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Coronavirus (COVID-19) General Info

March 9, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) General Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal is to inform and support. The ICC will generally follow the guidance from U-M and the CDC.  Staff, CoCo, and House Leaders will continue to communicate and lead the information and support effort.

This is a fluid situation and we’ll continue to follow the University of Michigan’s lead, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance.

Included below are key excerpts from the U-M Public Affairs communication re: COVID-19, based on its Health Systems including:

  1. Updates as of March 9th, 12th, and 18th
    • Members will receive regular updates via the Member Portal on March 19th.
    • General information will be available here as information overload is high at this point in time.
  2. Typical symptoms
  3. Students and self-quarantines
  4. Those at highest risk
  5. Everyday actions we should all take

Updates

March 18th

  • Classes are being offered in alternative formats – not meeting in person through April 21, the last day of classes this semester.
  • All U-M events, and events organized by others on our campuses, are canceled until at least April 21.
  • All commencement ceremonies are being postponed to a future date.
  • All exams will take place remotely. Students are encouraged to go home to their permanent residence.
  • U-M libraries and museums and workout facilities are closed until further notice.
  • MDining is offering boxed meals during specific hours of the day.
  • U-M is suspending all international travel until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Domestic travel for university business is strongly discouraged.
  • All U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended.
  • Avoid gathering socially in groups larger than 10.
  • Members of the U-M community have tested positive for COVID-19. The Washtenaw County Health Department is the source of updates and information on positive cases in the county.
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation. U-M officials and medical experts, in close coordination with the state and local public health experts, are closely monitoring for developments and will offer additional guidance to the university community as soon as it is available.
  • Read the latest message from President Schlissel on final exams, commencement and flexible work arrangements here.
  • The university has activated its emergency call center to assist those with COVID-19 questions specifically related to U-M responses. It is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (877) 763-3040. For medical related questions, please call your doctor.

March 12th

  • All U-M classes are canceled March 12-13. Classes will resume Monday in alternative formats – not meeting in person through April 21, the last day of classes this semester.
  • All U-M events, and events organized by others on our campuses, of 100 people or more are canceled until at least April 21.
  • U-M is suspending all international travel until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Domestic travel for university business is strongly discouraged.
  • All U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended.
  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that there are two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan, one of whom is being treated at Michigan Medicine.
  • Washtenaw Community College classes cancelled 3/12 through 3/14 and alternative formats will be used until April 6th. Current info here.
  • Eastern Michigan University classes cancelled 3/12 through 3/14 and alternative formats will be used beginning 3/16. Current info here.

March 9th

  • There have been no cases diagnosed in Michigan. New cases continue to be identified in the United States and abroad.
  • Know your risk based on potential exposure and recommended next steps.
  • At this time, classes at U-M will continue as scheduled. We are providing resources available to faculty to accommodate those students who will miss class.
  • If you are sick, stay home from class or work. We ask faculty and managers to accommodate students and employees who stay home while sick. This includes relaxing documentation requirements and grade penalties for students missing class.
  • If you’ve traveled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran, stay home and self-quarantine (tips listed below) and monitor your health for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-quarantine recommendation does not apply to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries.
  • Register international travel using U-M Travel Registry.

Typical symptoms

  • Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
    • Fever.
    • Cough.
    • Difficulty breathing.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate. The CDC offers the following guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Students and Self-Quarantines

  • I am a student who is practicing self-quarantine, who should I contact to make arrangements to miss class and other obligations?
    • Students that are self-quarantine can contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance with academics and classes, work, participation in campus organizations or requirements, and to discuss other considerations. Email deanofstudents@umich.edu or call 734-764-7420. Student Life also is working to make alternative housing arrangements on campus for students who need a place to self-quarantine.
  • What if my roommate practicing self-quarantine, what should I do?
    • Students with roommates who are practicing self-quarantine should take precautionary measures including limiting contact with anyone who is under quarantine, cleaning surfaces, washing hands frequently and avoiding sharing utensils. Students can contact the Dean of Students office (deanofstudents@umich.edu or call 734-764-7420) for further assistance.

Those at Highest Risk

  • The CDC considers COVID-19 a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC has identified the following as at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19:
    • Older adults.
    • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
      • Heart disease.
      • Diabetes.
      • Lung disease.

Everyday actions we should all take

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

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