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About Coronavirus

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms and have have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

What precautions can I take to avoid contracting coronavirus?

According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

NDUS Preventive Actions

Institutions across the NDUS continue to monitor the COVID-19 closely in partnership with their local public health departments, as well as the state’s Department of Health.  Campuses will continue to follow institutional emergency planning documents and the health protocols prescribed by the Center for Disease Control.  Campuses will continue to assess and evaluate risk and take preventive actions as recommended by federal, state, and county health authorities.

  • Providing information to the campus community regarding precautionary activities to be taken.
  • Ensuring that a public health liaison has been identified and has begun to have conversations with community partners, such as local, county, and state health officials on preparations and response protocols.
  • Working within their established pandemic plans as part of their larger emergency operations planning efforts.
  • Reviewing continuity of operations plans to ensure appropriate planning documents are in place and ready to implement if cases begin to occur locally necessitating the cancelling of classes and/or the closure of the institution. Within these continuity documents, focusing on working at home capabilities and the practicality of moving to the on-line environment for course work is critical given the unknown with regard to the length of the potential crisis.

Students with concerns about their health or symptoms they are experiencing are encouraged to call their institution’s health services.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider.

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