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COVID-19 – Coronavirus

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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Sept 5, 2020

Dear College Community,

The link for the college-wide update on Friday, September 4 via video conference will be active on Yammer and in the Hub.  Here are a few updates to supplement the updates on the video conference:

  1. Budget: Layla Merrifield, Executive Director of the District Boards Association, reports the following: “The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released their memorandum detailing that collections totaled $17,532.2 million, up 1.1% compared to the prior year, and $211.8 million over the 2019 Act 9 estimate. Compared to the prior projections released in January 2020, actual collections were $112.6 million, or 0.6%, below that revised estimate. Still, this keeps the current biennial budget on track, which is much better news than we initially feared with the economic shutdown in spring. Final general fund tax collections and departmental expenditures for 2019-20 will be available October 15th, when the state’s Annual Fiscal Report is released by the Department of Administration. It remains to be seen how the economy will react as Covid continues to disrupt certain industries this fall. However, based on this latest news, Wisconsin will not require a budget repair bill in the near term.”  Please continue to know we are taking the long-term view and will continue our due diligence with reducing expenses, boosting enrollments, and finding new profits…not easy, but I believe we are slightly ahead of the curve right now.  For a video of Layla outlining more details, please see here.  Stay tuned for exciting opportunities to raise funds for strengthen our ability to serve students during difficult financial times. 🙂
  2. Legislative Priorities

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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.

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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.