Update on Coronavirus

Winter campus

February 7, 2020

Message to the university community

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville continues to monitor all news and updates about the Coronavirus as well as follow all recommended protocols. At this time, there are no known or immediate threats to the university community. The Emergency Operations Team is examining all future university-sponsored trips, especially to areas that are deemed to be at high levels of risk.

With spring break coming next month, the university urges all those traveling to check on Centers of Disease Control guidelines for your destination and any concerns about it. You can also find tips on hygiene and safety at the CDC site, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

February 3, 2020

Message to the university community

UW-Platteville has enjoyed a 20-year relationship with South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China, and several students and staff were in Wuhan over break. Because of that, there was increased attention on our university over the Coronavirus outbreak, whose epicenter is in Wuhan. UW-Platteville followed–and will continue to follow–all Centers for Disease Controls and U.S. State Department protocols. 

Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan recently has been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms. There was no immediate or known threat. As of Monday, all known travelers have surpassed the 14-day incubation period set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and no longer need to self-monitor.
 

Because UW-Platteville values the well-being of all students, faculty and staff, we have been updating the website daily at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. We will now update if we have any new information to share. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

February 2, 2020

Message to the university community

UW-Platteville values the well-being of our university community, and because of that, we are sharing daily updates on the Coronavirus. At this time, there is no known or immediate threat. All of the students and staff who have been in Wuhan, China recently continue to self-monitor for any possible symptoms. Although there is concern about asymptomatic spread, early data is suggesting the virus is much more readily spread by persons who do have symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, a day that traditionally features the sharing of camaraderie, food and beverages. The Centers for Disease Controls has a Handwashing Hygiene campaign to promote cleanliness and prevention of spreading of any types of germs or viruses. Before the big game, check out https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html and enjoy the evening's festivities.

Updated campus information on Coronavirus is available at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

February 1, 2020

Message to the university community

There remains no immediate or known threat of the Coronavirus at UW-Platteville. Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan, China recently has been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms. 

Yesterday, the White House announced a 14-day quarantine of all people arriving from mainland China after Sunday, Feb. 2. UW-Platteville has no planned arrivals from the affected areas, and all university-related trips to China have been canceled.   

Daily UW-Platteville updates on Coronavirus are available at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
 

January 31, 2020

Message to the university community

Today’s first update on the Coronavirus is there remains no immediate or known threat at UW-Platteville. Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan, China recently have been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms.

Second, on January 30, the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control raised travel advisory levels for all of China. The U.S. Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to mainland China and no travel to the Hubei province and Wuhan. (See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html ) The CDC also recommends individuals avoid nonessential travel to China. Following these recommendations, the UW-Platteville leadership team, with recommendations from the Emergency Operations Center, has now prohibited university-sponsored travel to China. Under the UW-Platteville’s international travel policy, this applies to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all programs of study as well as faculty and staff.  In addition, the university discourages all non-work travel to China during the spring semester. 

UW–Platteville is carefully monitoring the circumstances and will continue to comply with CDC best practices and guidance as they are released. Updated campus information on Coronavirus is available at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

January 30, 2020

Message to the university community

In order to keep the UW-Platteville community informed with updated and accurate information on the Coronavirus and the safety of our university community, we want to restate that there remains no immediate or known threat to the university. Any student or employee who has traveled to or from Wuhan recently have been self-monitoring for any possible symptoms.

We recognize that with any new strain of virus, there is increased anxiety over causes, spread, vaccines and cures. At this time, there are five confirmed cases in the United States; none of them are on the UW-Platteville campus.

Some information shared through social media and traditional media have not been accurate in regard to UW-Platteville’s situation. Please be assured UW-Platteville has been and will continue to be completely transparent about any change of status. Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of the university community. 

In order to combat any spreading rumors, we are posting daily updates on the website, even if it is to say there is no known or immediate threat to the university. Any and all updates will be posted at https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus

The university continues to follow all Centers for Disease Control protocols. For more information, visit the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Thank you for your continued understanding and attention to this situation. We appreciate the open dialogues with the university community. 

 

January 30, 2020

Update to FAQs

Is there anything that can be done to prevent the spreading of viruses?

Handwashing remains an important way to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading illness. This is the CDC’s Handwashing Hygiene campaign:  https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

 

January 27, 2020

Update to FAQs

New reports say the disease may be contracted prior to symptoms being present. Does that change anything? 

We will continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation and make modifications to our protocols, as necessary.  At this time, even with the latest updates, the CDC and Department of Health is not recommending a change to quarantine protocols.  We will continue to follow all guidance from the CDC, Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

 

January 27, 2020

Message to university community

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville continues to monitor any possible signs of the Coronavirus. There are are no immediate or known threats on campus. The university is adhering to all protocol set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and following closely for any changes to current policies or situations. The university thanks everyone for their concerns and understanding as we begin a new semester. 

Any and all updates will be posted on https://www.uwplatt.edu/news/update-coronavirus. The CDC website is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

January 24, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

 Is there a threat to campus?

  •  At this time, there is no known or immediate threat to the campus community.

Has any member of the campus community tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

  • No.

If a campus community member becomes infected, what will happen?  

  • If a case is reported, the university will take immediate steps to properly respond to any health and safety risk to the campus community. If it becomes necessary to implement a quarantine, the university will follow all recommendations from the CDC and Department of Health.

    At this time, there have been no reported cases of infected individuals. The Centers for Disease Control is not recommending quarantine for non-symptomatic individuals, which is the case on the UW-Platteville campus.  

If someone calls and reports recent travel or known exposure and symptoms/illness, what protocol/advice is provided?

  • Currently, if a campus community member is, or becomes, symptomatic and has recently returned from Wuhan, they should call the Grant County Health Department at 608-723-6416 for a telephone screening.  

What is the incubation period?

  • This is a fluid situation, but at this time the CDC recommends observation for 1-14 days.

Is there anything that can be done to prevent the spreading of viruses?

New reports say the disease may be contracted prior to symptoms being present. Does that change anything? 

  • We will continue to monitor this ever-evolving situation and make modifications to our protocols, as necessary.  At this time, even with the latest updates, the CDC and Department of Health is not recommending a change to quarantine protocols.  We will continue to follow all guidance from the CDC, Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

What information can or will the university share regarding any students or employees who have recently traveled to or from Wuhan?

  • The university will not release any names or residential information regarding any student or employee in order to comply with state or federal privacy laws. If you are concerned that exposure to a particular student or employee may create a risk to your personal health, please use your personal judgement in regard to your health care. CDC is recommending that individuals self-monitor and/or review information and resources on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Will buildings be disinfected?

  • At this time, we will continue to follow all standard cleaning protocols.

Are masks available?

  • Masks are only recommended for those individuals experiencing symptoms such as cough and fever. Masks will be available at Student Health Services.

What long-term procedures are in place?

  • We will continue to monitor this situation very closely. We will also work with state and local public health officials.  

Will classes be held as scheduled?

  • Yes.  Classes will be held as planned. There is no immediate plan to cancel classes or any other university event or activity. All faculty and staff are expected to come to work as scheduled. All students are expected to attend scheduled classes.

What if a student is concerned about attending class?

  • If you have concerns and would like to discuss alternatives to attending class or completing academic work in the immediate future, please reach out to your faculty member or the Department Chair.

Do I have to come to work?

  • The University will follow the Class Cancellation and Campus Closure Policy, found at https://kb.uwplatt.edu/adminservices/93133.  Please work with your supervisor.

If a faculty member has questions or concerns regarding coming to work, what should they do?

  • Contact their respective dean’s office.

Where do I look for additional information?

  • For UW-Platteville specific information, please visit www.uwplatt.edu.  For information about the Coronavirus, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov.

What do I believe on the internet?

  • For the most accurate information, visit www.uwplatt.edu and cdc.gov.

Who else can I speak with about this?

  • All questions can be directed to the Dean of Students Office at 608.342.1854.  Media inquiries can be directed to the Public Information Office at 608.342.1194.  Further information can be found at cdc.gov.

How often will webpages be updated?

  • This situation is fluid. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

If I feel as though I am being treated unfairly, discriminated against, or harassed due to concerns around this issue, what should I do?

 

January 23, 2020

Message to university community

As you may be aware, there is an outbreak of a new virus in China, called “2019nCoV” or "Wuhan Coronavirus." The University of Wisconsin-Platteville expresses its deepest concerns and support to the people of Wuhan.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. University officials are closely and continuously monitoring this situation and are taking every measure and action that is being directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Grant County Health Department.

Please be advised that there are six students from Wuhan who have arrived on campus for the semester. Currently, none of the students are displaying any symptoms connected to the Coronavirus. In addition, there were also six employees who were recently in Wuhan.  They have been advised to contact the Grant County Health Department to be evaluated. 

If there is any information that would indicate an actual health emergency related to the Coronavirus, we will be sending an immediate emergency notification.

Please read the following link at the CDC for specific information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

If you are currently experiencing any symptomatic health-related issues, please contact your local health care provider.  If you are a student, you may contact Student Health Services during regular business hours at 608.342.1891.

Any questions should be directed to the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1854.

All media inquiries should be directed to Paul Erickson, Public Information Officer, at 608.342.1194 or pr@uwplatt.edu.

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.