Faith Theological Seminary is closely monitoring the emerging global public health concern regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). FTS will continue to follow the recommendations of international, national and local authorities, including Baltimore City Health Department, Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
This webpage provides updates relevant to the FTS community along with links to various resources available to students, faculty and staff, and visitors. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.
Governor Hogan: 9 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland(Added March 10, 2020)
Governor Hogan Announces Two Additional Cases of Coronavirus in Maryland (Added March 8, 2020)
Governor Hogan Declares State of Emergency (Added March 6, 2020)
Three (3) new cases in Maryland (Added March 6, 2020)
Statement from the President (Updated 3/11/2020)
- Dear FTS Students, Faculty & Staff:
Information and updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) are flowing at a very rapid pace. We know this can feel overwhelming. Please be assured that FTS continues to monitor the growing health threat and remains in contact with health officials.
I am meeting with administrative personnel to review our emergency operations plans, including continuity of instruction for students and faculty and continuity plans for the overall operations of the Seminary. We have also taken several proactive measures to further ensure the health and safety of our campus. I will continue to keep you informed about important developments, and share recommendations for precautions to take and other reminders.
Commitment to an Inclusive Christian Community
- As the coronavirus continues to spread, we ask all members of the FTS community to avoid making assumptions or jumping to conclusions based upon an individual’s perceived symptoms or ethnicities.
- Continue to share in the Seminary’s Christian commitment to providing an environment that is supportive and accepting for all who come here.
Continue to do your part in preventing the spread of this and other illnesses
- Get a flu vaccine.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly and follow the CDC’s hand-washing guidelines.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it away.
What to do if you believe you have been exposed
If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and you begin having symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing), seek medical attention. Follow these steps:
- Call your doctor or emergency room before you go.
- Tell them about recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household).
Contact for uninsured – If you know a student or an employee who has recently traveled to affected areas or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (and having symptoms) without health insurance or a healthcare provider, please refer them to Hassan Sheikh, Medical Countermeasure Coordinator at the Baltimore City Health Department, at 410-396-3844. For sliding fee (income based) health care see list of primary care clinics in Baltimore. Another resource for health referrals is dialing 211 or visiting https://211md.org/.
We ask you to continue to pray and support each other. The health and well-being of FTS students, faculty, staff, and visitors remains our highest priority. God Bless You!
Sincerely in Christ,
Norman J. Manohar, Th.D., D.D.