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Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Nov 20, 2020
Thank you for working at the college. We are grateful for the positive impact you make on students, with your co-workers, and in your communities. Please remember to take care of yourself. The Wellness Committee provides a wealth of resources emphasizing self-care. When you complete activities in certain areas, the College deposits additional funds into your health savings account. We also realize sometimes self-care is not enough. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP info attached) is designed to be a confidential way to access professional care. I am grateful for counselors who have helped me from time to time to work through my struggles. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please access the EAP or seek help from your family physician. I care about you. There are many of your work friends who care about you. And we know there are people outside of work who care about you. Please take care of yourself.
- Please remember the importance of limiting the spread of the virus during the coming days and weeks. We hope you can enjoy the holidays, perhaps in new ways, and stay healthy. Limiting contact with others, wearing masks, getting tested, and frequently washing hands all help protect you and others. Please report your contact with others who have tested positive, if you or someone in your household experience symptoms, or if you are being tested and the results. The information helps us determine when it is safe to continue opening or if we need to be more restrictive in allowing access to campus. If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and do not come to campus until you receive clearance from the Krista Weber and Dan Imhoff.
- Please see the COVID testing sites being offered locally. We encourage people to get tested to help slow the asymptomatic spread of the virus. We are exploring testing policies for faculty, staff, and students in case the situation continues to deteriorate. It is likely we will experiment with taking temperatures and/or testing before the end of the semester. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and feedback. Our goal remains to try and start the semester in January the same as we finish classes this term.
Contact our Team
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.