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COVID-19 – Coronavirus

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College completed phase one (March 23 – June 1) on the college’s return to work plan and is on pace for face-to-face instruction this fall.

The college is now in Phase 2 (June 1 – Aug. 1) of the Return to Campus initiative which requires all campus guests to schedule appointments ahead of time as well as wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

Update From Caleb White – June 18, 2020

Teammates and friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying summer. Here is an update since the last email on Saturday, May 27:

  1. Southwest Tech COVID 19 Returning to Campus Guidelines and Policies Handbook.
    1. Version 2.0 – The newest edition of the College’s return to campus plan is in the works with a focus on detailed guidelines, procedures and policies for Phase III reopening currently slated for August 1.  Target release is planned for the week of July 13.

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Contact our Team

If you have thoughts, ideas, feedback, or questions, please send a note to our COVID-19 Responce Team by using the link below. Members of our team regularly monitoring this feedback.

See the following for specific information.


As this situation continues to evolve, we recommend visiting the Wisconsin Department of Health Sevices (WDHS) website for the latest statistics.

Southwest Tech is monitoring the situation closely and referring to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, as well as core emergency response team and safety partners to ensure that we can keep the campus safe as the situation develops.

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If a local case is reported, Southwest Tech will take immediate steps in accordance with CDC guidelines to respond to any health and safety risk to the campus community.

If someone has been in contact with a confirmed case and develops symptoms, they should fill out the Concerns Form on our website and wait for instructions on further evaluation.

If a student has a positive COVID-19 screening, they will be isolated for assessment and Southwest Tech staff will continue to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infection. Local healthcare organizations are following the same protocol with their patients.

Southwest Tech is carefully monitoring the circumstances and will continue to comply with CDC best practices and guidance as they are released.

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Self-quarantine means the isolation of people who are healthy and exposed. This is recommended for individuals returning from Level 3 Travel Advisory areas.

Self-quarantine instructions:

  • Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the quarantine, tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.


Self-monitoring is suggested for individuals who returned from countries with a Level 2 Travel Health Notice.

Self-monitoring instructions:

  • Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
  • Watch for a cough or difficulty breathing.

If you develop fever, cough, have difficulty breathing, or need medical care:

  • Call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • If possible, wear a face mask if you need to be around other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.

If you need emergency medical attention during the 14 days after your return, call 911 and let them know that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Public health officials, including the CDC and WHO, recommend that people without symptoms wear a mask when in public places or when around others.

Guidance from the World Health Organization

Visit the World Health Organization website for information regarding masks.

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Avoid close contact with other people with a minimum of six feet distance
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home in accordance with the latest updates from the CDC and WDHS
  • 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
  • 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.
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As a college, our greatest strength is our faculty and staff who care so much about your students and communities. Please rely on our collective kindness and mutual respect to guide us through uncertain times. Please know we hope you and those close to you remain healthy.