Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson sends message to students and encourages vigilance throughout fall break.

East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson sent a message to students on Nov. 20 to remind them to remain vigilant of COVID-19 over the upcoming break.

Mitchelson said ECU faculty and staff have already filmed the virtual fall commencement ceremony, and everyone has worked hard to make the experience meaningful for the expected 2,000 fall graduates. Although graduation will be held virtually, Mitchelson said students should still be aware of COVID-19 and follow guidelines.

“I am proud of how you all individually and collectively have responded to the many challenges the university has faced during this pandemic,” Mitchelson said. “But the challenges remain and will continue through the upcoming holidays and the foreseeable future.”

There are new COVID-19 antibody treatments that will continue to be tested at ECU, according to Mitchelson. Although these along with potential vaccines on the national level may seem promising, he said students should continue to follow safety protocols.

Mitchelson said he understands that students want to gather with friends and family over the break, but he said we must listen to public health experts who say it is important not to get “pandemic fatigue” during the holidays.

“We need to remain vigilant and committed to following the 3W’s-- wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, waiting six feet apart and washing your hands frequently,” Mitchelson said. “And we need to remind our friends and family to do the same.”

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