Health & Wellness Notification: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Walsh University is taking the necessary precautions to keep our community informed about the coronavirus and implement policies to ensure the continued health of our campus community. University officials will continue to work with federal, state, and local health authorities as well as campus experts to monitor this situation and provide appropriate guidance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  Updates will be ongoing as we continue to work with health authorities to provide the latest on the situation.  Our number one priority is the health and safety of our campus community. 

Are there any cases of Coronavirus and Walsh’s Campus? 
There are currently no cases of Coronavirus on our campus.

  • University-Sponsored International Travel
    Consistent with federal guidance, we are prohibiting university sponsored travel to all countries with a CDC Level 3 travel warning. As of March 9, these countries are China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. 
  • University-Sponsored Domestic Travel
    At this time, the university is not issuing any specific caution regarding domestic travel other than to follow the guidance of public health authorities related to your destination area.

What can I do to help prevent the spread of germs?
According to the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health, the most important thing our community can be doing at this time is to practice simple strategies to prevent the spread of germs: 

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean surfaces such as door knobs, remote controls, cell phones frequently.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with your bare hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.    
  • If you are ill or become ill, stay at home 

I’m a member of the Walsh community and I feel unwell.  What should I do?
Contact a medical professional for advice. Please do not come to work or class while ill and avoid close contact with others. Unless you have traveled to a Level 3 country or have been exposed to someone who visited a Level 3 country who is feeling sick with symptoms of COVID-19, you most likely have a cold, the flu or another virus. 

I am a member of the Walsh community and am feeling overwhelmed by the news and information regarding COVID-19.  What Should I do? 
Students should contact Walsh University Counseling Services (David Campus Center) at 330-490-7348.  If you are feeling ill, please contact Health Services (Cecchini Center) at 330-490-7030.   

Should I be concerned that members of our campus community may bring COVID-19 back from spring break or international travel? 
Based upon the recommendation of the CDC, Walsh University students studying abroad in Rome, Italy, were returned to the United States on Monday, March 2.  At this time, there were no reported cases of the COVID-19 in the region where our students were studying.  Although their risk is low, as a precautionary measure, students have been advised to remain off campus to self-monitor for a minimum of 14 days. Students and faculty will be screened through University Health Services prior to their return to campus.  

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and health of our campus community, Walsh University is directing any faculty, staff or students who have been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 to self-monitor off campus for 14 days.  After that time, University Health Services will screen the individual(s) prior to their return to campus.  If you find yourself in this situation, first contact your health care provider.  Second, please notify Walsh University: 

  • Student contact: Bryan Badar, Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students | | 330-490-7417 
  • Employee contact:  Frank McKnight, Director of Human Resources | | 330-490-7226 

Will Walsh University continue Global Learning Experiences in the coming months? 
Global Learning is continuing to monitor developments and have not made any final decisions yet regarding summer global learning experiences at this time.  

Will Walsh University still host large gatherings? 
Yes, we are currently planning to host all scheduled events, but each event will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Walsh University’s COVID-19 Planning and Response Team is continuing to monitor the national and local situation related to the spread of coronavirus.  Updates will be provided to the campus community if circumstances change.  

What is the University’s Plan should the COVID-19 spread impact campus? 
Our COVID-19 Planning and Response Team is meeting consistently to address COVID-19 issues and refine our existing plans related to the disruption of University operations in the event that COVID-19 impacts the day-to-day business of the institution. In the event that classes must be cancelled for a significant amount of time, we will proactively communicate plans related to alternative methods of continuing class work, including the online delivery of classes, and other issues that require attention. 

How will information be shared with the campus community?
The University will send out update notices to the campus as necessary.  For detailed information on the Coronavirus and the University response, visit: 


Questions?  Please contact: 

Walsh Parents/Families/Students:
Bryan Badar, AVP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, 330-490-7301 
Walsh University Employees:
Frank McKnight, Director of Human Resources, 330-490-7226 
Media Inquiries:
Andrea McCaffrey, Director of University Relations, 330-490-7296




The Facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are 4 coronaviruses that normally circulate in human populations and cause mild respiratory illness, along with 3 coronaviruses originating in animal populations that cause more severe disease (SARS, MERS, and COVID-19). The 2019 novel strain causing the current outbreak is a new one and has a more severe impact in terms of respiratory illness; initial symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The CDC is still studying how the virus is transmitted, though at this point it is believed to spread via respiratory droplets (like the flu). Children, adolescents, and healthy adults are not considered to be at increased risk for severe illness of COVID 19; older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to require hospitalization. 

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