To: Wesley College Family
From: Wesley College President
Date: November 19, 2020
Subject: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE #30
Dear Wesley College Family,
I hope this note finds everyone safe and well as we start to wind down the Fall semester. Residential students will return home tomorrow for the Thanksgiving Holiday break, with the entire campus shifting to online learning after the Thanksgiving Holiday break for the final course week and finals which will complete no later than December 18th.
Having completed our third round of on campus testing, and in person class instruction for the Fall semester, our numbers remain low with ~0.5% infection rate which is down from where we started the semester, as illustrated in the graphic below.
Although our numbers have remained relatively low throughout the semester, which is a testament to our culture of compliance, we cannot get complacent. As we all know, COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide, but the measures we have implemented, and our culture of compliance are making a difference. Let’s all be leaders in our communities as we return home for the holidays and continue to follow our safety protocols and procedures, and in doing so help to establish, or reinforce, a culture of compliance back home in our local communities. I know that these challenging times have been difficult for many of us and have required many sacrifices and deviations from what we would have considered the norm, but they are necessary and critical in defeating the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Additionally, remember that to be here on campus testing is not optional, it is required, and administrative actions will be taken in response to those that fail to comply. More specific information will be provided in future updates regarding our responsibilities and requirements for us all to return to campus in January for the Spring semester.
Campus remains closed to the public unless it is a specific and College authorized event or visit.
As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to each of you for making Wesley College such a special place in 2020. Although we are all dealing with the uncertainties and challenges resultant from the COVID-19 Pandemic, we should never lose sight of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us and when possible share with others that are less fortunate the gift of hope through a kind act or gesture.
Have a safe, socially separated, restful, reflective, and joyous Thanksgiving Holiday, and remember that though we may not be together we are never alone.
For the thought of the day I will share a quote, that I slightly modified, from civil rights activist and leader, Mahatma Gandhi, that is worth reflecting on – “A person is but the product of their thoughts. What they think they become.”
Next Update: Update #31, December 3rd
All The Best & Go Wolverines!
Robert E. Clark II
President of the College
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.
USAF Heritage Band Concert – March 13
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.