COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. We should do the best we can to prevent the spread of the disease by utilizing proven practices:
Please refer to the websites above that provide details about how best to prevent you from contracting the virus.
Among the actions you can take are:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly – 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
- Use hand sanitizer, rubbing until it has evaporated (20-30 seconds – don’t wave your hands in the air to dry them more quickly).
- Avoid unnecessary contact with people who have flu-like symptoms.
- Avoid touching your hands to your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue which you then throw away, or cough into your sleeve rather than your hands. Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
In Case of Illness
Faculty and Staff
The first line of defense in case of infection is the individual. If you feel that you have symptoms consistent with a corona virus infection (fever, headache, cough, and difficulties breathing) or have been in close contact with someone subsequently diagnosed with coronavirus, please stay home and communicate with your supervisor via phone, text or email. Visit your primary care physician to help determine whether you have contracted the virus or not.
Supervisors: if you are notified that someone is not coming to campus because they feel ill with COVID-19 like symptoms, immediately inform a member of the senior administration, vice-president or the president, so that they may take additional actions to avoid further dispersion of the virus.
Faculty members: please do not cancel classes. Contact your department chair, who in turn will contact the Vice President of Academic affairs to determine further action.
All staff and faculty: if you notice that someone is exhibiting symptoms of the virus, please let this individual know that they should go home and contact their primary care doctor and/or inform a member of the senior administration so that one of them can communicate with the individual exhibiting symptoms.
The first line of defense in case of infection is the individual. If you feel that you have symptoms consistent with a corona virus infection (fever, headache, cough, and difficulties breathing) please stay home and communicate with the Office of Ability Services via phone, text or email:
For more information, visit: https://heritage.edu/student-resources/office-of-ability-services/
Staff from the Office of Ability Services will help you coordinate with faculty and others regarding the next steps you need to take to assure that you are taking care of your health and making academic progress.
- Visit your primary care physician to help determine whether you have contracted the virus or not.
- Please keep your email box clean so that you are receiving the most updated information from the University.
- Internships, Externships, Clinical Placements, and other Agency Placements
- Students, Faculty and Staff should follow the guidelines of the agencies in which students are placed for internships, externships and placements for learning. Faculty should discover how agencies are preventing spread of COVID-19, and assure students and faculty adhere to the agency guidelines.
Working from Home
We are requesting that the entire university community prepare to have the ability to work from home. You, as an individual, may need to leave campus because of illness, or the entire institution may need to be closed. This could happen with very short notice. Please keep sufficient work materials with you, and make sure you have the necessary technical connections to continue your work. For some, this means a VPN connection, for others access to the internet is sufficient. Supervisors need to prepare for these eventualities so that they may continue to communicate with their staff.
In the unlikely event that we need to close campus, we will follow similar procedures as when we have a weather emergency. We will inform the university community via text, email, television, radio, web notice, etc.
People with Compromised Health
Among members of our community, we have individuals with weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or ongoing health conditions. It is very important that you immediately communicate with your supervisors, and supervisors communicate with your vice president. We will try to create the conditions that will permit you to work without additional risk.