|Posted on: March 05, 2020|
As seen in the media, there is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a virus named COVID-19. While most COVID-19 cases are associated with travel to or from China, person-to-person transmission has been reported in 35 other countries including the United States. Forty-three cases have been confirmed in the U.S., although no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Iowa. The State of Iowa continues to be an area of low risk. For more information refer to the Iowa Department of Public Health explanation of COVID-19.
Recognizing the potential public health threat, WITCC is preparing for potential disruptions caused by COVID-19 in the same way we would prepare for any other events that could disrupt the normal routine of the college. WITCC is consulting with state and local public health departments and following their guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus and coordinate, review, and update our emergency plans, taking all possible scenarios into consideration.
Should the status of COVID-19 in Iowa change, WITCC will continue to follow the guidelines established by the public health officials. We will communicate the recommendations and our course of action to you via email, social media, and emergency text system. If you have not signed up for the College emergency alert text system, you can sign up here.
Currently, the public can play a significant role in decreasing the spread of the virus (and all other viruses). COVID-19 is contracted through respiratory transmission, therefore you can aid in prevention by following these measures:
Should you be diagnosed with COVID-19 by your healthcare provider, please contact WITCC so we can follow the protocols established by the public health department. Students contact Janet Gill at 712.274.8744 x1399 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff contact Jackie Plendl at 712.274.8733 x1406 or Jackie.email@example.com.
For more frequently updated information about COVID-19, please refer to the Iowa Department of Public Health or Center for Disease Control websites.
WITCC will keep you informed as we move forward and thank you for assisting us in keeping the College healthy.