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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

March 3, 2020

Dear College of Idaho Campus Community,

The College of Idaho is actively monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation, so College leaders are in constant communication to make sure we’re taking actions based on the latest, most-accurate information to protect our students, faculty, and staff – domestically and abroad.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho (Central District Health Idaho Monitoring and Tracking of Coronavirus), but with Spring Break approaching many community members may have travel plans. The continued spread of COVID-19 to countries around the world, including within the U.S., presents challenges to travelers.  It is important to consider not only the potential exposure to the virus from traveling but also the possibility of being stranded abroad due to potential travel restrictions. Depending on developments with the disease, travelers may find themselves unable to return to the U.S. after travel to high-risk countries.

The CDC is currently monitoring COVID-19 and provides international travel advisories. We also recommend visiting the U.S. Department of State’s site for travel warnings and restrictions.

There are no vaccines to prevent coronavirus, so according to the CDC the best way to prevent the illness is to engage in everyday hygiene regimens, including:

  • Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.  If soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based (at least 60%) hand sanitizer.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue – NOT your hands.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home, and self-isolate, if you’re sick.  Ill students should email faculty to inform them of absences.  Employees should email their supervisor.

The College has also increased its sanitation efforts across campus.

We have tremendous professionals in our Wellness Center, Dean of Students, Residence Life, Campus Safety, and Human Resources. If you have questions, please reach out to any of these departments.

Other resources for those seeking information about COVID-19:

The College will continue to monitor COVID-19, consult with health professionals, and communicate with our community as necessary.

Thank you,

Paul Bennion, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Nancy Johnson-Cassulo, Human Resources Director