Local universities prepare for the possibility of COVID-19

JOPLIN, Mo. – KOAM spoke with representatives from Pittsburg State University and Missouri Southern State University about how they’re preparing for possible COVID-19 cases.

PSU officials say as the instances of COVID-19 increase in the U.S., Pittsburg State University is preparing.

According to Abigail Fern, Chief Marketing Officer for PSU, they have activated their Critical Response Management Team, which is meeting daily to determine how to reduce exposure for students, faculty, and staff, and to prepare contingency plans should the virus reach the campus.

Officials say they’ve stepped up efforts to regularly disinfect high-traffic areas, and have put students, faculty, and staff in touch with online resources to protect themselves from exposure.

PSU has also issued guidance on spring break travel, and are making decisions about university-led international travel restrictions in the coming days.

PSU officials say they’ll continue to monitor expert resources and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

They add that this is a dynamic situation, so they’ll monitor and take action on a daily basis.