Dear campus community,
I understand that many of you are feeling concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the possible impact on our campus. A core group of emergency planners have been meeting on this issue since late January and continue to do so regularly, including a meeting with my cabinet and members of the Emergency Planning Team this morning.
As of today, we’ve posted our latest information at wou.edu/coronavirus, and we’ll continue to add to that page. The webpage has information about prevention, when to seek treatment, resources for students and employees, and information about WOU-funded travel. If there are questions or topics not addressed on the webpage, there’s a link at the bottom of the webpage for you to submit questions and comments.
The university has an established Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that we created to guide us in emergencies and crises. Using the guidelines in WOU’s EOP, our current response level is orange, which means:
“A pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the current disease outbreak has confirmed cases in the Northwest Region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Northern California). (WHO phase 5).”
WOU is an inclusive community with members from all over the world, and we have members who travel all over the world. With this in mind, please remember that the risk of coronavirus is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality.
As we monitor key sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, we’ll keep you informed on issues that directly impact our community. Also, you may hear more from certain areas on topics such as important information for supervisors, course delivery options and more.
The safety of our students and our campus community is of the utmost importance. Please know that our planning team is working behind the scenes to support the safety on our campus and beyond.