With the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to make headlines, it is natural to be concerned about how this might impact our community.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to believe that the risk of acquiring this virus in the United States is low.
WNC leadership is actively monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus-‘2019-nCoV, as cases continue to be reported closer to our region We are connected with county and state health officials and will share additional information on this web page as it becomes available.
Protecting Yourself and Others
- Hand hygiene is the single-most effective way to prevent the spread of ALL communicable diseases, including 2019-nCoV.
- WNC has hand sanitizer stations throughout our campuses for student, faculty and staff use.
- For students preparing to travel during spring break, it is strongly recommended that you follow the latest travel restrictions.
For more information, visit the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health website at http://dpbh.nv.gov/coronavirus/
CDC Prevention Guidelines
For commonly asked questions and responses, visit CDC FAQs. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC 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.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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.
- For information about handwashing, see CDC’s handwashing website.