sant’Anna has extended the Summer I 2020 application deadline to April 15th, Summer II 2020 to May 30th and Fall 2020 to June 15th.

This situation is very dynamic and subject to change at any time. Looking forward, we are optimistic that this event will pass, and we can resume operations very soon. Therefore, we are open and ready to work with students, universities, faculty and partners to explore individual and group options and opportunities for each term, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or thoughts.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost priority. We will continue to follow Italian Authority direction and be proactive in our preventative measures, policies and procedures. Regular campus-wide and targeted communications will be delivered via email, through WhatsApp and on our website. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Sant’Anna staff.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

Sant’Anna continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak globally, throughout Italy and, particularly here in the Sorrento area. We are following the Italian national and local government recommendations and mandates and provide this Coronavirus Response and Update 3.10.20.


Current Situation

On March 9th, Italian Prime Minister Conte announced a country-wide lockdown in an effort to further contain the risk of Coronavirus community spread and protect Italy’s most-at-risk citizens and visitors, namely the elderly and or those with health conditions. Italian Authorities have extended the same preventative and restrictive conditions previously imposed in the red zone areas of Northern Italy to now all of Italy.

The decree states “those who have to leave their region or their cities out of serious necessity can do so only if they have self-certification stating that they must cross the borders for compelling business reasons, health reasons, or because they have to return home.” Additional decree measures include:

  • Citizens and visitors are recommended to stay home and travel within Italy is restricted to essential or emergency purposes only.
    • Those assigned quarantine must not leave their home or accommodations.
    • In case of acute respiratory infection or high fever (37.5 degrees Celsius) are advised to stay home, seek medical care and avoid social contact.
  • Checkpoints are being implemented in airports, train stations, bus terminals and motorways to verify and restrict non-essential travel.
  • Residents in all Regions of Italy are requested to self-report and or report any person who has recently been in Northern Italy to the Regional Health Authority for further review.
  • All schools and universities are ordered closed until April 3rd. Online distance learning is in implementation and all school field trips, tours and excursions are cancelled.
  • Public and private gatherings and events have been suspended or cancelled.
  • Conferences, exhibitions and trade shows are suspended.
  • Late Night Bar and Dance Clubs operations are suspended.
  • Museums, cultural exhibits, archeological sites, historical buildings and parks are closed.
  • Bar, Pub and Restaurant operations may remain open with limited hours between 6am-6pm as long as customers are sat or served at least 1 meter distance apart from others.
  • Commercial business and activity may be open but must restrict access in order to comply with the 1 meter distance social safety and security policy.
  • Large shopping centers, department stores and malls must close on public holidays and the day before public holidays.
  • Supermarkets will remain open. They must comply with the 1 meter distance social safety and security policy.
  • Sport events are suspended. Some select sport events may take place behind closed doors
  • Employer smart work procedures may be automatically implemented, even in the absence of individual agreements.
  • Places of worship must restrict access in order to apply distance safety and security measures. Weddings and funerals may be suspended.
  • Public visitors and guests are restricted access to hospital, senior living or healthcare facilities.

Sant’Anna Measures

Therefore, in accordance with Italian Authority decree, effective today the Sant’Anna Institute campus is closed to the public, students and faculty until April 3rd. All related classes, activities, events, internships and organized travel are hereby cancelled and or modified as follows:

  • Our staff is in regular communication with our students, universities, and study abroad partners to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time.
  • All classes have been converted to online delivery using our JU Blackboard Online Learning Platform. Students have resumed their studies remotely beginning this week and will continue through to completion at the end of the Spring Semester April 24th.
  • For the students who have inquired about returning to Sant’Anna during the Summer or Fall to resume their study abroad experience we are prepared to work with you, your university and our partners to explore options and opportunities.

Looking forward, we are optimistic that this event will pass, and we can resume operations very soon. We understand that our partners and affiliates are in the process of reviewing Summer and Fall 2020 programs and we have extended deadlines and revised cancellation policies to accommodate decisions and commitments.

  • At this time, we are planning to run our study abroad programs as scheduled for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. However, if the crisis continues, a decision will be made at least 30 days prior to the start of each Summer Session to remain open or cancel. In the meantime, we will work with our community to find alternate program solutions.

 

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost priority. We will continue to follow Italian Authority direction and be proactive in our preventative measures, policies and procedures. Regular campus-wide and targeted communications will be delivered via email, through WhatsApp and on our website. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Sant’Anna staff.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

Sant’Anna continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak globally, throughout Italy and, particularly here in the Sorrento area. We are following the Italian national and local government recommendations and mandates and provide this Coronavirus Response and Update 3.4.20.


Current Situation

As everyone may be aware, the U.S. CDC has raised the travel alert level for Italy to a Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel to Italy. The U.S. State Department has maintained its travel warning to the South of Italy at Level 3: Reconsider Travel and increased its travel warning to Northern Italy to a Level 4: Do not Travel. To date, most cases identified in Italy have been reported in the north – mainly in the Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont Regions

At this moment here in Sorrento, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus and we continue to be diligent and vigilant in our health and safety preventative measures. However, there have been a few cases reported in other parts of the Campania Region, of which are quarantined and being treated by health authorities.

Unfortunately, the situation has not improved and there exists greater concern for increased community spread of the virus. As an additional precaution, today, the Italian Authorities issued a country-wide mandate for all schools, public and private, to close from March 5th until March 15th, at which time additional guidance will be provided.


Sant’Anna Measures

Therefore, in accordance with Italian Authority, effective today the Sant’Anna Institute campus is closed to the public, students and faculty until March 15th or later, subject to Italian Authority mandate. All related classes, activities, events, internships and organized travel are hereby cancelled and or modified as follows:

  • Our staff is in regular communication with our students, universities, and study abroad partners to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time. We are also assisting students and families with arrangements and transition back to the U.S.
  • We are aware of the concern’s students have regarding the ability to complete their spring coursework on time, earning credits and graduating on-time. All classes have been converted to online delivery using our JU Blackboard Platform. Students will resume their studies remotely beginning March 9th and continue through to completion at the end of the Spring Semester April 24th.
  • All student life activities are cancelled and we are working with our local partners on modifying our Internships.
  • We are also aware that some students have inquired about returning to Sant’Anna during the Summer or Fall to resume their study abroad experience and we gladly welcome you and are prepared to work with you, your university and our partners to provide co-sponsored discounts for the Summer or Fall 2020 semesters.

Looking forward, we are optimistic that this event will pass, and we can resume operations very soon. We understand that our partners and affiliates are in the process of reviewing Summer and Fall 2020 programs and we have extended deadlines and revised cancellation policies to accommodate decisions and commitments. At this time, we are planning to run our study abroad programs as scheduled for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters, however if the crisis continues, a decision will be made at least 30 days prior to the start of the Summer Session to remain open or cancel. In the meantime, we will work with our provider partners, universities and faculty to find alternate program solutions.


The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost priority. We will continue to follow Italian Authority direction and be proactive in our preventative measures, policies and procedures. Regular campus-wide and targeted communications will be delivered via email, through WhatsApp and on our website. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Sant’Anna staff.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

Sant’Anna continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak globally, throughout Italy and, particularly here in the Sorrento area. We are following the Italian national and local government recommendations and mandates and provide this Coronavirus Response and Update 2.29.20.


Current Situation

As everyone may be aware, the U.S. CDC has raised the travel alert level for Italy to a Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel to Italy and the U.S. State Department has increased its travel warning to Level 3: Reconsider Travel to Italy. To date, most cases identified in Italy have been reported in the north – mainly in the Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont Regions.

Here in the Campania Region, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sorrento. However, there have been a few confirmed cases in the Region of which are quarantined and being treated by health authorities.

  • Sorrento, as described by the National Authorities, is not an area of epidemic emergency. However, for preventative health reasons, the Campania Regional Authorities required all public schools in the Region, and requested all private academic institutions in the Region, to administer anti-viral cleaning and disinfectant treatments. The Authorities did not require or request preventative treatment of other public facilities such as offices, museums, cinemas, theatres, community centers and businesses and therefore have remained open as normal.
  • Working with our professional contractor, we completed the recommended campus-wide preventative anti-viral cleaning and disinfectant treatment as well as the treatment of shared apartments and host family accommodations. We have also implemented a luggage cleaning program, scheduled a mandatory health seminar, and initiated daily health screenings for all students and staff. For more information on our health initiatives and measures, please see our Sant’Anna Response and Update dated 2.27.20 at Health and Safety.

In the meantime, we are aware that some of students are looking to remain and continue studies at Sant-Anna while others are looking into leaving, have been recalled, and or have already made plans to return to the U.S. We fully understand and have implemented the following additional measures to ensure students’ safety and provide the opportunity to satisfactorily complete all academic coursework and programming.

  • Sant’Anna offices and residence hall are currently open to students, faculty and staff.
  • Starting Monday March 2nd, Sant’Anna will remain open and operate as normal with classes held as scheduled for students remaining on campus, unless we receive a mandate to close.
    • We have already cancelled student trips and excursions and will continue to evaluate, reschedule and or cancel future organized student trips and activities as appropriate.
    • Campus facilities, staff and faculty are open and available for students to meet or use for academic, social or personal purposes. We will also continue to provide on-campus student life activities as appropriate.
    • Faculty have been advised to suspend all class presentations, tests and evaluations until the following week and consider any absences excused and provide lesson plans, materials, and resources online to help absent students cover the coursework.
    • We will schedule make-up days for classes missed on Friday’s or at the end of the semester as appropriate.
  • For students who are voluntarily returning or being recalled to the U.S., we are prepared to administer and deliver all courses online for the remainder of the semester.
    • We will be utilizing the Jacksonville University, our U.S. School of Record, Blackboard online learning platform. Faculty will provide students with instructions, access to the JU Blackboard platform, course schedule, weekly lesson plans, content, assignments, resources, and evaluations.
    • For these students, online sections of the courses will commence the week of Monday March 9th in order to accommodate student travel and relocation.
    • Our staff is in regular communication, on-premise and making regular visits to students to provide support, assistance and guidance during this difficult time.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost priority. We will continue to follow Italian Authority direction and be proactive in our preventative measures, policies and procedures. We continue to work closely with our health partners, study abroad providers and university affiliates to address and communicate the situation. Regular campus-wide and targeted communications will be delivered in-person, via email, through WhatsApp and on our website. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Sant’Anna staff.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

We continue to closely monitor the coronavirus situation globally, throughout Italy and, particularly here in the Naples Region and Sorrento. In follow up to our recent communications, please note the following regarding the current situation and Sant ’Anna’s measures in response.


Current Situation

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sorrento. However, there are three confirmed cases in the Campania region and the Campania Regional Health Authority has recently issued a mandate requiring all public schools, and requesting private academic institutions, to temporarily close their campus facilities and implement a preventative disinfectant treatment of public and private areas during the dates of Thursday 2.27.20 to Saturday 2.29.20.

  • Therefore, our office and campus are closed to the public from today Thursday 2.27.20 until Saturday 2.29.20. We have contracted a government certified cleaning company who will perform and complete the required services tomorrow Friday 2.28.20 during the hours of 730am to 830pm during which time we will provide our students currently in our residence hall, or who will be returning back to campus, alternative accommodations for the day.
    • Our residence halls and administrative office will re-open Friday 9pm 2.28.20 and the campus will re-open on Saturday morning 2.29.20. Classes will resume Monday 3.1.20.

We continue to follow the guidance and direction of local and national health authorities as to the status and mandates on operations. Currently, our offices and campus are open and operational. The majority of our study abroad students are returning this week from Spring Break and spring semester classes are scheduled to re-commence on Monday as scheduled. We are working closely with our study abroad partners and together will communicate any changes in policies or relevant information as available, so please check your email and WhatsApp regularly.

In Italy, The Italian Authorities have made the recommendation that all school-sponsored travel within Italy be suspended for the next two weeks, thus we are evaluating and suspending select academic and student life activities during this period as appropriate in compliance with the State’s recommendation.

Internationally, the US CDC has raised the travel alert status for Italy from a Level 1: Standard Precautions in Travel to a Level 2: Enhanced Precautions in Travel. The main differences between a Level 1 and a Level 2 designation are the CDC recommendations for enhanced diligence in hygiene and sanitation, recommendations for restricted, postponement or cancelation of travel to and from affected areas, and protocol for those not feeling well or contagious.

At this moment, there are no travel restrictions to and from Italy, the exception being recently announced restricted public transportation across the Italian – Austrian border originating from Austria into Italy imposed by the Austrian authorities. Within Italy, there still exists select restrictions for travel to and from affected destinations, primarily in the northern regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont. Currently, all international airports, train and bus terminals in Italy are open, yet travelers should be aware and prepared for enhanced screening, restrictions, interruptions and or cancelations of travel within and outside the country.


AACUPI Recommendations

We understand that many of you have questions and concerns for independent travel and we would like to share a recent communication by our colleagues at CIS Abroad with respect to advice for students, faculty and families who are considering or implementing independent travel while here in Italy. The Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI), recommends the following:

  • Travelers should constantly monitor official news sources, such as the U.S. CDC, U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Italy, US Embassy and US Consulates in Italy and that of the countries you wish to travel to.
  • Travelers should also take into consideration the following risks:
    • Travel Delays: There may be travel delays affecting both buses and trains leaving Italy. Some long-distance trains for instance, those leaving Italy, have experienced delays.
    • Cancelled Transportation: Flight, train or bus travel may be cancelled if a sudden travel ban to certain countries is issued by the Italian or other EU authorities. Countries may list Italy as an “at risk” location and thereby bar visitor’s entry if their travel originated or passed through Italy.
    • Denied Entry or Being Sent Back: Countries may issue a mandatory quarantine for any visitors originating from Italy.
      • Some travelers may be given the option to immediately return to their originating country to avoid a quarantine, but there is no set rule to date. For example, a recent flight from Italy to the Mauritius Islands was interrupted by local authorities there. Passengers were given the choice between going into quarantine for 14 days in Mauritius or flying back home.
      • Quarantine: Italy may impose a quarantine for individuals traveling within or returning to Italy in the event they show symptoms of the coronavirus, or simply because they arrived on a flight originating in a country Italy considers or will consider to be “at risk”.
    • For travelers planning on traveling to or through Milan and Venice (including in and out of these respective airports), we urge you to reconsider or change your travel plans due to coronavirus cases reported near these metropolitan areas.
    • Lastly, if you have not already done so, please register in STEP(U.S. Dept. of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) and update your trip information to match your future travel plans. STEP will send you emails in the event any new health or safety alerts are issued for countries you are traveling in or to.

What else can you do at this time?

  • Continue to check your email and WhatsApp regularly for important updates from Sant’Anna or your university or study abroad provider.
  • Consult the CDC website, American Consulate in Naples or American Embassy in Rome for the most up-to-date information regarding restrictions or enhanced screening procedures. Review the Department of State’s COVID-19 Travel Alert. Enroll today in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for your destinations.
  • Check with airlines, train or bus companies regarding any travel cancellations and or restrictions.
  • Personal Hygiene and Sanitation: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Sant’Anna Measures

  • Individuals working, visiting or returning to Sant’Anna will be screened and asked about their health and travel history.
  • Sant’Anna is hosting a mandatory health seminar on Monday with administration and medical personnel for all students, faculty and staff to provide information, protocol, policies and resources.
  • Sant’Anna Incident Response Team (IRT) are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications. The IRT includes company executives, medical personnel and authorities.
  • Sant’Anna has set contingency plans for program administration, academics and student welfare and will continue to work with authorities and partners in implementation as the situation requires.
  • We will continue to consult with state and national experts on the status of the coronavirus and while we are not testing for coronavirus infection at Sant’Anna, we will coordinate testing as appropriate through our health partners.
  • Sant’Anna crews have increased cleaning and disinfecting of all public and private areas including but not limited to high-touch surfaces and restrooms in campus buildings, residence halls, dining halls, recreation facilities, and transportation. We have also made available health and hygiene protocol and sanitation supplies to all students.
  • On the recommendation of our medical and government officials we have reminded anyone who is ill or thinks they may be ill to contact us, stay home from class and or from work, and seek medical care, as necessary.
  • We are, and will continue to follow the national, regional and local Italian Government and Ministry of Health analysis, recommendations and policy as we address this issue.
  • We will continuously monitor the situation and provide campus wide communications, as well as to targeted communications to individuals as appropriate. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Sant’Anna staff.

Dear Sant’Anna Community,

As you are most likely aware, the confirmed presence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont is now of greater concern.

Sant’Anna continues to closely monitor the health situation here in Italy and is following the response of the Italian health authorities, national government and our local Sorrento and Naples agencies. We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation and provide regular updates and we recommend that individuals stay informed on their own and follow Italian (or foreign country) health official guidance and avoid government-designated affected areas.

Two of the best sources of information are the US Embassy in Italy and the US Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The US Embassy has issued a Health Alert and the CDC has issued a Travel Warning Level 1 for Italy. The CDC Level 1 Warning means that they do not recommend canceling or postponing travel to and from Italy, but travelers should practice usual precautions and stay informed.

We also recommend that students regularly check with their University or Study Abroad Provider for news and announcements as well as enroll in the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for Italy and foreign destinations.


Current Situation

At this time, while there have been cases of coronavirus documented in Northern Italy, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sorrento and local officials advise that it is safe for schools and universities in Sorrento to remain open. Sant’Anna is open and operating as normal. We are in regular communication with local and regional health officials and will share additional information immediately via email, WhatsApp, website and in person as it becomes available, so be sure to check each regularly.

While additional cautionary measures are put in place, everyone should be prepared for travel restrictions within Italy and abroad that may be put into effect with little or no advance notice. For instance, travelers should be prepared for and may experience transportation delays or cancelations, border closings or restrictions, and random or systematic health screening.


Sant’Anna Measures

In the meantime, we all need to work together and individually to minimize the opportunity for the virus to spread. Here are Sant’Anna’s measures and recommendations for the situation.

  • Individuals working, visiting, or returning to Sant’Anna should prepared to be screened for recent travel and asked about their health and travel history.
  • We will continue to consult with state and national experts on the status of the coronavirus and while we are not testing for coronavirus infection at Sant’Anna, we will coordinate testing as appropriate through the local and national health departments.
  • Executive members of the Sant’Anna Incident Response Team (IRT) are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications. The IRT includes company executives, Sant’Anna Doctor and health department colleagues.
  • Sant’Anna crews have increased cleaning and disinfecting of public and private areas such as high-touch surfaces and restrooms in campus buildings, residence halls, dining areas, recreation facilities, and transportation. We are also providing sanitizers, disinfectants, cleaning supplies and hygiene and sanitation recommendations to our community members.
  • On the recommendation of our medical and government officials we have reminded anyone who has symptoms of the cold or flu, or believes they may be ill to contact us, stay home from class and or from work until symptom free, and seek medical care, as necessary.
  • If you feel uncomfortable while here or traveling, we recommend you take the noted precautions and also consider returning to Sorrento and Sant’Anna where we may provide further assistance.
  • Faculty and staff are being provided guidance on ways to accommodate students who may need to manage assignments, internships or coursework remotely. We are also evaluating the health and safety of student trips, excursions, tours, meetings, and travel and may postpone or cancel any that are deemed unnecessary or high-risk until further notice.
  • We fully understand that there is concern from families, friends and our partners. We will continuously monitor the situation and response by the Italian authorities, follow the instructions of the national government and provide community-wide communications, as well as to targeted communications to individuals as appropriate. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Sant’Anna staff as noted.

Sant’Anna Contact Information

For immediate assistance or information regarding Health and Safety please contact us at:

+39 081 807 55 99  +39 081 878 44 70

Serena Vacca, Study Abroad Coordinator
Students, Family, Partners and General Inquiries

Marco Marino, Academic Director
Faculty

Additional Assistance

In an emergency situation here in Italy, you should always call the emergency number 112.