COVID-19 FAQ

 

How can I avoid contracting the virus?
We encourage good health practices for all members of the campus community:

  • Wash your hands frequently (for at least 20 second with soap and water; if soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based solution)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Maintain social distance and wear a face covering
  • Cough into your sleeves or elbows rather than your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick; do not return until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication; 72 hours if diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Get a flu shot (note: there is no vaccine for COVID-19)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects 

Students who are ill with fever, cough and shortness of breath should call Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) at 253.879.1555 before they come in to limit exposure to others; you may be referred to an outside healthcare provider.

Those who have traveled to areas with outbreaks should be especially alert to symptoms of illness, including fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. ​Anyone visiting a high risk area (Level 3 Travel Notice) as defined by the CDC should not return to school or work for 14 days. 

What is being done to stop the spread of infection on campus? 
Any student, staff member, or faculty member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 should immediately notify CHWS at 253.879.1555.

Building Access. To encourage social distancing, building access and hours of operation have changed. This includes all campus buildings.

Facilities. Facilities Services building specialists have received additional training for sanitizing areas throughout campus, and contractors have been hired to assist with deep cleaning and increased frequency of cleaning in high impact areas. Additional cleaning supplies have been ordered, including disinfection wipes, disinfection sprays, sanitizing hand pumps, tissues, gloves, and N95 face masks. We have installed more than 100 signs across campus to remind individuals of precautions they can take to avoid contagious illness. 

Security Services. Security Services staff members are taking extra precautions to care for themselves so that they safely serve the campus community.

Campus Events. All events hosted on campus canceled, postponed or will be conducted virtually until further notice. 

Are certain populations at greater risk?
Vulnerable populations urged to take special precautions have been identified as those who are over age 60, have compromised immune systems or are pregnant. The virus does not recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Additional information will be available soon to assist those considered at high risk about returning to campus.

Where can students, faculty and staff members get masks?
It is recommended that individuals wear face coverings when out in public and on campus when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. The university has provided face masks to campus community members. Learn more about wearing (or making) face masks.

We have a supply of N95 masks on campus for use by medical professionals and those who are symptomatic. Students can come into CHWS for a mask if they are coughing or sneezing and feel they can’t otherwise cover their coughs or sneezes in their elbows.

What will happen if someone on campus is suspected to have the COVID-19 virus?
The university has plans to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in the event of a suspected or diagnosed illness. Alternate housing areas have been identified for students who remain on campus and need to be isolated while waiting for test results. Food delivery and other services will be provided for students who are ill. Separate areas have been identified for anyone who must be quarantined for 14 days per CDC guidelines.

What do I do if I am sick?
Any student, staff member, or faculty member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 should immediately notify CHWS at 253.879.1555. If a member of the campus community is diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, the university will promptly evaluate the need for additional actions, including additional campus notifications and/or additional targeted cleanings of specific areas utilized by the diagnosed community member.

Per health department guidelines, anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should not return to school or work until they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of medication.

In addition, anyone with a fever is advised to remain at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Students should notify their faculty members, and CHWS asks that faculty not require a note from students who are ill.  Faculty and staff members who are ill should notify their supervisors.

I am feeling anxious about the COVID-19 virus. What can I do? 
We understand that many community members are concerned. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available.

  • For Students
    • Call CHWS at 253.879.1555 to schedule a Referral and Recommendations visit.
    • Check the CHWS website to access Therapy Assistance Online (TAO).
  • For Faculty and Staff Members
    Refer to wellness benefits and services, including Teledoc (855.332.4059), 24-Hour Nurse Line (800.841.8343) and the Employee Assistance Program.

Can I still access CHWS even if I am away from campus?
Please visit the CHWS site for information on how to access services.