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Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we prepare for Spring Break next week, Mississippi University for Women continues to closely monitor information regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Preparations are underway in the event the virus spreads closer to home. The W has no known cases of the coronavirus on campus and currently has no students who are studying abroad. To date, there have been no cases of COVID–19 reported in Mississippi. The university continues to work with experts at the Mississippi Department of Health to monitor the virus. Updates and information about COVID-19 can be found at www.muw.edu/disease.

Students, faculty and staff traveling should be aware of known locations of the coronavirus. For the coronavirus global and U.S. map, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The following are recommended precautions:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based (60% alcohol) hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Individuals are also advised to restrict physical contact, such as handshakes, etc.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Seek medical care right away if you believe that you have been exposed to the coronavirus. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms. The Campus Health Center’s number is (662) 329-7289.

W-Alert Reminder- Take a moment to ensure you are signed up for the W-Alert at www.muw.edu/police/preparedness/walertsignup. Follow W Alerts on Twitter, @TheWAlert. In the event that a situation arises, a campus wide warning will be issued through the University’s text messaging system called W-Alert to students, faculty and staff.


Bulletin Issued: Friday, March 6, 2020