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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is currently in phase three
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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Feb 27, 2021
Another month comes to a close. The at-least-not-freezing temperatures locally will continue to trend warmer as we prepare to welcome the rejuvenating powers of spring. Our traditional academic cycle is not unlike the seasons. I am grateful for so many of our faculty and staff because you help students emerge into more confident experts who are well-prepared to enter the workforce. Hopefully remembering the impact we have on students by improving their lives will energize our efforts.
An update from around the college:
- Beating COVID in 2021:
- We will continue to re-open campus as we work towards moving to the next stage of our plan. Please remember safety protocol and remind peers to do the same. Face masks, physical distancing, and washing hands are all helpful and effective ways to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
- Vacation Travel: We are not requiring, but highly encouraging, communication of plans to travel with your supervisor. We expect faculty and staff to follow CDC guidelines and also respect the rules and regulations of local authorities. After you return from high-risk areas identified by the CDC, we expect people to quarantine for 10 days to help limit the spread of the virus. Please remain off campus during the quarantine period. Students may be asked to reschedule clinical assignments based on the health care facility’s policy.
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If you have thoughts, ideas, feedback, or questions, please send a note to our COVID-19 Response Team by using the link below. Members of our team regularly monitoring this feedback.
See the following for specific information.
Self-quarantine means the isolation of people who are healthy and exposed. This is recommended for individuals returning from Level 3 Travel Advisory areas.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Government Health Entities
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- FEMA – distinguish Facts from Rumors
- National Institutes of Health
- Wisconsin Department of Health
Other Fact-Based Sources
- Herd immunity – Estimating the level required to halt the COVID-19 Epidemic in affected countries, Journal of Infection, 80(6), E32-E33
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- Risk Level Map by State/County, Harvard Global Health Institute
- Wearing face masks in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic: Altruism and solidarity, The Lancet, April 16, 2020
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.