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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses, a common virus group that causes cold or flu-like illnesses in animals and humans. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any UW Oshkosh campus, but keeping yourself informed by reading the information below will help you manage your health and avoid contracting illnesses of all kinds.

University officials will continue to evaluate the current and potential impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will communicate if events, classes or campus operations are impacted. 

COVID-19 is not connected to any particular ethnicity or race. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not acceptable at UW Oshkosh. If you experience harassment or discrimination, please file a bias incident report here.

Contact Information

Student Health Center
(920) 424-2424  |  sanchezk@uwosh.edu

University Police
(920) 424-1212  |  martintr@uwosh.edu

Risk Management
(920) 424-1009  |  langolfk@uwosh.edu

Marketing and Communications
(920) 424-2442  |  breistep@uwosh.edu

Keeping UW Oshkosh safe

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community members are encouraged to:

  Practice good hygiene

  • Avoid handshakes and other contact greetings
  • Clean hands often throughout the day
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect surfaces, doorknobs and handrails regularly
  • Open windows or adjust air conditioning for ventilation
  • Limit sharing of supplies and food

  Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Meet through video conference when possible
  • Hold in-person meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

  Stay home if you are feeling sick

  • Stay home if a household member is sick
  • Wash hands frequently if caring for sick family members
  • Provide additional care and a protected space for household members over 65 years old

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a virus group that can infect and spread between humans through close personal contact, coughing/sneezing, and touching surfaces with coronavirus on them and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Coronaviruses circulate regularly and cause cold and flu-like illnesses every year. These illnesses usually last for a short amount of time. Sometimes new strains can become more widespread.

Is there a threat to campus?

There are no suspected or reported cases of COVID-19 on any of our UW Oshkosh campuses. At this time we are not aware of any UW Oshkosh personnel or students who have been exposed to the virus.

What is the University doing?

In coordination with UW System, UWO has activated a committee to monitor and address the situation. We are continuously monitoring the situation and taking steps as directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local, state and regional public health officials.

What should I do?

As this virus presents much like influenza with coughing, sneezing and similar flu symptoms, we urge students and employees to be aware of preventive wellness efforts everyone can take to avoid this and other viruses. These include covering your cough, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, etc. The university will communicate with the campus community directly if there is a need to take additional action. Influenza remains the most serious public health concern for members of the UWO community, which is why we continue to recommend preventive wellness efforts.

Students

If you have influenza-like symptoms, contact the Student Health Center or your primary care provider and share any recent travel history or possible exposure. Certain clinical health services such as basic office visits are covered by Student Health Services for current UWO students. Students should call ahead for an appointment at (920) 424-0425. We will have you put on a mask at arrival to the Student Health Center if you have influenza-like symptoms.

Employees

If you have influenza-like symptoms, be sure to contact your primary care provider and be sure to share any recent travel history or possible exposure.

Resources

Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 – World Health Organization
COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel – U.S. Department of Education