Ohio Wesleyan is actively monitoring the international outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and will proactively share updates with the campus community, parents, and others as warranted.
March 10, 2020
Following the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine, Ohio Wesleyan University is implementing the following protocols to help stem the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus):
- All classes are canceled Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, as faculty prepare to offer all classes remotely.
- All classes will be taught utilizing remote teaching and learning from Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, March 29. (This time frame will be reassessed as needed in response to changing COVID-19 conditions. Currently, there are confirmed cases in Ohio, but none in Delaware County, the City of Delaware, or the OWU campus.) Students will receive further instructions soon on how to participate in remote learning.
- All students are strongly encouraged to return or remain at home after spring break until in-person classes resume. Students who need to remain on campus must register for housing using this form. Food service (in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center) will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday as scheduled for those who must stay on campus. The Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, Morrill Family Strength & Conditioning Room, and Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center all will be closed.
- All events, except athletic events, through March 29, are canceled. No spectators will be admitted at indoor athletics events; spectators will be permitted at outdoor events. Athletes participating in in-season sports will receive more information soon from the Athletics Department.
- OWU campus offices will remain open for business, and we will continue to welcome prospective students and their families. Staff are expected to continue to report to campus and should work with their direct supervisor as decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis regarding alternate work locations.
- Students, faculty, and staff who traveled during spring break are asked to complete this travel registry form. This will help us know who may need additional follow-up related to risk exposure. Per information from the Delaware General Health District and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we also are asking travelers to monitor their health for 14 days after returning to campus. This includes taking and recording their temperature twice a day and following good health guidelines including not going to class or other public areas if they are running a fever.
- Anyone scheduled to participate in University-sponsored travel must get approval for their trip. Students should contact the Office of International & Off-Campus Programs; faculty should contact the Provost’s Office; and staff should contact their vice president. (Please note: University travel continues to be restricted to countries with an elevated coronavirus risk including those with Centers for Disease Control Watch (Level 1), Alert (Level 2), or Warning (Level 3) designations and/or countries with U.S. Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 travel alerts/warnings.)
- Spring Semester classes for the Lifelong Learning Institute have been canceled.
As of this writing, Ohio Wesleyan will continue to operate the Early Childhood Center. In all instances, including ECC attendance, we ask people not to come to campus if they are feeling sick, running a fever, have a compromised immune system, or have other health concerns.
The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, and Ohio Wesleyan will continue to monitor the situation and collaborate with public health officials to determine whether changes are needed to these protocols.
Healthcare Access: Ohio Wesleyan students have free access to basic healthcare via both the OWU Student Health Center, located inside Stuyvesant Hall, and the 98point6 primary care app. (98point6 is accessible to students from anywhere in the country.)
For students and employees, a list of local urgent care centers also is available online, and Grady Memorial Hospital, with a 24/7 emergency room, is located less than two miles from campus. Everyone with COVID-19 concerns should call before going anywhere for treatment to allow caregivers to plan for the arrival to protect themselves and other patients.
For employees who need to work offsite, the University has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that enables them to connect to OWU fileshares and protected databases. To arrange virtual meetings, employees are able to use Google Meet, which integrates with Google Calendar and Gmail. Employees are able to contact the Information Services Help Desk for questions.
Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office at [email protected] or (740) 368-3135 with any questions.
We will continue to provide updates on this webpage as new information becomes available.
March 10, 2020
As of this posting Ohio now has confirmed cases of COVID-19, but no cases have been reported in our county, in our city, or on our campus. We continue to monitor the situation and to review Governor DeWine’s recommendations for colleges and universities. We will share more information about OWU protocols soon. Please continue to follow good-health guidelines.
March 3, 2020
Currently, the Ohio Wesleyan University campus and the State of Ohio have no known cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
In addition, no OWU students currently are abroad in University-sponsored travel or study in any country with an elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19, and no OWU-supported travel is planned to these areas through May.
That said, we encourage all members of the campus community who plan to travel internationally, especially over spring break, to closely monitor travel advisories from both the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control. Anyone who travels to an area of concern may be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days upon return. Please consult with the OWU Student Health Center or Delaware General Health District for advice before traveling.
As of this writing, countries with an elevated coronavirus risk include those with Centers for Disease Control Watch (Level 1), Alert (Level 2), or Warning (Level 3) designations. University-sponsored travel to these countries is restricted, as is travel to countries with U.S. Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 travel alerts/warnings.
Students planning to study off-campus in the fall are advised to keep their applications open but also to register for on-campus classes. The Office of International & Off-Campus Programs will stay in regular contact with these students. The IOCP staff also is available to answer questions and provide assistance as needed on policies and services for OWU-sponsored international travel.
Ohio Wesleyan continues to monitor the global situation closely, including CDC guidance that higher education institutions “consider asking students participating in study abroad programs to return to the United States.” As noted, we have no one in elevated risk areas, and we are constantly in touch with multiple partner and professional organizations that support student international travel and safety. (At the earliest outbreak of the coronavirus, for example, one of our students studying in Shanghai, China, was relocated by her program to London, England.)
Although we have no known cases of COVID-19 on campus, we are actively working to prepare for the virus should it be diagnosed locally. We have created a team to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to collaborate with the Delaware General Health District to plan for any coordinated care that may be required. That work, spearheaded by Director of Public Safety Sean Bolender, will continue until the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.
In addition – and as part of our influenza-wellness efforts – we already have added more hand-sanitizer stations and access to tissues across campus. Our housekeeping staff also is sanitizing public computers and other high-traffic areas more frequently.
As always, we want to remind everyone to cover your mouth when you sneeze and if you are running a fever to avoid attending class, reporting to work, or coming to campus for community events. (More information about COVID-19 and its symptoms are available from the Centers of Disease Control.)
Young adults seem to become less seriously ill from the coronavirus, but students still should take precautions to protect their health and the wellness of everyone around them. Ohio Wesleyan students have free access to basic healthcare via both the OWU Student Health Center, located inside Stuyvesant Hall, and the 98point6 primary care app. A list of local urgent care centers also is available online, and Grady Memorial Hospital, with a 24/7 emergency room, is located less than two miles away.
Should students need to miss class, it is their responsibility to notify their professors, get their assignments, and determine new due dates for missed assignments, exams, etc. For additional questions and assistance with illness-related absences, students are able to contact the Deans of Student Engagement and Success.
Should employees need to work offsite, the University has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that enables them to connect to OWU fileshares and protected databases. To arrange virtual meetings, employees are able to use Google Meet, which integrates with Google Calendar and Gmail.
Here is an overview based on information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health resources. Complete CDC coronavirus information is embedded below.
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But the CDC (and the OWU Student Health Center) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have any trace of a fever. Do not return to class or work and remain isolated until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, then sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- 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.)
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using facemasks.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear facemasks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. (Exceptions are health-care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (either at home or in a health-care facility).
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Call first before going to any care facility, including the OWU Student Health Center, so that medical personnel can take precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to the infectious virus.
Additional CDC Information
- Public health expert warns virus not going away – KSAT San Antonio
- Tesla asks employees to resume production at Fremont car plant despite coronavirus health orders – CNBC
- Major health groups and charities urge Trump to reverse World Health Organization funding decision – CNN
- Public health officials push back on May opening | TheHill – The Hill
- Analysis | The Health 202: Los Angeles is racing to discover the true coronavirus infection rate – The Washington Post
- Some Public Health Officials Not Releasing Coronavirus Hospitalizations : Shots – Health News – NPR
- Covid-19 health-care crisis could drive new developments in robotics, editorial says – The Washington Post
- Lost Your Health Insurance During the COVID-19 Crisis? Here Are Your Options – The Motley Fool
- El Paso virus cases jump to 35 as health leaders warn of increased risk of ‘community spread’ – KVIA El Paso