Updated Coronavirus Support Resources

Dear Colleague,

In light of rapid developments with the novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) outbreak, I wanted to provide some updated information since my January 28 message. (Students will be receiving a similar message.)

While the infection risk to our campus remainlow, we understand employees and students alike may be feeling anxious, stressed, worried about loved ones in China, and/or have questions about how to best navigate this public health concern on our campus

Communicable Disease Task Force
Out of an abundance of caution, a task force has been assembled on campus to stay abreast of developments and be ready to quickly address any campus concerns, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the College’s communicable disease policy and procedures. 

Employee Resources
If you have questions about your exposure riskhealth care coverage, or other personnel-related questions or concerns, please reach out to Veronica Zura, Executive Director of Human Resources (206-546-7858). 

If you have symptoms and either have traveled to/from Hubei Province, mainland China, or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have coronavirus – stay at home and contact a healthcare provider.

Student Resources
If you have questions about students who are asking about campus exposure risks (including in the residence hall), have recently returned from travel in China, have interacted with someone who has traveled to China, and/or are exhibiting signs of illnessplease reach out to Derek Levy, Dean of Student Support & Success (206-546-4544)or Yushin Wung, International Student Engagement Manager (206-546-6924).

Consistent with other colleges and universities, the College will contact any persons who may have an increased risk and monitor their well-beingIpotentially at-risk students are not exhibiting symptoms of illness, they may continue attending classes.

Some students may also benefit from the following resources: 

  • Counseling Center – Health care information, community resourcesand confidential mental health support 
  • International Education – Support for international studentsincluding health insurance and travel questions 

Coronavirus Symptoms May Include: 

  • Fever 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Runny nose 
  • Headache 
  • A general feeling of being unwell 

 Preventive Measures

  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • 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. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze; and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

 Further updates will be shared with the campus community as needed. 

In health,
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

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