Dear Campus Community,
William Peace University was notified Thursday, March 26, that a member of our campus community may be infected with COVID-19. The individual was exposed to a person outside the campus community who is believed to be infected. Our community member has not been on campus since Friday, March 13. The WPU community member was asymptomatic while on campus. Because neither of these individuals falls within the high risk category, they were not tested for the virus.
Now that community spread has been confirmed in North Carolina, it is an unfortunate reality that the number of individuals in our region and within our community who will be impacted by COVID-19 in some manner will likely increase. As you know, the University has taken significant steps to protect the health and well-being of all members of the campus community, and we will continue to do so as we weather the storm of this pandemic. University administrators remain in close communication with local health officials to obtain critical information about any additional steps that may need to be implemented, including potential contact tracing, to ensure that we are doing our part to “slow the spread” of this illness.
In addition, there are a number of counties and municipalities—including Wake County—that have implemented “stay-at-home” orders. Please follow the directives from your local community, as well as information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date guidance for how to remain safe and healthy during this challenging time. For information specific to the WPU community and the University’s response to this dynamic situation, please be sure to check WPU’s Coronavirus Information Center and your WPU email on a regular basis.
Thank you for supporting each other during this challenging time.