An update from Student Affairs to the campus community regarding coronavirus

Feb. 4, 2020


Health Services is actively monitoring the developments related to the novel coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan City, China. At this time, there are not any reported cases in Wisconsin; however, please know that with any communicable disease/illness, this information can change on an hourly basis. Our staff maintains close communication with our local health departments (City of De Pere Health Department and Brown County Health Department) as it relates to the coronavirus. Please see the information below that was posted on the SNC Health Services website last week.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information; however, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms> may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

What is the SNC Health Services doing about 2019-nCoV?

  • Health Services stays in close communication with the City of De Pere Health Department for the most up to date information regarding this novel virus as well as any other communicable illnesses/diseases.
  • Health Services has and will continue to actively screen ill patients for travel history.
  • A patient exhibiting symptoms of any upper respiratory illness (i.e. influenza, common cold, pneumonia) is asked to mask as they enter the clinic.
  • If epidemiologic risk would be identified in an ill patient, Health Services would immediately report the clinical presentation to the local health department and would follow guidance on testing and isolation. 
Here is more detailed information and helpful links:
If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 920-403-3266.