Coronavirus: Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

WT Community Welfare and Safety: Slow the Spread of COVID-19

April 14, 2020

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is our primary concern. Over the past few weeks, myself and other university leaders have communicated helpful information, warnings, and developments via mass e-mails, social media, and the University’s main COVID-19 webpage dedicated to our response to COVID-19. We continue to work in concert with the guidance and response efforts of the federal government, the state of Texas, and local authorities. This communication provides the required warning related to these events. Ongoing updates regarding West Texas A&M University’s actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted on the WTAMU COVID-19 webpage that is linked through a banner at the top of the WTAMU homepage.

We are committed to helping prevent the spread of this virus by taking prudent steps to protect the campus, its students, its faculty and its staff, as well as the community at large. We continue to monitor closely the COVID-19 situation and make decisions as prudently as possible. We are following the severe illness guidelines in the WT Emergency Operation — Pandemic Plan.

The primary goal of the plan is to slow the spread of the disease and maintain essential University services. We are closely following expert information about COVID-19, and will continue to apply best practices according to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Taking these precautionary actions will bring long-term benefit to our campus and the Texas Panhandle.

We take this opportunity to remind our community of 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:

  • Engage in social distancing of six or more feet.
  • Stay home when ill or if other family members are ill.
  • Leverage telework options.
  • 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).

Our decisions could change based on the evolving circumstances. Bookmark the University’s main COVID-19 webpage for regular updates which will provide official university decisions. For additional updated information about COVID-19 disease activity, you can visit the websites of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Travel Health Notice, the World Health Organization, and the Randall County Department of Health.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak and keep you updated.

Walter V. Wendler