Message from President Roberts: Coronavirus Precautions

Dear Colleague,

You’ve likely been hearing news reports about an outbreak of a respiratory illness called the novel coronavirus (2019nCoV) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has since expanded to several countrieswith one confirmed case in Washington state

Currently, the risk to the general public is low and there are no known or suspected cases of the coronavirus on Shoreline’s campusThe College is following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations and is proactively monitoring developments to ensure the campus community’s health and safety, in alignment with the College policy on communicable disease.

Out of caution, the CDC is currently recommending that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China. If you have recently traveled to China (within 14 days) and are having fever and respiratory symptoms (such as coughing or shortness of breath), please contact your primary care provider. Call your health care provider before arriving so they can prepare for your visit.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all students and employees of standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infections, as influenza and similar viruses are common this time of year: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

The safety pouches that Safety & Security distributed to employees at the last Fall Convocation contain disposable N95 respirator masks in case you ever need one.

The College will continue to share any updates about this virus with the campus as further developments arise. For the latest information, please visit the CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus web page.

Wishing you a healthy and productive quarter,

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

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