COVID-19 update, 10/14/2020

Dear Faculty Senators, Deans, Chairs, and friends,

Here’s a 9-minute video summary of this week’s COVID-19 numbers, which continue to rise back to earlier levels.

Even more than the increased current numbers is our worry that the numbers may go up before they go down.

Faculty Senate Working Group - chart OCT 14_2021

We spent some time to explain the attached “Swiss Cheese” model – the idea that no single intervention is enough, but doing as many as you can as often as you can will really make a difference.

This meme was made by Ian Mackay from University of Queensland at

We recommend sharing it widely or using in your classes, and encouraging students, colleagues, and friends to add layers.

We also discussed ways to think about trying to relax this week for our Fall Break week that includes no actual break (spoiler: go outside), and the idea that students should start thinking about their plan for Thanksgiving – Should they self-quarantine before they go home? Once they get there? Answers will vary, but the time to start a conversation with parents and friends is now.

The Adair County drive-through flu shots are today at the NEMO Fairgrounds:

Current Truman Students may get a Flu Shot from the Health Center:

Hy-Vee, Walmart, and Walgreens also offer flu shots at low cost (free with most insurance).

Please forward this information to your departments or other interested groups of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends.

Although we aim these videos and sheets at faculty, it’s good to share this information with students in your classes and elsewhere.

Our earlier videos and Tip Sheets are available here:

If there are other questions or things you’d like to know more about, please contact us at:

-Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group
(Nancy Daley-Moore, Christine Harker, and Scott Alberts)