Update COVID-19

This communication was sent campuswide on Feb. 28, 2020. 

Dear Weber State Students, Faculty and Staff,

 Weber State University continues to monitor the situation regarding the new COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and follow the guidance of state and local health department officials.

As of Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the virus to continue to spread, including in the United States.

However, state health officials say there are no confirmed cases in Utah as of this time. For the latest coronavirus summary, see the CDC website cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.

You can take simple steps to limit the spread of this or any virus:

CDC Recommendations to Prevent Spread of Disease

  • Stay home when you are sick (and until your symptoms are gone).
  • 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.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, use the inside of your elbow, never your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and have traveled to impacted areas, please seek medical care.

The WSU Health Center has additional information online regarding the COVID-19.

Should the virus reach Utah, creating a community-level spread, WSU has plans in place to mitigate its impact on the university community and university functions.

WSU-sponsored International Travel

WSU is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. Campus officials are monitoring and will continue to monitor COVID-19 and evaluate its potential impact on the university, including community members traveling internationally. As part of this effort, Weber State is monitoring CDC travel guidance, the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories, and International SOS risk assessments to advise WSU travelers on school-sponsored trips or planning future trips.

As of Feb. 27, 2020, the university has canceled one Study Abroad trip to Singapore, due to complications in travel logistics caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The university will monitor future trips on a case-by-basis.

If you plan to travel outside the country in the coming weeks, we encourage you to monitor the resources listed above.

We care about the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff both here and abroad. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Dane LeBlanc
Director of Public Safety