As members of our campus spread out around the country for Spring Break, we wanted to provide you an update on our awareness of and preparations for the potential spread of the coronavirus (officially named “COVID-19”). There are no known cases in our area – we are communicating now simply because of the risk of exposure inherent with domestic and international travel.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (recommended distance is remaining at least 6’ away from a person displaying symptoms).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
To be as prepared as possible, we are convening a team to review our health and safety protocols related to communicable diseases and to review our existing plans to manage community health issues in a unique setting like a residential college campus.
Thank you for your consideration in not just keeping yourself healthy but in helping keep our community healthy now and in the future. These moments are helpful, tangible reminders that our personal decisions often have communal consequences…let’s love our neighbors well during this time!
Vice President for Student Development and Success