Coronavirus Update from Campus Safety

March 2, 2020

Status of COVID-19 in Utah

There is currently a patient who was infected outside of Utah being treated for COVID-19 in Utah. The Utah Department of Health has investigated, and ruled out, several potential cases and says only cases diagnosed in Utah will be counted as Utah cases.

International Travel

As spring break approaches, Westminster recommends avoiding professional or personal travel to any country with a CDC level 3 advisory based on the novel coronavirus. Additionally, Westminster will not sponsor any college related travel to any country with a CDC level 3 advisory. These advisories change frequently and currently include China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Japan is also experiencing sustained spread of the virus and travelers are encouraged to take precautions.

The college will assess all academic travel abroad to CDC level 1 or 2 countries on a case-by-case basis. If you have specific questions about your international travel, please contact Global Engagement. Either Sara Demko; sdemko@westminstercollege.edu; 801.832.2825 or Alison Vasquez; avasquez@westminstercollege.edu; 801.832.2829 can provide assistance.

Domestic Travel

Westminster is not currently restricting domestic travel related to business or academic work. View the CDC coronavirus U.S. situation report.

College Action

Westminster College emergency planning committees are meeting on a regular basis to address the potential impacts of COVID-19 to our campus. College leadership, health and safety directors, and professors with relevant areas of expertise are working together to lead responses to the virus. Regular and timely communications will continue to be sent via email and posted to the campus news page.

Any immediate threats will be communicated through the emergency notification system. The emergency management plan of the college indicates, “during critical situations, in which there is a reasonable belief that an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus community members exists, designated Westminster College officials are authorized to utilize the ENS system.”

Report Exposure

College faculty or staff who think they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) should seek medical care and report the potential exposure to their direct supervisor.

Students who think they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) should seek medical care and report the potential exposure to Student Health Services.

Student Health Services

studenthealthservices@westminstercollege.edu (best for submitting reports)

Phone: 801.832.2239

Protect Yourself

While there is no coronavirus currently spreading in the United States, you may be able to reduce the risk of spread of coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Behaviors of Bias

Be aware that concern around this emerging issue can lead to stigma and bias.

  • Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity.
  • Wearing a face mask does not mean that a person is ill.
  • Submit a Bias Report if you see, hear, or read misinformation or harassment.
  • Show compassion and support for those who have been most closely impacted.

If you would like more information, please utilize the contact information below.

Campus Safety Bri Buckley; bbuckley@westminstercollege.edu; 801.832.2529

Global Engagement Sara Demko; sdemko@westminstercollege.edu; 801.832.2825 or Alison Vasquez; avasquez@westminstercollege.edu; 801.832.2829

Student Health Services April Greener studenthealthservices@westminstercollege.edu; 801.832.2239

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