COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources, Safety & FAQ

The University continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world and its potential impact on global programs and other operations. Refer back to this page for health and illness prevention tips and the latest updates to University plans in response to this developing situation.

Read all updates on the Webster St. Louis websitehttp://www.webster.edu/covid19/

The Netherlands:

The Dutch National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM, https://www.rivm.nl/en) is reiterating that although there is no need for alarm, there are important hygiene measures every citizen should take to contain the spread of the infection.

Important hygiene measures to take to prevent the spread of the virus are:

  • Wash hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze using paper handkerchiefs.

The following (short) videos by the World Health Organization (WHO) provide practical guidance. 



Posters have been put up in several places on campus to remind everyone of the importance of implementing these hygiene measures. 

Contacting General Practitioner (Huisarts):
In the following two cases, anyone who is experiencing general flu-like symptoms, or acute respiratory symptoms should immediately contact his local doctor (General Practitioner, ‘Huisarts') for further advice:

1)      experiencing general flu-like symptoms, or acute respiratory symptoms and had recent contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case

2)      experiencing general flu-like symptoms, or acute respiratory symptoms and has been in a region with “presumed community transmission”, as designated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDP): China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto), Japan, Singapore, South Korea. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention raised their Travel Alert Level 2 for Italy to a Travel Warning Level 3 – Avoid All Nonessential Travel (its highest level). The U.S. Department of State also increased their Travel Advisory for Italy from a Level 2 to a Level 3 – Reconsider Travel. Because of the change in the CDC level and according to our Travel Advisory protocols, and with the safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind, the decision has been made to restrict all Webster-sponsored travel to Italy through Spring Semester. For regular updates please consult the ECDP website: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/areas-presumed-community-transmission-2019-ncov.

In the Dutch health care system, it is the General Practitioner who decides whether there is a need for a person to be tested by the RIVM. If students are not yet registered with a local doctor, we advise them to do this as soon as possible. 

We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation and provide updates as information comes to hand and further decisions are made. 

 Communication regarding Spring Break and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Next week is Spring Break and you may have plans to travel. Recently we informed you about the outbreak COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease) and we suggested to regularly visit our website for updates and more information about COVID-19. For the upcoming Spring Break, we advise you not to travel to a region that is considered a region with “presumed community transmission”. These regions are, at this point in time, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto), Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Please be aware that with the safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind, Webster University recently decided to restrict all Webster-sponsored travel to Italy through Spring Semester. These regions are designated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
For regular updates please consult the ECDP website:

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/current-risk-assessment-novel-coronavirus-situation


If you nevertheless decide to travel to a region with “presumed community transmission”, we would like to ask you to self-report to our Student Service Coordinator, Christine Benninger (by e-mail or in person), so that we will be in a better position to monitor the situation. We are requesting self-reporting in the interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and the wider Webster community.


Communication relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease)

Dear Webster Leiden community,

Today we have decided to move all classes at the Webster Leiden Campus to an online environment, starting March 16 through April 3.

We are taking this decision since the health and safety of ours students, faculty and staff is our first concern. At this point in time, and as far as we know, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among members of our Webster Leiden community. However, we are taking this decision to improve the climate for public health amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

Please be aware that, until further notice, staff will still be present at our campus as much as possible and therefore we will continue serving our students. Where possible and needed, some staff members will be working remotely.

The dates for transitioning courses back to in-person instruction are subject to change in collaboration with local public health authorities and as conditions are re-evaluated.

The Webster Leiden Campus buildings, including the library, will remain open. However, all events scheduled through April 3 on the Webster Leiden Campus will be postponed or canceled.

This level of caution is necessary to safeguard our students, faculty and staff during this unprecedented time.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and recommend other policies that will improve safety and enable educational continuity for the Webster Leiden community.

By working together, calmly and reasonably, we will weather this threat and continue our educational mission.


Webster Leiden Campus: Opening times

Please be informed that as of today, Tuesday March 17, all Webster Leiden Campus staff members will be working from home.

For the time being, we will keep our campus buildings open, including the library, so that students, if needed, can still make use of certain facilities, in particular computers in the library and Media lab.  For this reason, the Facilities Team and I&S will still be working on campus. We will adjust our daily opening hours for the buildings from 10.00-17.00 hours.   

At this point in time, we expect these measure to be implemented from March 17 through April 3.

 

 

Helpful links:

Rivm:https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus

Webster University St. Louis: http://www.webster.edu/covid19/

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Controlhttps://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-events/ecdc-statement-rapid-increase-covid-19-cases-italy

Centers for Disease Control Travel Notice for Italyhttps://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/coronavirus-italy

World Health Organization-http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19