Protect Our Community
COVID-19 Student Health and Safety
Practicing COVID-19 prevention measures can be tiring and inconvenient. However, we are all in this together and practicing these risk reduction strategies will have many benefits for you and the community.
Benefits of Practicing COVID-19 risk reduction
What’s in it for you?
Keep NAU Open Accordion Closed
Preventing an outbreak on campus makes it more likely we will have as “normal-ish” a semester as possible. These actions could help prevent another shut down and allow for more personal freedom and in person activities throughout the semester.
Make Sure Everyone Gets the Care They Need Accordion Closed
The fewer people who get sick, the more resources healthcare providers have to give the best care possible for all members of our community who get sick.
Protect Your Friends Accordion Closed
College students are not immune to COVID-19. Many young adults in the state of Arizona have contracted the illness. Some don’t show symptoms while others have gotten very sick and some have died. Practicing risk reduction strategies could save your friend’s life.
Protect Your Professors and Mentors Accordion Closed
Decreasing spread of COVID-19 helps protect higher risk folks including professors, NAU staff, volunteers and other students with underlying health issues. Help keep your mentors safe and maybe even save their life.
Protect Healthcare Workers Accordion Closed
Preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 also helps protect our important healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who work both on and off campus. They’re working hard for us. Let’s do what we can to protect them.
Protect At Risk Family Members Accordion Closed
Older and at risk family members could contract the virus and have a poor outcome. We can protect the most vulnerable individuals in our community by working together.
Be an Ally for Injustice Accordion Closed
The pandemic is disproportionately impacting minority groups- especially black and Native American folks. This is not their fault. It is due to systemic inequities that cause health disparities. Taking steps to reduce the spread shows you care about social justice and racial inequality and ensures everyone can access care when needed.
Here’s How to Help
Whether you are on or off campus practice the following:
Minimize time on campus Accordion Closed
Minimize time on campus and maximize time spent at home and in the outdoors.
Stay home Accordion Closed
Stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19. Contact your medical provider.
Practice physical distancing Accordion Closed
Keep at least 6 feet between you and others who live outside your household.
Wear a mask Accordion Closed
Wash hands frequently Accordion Closed
Wash hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds or more OR use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content when soap is not available.
Cover your cough and sneeze Accordion Closed
Cover your cough and sneeze using your elbow or a tissue-NOT your hand.
Avoid large gatherings Accordion Closed
Avoid large gatherings or crowds- this includes parties.
Avoid sharing personal items Accordion Closed
Avoid sharing personal items such as cups, utensils, bottles, water bottles, food, chap stick, etc.
Answer calls or texts from Campus Health Services Accordion Closed
Answer calls or texts from Campus Health Services or local health authorities. If someone you were previously exposed to tested positive for COVID-19, you may receive a call from an NAU or Coconino County contact tracer. Contact tracing is a process that is used to identify people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people who they came in contact with (contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread. A contact tracer may call you from a number you do not recognize.