February 14, 2020, update

At SPU, our students’ and community’s health is our priority, and we are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.  

View current updates on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Washington State Department of Health, and find ways to prevent the spread of illness.

Still considered low risk to U.S. population

It is important to know that based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general U.S. population is still considered to be low at this time. Health experts are concerned because it is new, little is known about it, and it appears to have the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people. For more information on this virus, see the Fact Sheet from Washington Department of Health (PDF).

For up to date information on current recommendations regarding travel to and from China see the CDC Travel Information

We advise students to call Health Services at 206-281-2231 or their primary care provider’s office if they are experiencing a fever with or without respiratory symptoms and have traveled recently.

Ways to prevent the spread of viral illness

To prevent the spread of infectious illnesses:

  • 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.

Remember: It is still FLU season, and influenza is considered a serious concern for public health as well. In addition to the steps above, the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. Health Services still has some flu vaccine available. Schedule an appointment for a flu shot by calling 206-281-2231. 

Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020