COVID-19, also known as Corona virus, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which has spread globally, including regions in the U.S. Learn about COVID-19  at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and How is it spread?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 symptoms. Corona virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet). The virus spreads via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and their droplets either land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or are inhaled into their lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it and touching their mouth or eyes before washing their hands, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. For more information, see the CDC page, How it Spreads.

How can I protect myself from being infected? 

While there is no vaccine for the Corona virus, basic hygiene routines can keep you healthy just like with the flu. Don’t touch your face and avoiding people who are sick are two of the most important tips. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more details on its website.

What is the Institute advice for Faculty, Staff or Employees with plans to travel? 

McDougle-Technical Institute urges faculty, staff, and students who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider their travel and to take into account the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning from travel to the MTI and surrounding communities. MTI encourages faculty and staff to share any travel plans with their department chair, dean, or manager to facilitate Institute assistance if the need arises.

Are there any reported COVD-19 cases at MTI?

While there are no cases have been reported at MTI, the school continues to monitor the Corona virus (COVID-19).