COVID-19 case confirmed on campus

To: All Members of the Valparaiso University Community
Posted: March 31, 2020 at 7:58 p.m.

To all members of the Valparaiso University Community:

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is Valpo’s primary concern. We are writing to inform you of a recent development relating to COVID-19. In addition to monitoring your emails, you can also visit valpo.edu/coronavirus for regular updates, and check the CDC for national news.

We recently learned of one employee who was last working on campus in Loke Hall on March 18th who has tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30th. Public healthcare and Valpo officials acted quickly and we understand appropriate protocols are being followed. 

We understand that this is a challenging situation at several levels.  The University will be in contact with you directly if you are known to have had direct exposure to this individual in institutional programs, employment, or activities. 

The University has engaged in many changed practices to protect the health and safety of our community including encouraging social distancing through moving classes online, directing all nonessential employees to work from home, and vacating most students from the residence halls. In addition, Building Services has condensed its cleaning efforts to concentrate cleaning efforts on high traffic areas, and increased attention to common spaces and touch points such as restrooms, handrails, and door handles, etc.  We will continue to take steps to help protect the health and safety of our community.

We also take this opportunity to remind our community of some important information regarding COVID-19. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, we are requesting your immediate attention to and compliance with the following health-authority-recommended practices – not only to ensure your own well-being, but the well-being of others:

  • Follow government mandates around travel, work, and leaving your home.
  • Engage in social distancing.  Keep distance from others (about 6 feet).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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 face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Watch for cough, troubled breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).

Those who develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, should call their primary care provider for further instructions. At this time, the health center is not testing for COVID-19. Call the health center at 219.464.5060 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or 219.464.5352 (after 5 p.m.) or your primary healthcare provider for medical advice. Self-monitoring kits are available from the Valparaiso University Health Center at no charge.