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Message from Student Health Service Regarding Illness on Campus

The following message for students, faculty and staff is sent on behalf of Dr. Cecil Price of the Student Health Service:

Beginning February 13, the Student Health Service has treated several students for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.  By the end of Feb. 18, 57 students had been treated for those symptoms in the Student Health Service.

We have been in consultation with the Forsyth County Health Department; we have determined that these symptoms are being seen in other parts of the surrounding community as well as across campus. The cause of the outbreak is unknown, although the symptoms are consistent with a mild, self-limiting viral infection.

The symptoms associated with this outbreak have been mild and are not life threatening.  They usually resolve in about 24 hours. The illness tends to respond with supportive medical measures (nausea medicine, fever medicine). Occasionally, affected students have required rehydration with intravenous fluids.

Students with these symptoms, especially if they are having trouble keeping down fluids, should seek medical care from the Student Health Service.  For more information about what to eat or drink when ill with gastroenteritis, please see the Student Health Service web page at http://shs.wfu.edu/common/diet-instructions-for-gastro-illnesses/

All in the University community should practice “common sense” hygiene measures to prevent the spread of this illness such as frequent hand washing, avoiding sharing food, drinks, or other eating utensils, and minimizing contact with individuals who are having symptoms.  Individuals who have symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) should wash their hands frequently with warm soapy water especially after using the toilet. They should avoid handling food that will be eaten by other people; and they should not work in restaurants and day care settings until their symptoms have completely resolved.

The Health Service will provide updated information concerning this outbreak as more information becomes available. In the meantime, please be assured that the University is taking all possible preventive measures and have coordinated our response with all necessary departments on campus to include food services and custodial operations.

Information about the norovirus illness and key facts may be obtained from the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/downloads/keyfacts.pdf.

Dr. Cecil D. Price, M.D.
Director, Student Health Service

Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest to be Closed Friday Feb. 14

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed for classes and offices on Friday, February 14.

Travel on campus remains hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.  For information on campus dining, visit wakeforest.campusdish.com.  Campus recreation facilities remain open. For those planning to attend events on campus, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

 

Campus Travel Remains Hazardous Today February 13

As of Thursday morning (February 13) at Wake Forest University, travel of any nature, pedestrian or vehicular, remains extremely hazardous across much of the Reynolda Campus. Please use extreme caution when outside.  Crews have worked through the night and will continue to work today to improve conditions on campus, but conditions are expected to remain hazardous into Friday.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Updated Dining Information and Weather Closings

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided the following update about on-campus dining services.

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Due to the severity of weather conditions, the Hilltop Market was compelled to close today. However, the Fresh Food Company, also known as “the Pit”, will be open with abbreviated hours. All other locations are subject to temporary closing. We apologize for any inconvenience.

THURSDAY: 02.13.14
The Fresh Food Co.: Open 9am – 8pm
The Hilltop Market: Closed

FRIDAY: 02.14.14
The Fresh Food Co.: Open 9am – 8pm
The Hilltop Market: Open 11am – 8pm (Tentatively)

Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest to be Closed Thursday Feb. 13

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will be closed for classes and offices on Thursday, February 13.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Adjustment to Dining Services Due to Weather

Winter Weather Advisory:

Due to the increasingly hazardous weather conditions and to preserve employee safety, the Fresh Food Co., also known as “the Pit”, and the Hilltop Market will operate with abbreviated hours. All other locations are subject to temporary closing. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your considerations.

 

WEDNESDAY: 02.12.14

The Fresh Food Co. & The Hilltop Market

Close At 8pm

 

THURSDAY: 02.13.14

The Fresh Food Co.: Open 9am – 8pm

The Hilltop Market: Open 11am – 8pm

 

FRIDAY: 02.14.14

The Fresh Food Co.: Open 9am – 8pm

The Hilltop Market: Open 11am – 8pm

Campus closing early on Wednesday

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will close today, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m.

Classes that begin at 1 p.m. or later are cancelled. Classes that are in session before 1 p.m. may continue at the instructor’s discretion.

For those planning to attend afternoon and evening events, check with the host or sponsoring organization.  Recreation facilities will remain open.

The last departure for the Gold and Black shuttle line will be at 3:20 p.m.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.

Winston-Salem Water Supply Not Impacted by Coal Ash Spill

News media continue to report on a leaking stormwater pipe that dumped tons of coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River in Eden, near the North Carolina-Virginia state line.

The City of Winston-Salem has confirmed to Residence Life & Housing officials that the city’s water supply, which services Wake Forest University, comes from the Yadkin River and is not impacted by the spill.

From Inside WFU

Senior Portraits and Ordering Yearbooks

The Benson Center reports that senior portraits will be taken March 17 – 21, 2014.  This will be the last opportunity for seniors to have their picture taken for the yearbook.

Appointments can be made online at  www.ouryear.com; the school code for Wake Forest University is 87110.

The site is open now so students can begin scheduling their senior portraits now.

To order 2014 yearbooks,  visit www.yearbookordercenter.com. The order # for Wake Forest is 13941.  Yearbooks cost $90 and the deadline to order is May 12, 2014.

How WFU Announces Weather-Related Closings or Delays

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu.
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at wfu.edu. It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.