Health and Safety Tips, Social Distancing | Webster University

Prevention Tips and Social Distancing Policy

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 tips, including Webster's Social Distancing Policy.

Social Distancing Policy

 

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.

 

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. Those returning from a Restricted Travel Country to a Webster University campus within the United States are required to follow the University’s Social Distancing Policy, which outlines the following measures:

  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet or 2 meters from other people.
  • Do not go to work or school for the 14-day period.
  • Limit all public activities.
  • Measure your temperature with a thermometer twice a day to check for possible fever. Symptoms of the virus are an elevated body temperature of (100.4 Fahrenheit or higher), cough and shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Call a medical provider and call your local public health department if you experience symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Do not go to an emergency room or visit health services.
  • If possible, it is recommended that the individual practice social distancing at home as this can be the most familiar and supportive setting.
  • If the individual is residing in campus housing, and is being required to practice social distancing outside of their home city, Webster will work with the individual’s host campus to find appropriate accommodations for the 14-day period.

Faculty are encouraged to work with students who may miss class due to self-isolation to make up assignments or engage remotely.

Faculty or staff employees who are asked to follow any protocol of social distancing or isolation should contact Human Resources regarding any rights or benefits offered for time away from work. Once past the protocol, employees will need to provide Human Resources a return to work authorization from your medical physician. Human Resources is available at 314-246-7580 or humanresources@webster.edu.

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.