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Health and Prevention Information

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Source: Centers for Disease Control

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but it is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Source: CDC 

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Source: CDC

If you are experiencing symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath):

  • Stay home. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • If you are a student, call:
    • Student Health Services at (570)-941-7667 to report symptoms and receive guidance on medical care during normal business hours (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    • University Police at (570)-941-7777 after normal business hours and on weekends to obtain medical care.
  • If you are a faculty or staff member: 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. 
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain a distance of at least 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash.
The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

Students who may be feeling anxious about COVID-19 should contact the University's counseling center
Faculty and staff can be put in touch with a counselor through the University's Employee Assistance Program.