COVID-19 Prevention at RBC
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is using spring break week to take proactive measures to make its campus healthier during the current flu season and in preparation for a potential coronavirus outbreak.
Under the direction of Chief of Police Jeffrey S. Brown, RBC has installed new sanitizer stations in each administrative, academic and residential building across campus. Through the use of multi-modal communications, RBC’s Emergency Management Team has deployed a comprehensive awareness campaign to promote good hygiene.
“Richard Bland College is actively educating and preparing for the potential risks and disruptions that the flu and COVID-19 could bring to the Commonwealth and the campus community,” says Brown. “The College wants to promote and encourage a culture of cleanliness and good health.”
Posters around the RBC campus support time-honored hygiene messages: “Cover Your Cough,” “Wash Your Hands,” and “Stay Home If You’re Sick.” According to Brown, “the techniques to prevent the flu are the same techniques that would be used to protect individuals from a COVID-19 incident.”
Richard Bland’s messaging throughout campus reinforce tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. national public health institute, to help stay healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, using soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hand).
- Use a hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to running water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, cough, and shortness of breath (symptoms of COVID-19). Seek medical attention immediately if you may have been exposed.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.