In compliance with the Governor's order, Concordia University's campus is closed to the public. Essential university operations remain open.

Concordia University Ann Arbor Dean of Students and Administration in coordination with the Washtenaw County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health Services is closely monitoring the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new Coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, CUAA administration keeps abreast of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates and follows CDC guidelines regarding the new Coronavirus.

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Concordia launches new resource to assist in online learning

Keep Learning, an online resource website for remote teaching and learning, has launched. This site will be updated as needed.

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Frequently asked questions:

What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the CDC, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • It can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered LOW at this time. Individuals that have immunocompromising conditions are at higher risk.

What are the symptoms?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause mild to severe illness, including pneumonia.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath and/or breathing difficulties
How is the Coronavirus transmitted?

The main way Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread to others is when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is similar to how influenza is spread. The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person touches their mouth, face or eyes the virus can make them sick.

Anyone who develops fever and respiratory symptoms and has travelled internationally to an affected geographic area in the past 14 days is advised to stay home and contact a health care provider.

Individuals who have travelled internationally, but do not have symptoms, pose no risk and should not be excluded from classroom or campus activities.

How can I avoid getting the virus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use your own drinking cups, straws and eating utensils.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, keyboards, tablets, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, faucets, toilets) with a disinfecting wipe or cleaner.
What should I do if I show symptoms?

At any time, should students be exposed, or suspect they may have been exposed, to COVID-19, they must inform the CUW Health Center and will complete a 14-day self-quarantine.

  • Seek medical care. Before you go to the health center, doctor’s office or ER, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms
  • Students may call the Student Health Center @ 262-243-4574
  • Employees should contact their health care provider
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
What is the procedure for self-quarantine?

The University follows CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (as determined by the CDC or State Department Level 3 Travel Health Alerts or as directed by the University) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work, school or church for this 14-day period. Discuss your work/school situation with your employer/school before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

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