First, we are hoping the best for families, communities, and countries that have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We are particularly concerned about the impact this public health crisis may have on the lives and infrastructure of communities and countries that have been hard hit by natural disasters. As an international conference, we are closely monitoring the reports and guidelines from the Ministry of Health in the Nation of the Bahamas, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the State Deparment.
At this time, we are moving forward with the planning of the ICUE from November 5-7, 2020. Should conditions warrant a change, we will update you immediately. We are aware that universities, funding agencies, and other public education entities have rightfully supsended funds for national and international travel. To that end, we are extending the proposal submission deadline until June 12, 2020.
Please visit the CDC, WHO, and Ministry of Health-Bahamas websites for accurate and verified information on COVID-19. While we are not aware of how this challenge to human resolve will end, we do know that despite the odds our families, communities, and nations have always worked to meet the needs of humanity. We ask that the ICUE family be prepared to support local, national, and international endeavors as needs arise.
Dr. Stephen D. Hancock