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WC: COVID-19 Response

Health and Wellness

COVID-19 Response guidance on health and wellness.

Last updated March 30, 2020

Are there any cases the virus on campus or in Kent County? 

On March 27, health officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kent County. Neither individual, a male in his 20s nor a male in his 70s, is a member of the Washington College community.  

On March 25, we learned that a Washington College student who lived off-campus and who has returned to their home state has tested positive for the virus. The Kent County Health Department is conducting a community investigation of that case. If you believe you were exposed at that gathering, are exhibiting symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and remain in Kent County, please contact the Kent County Health Department at 410-778-7040

How widespread is COVID-19 in Maryland?

The number of cases in Maryland is growing every day. Maryland has been operating under a state of emergency since March 5, when the first three cases were confirmed.

What should I do if start to experience symptoms including cough, fever, and shortness of breath?

If you are a student on campus, please call Health Services at 410-778-7261 (M-F, 8:30-12:00 and 1:00 -4:00). If it is after hours or the weekend, call Public Safety at 410-778-7810. If it is an emergency call 911.  

In general, students, faculty, and staff who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call their primary care provider.

UMMS COVID-19 RESPONSE 

As of March 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new public health recommendations to accommodate new scientific evidence, evolving epidemiology and the need to simplify risk stratification.

What can you do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19? Take everyday preventive steps that are always recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses like colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care 

Stay informed and seek information from reliable, official sources. Be wary of myths, rumors, and misinformation circulating online and elsewhere. Health information shared through social media is frequently inaccurate, unless coming from an official, reliable source such as the CDC, MDH or local health departments. Look for reliable information at coronavirus.maryland.gov  or cdc.gov/coronavirus

Staff: Please observe these measures in your office interactions: 
  • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others. 
  • Don’t shake hands. 
  • Hold virtual meetings when possible. 
  • Find alternatives to non-essential meetings of 10 or more people. Per the CDC’s most recent guidance, events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.