Health and Safety Tips, Screening, Social Distancing | Webster University

Prevention Tips, Daily Screening, Social Distancing

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Following this guidance is important to your health -- and to the health of everyone in your community. Please review these resources and follow the instructions in the Transition & Adaptability Policy.

Return-to-Campus Policy and Daily Health Self-Screening

Daily Health Self-Screening Form

 

In June Webster began the first phases of a gradual return by employees to U.S. campus locations, including required daily health self-screening before entering campus, and other safety measures. Anyone planning to work on or visit campus must read the safety directives for returning to campus as well as the June 15 message on Transition & Adaptability Policy and next steps.

Free Testing in St. Louis Area

Free Testing in the St. Louis Area: Affinia Healthcare, in partnership with the Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services, is now offering free COVID-19 testing to individuals who are asymptomaticThe testing is available to anyone, but Affinia is in particular reaching out to African American, Hispanic and Native Americans because reports indicate those populations are experiencing significantly high infection and mortality rates during the pandemic.

For our entire community, we encourage you to stay informed through public resources on where testing is available in your area, such as this resource from the Illinois Department of Public Health and this from the Missouri Department of Health.

Reporting Positive Tests for COVID-19

Webster University wants to be respectful of your privacy, and at the same time we want to be good stewards of the health and safety of our community. For this reason we ask that you let us know if you test positive for COVID-19 and have interacted with members of the Webster University community or have been on University premises within the 14-day period preceding the onset of your symptoms or your positive test so that we can assess the potential impact on our community. This information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. This request is made in a sincere, good-faith effort to inform—on an anonymized basis—individuals in our University community that they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. This is a request, not a demand. Please understand that you are not required to participate in the University’s efforts in this regard.

Students in the St. Louis area, contact Student Health Services 314-246-7422; faculty and staff, contact Human Resources, humanresources@webster.edu or 314-246-7580. Those at campuses outside of St. Louis are asked to contact their campus or site director.

CDC Help and Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides important information regarding transmission and prevention of COVID-19 and other viral diseases:

In general, the CDC recommends you take the following actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • 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 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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Managing Stress and Anxiety, Reducing Stigma

The CDC has some helpful tips on these topics:

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Missouri has established the “Show Me Hope Line” for those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. The phone number is: 1-800-985-5990; you can also text ''TalkWithUs” to 66746. More information can be found at: https://dmh.mo.gov/disaster-services

 

Social Distancing Policy

The following Social Distancing guidelines apply to faculty, staff and students as it relates to the prevention and control of communicable diseases. “Social distancing” is a public-health protection measure meant to reduce and slow transmission of disease. 

  • All individuals are required to maintain at least a 6-foot (2 meter) social distance from others.
  • Social distancing will be maintained in shared spaces on campus (e.g., elevators, conference rooms, kitchens, copy rooms, restrooms, etc.).
  • High density, shared work areas have been identified and plexiglass dividers are being installed.
  • All meetings are encouraged to take place in an online format.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited per St. Louis County guidelines.

For the latest and most detailed information on global response and prevention to the coronavirus outbreak, visit the CDC's COVID 19 page and their COVID 19 FAQ, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the WHO's coronavirus 2019 pagewhich are updated frequently.