COVID-19 Update: May 22, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We hope this message finds you well, and we would like to provide you with a brief update. This week, we had some encouraging news from County officials. COVID-19 transmission in Calhoun County remains low. In fact, there have been only 8 new test-positive cases in the last 7 days. There are no COVID-19 patients at Regional Medical Center, Anniston, for the first time since March 29th. Fortunately, there have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in the County since April 20th.

Yesterday, Governor Kay Ivey announced that she has amended her Safer-at-Home Order. The amended order allows more businesses to reopen, effective at 5 p.m. today. The State is easing restrictions on entertainment venues, athletic activities, educational institutions, child daycare facilities, and summer camps, as noted in the full Public Health Order, Governor's Amended Safe at Home Order May 21.

Currently, supervisors and essential personnel are working all across the university to prepare our campus for the return of all full-time staff on June 1st. Preparedness and safety measures are guided by our Pandemic Ready program. We will do all we can to provide you with a safe work and academic environment.

We do not know what the future holds exactly, but we will do our very best to achieve a new normal – one that gives you an opportunity to learn and interact safely with each other. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.


Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.
Acting President