Frequently Asked Questions - About Coronavirus

About Coronavirus

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Is there a threat to campus?

In coordination with the Milwaukee Health Department, the Marquette University Medical Clinic (MUMC) continues to monitor the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Executive Leadership Team has established a cross-disciplinary COVID-19 Response Team, which is meeting several times daily to evaluate changing guidance from public health officials — including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Milwaukee Health Department — to make recommendations to the ELT on establishing protocols and contingency plans related to the virus. There is a steering committee and five working teams dedicated to the following dimensions of campus response: medical, academic, employee, student life/residence life and external contacts

To protect yourself from influenza and other viruses, it is advised to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid close contact with ill individuals.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • The single best prevention against influenza is the vaccine. Influenza vaccine is still available at the MUMC.

I recently traveled to an area that qualifies for self-quarantine. What is the guidance on self-quarantining?

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is recommending that any faculty, student or staff who has traveled WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS where there is community spread of COVID-19 (international and domestic locations) MUST SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days, less the number of days since they arrived home, before returning to campus. For instance, if you returned from one of these areas 10 days ago, you must quarantine for 4 days. The CDC has an interactive map that shows the number of confirmed cases by state and the status of community transfer in each state – hover over each state to see the information. The CDC also has an interactive map that shows the number of confirmed cases by international country and the community transfer in each country – hover over each country to see the information. Students and parents who fit this criteria should not come to campus to retrieve belongings.

University operations – where possible – will move to a remote-working environment until at least April 10, at which point the university will reassess our overall situation.

Any employee who is self-quarantining should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.

Should I wear a mask to reduce transmission of the disease?

Public health officials, including the CDC and WHO, do not recommend that people without symptoms wear a mask.

Guidance from the World Health Organization

Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least three feet distance between yourself and other people.

WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential mis-use of masks. This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected COVID-19 infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with suspected COVID-19 infection. A suspected COVID-19 infection is linked to travel in an area in China where COVID-19has been reported, or close contact with someone who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

If there is a suspected case of coronavirus within the Marquette community, what will happen?

If a local case is reported, the Marquette University Medical Clinic will take immediate steps in accordance with CDC guidelines to respond to any health and safety risk to the campus community.

What do I do if I feel I’m being harassed, discriminated against or treated unfairly due to traveling to a place where there are confirmed cases of coronavirus?

Coronavirus is not specific to an ethnicity or race. Racist and discriminatory behaviors are not tolerated at Marquette University. In the spirit of community and in our Catholic, Jesuit tradition, we should support anyone who is feeling anxious or alienated for having simply traveled abroad.

Faculty and supervisors cannot tell students or employees to stay home based on their recent travel history or perceived nation of origin.

If students experience harassment or discrimination, they are encouraged to file a bias incident report.

Marquette community members who are from or have traveled to places where there are confirmed cases of coronavirus are valued members of our community and deserve to be treated with care, concern and respect.

What information can Marquette share regarding students, faculty or staff who have recently traveled to a place where there are confirmed cases of coronavirus?

In compliance with federal health and student privacy laws, the university will not release names or identifying information of any student or employee.

What should I do if the media calls?

Direct all media inquiries to the Office of Marketing and Communication, (414) 288-7448.

Why is the university asking faculty/staff/students to disclose COVID-19 self-quarantine?

When a member of the Marquette community self-reports a COVID-19 diagnosis, the university will work with the Milwaukee Health Department in the contact investigation. Only those individuals who came into close contact (defined as prolonged and proximal) with the patient will be notified and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, the Health Department will provide guidance on any needed cleaning and remediation for campus facilities. Our campus teams have the personal protective equipment needed for such a situation.

Due to federal privacy laws and the likelihood of a high volume of diagnoses in the coming days and weeks, including those affecting campus community members, the university will not be issuing mass notifications to the campus community. Please pray for all those in our Milwaukee and Marquette communities who are or will be affected by the pandemic.

What are some preventive steps for those who are sick and/or at risk of covid-19?

Please visit the School of Dentistry's webpage on preventive steps for the sick and at risk.

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