For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.


There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But the CDC (and the OWU Student Health Center) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have any trace of a fever. Do not return to class or work and remain isolated until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, then sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using facemasks.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear facemasks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. (Exceptions are health-care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (either at home or in a health-care facility).


There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Call first before going to any care facility, including the OWU Student Health Center, so that medical personnel can take precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to the infectious virus.

Protecting Campus

Although we have no known cases of COVID-19 on campus, we are actively working to prepare for the virus should it be diagnosed locally. We have created a team to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to collaborate with the Delaware General Health District to plan for any coordinated care that may be required. That work, spearheaded by Director of Public Safety Sean Bolender, will continue until the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.

In addition – and as part of our influenza-wellness efforts – we already have added more hand-sanitizer stations and access to tissues across campus. Our housekeeping staff also is sanitizing public computers and other high-traffic areas more frequently.

As always, we want to remind everyone to cover your mouth when you sneeze and if you are running a fever to avoid attending class, reporting to work, or coming to campus for community events. (More information about COVID-19 and its symptoms are available from the Centers of Disease Control.)

Healthcare Access

Young adults seem to become less seriously ill from the coronavirus, but students still should take precautions to protect their health and the wellness of everyone around them. Ohio Wesleyan students have free access to basic healthcare via both the OWU Student Health Center, located inside Stuyvesant Hall, and the 98point6 primary care app. A list of local urgent care centers also is available online, and Grady Memorial Hospital, with a 24/7 emergency room, is located less than two miles away.

Should students need to miss class, it is their responsibility to notify their professors, get their assignments, and determine new due dates for missed assignments, exams, etc. For additional questions and assistance with illness-related absences, students are able to contact the Deans of Student Engagement and Success.

Should employees need to work offsite, the University has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that enables them to connect to OWU fileshares and protected databases. To arrange virtual meetings, employees are able to use Google Meet, which integrates with Google Calendar and Gmail.

An overview based on information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health resources is available on the About COVID-19 (coronavirus) page.