Coronavirus Update for Students
January 29, 2020
The college would like to provide an update to the campus community on the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak first identified in China. As you know from news reports, national and global public health officials are closely tracking rapid developments in the spread of this virus. We encourage you to check trusted news sources as well as learn more from the Center for Disease Control Coronavirus site. A detailed FAQ on the CDC site is a helpful resource as well.
Please note there are no known cases of 2019-nCoV on our campus. We will continue to monitor and work with our local health department as well as update our community with any new information as it arises.
The 2019-nCoV is a new virus, and because it is something new, there is a lot of fear surrounding it. What we know is that there have been approximately 6,000 confirmed cases. Most of the 132 deaths, all in China, are in those suffering other diseases and conditions. It’s simply too early to determine how much this will grow, if at all, and how serious this may be. At this point, the greatest danger may be the misinformation and overreaction that is currently surrounding the virus.
To put things in perspective, since October 1, 2019, there have been approximately 13 million cases of the flu, 120,000 hospitalizations, and about 6,600 to 20,000 deaths from seasonal influenza. During a bad flu season, we may have up to 60,000 deaths.
Influenza activity is currently high in Utah. We want to remind everyone that there are simple precautions one can take to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading any respiratory viral illnesses. Those include:
- Washing 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.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying away from classes, group meetings, work and common areas if you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash.
- Covering your cough with your elbow or sleeve.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The health and safety of our community is very important to us. Our goal is to keep our campus healthy and to keep you informed of significant new developments.
We encourage students who are concerned that they may have had close contact with an ill student or who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to visit Student Health Services. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome and will be seen after scheduled appointments.
Student Health Services is in the lower level of the Shaw Center.
- Monday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
- Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
- Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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