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Travel update for staff and faculty

Wednesday March 11, 2020
 
NWTC is continuing to take action to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to keep our employees and students safe while also ensuring continuity of learning for our students.  We want to update you on travel restrictions, resources available, and prevention tips.  In addition to this email, we have created a  page on the NWTC website (COVID-19 Information and Resources) where all College updates will be shared.  The site can be found under Emergency Info on the NWTC website.
 
College Related Travel
Effective immediately and until further notice, all college sponsored international travel for employees and students is prohibited.  In addition, all student travel and all employee travel not required to perform the essential functions of the job is prohibited. Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 situation is very dynamic, and these restrictions may need to be modified.
 
Personal Travel
We encourage you to reconsider non-essential travel outside of Wisconsin. 
Should you decide to travel, be aware of the risks to your health. All individuals traveling over spring break are required to monitor (for fever, cough and difficulty breathing) for 14 days.  Also, please ensure you have essential items you might need if you are not able to return immediately, such as medications or items related to your coursework.
Resources – Medical and Counseling
 
If you’ve been to a country where the Coronavirus disease COVID-19 is prevalent and/or you are sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical advice immediately. (Visit CDC.gov for a list of these countries.) 
  • Call Campus Care at (920)498-6993 and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. 
  • Contact your primary care provider by phone and explain your travel and/or symptoms.  They will direct you as appropriate.
 
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be very overwhelming and create fear and anxiety.  You may find yourself struggling with:
 
  • Fear and worry about your own health or the health of a loved one
  • A change in your sleep or eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • An increase in the use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
 
If you are struggling with any of the above, we encourage you to seek counseling services (498-5444) or review the information available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
 
Prevention
Prevention is key when any virus is potentially present, including COVID-19. We ask that you take your own health, and that of others, under serious consideration during this epidemic. Consider these tips:
 
  • WASH YOUR HANDS VIGOROUSLY with soap and water – This is the best defense as it protects from germs you may have picked up throughout the day. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.   Additional hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout the College the week of March 16.  While washing your hands is simple, you must wash long enough to make it affective. It may sound cliché but sing “Happy Birthday” twice to get the full 20 - 30 seconds that is required for optimal results. 
 
  • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.  Be aware of those in your environment who are sick and avoid them if possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Germs can be spread from your hands into your body via these areas.
  • Stay home when you are sick and do not go back to class until 24-hours after your temperature has returned to normal.  You and your coursework are important but keeping those around you healthy and taking care of yourself are also top priorities. Ask your instructor about making up coursework, if appropriate. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Then, immediately throw the tissue into the trash. If you feel a sneeze coming on suddenly, sneeze into your sleeve to avoid spreading germs into the air and possibly infecting those around you.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. This may include doorknobs, surfaces of desks, cell phones, and elevator buttons.
 
It is recommended that you do not return to the College until you do not have any of the symptoms for 24 hours including a fever of 100.4 or greater, cough or shortness of breath.  Please be sure to communicate with your instructor daily throughout your absence as to your expected return.
 
As we learn more about the spread of COVID-19, please keep in mind the College’s commitment to equity and inclusion. The fear of the spread of the coronavirus could result in incidents of bias and harassment against Chinese nationals, Chinese Americans, and people of Asian heritage. The best way to interrupt stigma is to avoid spreading misinformation and to stay informed by reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
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