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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Stay up-to-date on the latest developments regarding COVID-19. To read previous updates, please visit our Previous Daily Updates section and click on our links.

April 2, 2020 (12:12 pm) Central Time 

Dear Simpson College Community,

We hope this email finds you safe and well. As we continue to monitor the developments impacting campus due to COVID-19, we are shifting the focus of our daily messages to provide helpful information and resources to assist you in navigating this pandemic. Beginning next week, we will be sending out emails on Mondays and Thursdays. Please look for our final daily email update tomorrow. Below you will find two opportunities to stay connected with campus.

Feeling like you need to talk? Want to connect with someone on the Simpson College Campus? Click the image below to find a time to connect with Heidi Levine, VP for Student Development & Planning.

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Missing Campus?

We are too. That is why we have created a series of Simpson College Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting or class. Want to sit outside College Hall or gather under the “Whispering Maples.” We have you covered. You can download them all here at Simpson College Zoom Backgrounds.  

Connect with Us

We continue to maintain and respond to all questions submitted through our dedicated email address. Please email, COVIDResponse@simpson.edu  However, for students with specific questions related to course work, we encourage you to contact your individual professor and or advisor. For faculty with academic-related questions, please contact Cheryl Jacobsen, academic dean.

Please continue to monitor your emails and check the Simpson College COVID19 webpage for updates.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions. #ONESimpson.

Thank you,
Bob Lane ‘81
Interim President

Resources for Students

Questions and Answers about COVID-19

Previous Daily Updates

To read previous daily updates, please click on our links below.

Healthy Practices

Following is information from the Iowa Department of Public Health about COVID-19 and the best steps we all can take to stay healthy:

  • Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death in other countries.
  • It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.
  •  Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu):
    •  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
    • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
    •  Contain germs by staying home when ill
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) does not recommend face masks for the general public.

As we look ahead to Spring Break, we are aware that many of you will be traveling both domestically and internationally. The CDC has excellent and up-to-date information regarding traveling. Please check this link for updates on specific destinations, as this is an ever-changing situation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Prevention & Treatment
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • 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. 

Our administration and campus health care professionals will continue to closely monitor this developing situationEvery day, Simpson College faculty, staff and students can expect an email update from Bob Lane, Interim President. For up-to-date information, please visit www.simpson.edu/covid19.

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