LUC Keeping Community Safe During Pandemic
Publication Date: 05/12/2020
Complying with Centers for Disease Control guidelines, UT Tyler took appropriate action to keep the University community safe, which included promoting social distancing, postponing or cancelling events with large gatherings of people and positioning the remaining spring 2020 semester online.
For Longview University Center students and faculty, one of the first confirmed cases in East Texas hit right in their backyard of Gregg County, and they wasted no time to act. A student task force was created to plan virus safety information for the entire University community, including population-specific posters and radio public service announcements in both English and Spanish.
LUC Level 4 nursing student Jessica O’Brien of Lindale serves on the student task force and wrote one of the PSAs.
“In times like these, it’s not only important to take care of yourself, but also each other,” “O’Brien said. “As we like to say, ‘Don’t spread infection — spread information.’”
Other student task force members are Kelley Alexander of Longview, Kat Davis of Diana, Chassity Dunn of Marshall, Makenzie Tate of Carthage, Clayton Reinhart of Tyler; and Maria Davila and Sara Furlong, both of Henderson.
“I am humbled by their service and dedication to the health of our community,” said Anita Lowe, LUC community nursing course instructor.
Guided by the CDC, the task force’s materials focused on people with weakened immune systems, those pregnant and breastfeeding; and the elderly, according to Debbie Crumpler, LUC nursing coordinator.