The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our campus community and represents an ever-changing situation. As we look to fall, we will act to put the academic mission and campus community well-being at the forefront of all pandemic planning efforts. Our plans will be grounded in our core academic mission and our main reason for being – our students.
Western Carolina University and the Jackson County Department of Public Health have identified a cluster of 17 active COVID-19 cases involving WCU students residing in Harrill Hall.
A cluster is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases. Please read this message in its entirety for important information.
Western Carolina University and public health authorities will not identify any individual patients, and we will not provide information that may compromise their confidentiality.
While these steps are outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it is also a matter of personal safety because individuals can become targeted, threatened or harassed should this information be shared.
Please read this message in its entirety for important information.
Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and the broader campus community. Our collective acceptance of this shared responsibility will be the most effective strategy we will have at our disposal in the challenging months ahead. We know that Catamounts Care and we have developed a set of standards to encourage everyone to put the well-being of themselves and others top of mind.