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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.

June 24, 2020 (7:26 am) Central Time

Dear Simpson College Community:
I continue to be impressed by and appreciative of all the work which our faculty, staff, and institutional leaders have been doing to help us prepare for the coming academic year. The decisions and planning have been complex, but by staying focused on providing the best student-centered experience while following public health guidelines, we are getting it done!
Over the past few weeks we have updated the community on several foundational decisions and guidelines, including:

  • Simpson’s COVID-19 operational phases,
  • the revised Fall 2020 calendar, and
  • development of an academic model which has been shared with all faculty

As we now shift to individual departments and programs using these guidelines to tailor their own programs, services, and operations, it seems that campus-wide, weekly updates are less useful than they were in the earlier stages of dealing with the pandemic. So this will be the last scheduled COVID-19 update I will be sending. But we will most definitely continue to make members of the Simpson community aware of significant updates, changes, and resources as we proceed toward the start of the year.
In addition to periodic email updates, please continue to make use of the following Simpson College COVID resources:


We continue to maintain and respond to all questions submitted through our dedicated email address. Please email, COVIDResponse@simpson.edu.
And thank you, yet again, for your ongoing commitment to Simpson College. We are #ONESimpson.
Marsha Kelliher

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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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