FAQ - IWU Coronavirus Response

Our response team will continue to comprehensively assess developments as they unfold. We realize many questions remain, and will continue to send follow-up messages with more details, including information specific to employees. We also have established the email address covid19response@iwu.edu, where you can direct related questions. Information will continue to be assembled on the University website at www.iwu.edu/covid19.

Pause on Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

Information for Students 

Information for Employees

Answers to Campus Medical Questions

Coronavirus Cleaning Protocol

Phishing Alert Beware of suspicious emails related to the COVID-19 outbreak

 

Pause on Johnson and Johnson Vaccine  

Out of an abundance of caution, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine clinic scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 at Shirk Center for IWU students, staff, and faculty has been cancelled. We will be in continued contact with McLean County Health Department (MCHD) about rescheduling a COVID19 vaccine clinic on campus. 
 
For those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine elsewhere, it is advised to monitor for symptoms of blood clot within the three (3) weeks after receiving the vaccine. These symptoms include: leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache, and/or abdominal discomfort. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is advised that you immediately reach out to your primary care provider. If you have any questions, please contact Arnold Health Services at 309-556-3107. 
 
We will update as more information becomes available. 
 

A link to the CDC and FDA joint Media Release regarding pause of Johnson and Johnson vaccine can be found here: www.cdc.gov/ media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ- vaccine.html

 


Phishing Alert 

As we continue to manage the ever-changing realities of COVID-19, we must realize that there are some who use this as an opportunity for harm. In particular, I am writing to alert everyone about the recent sharp increase in phishing attacks occurring across the country. Hackers and cybercriminals are using public apprehension over the coronavirus outbreak to advance their agendas. IBM recently warned consumers that ransomware has entered the mix of coronavirus-themed malicious code that hackers are unleashing. Emails purporting to contain information about the spread of the coronavirus will secretly download the Emotet malware that allows hackers to steal information and deliver malware.

The types of emails you may receive to get your attention to click a malicious link or open an attachment include:

  1. Fake school or CDC emails could make you think you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19. They could say your family may face quarantine.
  2. False claims that there's a vaccine for sale or some form of remedy available.
  3. Misleading ads about masks that may not be effective or other helpful hints to combat the virus.
  4. Emails with “latest” updates to keep you informed as criminals are aware that everyone wants to know everything first.

What can you do?

  1. Be careful opening any web links or attachments, even if you know the sender; it may be a compromised sender.
  2. Look for “Red Flags” in emails you receive. Red Flags include abnormalities in the sender, topic, links, content, etc. To help everyone on this topic, please refer to this informative one-page document.
  3. Contact the University helpdesk at 309-556-3900 or http://help.iwu.edu/ whenever you have any doubts or concerns.

Coronavirus Cleaning Protocol – March 2020

Until further notice, the following cleaning and disinfection protocols will supersede our standard cleaning plan instructions.

Residence Halls: Typical daily cleaning where there has not been a confirmed infectious individual:

  1. Custodians will remove trash, clean and disinfect restrooms and clean and disinfect student lounges by 10 a.m.daily
  2. Custodians will disinfect all high-touch surfaces (door handles, push plates, light switches, handrails) daily
  3. Custodians will use remaining shift time to remove trash from the central collection area, vacuum and clean glass. May happen less frequently than daily.
  4. Disinfection of hard surfaces will be completed every day using Betco Fight Bac. This is a Disinfectant, Teberculacidal, Virucide, Fungicide against pathogenic fungi, 5 minute kill time for COVID-19, broad spectrum, heavy-duty cleaner and disinfectant that is specifically used to kill the coronavirus.

Academic/Administrative/Athletic Facilities: Typical daily cleaning where there has not been a confirmed infectious individual:

  1. Custodians will clean and disinfect restrooms daily
  2. Custodians will next disinfect all high-touch surfaces (door handles, push plates, light switches, handrails) daily
  3. Custodians will use remaining shift time to remove trash from the central collection area, vacuum hallways, entryways and offices and clean glass. May happen less frequently than daily.
  4. Disinfection of hard surfaces will be completed every day using Betco Fight Bac. This is a Disinfectant, Teberculacidal, Virucide, Fungicide against pathogenic fungi, 5 minute kill time for COVID-19, broad spectrum, heavy duty cleaner and disinfectant that is specifically used to kill the coronavirus.
  5. The Custodial department will clean/disinfect all open desk and shelf office areas and seating prior to faculty and staff returning to work.