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WPU Information Center for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

William Peace University continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and is developing plans and scenarios to reduce the health risk to students, faculty, staff and their families.

Below you will find the latest information regarding this issue and contact information for more questions.

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STUDENT FAQs

Health + Safety

  • Is anyone being tested for coronavirus on campus? What are we doing if a student has been exposed to the virus? (updated 3.27.2020)
    William Peace University was notified Thursday, March 26, that a member of our campus community may be infected with COVID-19. The individual was exposed to a person outside the campus community who is believed to be infected. Our community member has not been on campus since Friday, March 13. The WPU community member was asymptomatic while on campus. Because neither of these individuals falls within the high risk category, they were not tested for the virus. If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.
  • Is anyone being tested for coronavirus on campus? What are we doing if a student has been exposed to the virus?
    There are no confirmed cases on campus at the present time and no one is currently being tested on campus. We will follow CDC guidelines should we discover that a student or employee has been infected. If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.
  • What do students do if they need counseling?
    Please email counseling@peace.edu or call 919-508-2163.  Counseling services will be providing limited remote counseling for students located in the state of North Carolina only.  We are unable to provide these services to students physically located outside the state of North Carolina due to licensing requirements. We can however help you with a referral to another provider if needed.

Residence + Student Life

  • Will all students who want to stay be allowed to stay? How will those decisions be made?
    No. In fact, we are trying to limit the number of students on campus, but also meet the needs of those with special circumstances. We have strongly encouraged students to move off campus and back to their permanent residence. We have received a number of requests and those are currently being evaluated and decisions will be made on Wednesday, March 18th.  

    Please note that for those who are approved to remain on campus, the following will apply:

    • You may be required to relocate to another building on campus;
    • All Community Code of Conduct policies will apply;
    • Students will observe the following guidelines set by the CDC:
      • Social distancing (approximately 6 feet between others)
      • Washing hands often (for at least 20 seconds)
      • Sanitizing living space regularly (in addition to what the University will do)
      • Stay home if you feel sick and call/email Health and Wellness services
      • Cover coughs and sneezes (elbow or tissues) and immediately wash hands
    • Gatherings of more than 5 people in residential spaces are prohibited until further notice to protect the health and safety of our community;
    • No guests are allowed in the residence halls during this time; 
    • If a student is found to have violated these important items, the student could be subject to discipline, up to and including eviction from University housing.
    • Dining and other campus facilities and services will operate on a limited schedule and this schedule may be reduced as needed.
    • Students need to develop their own emergency plan if WPU needs to close due to federal, state or local mandates.
    • The current housing assignment is only applicable through the end of the Spring 2020 academic semester. At this time, no decision has been made regarding summer housing.

  • Which facilities will remain open during the week of March 16? How about after classes begin on-line?
    The Belk Dining Hall hours are 10:30am – 1:30pm &  4:30pm-7:30pm for pick-up only. The Wellness Center in Joyner House will be open, but to maintain the health and safety of the community, we are asking students to either call 919-508-2502 or email HealthServices@peace.edu before visiting Joyner House  If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.  The Pacer Pantry will remain open while supplies last. Please fill out a request form here.

Financial Matters

  • Will federal financial aid be affected?
    It is the intention of the University to complete the semester through remote/online learning. As long as the University is able to achieve this objective, we do not see any effect on federal financial aid.
  • Will I receive a refund for room and board if I am no longer in university housing? How much will that be? (updated 3.26.2020)
    We are exploring a variety of options to best support our students and families. By the end of next week (week of 3/30), we will begin crediting accounts for room & board, starting with Pacers who moved out on or before March 22. Room charges will be prorated based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester (April 29) when you moved out.
    • If you moved out on or prior to March 15, you will be credited for 7 weeks;
    • If you moved out on or prior to March 22, you will be credited for 6 weeks;
    • Board credits will be based on the type of meal plan and either the number of weeks remaining in the semester or the number of meals not used (for 150 block plans);
    • The credit will be applied first to any current balance due on your account, after which a refund will be issued for the remaining credit balance.

    We anticipate refunds to be issued on April 6th for those of you who moved out on or before March 22. If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact student accounts at studentaccounts@peace.edu.

  • Will my tuition be refunded?
    Tuition will not be refunded because we plan to complete the semester and you will receive credit for your classes.
  • I am a student worker. Can I continue to work? Do I still use Paycom to record hours?
    It is possible, however you will have to work remotely and not all offices can accommodate this option. Please contact your supervisor to see if working remotely is an option for you.In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the University is having the vast majority of employees work from home.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a Federal Work Study employee (FWS), the government has informed us that you will continue to be paid while residing at home and taking classes remotely/online.

Academic Issues

  • Are we checking out chrome books?
    Yes, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Library for any equipment check out at library@peace.edu.
  • Will we hold Commencement?
    Yes, but unfortunately we have to postpone the event. On March 16th,the CDC asked that no gatherings of 50 or more people occur for the next eight weeks, which extends beyond our May 1 Baccalaureate Service and May 2 Commencement Ceremony. We have made the decision to postpone until a later date (to be determined).  We will continue to monitor the health and safety considerations in the coming weeks.
  • What are we doing about classes with lab options?
    All courses that were meeting face-to-face, including labs, are moved online effective March 23, 2020. Faculty are modifying the courses and will contact students to share the details for each course.
  • What do I do with my textbook rentals at the end of the semester?
    Students should hold on to and use textbooks for their current courses and will receive instruction from the bookstore about the return process.
  • I have an internship. Can I continue to work?
    Please contact your supervisor or the Career Design Center (careercenter@peace.edu) as appropriate. We are ready to assist you. Students completing internships through the PDS-490 course will work with their instructors and the Career Design staff to fulfill expectations for the internship course. 
  • What should students who have off-campus academic related assignments do?
    Please email Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@peace.edu
  • Will the University offer virtual tutoring and advising services?
    Academic support services will be offered virtually through the end of the semester.  Peer tutoring appointments can be scheduled through WPUConnect. Schedule an appointment with your advisor through WPUConnect or via email. Appointments with the Career Design Center staff can also be made through WPUConnect.
  • How can I withdraw from a course?
    The course withdrawal deadline for traditional courses and SPS 14-week courses has been moved to March 27, 2020. There may be financial aid implications for course withdrawal, please contact Financial Aid at finaid@peace.edu to understand any potential implications. Students can email registrar@peace.edu to request course withdrawal and do not need to submit a form. The Registrar staff will secure all necessary approvals.
  • When is advising and registration for Fall 2020 courses?
    Advising is ongoing and will continue through registration for traditional students. The Fall 2020 registration dates have been moved back one week to the following schedule: 
    • April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups
    • April 7: Juniors
    • April 8: Sophomores
    • April 9: First-Year students

  • How do I have questions answered about technology and/or taking an online course?
    All traditional undergraduate students will receive an email outlining resources and support options to assist with the transition to online instruction. Also, students can expect to hear from individual faculty members about specific course items.

Communications

View past WPU communications.

For Students:

  • From Office of Communications | March 27, 2020

    Dear Campus Community,

    William Peace University was notified Thursday, March 26, that a member of our campus community may be infected with COVID-19. The individual was exposed to a person outside the campus community who is believed to be infected. Our community member has not been on campus since Friday, March 13. The WPU community member was asymptomatic while on campus. Because neither of these individuals falls within the high risk category, they were not tested for the virus.

    Now that community spread has been confirmed in North Carolina, it is an unfortunate reality that the number of individuals in our region and within our community who will be impacted by COVID-19 in some manner will likely increase. As you know, the University has taken significant steps to protect the health and well-being of all members of the campus community, and we will continue to do so as we weather the storm of this pandemic. University administrators remain in  close communication with local health officials to obtain critical information about any additional steps that may need to be implemented, including potential contact tracing, to ensure that we are doing our part to “slow the spread” of this illness.

    In addition, there are a number of counties and municipalities—including Wake County—that have implemented “stay-at-home” orders. Please follow the directives from your local community, as well as information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date guidance for how to remain safe and healthy during this challenging time. For information specific to the WPU community and the University’s response to this dynamic situation, please be sure to check WPU’s Coronavirus Information Center and your WPU email on a regular basis.

    Thank you for supporting each other during this challenging time.

  • From Office of Residence Life + Housing | March 26, 2020

    Dear Pacers and Families,

    We are writing to provide an update on our decision regarding room and board refunds. We know these are extraordinary times for everyone, and we thank you for your patience as we work hard to help our students as you all face a variety of challenges. We’ve worked with many of you as you transitioned out of University housing, and we’ve continued to work with Sodexo, our food service provider, for those of you who have remained on campus.

    We know many families are struggling with the impact of COVID-19 and we will be providing a partial refund of room and board. By the end of next week, we will begin crediting accounts for room & board, starting with Pacers who moved out on or before March 22.

    • Room charges will be prorated based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester (April 29) when you moved out
    • If you moved out on or prior to March 15, you will be credited for 7 weeks;
    • If you moved out on or prior to March 22, you will be credited for 6 weeks;
    • Board credits will be based on the type of meal plan and either the number of weeks remaining in the semester or the number of meals not used (for 150 block plans);
    • The credit will be applied first to any current balance due on your account, after which a refund will be issued for the remaining credit balance.

    We anticipate refunds to be issued on April 6th for those of you who moved out on or before March 22.

    We certainly are disappointed for all of you that your semester is concluding in the manner that it is, and campus sure does not feel the same. But we are as committed as ever to your experience and look forward to new ways to engage for the remainder of the semester.

    Go Pacers!

  • From Academic Affairs| March 19, 2020

    Dear Students,

    As this situation continues to evolve, we’re writing to you to help you achieve academic success. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. We are working diligently to allow you to continue your education and complete this semester. As your face-to-face classes move to a new delivery format on Monday, March 23, we hope you will find this information useful.

    Courses

    Faculty are redesigning courses to move to online learning environments. Some will use technology like Google Hangouts at your regularly scheduled class meeting time. Sometimes you will have instructional content available in Moodle for more independent work. Your instructors will communicate with you about the course format and expectations.

    Click here for strategies to succeed in online courses.

    Important Dates and Updates

    • The Course Withdrawal Date for traditional and SPS 14-week courses will now be March 27 (instead of March 20). There may be financial aid implications for course withdrawal; please contact Financial Aid at finaid@peace.edu to understand how this may affect you. Email registrar@peace.edu to request a course withdrawal. The Registrar staff will secure all necessary approvals for you.

    • The Fall 2020 registration dates have been changed to the following:

      • April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups

      • April 7: Juniors

      • April 8: Sophomores

      • April 9: First-Year Students

    Academic Support Services

    Services remain available to you remotely.

    • Peer Tutoring (tutoring@peace.edu): Signup for appointments via WPUConnect. Tutors will use Google Hangouts.

    • Academic Advising (advising@peace.edu) is ongoing for Summer and Fall 2020. Contact your advisor to set up a virtual appointment.

    • Registration (registrar@peace.edu): Fall 2020 course registration will begin on April 6 according to the schedule above. Please be sure to update your emergency contact information and resolve any holds prior to your registration time. Summer 2020 course registration is already open and ongoing.

    • Career Design (careercenter@peace.edu): Appointments can be scheduled via WPUConnect and will be held virtually. Online resources are available here.

    Technology

    In case of problems with account access, students may request technology assistance by emailing helpdesk@peace.edu. Click here to be directed to the IT page on MyPacerNet for student resources and short videos to assist you. You will find information about:

    • Downloading a free copy of Microsoft Office 365

    • Using Google Hangouts

    • Completing course work in Moodle, such as uploading assignments and creating discussion posts

    • Accessing free broadband and WiFi for those without internet

    • Using apps on your smart phone for Moodle, Google Hangouts, and Google Drive

    Students may check out Chromebooks from the library on a first-come basis.

    Tips:

    • Communicate with us regularly. Reach out to your faculty and advisor. It is more important than ever that we support each other and stay connected!

    • Utilize support services.

    • Check Moodle daily.

    • Check your WPU email daily.

    Please feel free to email academicaffairs@peace.edu with any other academic questions.

    Thank you for your patience and engagement. We are committed to you and your success.

    Sincerely, 

    Carolyn Blattner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • From Office of the President | March 18, 2020

    William Peace University Students,

    15 E. Peace Street is absolutely not the same right now. We are living through challenging times, yet my confidence in each of you has never been higher. You are ready for this – to tackle the remainder of the semester in new and exciting ways. These next several weeks are not about “just getting across the finish line” or “just surviving.”  We are committed to your educational growth and development and are expecting these last several weeks to be enriching and rewarding. 

    Those of you in the School of Professional Studies are accustomed to taking classes online through WPU, but many of you are now juggling with K-12 school closures, working remotely, job changes and challenges, etc. Make no mistake – we are with you.

    Traditional students are now going to experience online education in totality, and for some of you, for the very first time. Make no mistake – we are with you.

    We are committed to helping each of you finish strong. Will it be different? Absolutely. But the amazing faculty and staff that you all know and adore are working tirelessly to make the rest of this semester a powerful experience.

    Many of you have sent us some terrific questions and we have now published a first set of Frequently Asked Questions for your review. 

    LINK: /covid-19-info-center/

    Please keep the questions coming. If you have a question that is not answered on the FAQ page, please let us know by submitting to one of the two addresses below:

    Academically related questions: academicaffairs@peace.edu

    All other questions: studentlife@peace.edu

  • From Residence Life | March 13, 2020

    Dear Pacers,

    Thank you for the many good questions and comments we have received over the last 12 hours regarding housing options for the rest of the semester.  Please read this email in its entirety for clarification of the next steps.

    We have extended the deadline date to check out of on-campus housing, including Village Green, until Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m.

    Each student MUST fill out a Residential Student Housing Plan form so that we can assess all student needs. Your completion of this form will allow us to make the best decisions for all students.  No decisions have been made yet.  Please fill out the form no later than March 16 at 9:00 a.m.  We will be reviewing all requests and making decisions within 24 hours of this deadline.

    If you have already moved out, made arrangements to leave campus, hope to remain on campus for the remainder of the semester, OR need a temporary extension to check out later than March 22, please fill out the Residential Student Housing Plans form by clicking the link below.

    Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. We will continue to keep you updated with information and as decisions are made.

    WPU Residential Student Housing Plans (Form Link, Click Here)

    Reminders:

    • Partial refunds for room & board will be calculated at a later date.
    • The condensed check out process is listed below:
    1. Pack your belongings, clean your room, clean your bathroom, and lower your bed.

    2. Do a final check of your room and bathroom to make sure you have all your belongings.

    3. Drop your key/s and Village Green access card, if applicable, off at the Residence Life and Housing Office located on 1st floor Browne McPherson.

      1. Normal Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9a-4p

      2. Saturday, March 14 from 9a-2p

      3. Sunday March 15 from 10a-2p

    4. If you plan to leave outside of the above hours, please complete a check-out form located outside of the office door of the Residence Life and Housing Office, drop your key/s and Village Green access card, if applicable, into the envelope, and slide the envelope under the office door.

    5. You are done!

    Dining Services will operate on a modified schedule during this time.  Beginning Saturday, March 14, dining hours will be:

    • Belk Dining Hall: 10:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-7:30pm daily
    • Peace Perk: Closed
    • Sandella’s: Closed

    We thank you for your flexibility during these unexpected times. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Residence Life staff member at ResidenceLife@peace.edu or 919-508-2078.

  • From Health Services | March 10, 2020
    Dear Pacers,

    William Peace University leadership is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association, the North Carolina State Health Department, and Wake County Health and Human Services concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is using their guidance and recommendations to inform our own campus. We remain focused on the health, safety, and well-being of the entire WPU community.

    We are asking the WPU community to remain vigilant and knowledgeable to help avoid the spread of misinformation.

    Due to the fluidity of the situation, changes may be necessary to address any safety concerns and we will update policies and practices as needed.

    There are currently no confirmed cases within our WPU community and we encourage everyone to follow best practices for health and safety.

    How can I best protect myself?

    The CDC recommends following the same guidelines as flu prevention:

    • 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.
    • 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 are not feeling well, please visit either Health Services in Joyner House, your local medical provider, or urgent care.  If you see an off-campus provider, please email HealthServices@peace.edu and let us know.

    Stay Healthy!

    William Peace University Health Services

  • From Student Life | March 5, 2020
    Dear WPU Community,

    Dr. Hardin-Lee, University Physician, and other university officials continue to stay current on coronavirus updates and are working closely with Wake County Health Department as there has been at least one confirmed case of coronavirus in Wake County.

    People infected with the coronavirus can experience symptoms that range from those of the common cold to more serious respiratory illness.  Reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The spread of the virus is thought to occur from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

    Even though infection is unlikely, there are some everyday steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
    • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water;
    • Use hand sanitizer- stations that are set up around campus;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands;
    • Do not share food or drinks.

    If you are not feeling well, please visit either Health Services in Joyner House, your local provider or urgent care.  If you see an off-campus provider, please email HealthServices@peace.edu and let us know.  We continue to monitor the prevalence of illnesses in our community.

    If you are sick, Health Services can provide you with a thermometer so that you can monitor for a fever.  If you become ill while you are off campus or traveling, please visit a health care provider before returning to campus.

    Please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

    What prevention methods is the University taking?

    • WPU has installed multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout campus, specifically in our academic buildings.
    • WPU has an external cleaning company coming to campus to deep clean our common spaces and academic buildings on campus.
    • Residence Life and Housing staff will be distributing posters and flyers throughout the residence halls with prevention strategies and tips for students.
    • The Wellness Center staff is available to talk with any student that may be experiencing anxiety or stress as it relates to the coronavirus.

    What prevention methods can you take?

    • Follow the everyday steps listed above from Health Services
    • Utilize disinfecting wipes and/or spray on surface areas within your residence hall rooms including door knobs.
    • Remember to Cover, Toss, and Clean
      • COVER: When you cough or sneeze: cover your nose and mouth with a tissue OR cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
      • TOSS: Toss your used tissue into the trash.
      • CLEAN: Clean your hands with soap and warm water OR an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

    If you are feeling sick, please visit the Wellness Center immediately and follow all guidance and directions given to you.  If the Wellness Center is closed, please visit an urgent care or the emergency room.

  • From Health Services | Feb. 26, 2020
    Dear WPU Community,

    Dr. Hardin-Lee and other university officials continue to stay current on coronavirus updates.  Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, saying it’s not clear when it will arrive and how severe an outbreak could become. The CDC advised that disruption to everyday life could be significant and suggested that businesses, schools and families have discussions about the potential impact.

    Wellness Center staff are available to answer questions and can be reached at HealthServices@peace.edu.

    The following is from our University Physician, Dr. Hardin-Lee: 

    Traveling for Spring Break- How do I protect myself from coronavirus, influenza, the common cold?

    1. Get plenty of rest – skipping sleep lowers your immune system.
    2. Get travel size hand sanitizer- use before eating, after touching common areas
    3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose
    4. Avoid touching face and mouth without washing your hands first
    5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
    6. Vitamin C- 1000mg, probiotics, airborne- any supplement may be helpful
    7. Limit overindulgence in alcoholic beverages- lowers your immune system
    8. Get a thermometer to take with you- if you are feeling ill monitor temperature
    9. If you are sick stay away from others- stay in your room- use over the counter meds to treat symptoms.  If you find your symptoms worsening despite these over the counter medications or if you feel that you have gotten sicker more rapidly than expected then seek medical care.

    Protocol for what to do if you are feeling ill? Information to share with your medical provider:

    1. What are your symptoms- sore throat, cough, head congestion, shortness of breath or chest congestion, nausea, rash, headache, fever/chills, body aches?
    2. When did it start?  What symptoms did you have first?
    3. Have you traveled?  Did you fly or drive or take a cruise?
    4. Any travel to China, Asia (South Korea, Japan, Thailand all with cases)  Virus also now in Italy.
    5. Any exposure to people who have had Flu?  Strep?  Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea?

    Symptoms of the coronavirus are same as symptoms of influenza (FLU) so the difference is the history- travel and sick exposures.  If you have travel history or exposure to coronavirus then need to call ahead to hospital.  Wear a mask if you experiencing  fever and cough.

    NC Poison Control taking state calls about coronavirus 

    The toll-free number to the Coronavirus Line is 1-866-462-3821.  Nurses and pharmacists answer the calls 24/7.

    People infected with the coronavirus can experience symptoms like those of the common cold to more serious respiratory illness.  Reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The spread of the virus is thought to occur from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

    Even though infection is unlikely, there are some everyday steps you can take to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
    • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands.

    You can also visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

    Please stay safe and well, Pacers!

About COVID-19/NCDHHS

  • What is a coronavirus? What is COVID-19
    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Human coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause mild illnesses like the common cold. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now spreading throughout the world. Learn more about COVID-19 from NCDHHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • How does it spread and what can I do to prevent it from spreading?
    Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses.

    Follow these common-sense measures to protect yourself and others from spreading viruses, including COVID-19:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

    Everyone in North Carolina should follow the latest recommendations from NCDHHS to reduce and slow the spread of infection.

  • Should I worry about opening packages from places that have experienced an outbreak?
    Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.
  • Can you get COVID-19 from touching contaminated objects/surfaces?
    Possibly, if you touch a surface with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes. However, this is not likely to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • Is a vaccine available for COVID-19?
    Currently there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself from respiratory diseases like COVID-19 is to take common-sense precautions. These include frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and making sure you have gotten your annual flu shot. There is work underway to develop a vaccine.
  • Is it safe to go out in public areas?
    Stay home if you are sick. Practice social distancing by remaining six feet (about two arm’s lengths) apart to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:

    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath

    COVID-19 typically causes mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19.

  • Can COVID-19 be spread before someone has symptoms?
    We know that people are most contagious when they have symptoms. Whether the virus can be spread before someone has symptoms is currently being evaluated. More on how COVID-19 spreads is available from the CDC.
  • What treatments are available?
    Most people with illnesses due to coronavirus recover on their own. There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, but treatments to bring down fever or alleviate other symptoms may help. For people who become severely ill, hospitals can provide care. There is more to be learned about COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve, and treatment options may change over time. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Am I at risk? Who is considered a high-risk individual?
    The immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public who has not traveled to an area with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 nor had contact with a confirmed case is considered low at this time. However, everyone should take precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

    People are most at risk if they’ve had contact with a symptomatic person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have traveled to an area affected by a COVID-19 outbreak.

    No one group, ethnicity or population in the U.S. is at a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 infection than others. Older people and those with underlying health conditions are considered to be at high risk because they are more likely to experience serious illness if they become infected.

Contacts:

Media/Communications

Monique Delage, Director of Integrated Marketing & Communications

mldelage@peace.edu   919.508.2306

Student Life

StudentLife@peace.edu   919.508.2004

Health Services

HealthServices@peace.edu    919.508.2502

Admissions

Admissions@peace.edu    919.508.2214