TO THE WNC COMMUNITY:
I hope each of you is doing well and staying safe. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout these uncertain times, our Western Nevada College community has worked swiftly, compassionately and as efficiently as possible to respond to the changing landscape in our community. Things are ever-changing and I want to ensure we are doing our part to keep the campus up to date with the latest information we receive. With this said, I want to provide some general updates on COVID and our overall campus response and plan as we move forward during the challenges created by COVID-19. These updates are listed below.
UPDATES FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE & NSHE
We expect to hear today, Thursday, April 30, from Gov. Steve Sisolak regarding the state’s roadmap to recovery. We already know that he will extend the Stay Home For Nevada directive. WNC will continue to adhere to the “Stay at Home” directive until we hear of further changes. We are also staying connected with the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions to share information and best practices, and to keep our communications and policies in sync. We should have more information coming to us later this afternoon and in the next few days about our next steps.
LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY TASK FORCE MEETING TOMORROW
The Leadership and Strategy Task Force group will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the latest updates. Tomorrow we will be covering the instructional plan as we plan for the summer, fall, and spring sessions. We will also be providing some very important updates on our budget.
CAMPUS TOWN HALL MEETING
We will be having another campus town hall meeting in the very near future. We are waiting to finalize and confirm some very important items related to our budget and our plans for reopening the campus. As soon as we have these items finalized we will schedule the meeting and provide those updates.
KEEPING THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY SAFE
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and cases increase in our community, it is likely that faculty, staff and students will be or have already been exposed to the virus. The college has been closed to all except essential staff since March 13, and there is no elevated concern regarding potential exposure to the campus community at this time. All of the measures we have taken since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic remain in effect, and now more than ever we must remain ever-vigilant in these efforts. We must continue to make the responsible decisions that will help us limit the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect us all.
INFORMATION REGARDING COVID EXPOSURE
Please be aware that there are strict privacy regulations prohibiting disclosure of identifying information regarding individuals testing positive for COVID-19. Any individuals who come in contact or may have been exposed due to extended close contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-10 would be contacted directly by Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) or the appropriate community health services organization. If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus, please contact your healthcare provider. Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. For updates and more information on COVID-19 visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/. Carson City Health and Human Services Hotline phone number is (775) 283-4789.
I know the last few weeks have not been easy. The work that you have continued during this time is greatly appreciated, and it is critical to helping our students and community through this situation. I will share information as soon as we have the latest updates. In the meantime, stay safe and well.
Dr. Vincent Solis
Western Nevada College