Marlboro Responds to Coronavirus Outbreak
Since the outbreak of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Marlboro has been closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, the Vermont Department of Public Health, and the actions of governments worldwide as we develop the college’s response to the disease’s spread. The following information will be updated as more details are available
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vermont?
At this time the State of Vermont has confirmed one case of COVID-19 in the state. The CDC and Vermont Department of Health are actively monitoring and updating their websites with information on suspected and confirmed cases in the U.S.
Can I still travel abroad?
In most cases and to most countries, yes. In response to growing concerns over COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all nonessential travel to any country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice be suspended. At this time, this includes mainland China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran.
While the college has not put in place any travel restrictions related to COVID-19 for other countries, we are closely monitoring the outbreak around the globe with a particular attention on countries where the CDC has placed a Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions travel notification. If your travels are taking you to any of these countries we suggest maintaining flexible travel plans. While the risk of infection remains low, authorities are taking all precautions against the possible spread of the virus, which may impact business operations and disruptions to travel.
Prevention Information from the CDC
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive 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.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings(at home or in a health care facility).
- 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
What if I feel ill?
If you are a student concerned about possible symptoms of viral illness, contact the Total Health Center by phone 802-258-9238 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The provider will ask key questions to determine the best plan for further evaluation. If it is after hours, contact the Coordinator on Call at 802-940-6040. Please call or email before going to the THC so as to limit exposure.
Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider or seek evaluation at an urgent care center or emergency room. Most providers are requesting that you call first to let them know that you are coming so that they may take necessary precautions.
Individuals at High Risk
The CDC has issued guidance for individuals considered at-risk for serious illness from COVID-19. We know that members of our community fall into some of these categories. Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your primary healthcare provider for guidance on how the college can help protect your wellbeing.
For additional information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.