Update to students from St. Norbert College: Travel Advisory, Campus Restrictions and Other COVID-19 Updates

March 5, 2020

Dear Students,

In response to the rapidly growing number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, St. Norbert College Health Services continues to closely monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and work with local and state health officials to keep everyone on campus safe and informed.

We ask that you exercise caution with your choices to travel abroad during spring break. Even if you are not traveling to China, Japan, Italy, South Korea, or any other country currently experiencing high numbers of cases, you could still be exposed. Like other upper-respiratory infections, the COVID-19 virus can spread easily. This spread could happen at large gatherings and venues, on cruise ships, in airports, on mass transit, etc.

If you choose to travel out of the United States, please be aware of the potential for the CDC risk level to change for any country or region at any time. That is to say that, although your destination may not be at Level 2 or higher when you leave for your trip, it may acquire that designation during your visit. If the country you’re visiting is designated Level 2 or higher AT THE TIME OF YOUR RETURN, know that you will be required to stay away from campus for 14 days following your return to the United States.

SNC Health Services recommends that everyone follow everyday preventive practices:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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.
  • 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 product.
  • Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

If you travel abroad or to a location that has sustained person-to-person spread during spring break (or during this semester) and become ill with fever, fatigue, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please call your health care provider and describe your symptoms and your travel history.

It is important that you do not return to campus if you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 after travel. If this does occur, please contact Health Services at 920-403-3266 or health@snc.edu.

We understand this situation is unpredictable and, for that reason, may cause people to experience anxiety, especially given the intense media coverage.  Please remember that this novel virus is not unlike the situation we prepared for during the H1N1 pandemic outbreak in 2009. St. Norbert has plans in place and the college will continue to monitor and revise these plans for any new developments. We remain committed to our students' well-being and safety.

The office of communications has built a webpage that will serve as a hub of information – it contains communications sent to various campus groups, FAQs and links to useful information.

If you have questions or concerns about the college’s response to the coronavirus or, for that matter, anything pertaining to the health of our students and others, please do not hesitate to contact Chrystal Woller, BSN, RN, our director of health and wellness, at chrystal.woller@snc.edu or 920-403-3266.