Western values the health and safety of every member of our community, and is committed to supporting our students and employees in this changing environment.
About Coronavirus Disease
Western continues to closely monitor the spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19, or coronavirus. This includes reviewing guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), WI Dept. of Health Services and U.S. Dept. of Education.
Coronavirus spreads easily and causes a range illness from very mild to severe, with severe illness requiring hospitalization. Adults over 60 and people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes may be at a higher risk of developing more severe symptoms and complications.
Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include:
- Fever over 100.4
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Body or muscle aches
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Loss of smell or taste
If you have these symptoms you should stay home. (See Protect Yourself for additional instruction.) Symptoms can reportedly appear two to 14 days after initial exposure to the virus. People become infected by inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, or by touching contaminated surfaces like door handles and then touching face, mouth or eyes. It is important to know that a person can transmit the virus to others while showing minor or no symptoms.
Experiencing symptoms or concerned over possible exposure?
If you are experiencing symptoms or have concerns about already being exposed, please:
- Stay home.
- Contact your healthcare provider.
- Students notify your instructor, employees notify your supervisor
- Fill out the form below and a staff member will contact within 24 hours to obtain additional information and offer you assistance.
Western will stay informed on the situation and will keep students and employees updated.
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 health and safety of every member of the Western community is our top priority. Please do all you can to protect yourself. Taking precautions is crucial for the health and safety of all community members due to the rapid spread of this virus.
The Wisconsin Department of of Health Services has a website dedicated to updates on COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm.
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: