NWTC is monitoring the COVID-19 situation

Monday March 2, 2020

Update 3/2/20

Over the last week, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been in the global spotlight and remains a concern worldwide.  NWTC is taking action to monitor the situation to keep our employees and students safe while also ensuring continuity of learning for our students.  A team is being chartered to review the Health Emergency Plan for the College and to develop action plans specifically for COVID-19.
  • In our continuing efforts to ensure a safe and healthy campus, we also want to share with you some information regarding the virus. The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that was identified in late December 2019 and originated in Wuhan, China.  According to the CDC, imported cases (persons infected from the Wuhan China region) of the 2019-nCoV infection have been detected in the United States. Individuals with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. More information on the virus can be found on the CDC website.  
At this time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and Brown County Public Health are recommending that people take the following precautions to remain healthy:
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue, and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • People who are sick should stay home from work, school, or childcare until they are fever free for 24 hours without medicine. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Individuals are encouraged to stay home if a family member or someone living in the same household as you has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces (i.e., doorknobs, tabletops, phones, keyboards) with a disinfectant regularly, both at home and in the workplace.
  • Practice good health habits.  Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy foods.
More information on flu activity can be found at the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Given the amount of information being shared, we encourage interested persons to seek out factual sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both of which have websites dedicated to real-time information.  We encourage you to visit these sites for the most up-to-date information on this virus, including causes, modes of transmission, signs and symptoms, natural history/progression, treatment, prevention, and control. 
We will also continue to monitor the situation and send out regular updates. 

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