Update on Coronavirus Information
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest updates are now at: https://www.mnu.edu/node/3478
March 3, 2020
The safety and wellbeing of our students and employees is our highest priority. MNU is actively monitoring the developments of (COVID-19). As the situation unfolds, we are working with Johnson County Health and Environment (JCHE) to provide our community with the most up-to-date information. Our Emergency Response Team meets to monitor the situation and implement established protocol as needed. While the progression of COVID-19 is still emerging, the CDC is reporting that for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
In the meantime, the campus continues to operate normally. We are increasing sanitation throughout campus and educating the campus community on practices to help mitigate the spread of germs. We will continue to update the communication here as new information is learned about COVID-19.
Practice daily preventative care:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
What to Do If You Become Ill
Any member of our community suspecting they have contracted influenza or COVID-19 should stay home. Residential students should contact their resident assistant to inform them of their condition.
MNU students, faculty and staff should call their health care provider immediately for care.
Counseling and Community
Some members of our campus community may be directly affected by the virus without themselves being sick. The news, and especially the uncertainty, can feel scary. Some also have concerns regarding family members and friends in other areas who are sick, or who are at increased risk. If you feel distressed in any way, we want to help. Students may contact The Student Wellness Center at email@example.com. Employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program by contacting 816-237-2352, 800-624-5544 or ndbh.com.