To: Wesley College Family
From: Wesley College President
Date: September 25, 2020
Subject: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE #26
Dear Wesley College Family,
The uncertainty and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic continue to have a significant impact on all aspects of our lives. As mentioned many times, we each have the opportunity to be part of the collective solution, and the responsibility to follow all aspects of our Wesley Pledge, as well as mandated protocols and polices to ensure that we provide the safest and educationally conducive environment for our Campus Community.
We have started a weekly call with the Governor, key members of his administration, University of Delaware leadership, and Delaware State University leadership, to share best practices, policies, and accountability measures that we have individually implemented as part of a collective statewide effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Testing for America (TFA) continues to work tirelessly to assist us in acquiring onsite testing kits but has not yet been able to provide funding because of the large demand for support that TFA is encountering. In addition to utilizing the community-based testing sites, we have also reached out to the State for assistance and remain focused on being able to provide on-campus testing as soon as possible.
We have added two new information sections to our Protect Wesley page: our COVID-19 Dashboard that tracks current active COVID-19 cases and cumulative cases to date since March 2020 (https://protect.wesley.edu/covid-19-dashboard/), and our Phased Approach Action Steps that we will implement based on active student COVID-19 cases, which can be found in the COVID-19 Protocol section of our Protect Wesley page in the What To Do If You Are Sick section (https://protect.wesley.edu/campus-covid-19-protocols/).
Everyone is reminded to regularly check your Wesley email as well as our Protect Wesley webpage for the most up to date information and guidance – https://protect.wesley.edu/. Additionally, there is a “FAQ’s” site imbedded under the Protect Wesley Pledge section of our Protect Wesley webpage (https://protect.wesley.edu/faqs/), as well as other areas, that provides several commonly asked questions/answers.
Campus remains closed to the public unless it is a specific and College authorized event or visit.
Stay informed, stay healthy, stay positive, and stay safe while helping others that are less fortunate, as well as making a positive impact in the community you live in and serve.
For the thought of the day I will share a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, that is worth reflecting on – “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
Next Update: Update #27, October 8th.
All The Best & Go Wolverines!
The college continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We are coordinating preparedness action plans with guidance from the Delaware Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Per phone conference call, the Delaware Department of Public Health has recommended all students exhibiting cold/cough/flu-like symptoms to CALL your health center at 302-736-2521. Please DO NOT come to the Wellness Center. Campus Nurse will perform a risk assessment, and the Wellness Center personal will advice you on what further steps are required.
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Founders Day – March 18
Founders Ball – March 20
Health and Wellness Summit – March 21
Annual Etiquette Dinner – March 24
Wesley College Career & Graduate School Fair – April 1
Founders Day – September 1
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms and complications?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, or Japan, or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
What Prevention Measure Should I Take?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, carry a hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don’t share food, beverages or smoking devices with others.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- If you experience symptoms of respiratory illness, call the Wellness Center at 302-736-2521.
Wesley College will continue to provide updates as the situation develops. In the event of an emergency, you will receive information from the Wesley College Alert System. If you not receiving the alert notifications, please contact the Help Desk at (302) 736-4199.