Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Wichita State University administration and Student Health Services continue to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.
Student Health Services (SHS) is in regular communication with the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
Per the CDC, this is an emerging, evolving situation. Please check links provided to receive updated information as it becomes available.
What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
- Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius or greater
- Shortness of breath
What to do If you have concerns about potential exposure and feel you are experiencing symptoms:
- Call ahead before seeking medical care.
- For WSU students, Student Health Services; (316) 978-4792; is open 8-5 Monday through Friday. For Staff, Faculty and Community members please contact your local medical provider.
- SHS is not a high complexity lab and cannot test for COVID-19.
How can I help protect myself?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and others.
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is mandating a quarantine and isolation of travelers as of 3/23/2020.
KDHE is now mandating 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have:
- Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, Florida, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15.
- Traveled to Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23.
Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado in the week prior to March 8 or after.
Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
- People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their cruise ship travel should finish out their quarantine.
- Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
- People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their international travel to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran should finish out their quarantine.
- Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. You should quarantine at home for 14 days since your last contact with the case. (A close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the patient is symptomatic.)
Find additional information on KDHE recommendations at KDHE COVID-19.
If you recently traveled to an area experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left the area, you should:
- Seek medical care right away. Call ahead before you go to Student Health Services (316-978-4792), doctor’s office or emergency rooms, and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
- Not travel while sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
SHS is not a high complexity lab and cannot test for COVID-19.
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The new coronavirus seems to be spreading from person-to-person.
- 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.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of community spread occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
For a more extensive list of FAQs, visit the CDC's FAQ website.
Information on our Pandemic Influenza Plan.