Dear Campus Community,
In recent days, the number of norovirus self-reports on the UW Oshkosh campus has remained low.
We remain encouraged by the small number of daily reports—and by the campus community’s rapid response to this outbreak during the last three and half weeks.
In an effort to keep the campus community healthy once the virus has passed, disinfecting efforts continue across campus. The biggest personal defense against norovirus is personal hygiene, especially handwashing.
While self-reported numbers are on the decline, reporting still remains critical. Those with symptoms of norovirus, including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps, should complete the self-reporting form, which can now be found on the Student Health Center website. As the norovirus outbreak slows, the emergency management website has been deactivated.
The campus community should continue to remain diligent in staying home if ill. It is important to remember individuals are still contagious for 48 hours after symptoms subside. Even if you feel well, do not return to class or work until after this 48-hour period. If experiencing a second round of symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 424-2424.
Finally, a few important messages to reiterate:
- Disinfect high-touch objects like your computer keyboard, telephone receiver, mobile phone, etc. frequently.
- Make sure all disinfectants explicitly state that they are effective against norovirus. Many disinfectants from the store ARE NOT effective against norovirus.
- Disinfectants are available through residence life and custodial services.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer IS NOT effective against the norovirus
- If you witness vomiting, call 424-3466 for clean up.