COVID-19 Information and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 is a viral respiratory illness first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, with reported cases ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. The virus is thought to spread from person-to person through close contact and through germs spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 and the best way to prevent illness is to practice good hygiene:

  • 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 with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including, but not limited to: door handles, desks, armrests, keyboards, and personal space on public transportation
  • Get a flu vaccine

-Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

As a reminder, members of the University community should NOT come to any location if experiencing any cold or flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms including, but not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, headache, or muscle or body aches. All individuals coming to any Barry location must complete the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Self-Check.

Additionally, any student, faculty or staff member or contingent worker who is experiencing symptoms, has been diagnosed COVID-19 positive or exposed to someone diagnosed COVID-19 positive must complete the COVID-19 Initial Notification Form.