Concordia University Wisconsin is closely monitoring the recent nationwide outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a new webpage on its website.
Although no one at CUW has been impacted by the virus directly, the university’s top priority is to protect the health of its students and staff.
The new webpage includes informational links, frequently asked questions, a message from President Ferry, and the university’s position on spring break travel. The webpage will be updated when/if new information arises.
The CUW Student Health Center (SHC) is staying in close communication with the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department for updates and guidance on the situation. The SHC is also actively screening ill patients for travel history and is providing masks for those exhibiting upper respiratory symptoms.
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the CDC does recommend some daily preventative measures. These measures include washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, avoiding contact with people who are sick, using your own drinking cups, straws, and eating utensils, and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as cell phones, keyboards, handles, and doorknobs.
“I carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go. When I walk into different classrooms and touch highly-touched surfaces, I make sure to apply it,” CUW student Nathan Raskin said.
With spring break rapidly approaching, CUW is following recommendations from the CDC regarding travel. CUW is temporarily suspending all Concordia-sponsored international travel to high-risk countries. CUW also strongly suggests that all students and staff check the CDC’s travel health notices before traveling.
COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact the Concordia SHC.
To view CUW’s new webpage for more information, as well as any updates, click here.
Written by Brianna Heinen.