Close UW Tacoma Campus Due to COVID-19 Death in Washington and New Cases

Close UW Tacoma Campus Due to COVID-19 Death in Washington and New Cases

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Sandy Guan started this petition to Ana Mari Cauce

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 started in a public market in Wuhan, China. This has now spread to over 90,000 people around the globe and has caused over 3,000 deaths, both totals higher than the SARS and MERS epidemics of the past. This virus can stay in the body for two weeks or more without showing symptoms, but over this incubation period, the virus can still be transmitted to others by air and saliva.

Many infected individuals may spread the virus without their knowledge. Many students may be infected and may bring transmit this virus into school and other public spaces. The incubation period is too long (over two weeks) to know the extent of the infection rate at this time.

In light of the new information that there are already two US deaths from COVID in Washington State, King County.  Gov. Jay Inslee (D) declared a state of emergency Saturday as more than 231 Washington residents remain under public health supervision. The state has 13 confirmed coronavirus cases overall. All six of the U.S. deaths have been in Washington State.

We are asking Ana Mari Cauce, the president of the University of Washington Tacoma to close the campus to prevent the spreading of this virus. Since this virus may lay dormant for two weeks or even more in some cases. In classrooms, dining halls and during other crowded areas, the virus will inevitably infect people thus increasing the infection rate exponentially. We can continue our study online, school can be a very dangerous place when there is a virus spreading.

Considering this, we urge the UW-Tacoma campus to make the responsible decisions to close campus and facilities as to slow infection rates and keep students, their families, and everyone safe. 

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