Coronavirus Update

March 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As referenced in the previous communication from Don Thomson, we are continuing to monitor the latest developments with respect to the coronavirus (COVID-19). As the situation continues to unfold, we want to provide you with information and resources relating to your work at Willamette.

The most recent advice and information about coronavirus can be found on the CDC website.

How You Can Help Protect Yourself and Others

You can take the following steps to reduce the risk of infection to yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands – often, including when arriving to work. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing stations have been added on campus at Goudy, Kaneko, and Hatfield Library.
  • More stations have been ordered and will be installed as soon as they arrive.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.

What To Do If You Are Experiencing Symptoms

If you are experiencing cough, fever, shortness of breath or other symptoms associated with coronavirus:

  • Please do not come to work. See Sick Leave Policy for Staff. If you are able and your job duties allow for telecommuting, please discuss this option with your supervisor. If faculty need to make arrangements to cover classes or other duties, please contact your Dean. If you have questions about your particular situation, please contact Human Resources at
  • Contact your healthcare provider for guidance. If your provider determines that you should stay out of the workplace, please notify your supervisor, as well as Human Resources, and follow your provider’s instructions for work restrictions and follow-up procedures.

Travel Restrictions

Willamette University is restricting all travel to Level 3 countries, which are currently China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, but conditions can change rapidly and other countries may be added to this list. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information for travelers. Requests for exceptions need to be made to a Vice President, Provost, or Dean and then forwarded to the Provost’s Office.

Resources and Additional Information

An interdisciplinary committee including people from across campus has convened and will meet regularly to stay abreast of new information. Updates will be posted to the Bishop Wellness Center’s Coronavirus Update website.

We understand that you or your family may be experiencing heightened anxiety as a result of developing events relating to coronavirus. As a reminder, the Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling services.

The health and safety of Willamette’s faculty, staff, and students is of the highest priority. If you have questions or concerns about coronavirus and your work at Willamette, please contact the HR team at We thank you for your cooperation and teamwork in ensuring that we continue to protect the collective health of our community.


Shana Sechrist
Vice President for Human Resources


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