Protect Yourself | Western Technical College

Protect Yourself

We value the health and safety of every member of our community. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Get a flu vaccine

Recommendations if you have symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.):

  • Stay home. 
  • Call ahead to your care provider and report symptoms and any pre-existing conditions: Student Health Center 608-785-8558, Gundersen Health System; or Mayo Health System. (Note that the Student Health Center will be closed for Spring Break from March 16-20.)
  • Students notify your instructor, employees notify your supervisor. 

The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) are providing the most up-to-date information for us as this is a rapidly evolving situation. You are encouraged to check the following websites for the most current information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Emergency Preparation

Western will stay informed on the situation and will keep students and employees updated.

The college is preparing for the possibility of campus closures by asking faculty to begin making plans for “emergency remote teaching,” options to maintain continuity for all students.

All members of the Western community will be notified through email, on the website, or through our Emergency Notification System, RAVE. The college social media platforms will be updated accordingly as well.

Please check your college email regularly for updates.

The risk to Western Technical College students and employees is currently low, but taking precautions is crucial due to the rapid spread of this virus.

The health and safety of every member of the Western community is our top priority. Please do all you can to protect yourself.