I am Amy Henniges, the Director of our Counseling and Health Center. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all of you who are helping to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID 19 by following the guidelines of Staying Safer at home.
Additionally, I would like to thank all of the employees that are too essential to our campus operations to stay at home, for taking all the extra precautions to keep us safe.
Safer-at-home is our currently our best option for slowing the spread of the virus and flattening the curve so that our health care system has enough beds, critical care capacity, and healthy front line health care workers to take care of those most critically ill.
It is more critical than ever to maintain at least 6-feet social distancing and to continue to cover our cough and to wash our hands and disinfect surfaces.
New this week, the CDC is also advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to wear in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores). Simple masks or face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. You also really want to minimize how often you are going out on essential errands.
Simple cloth face covering can be made out of made at home from common materials at low cost, like a bandana.
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting changes to our lifestyles, can make anyone overwhelmed, anxious or even depressed. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Our campus support services remain open by phone. Our counselors, nurses and nurse practitioner are available for phone consultations with students.
Employees have access to counselors by phone through our EAP program.
Finding healthy ways to cope and stay connected is so important. I also encourage you to check out the resilient.wisconsin.gov for additional tools to encourage self-care, maintain social connections, and reduce stress.
Staying Safer at Home is more important than ever, and we know it is not easy. We are all in this together and we are here to help.