Our COVID-19 task force, encompassing professionals from every area of our University, continue to develop the appropriate campus protocols that will be required of us in the year ahead.
All of our decisions have been made with your health and safety at top of mind and under the guidance of national and state health officials. Below is official University information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the campus.
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For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Newly developed loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Newly developed GI symptoms
If you are a student with these symptoms, please contact Health and Wellness Services at ext. 4730 (570-408-4730). If you are an employees, please stay home, call your family doctor and immediately contact Human Resoures.
Daily symptom monitoring is available via the Wilkes Shield app and is strongly recommended.
The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Wear a mask. Face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and guests on campus and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Maintain a safe, social distance. Maintain a physical distance of six feet of space between ourselves and others whenever feasible.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have coughed, sneezed or blew your nose.
- Don't touch your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you do touch your face, wash or sanitize your hand immediately after.
- Sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Toss your tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands immediately after.
- Use hand sanitizer. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Sanitizing stations have been placed around campus in the following locations:
- Arnaud C. Marts Center lobby
- Breiseth Hall Fenner Quadrangle entrance
- Chase Hall waiting area
- Cohen Science Center lobby
- Eugene S. Farley Library main entrance
- Henry Student Center lobby
- Karambelas Media and Communication Center and Sordoni Art Gallery shared lobby
- Mark Engineering Center and Stark Learning Center shared lobby
- University Center on Main lobby
- Weckesser Hall lobby
Routinely updated information and mapping of the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 can be seen under the following links:
- World Health Organization Myth Busters
- Live Map Updated by Johns Hopkins University
- The U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)'s Global Map
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's Geographical Distribution of 2019-nCoV
- The World Health Organization's Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Reports
- The U.S. Department of State
- The Pennsylvania Department of Health
For questions regarding information on this page, contact:
Assistant Vice President of Operations & Compliance
Updated Nov. 25, 2020