Viral Infection Prevention Campus update 2/2/2020
Email to campus Community
Subject: UPDATE: Protect yourself and others from viral infections
The core emergency response team (CERT) met today to discuss all recent developments surrounding viral infections, specifically influenza, and the coronavirus. At this time, the coronavirus threat to our campus community remains low, and influenza remains the number one concern. According to the Weekly Respiratory Report released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, confirmed influenza cases in Wisconsin are continuing to rise. We ask our faculty and staff remain diligent and proactive in protecting yourself and others from viral infections.
Beginning tomorrow, facilities will be placing hand sanitizing stations across campus. If you’d like one located near your work area, please email Dan Imhoff. There will also be disinfecting wipes in conference rooms and near all work stations – please wipe down common areas, as well as your work station frequently.
Last, please practice our college value of learning by informing yourself on the best practices in handwashing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers.
The CERT will continue to closely monitor the coronavirus and share updates with the campus community as needed. For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to share them with a member of the CERT and T
Hand Washing Considerations
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds.
- As a time reference, imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice
- Rinse hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
- Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Apply product to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry
Times Hands should be washed:
- Before preparing or eating food
- After going to the restroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the restroom
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After handling an animal or animal waste
- After handling garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound