Resources and Updates

Coronavirus Information

Updated March 17, 2020: The health of our BVU community is our top priority. As we continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we will update this resource page with new and relevant information.

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University Resources

For more detailed information regarding next steps for current and prospective students, please visit our University Resources page.

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Update: March 17, 2020

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect our campus community and beyond, Buena Vista University has moved Storm Lake campus classes online for the remainder of the Spring Semester beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority.

Based on social distancing recommended by the CDC, BVU has canceled all University sponsored events and events hosted on campus through May 29, except for Commencement. Offices will remain open, and faculty and staff are asked to continue operations as usual.

Read the full announcement

Travel Advisory

BVU has suspended all University-sponsored international and domestic travel for students, faculty, and staff. For future travel, we will continue to monitor and assess as necessary. Students, faculty, and staff independently traveling are encouraged to fill out the Travel Reporting Form. For anyone who has planned to return to campus, you must fill out our Health Screening Form and receive approval before setting foot on campus.

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What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

What are the symptoms?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those infected with the virus experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: 

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

CDC officials believe the symptoms can manifest in as few as two or as many as 14 days after exposure.

Is there a vaccine? 

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.

What should I do if I am sick?

  • 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.

If you have traveled to or from an affected area in the last 14 days and feel sick with a fever,  cough, or have difficulty breathing, or if you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms, the Iowa Department of Public Health is asking that you do the following:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
  • Do not travel while sick. Avoid contact with others. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash hands often.

Tips for Prevention

You can protect yourself from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into your arm or a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay hydrated.

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