To the University of Delaware Community:

6:38 p.m., May 2, 2009----Based on the continued support of the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Christiana Care, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Delaware will remain open next week. DPH officials said today that the symptoms among UD students are mild, and all students given a probable or positive H1N1 flu diagnosis are recovering. In fact, some no longer have symptoms.

The University will continue to work closely with state and federal health officials to monitor the situation, and any updates to the schedule of classes or campus activities will be posted on

DPH emphasizes that anyone with flu-like symptoms should seek medical treatment and follow recovery guidelines, including staying home from school and work and refraining from travel.

Given the mild nature of the virus at UD and the ability of Student Health Services to handle students seeking care, the Division of Public Health decided yesterday to close the clinic operating out of the Carpenter Sports Building. Student Health Services remains open 24/7, and students experiencing flu-like symptoms should go there for screening.

I was enormously proud of UD this week. I thank the medical personnel who dedicated many hours to screening and treating students. I thank students, staff, and faculty for their efforts to follow state health guidelines and contain the spread of the virus. And I thank the entire University community for its understanding and flexibility as schedule adjustments were made.


Patrick T. Harker