COVID-19 cases on this dashboard include laboratory-verified test results. The dashboard will be updated weekly each Wednesday.

The data represents activity since January 1, 2021.

The College will not disclose any identifying information about affected individuals. Students who test positive will be placed in isolation accommodations. To the extent possible, students who test positive will return home. As contract tracing identifies community members at risk for exposure, they will be contacted for quarantine measures.

Active positive cases will be removed from the first column once satisfying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for system-based recovery. All active case counts are classified to the best of the College’s knowledge.

Active positive cases in isolation on campus Active positive cases off-campus Dedicated rooms currently occupied for isolation or quarantine (%) * Cumulative Positive Student Cases – Spring 2021 semester
Total 1 5 6.9% 37**

Updated 5/5/2021 (11:10 a.m. EST)

*This reflects the percentage of dedicated rooms currently occupied for individuals in isolation or quarantine on campus. Note: an active positive case or students identified for quarantine might either be at home or in their own room depending on the particular situation. These rooms may also be used for short term housing for students who are sick but test negative for COVID-19.

**This result reflects early arrival, quarantine, and testing of residential students.

Important Messages Regarding Spring 2021

Greetings, Mounties,

There are Mounties arriving on campus with more on the way! We are full steam ahead for a great semester, and the sunshine outside on campus right now hints at future days of nice, spring weather! Until that time, we’ll make do with some sled riding and snowball fights. I’ve never tried snowshoes, but perhaps there are some Mounties who can teach or learn alongside me!

Spring 2021 Student Agreement

In the fall, we shared a Student Agreement addressing protocols and mitigation practices on campus. Similarly, the Spring 2021 Agreement, linked below, includes a bulleted reminder of responsibilities, a guide to testing and quarantine strategies, and a notice of risk. As we have noted many times, we are taking prudent steps, but cannot eliminate risk or guarantee safety. We want to emphasize this as you return to campus and stress your part in acting, every day, as required to mitigate risk for our community. If you have any questions related to the Agreement, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Spring 2021 Student Agreement

New Addition to Pierce

We cut the ribbon to our brand new Anatomage table on Tuesday in front of a virtual audience. You have to check this technology out! This is a game-changer for our nursing, health science, and science programs. I could try to describe it to you, but it would be more effective to take a look for yourself!

Demonstration of the new Anatomage Table

As I begin my second semester at Mount Aloysius College, there are many things to be excited about, and so many exciting things ahead. As you prepare to head back to campus, please join me in being an ambassador for this wonderful institution.  Please share with your friends and peers, and especially anyone thinking about enrolling, all of the good things that are happening here on our beautiful stake of the Allegheny mountains.

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Greetings, Mounties,

The activity on campus is picking up and we are busy getting ready to welcome you back!

Reminders

Please carefully review recent information from Residence Life about the start of the new semester (as well as details in my messages). Here are some key points:

  • Residents will be moving in (staggered) sometime between January 18-31. Stay tuned to your emails for scheduling info.
  • You will need a negative test result within 72 hours of your scheduled arrival.
  • We ask that you stay as quarantined as possible in the week leading up to your move-in. There will also be a soft quarantine in place after you arrive on campus until classes resume.
  • Make sure you have the CourseKey app installed for when you arrive on campus.

In-Person Instruction

We have heard overwhelmingly throughout the past year that our students and faculty prefer in-person instruction.  Indeed, in-person learning is an essential element of our mission and pedagogy.

With that in mind, the expectation for all students enrolled in our in-person courses this semester is to physically attend those classes — unless you have an approved medical leave or have requested and received an ADA accommodation.

There are several reasons for taking this approach. The PA Department of Education has offered guidance for in-person instruction which we strive to follow, including:  

  • Socially-distanced classrooms;
  • Masking in and out of the classroom;
  • Coordinating with local public health officials;
  • Cleaning protocols for the entire campus;
  • Strategy for monitoring and communicating COVID information; and,
  • Plans for quarantining and isolation.

As the government and health authorities continue to make adjustments and recommendations in response to the changing pandemic, the College will respond accordingly.

In addition to guidance from the state, other factors informed our decision to resume in-person instruction. Vaccinations are moving along, and the Department of Health has included students and trainees in health care settings as among those in Phase 1A for receiving vaccinations. We have also increased our capacity for testing on-campus, as evidenced by the move-in plan. And, although we cannot predict the outcome, we have applied to have the campus designated as a vaccine distribution center.  We anticipate hearing more on that in the coming weeks.

Also keep in mind regarding in-person instruction:

  • Anyone who will physically be on campus is required to complete the CourseKey app evaluation each day before arrival.
  • If you receive a yellow or red card on your daily CourseKey evaluation, do not attend classes in-person until you speak to a medical professional. Contact the Health Services office for a medical excuse and next steps.
  • All quarantining and isolation must be confirmed by the Health Services office in order to have excused absences.
  • Students without ADA accommodations or health excuses are subject to losing attendance points per course policy for missing in-person classes. 
  • Any student may apply for ADA accommodations through the process laid out on our Disability Services page.

Finally, even with our stringent classroom protocols, it is as important as ever to follow our COVID protocols. The large majority of active cases in the fall were related to not following protocols outside of the classroom or contracting the virus off-campus. There were no instances of the virus spreading in a non-clinical classroom setting – a tremendous accomplishment to be sure, and why it remains crucial that you continue to social distance, mask up, wash your hands, and to stay put when you don’t pass the daily CourseKey.

If you have any questions regarding ADA compliance, please contact Marisa Schuster at mschuster@mtaloy.edu.

Winter Break Sweepstakes

The “Winter Break Sweepstakes” is in progress and we’re thrilled to see how many Mounties have gotten involved!

It is VERY easy to enter into the drawings (multiple times) to take home one of several great prizes. Learn more at https://www.mtaloy.edu/sweepstakes

Check out the MAC Instagram page today and submit your cozy winter photo!

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Happy New Year, Mounties!

I hope your holiday break has left you refreshed and excited for the new year ahead of us.

I am writing today to share some updates about the Spring 2021 semester. The information below focuses primarily on our first two weeks together, but I want to assure you that after February 1, we are planning for a vibrant, in-person experience on campus.  Also, we hope that advancements in vaccinations will allow us to gain an even greater sense of “normalcy” this spring and into the fall 2021 semester.

Guidance

As noted in December, the PA Departments of Health and Education have issued recommendations for returning to campus. These recommendations include evaluating:

  1. Re-entry testing and testing during the semester;

  2. Testing plans for close contact groups;

  3. Daily screening; and

  4. Delaying in-person education.

As you know, points #1-3 have been in place since the beginning of last semester and we will continue those practices (more information below). There is more information on point #4 below.

Semester Start Date

Our academic calendar will not change from the version posted in fall 2020. The only change is that the first week of classes, from Jan. 25 through Jan. 29 will be conducted remotely – with the exception of certain on- and off-campus clinical courses (see the full list here). In-person courses will begin on Monday, February 1. If you are a residential student enrolled in one of the courses in the list above, you will receive further notification shortly about the moving in process.

Residential Student Move-In

Residential move-in will be staggered to maintain appropriate distancing. Students will be assigned a move-in date between January 18 – January 31. Students will receive more information regarding move-in and scheduling in the coming days.

Residential Student Re-entry Testing/Quarantining

Our re-entry process for the spring semester is in three phases:

  1. Based on the guidance above, all residential students must receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to your arrival on campus. Students are responsible for the scheduling and payment for this test. More information on how to submit your test results will be sent in a follow up communication from Student Affairs. Once you have taken your test, we ask that you remain quarantined as much as possible before returning to campus. If you cannot complete this step, please contact StudentHealthServices@mtaloy.edu to discuss your situation and options.

  2. When you arrive on campus on your scheduled move-in day/time, you will be directed to a specific location where COVID-19 testing will take place. You MUST complete your COVID-19 Test and receive your results (this takes about 15 minutes) prior to checking in and moving your belongings into your residence hall. All students will “soft quarantine” in their rooms until February 1. Students will be able to pick-up meals from the dining hall and attend approved clinicals, however no in-person activities or gatherings will occur during that period. Within 7-10 days of your arrival, you will be scheduled for another COVID test with the Health Services Department at no charge.

  3. Beginning on February 1, students will continue with their in-person schedules for the semester. Like the fall, all classrooms are socially distanced and all students must be masked on campus.

All residential students will receive a follow-up communication in the coming days with more details about move-in and protocols. Guidance from the government will be ongoing and as we indicated this fall, our plans are subject to change.


We are so excited to see you all on campus again, and we are here to help if you have any questions about your return to the Mount.

If you have questions about the residential student return to campus, please contact: jfritz@mtaloy.edu

If you have questions about clinicals or the academic calendar, please contact: ceberhart@mtaloy.edu

If you have questions about testing or safety protocols, please contact: StudentHealthServices@mtaloy.edu

Be Well, Live Mercy,

John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College

Dear Mountie Residents,

We are eagerly anticipating your return to campus for the spring 2021 semester and want to provide additional information to follow up on President McKeegan’s message from January 5. We know many of you are looking for details about arrival, testing, and residence hall move-in processes. This communication provides that general information and will be followed by a subsequent message, which will include information about your specific date of return along with directions on how to submit your COVID-19 test results, and sign-up for a COVID-19 testing/move-in time slot.

As President McKeegan mentioned, we are using a staggered approach to bring residential students back to campus. This will allow us to maintain appropriate distancing and safety protocols, as well as facilitate an efficient COVID-19 testing process for our students and the staff who will be assisting that day. The arrival and move-in schedule is outlined below.

CAMPUS ARRIVAL & RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN:

  • First Round of Arrivals:  January 18, 2021
    International Students and Resident Assistants

    (students will sign-up for their arrival/testing time via a link to be sent in the next communication)

  • Second Round of Arrivals: January 23, 2021 and January 24, 2021
    Clinical Students, Student Teachers, all newly enrolled residential students

    Testing on 1/23 & 1/24 (to occur before residence hall move-in) 12pm – 2pm
    (students will sign-up for their arrival time via a link to be sent in the next communication)

  • Third Round of Arrivals: January 28, January 29 & January 31
    January 28, 2021: All out of state students and students whose permanent address (registered with the College) is more than 2 hours away from the College.
    January 29, 2021: Students whose permanent address (registered with the College) is between 1 and 2 hours away from the College.
    January 31, 2021: Students whose permanent address (registered with the College) is less than an hour away from the College.

    Testing upon selected arrival date/time (to occur before residence hall move-in)
    (students will sign-up for their arrival time via a link to be sent in the next communication)

TESTING:

All students will receive a link to submit a copy of their negative COVID-19 test results and a link to sign-up for an arrival time for testing and campus move-in. This information will be sent to students in our follow up to this communication, which you will receive in a few days.

When you arrive to campus on your assigned move in date/time, please proceed directly to the testing site (parking lot #6), where staff will check that you have submitted a negative test ahead of arrival (instructions for submission will be in the next communication). If you have provided the appropriate documentation, Health Service staff will then proceed to administer a COVID-19 test (nasal swab). If your results are negative (approx.15 minutes for result – wait in your car in the parking lot) you will be cleared for move in, and will proceed to your residence hall.

You will be scheduled for a third COVID-19 test 7-10 days later. You will receive an email notification to remind you to schedule your test.

Every residential student will receive an additional follow up communication from the Office of Residence Life in the next few days. The communication will:

  • Identify your specific arrival date. This will allow you to plan when to get your initial COVID-19 test (remember: test results must be within 72 hours of your scheduled arrival to campus). See chart below for assistance in determining when to schedule your Covid Test (based on type of test, i.e., PCR or Rapid Test).

Arrival Date

PCR Test *

Rapid Test

Jan. 18

Jan. 8 -11

Jan. 15 – 17

Jan. 23

Jan. 13 – 16

Jan. 20 – 22

Jan. 24

Jan. 14 – 17

Jan. 21 – 23

Jan. 28

Jan. 18 – 21

Jan. 25 – 27

Jan. 29

Jan. 19 – 22

Jan. 26 – 28

Jan. 31

Jan. 21 – 24

Jan. 28 – 30

* Consult with PCR test provider on current processing time.

  • Provide a link to upload a copy of your COVID-19 Test Results. Any student who has been COVID-19 positive within the past 90 days, or who may have already received both doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine, should upload their documentation to this link as well.

  • Provide a link to select your arrival/testing time.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • COVID-19 Canvas Course:
    All residential students are required to complete a short (10-15 min) COVID-19 Course on Canvas prior to their scheduled arrival date. Please log into Canvas beginning Monday, January, 11, 2021 to complete the course. Students will not be able to move into their residence hall until they have completed this course.

  • Residence Hall Room Consolidation Process:
    Without a COVID-19 vaccine currently available to our students, we want to be as prepared as possible for any positive cases that occur on our campus this spring. In order to provide additional on-campus quarantine/isolation spaces for the spring semester, we will be consolidating spaces in our residence halls. While the room consolidation process typically starts a few weeks into the semester, we are moving up the timeline this year to coincide with move in so that we can have additional quarantine/isolation spaces available when the semester begins. This will not only provide us with additional spaces, but will also give us more flexibility when assigning students to quarantine/isolation rooms.

    If you are a student who does not currently have a roommate, or you live in a suite that has one or more vacancies, you may be asked to relocate to another room within the same residence hall or another building (at the same cost as your current room), or someone may be assigned to fill any of the vacancies. Room buyouts will not be an option for the spring ‘21 semester.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with our testing and residential move-in processes, and encourage you to check your email frequently for updated communications. Should you have questions at any time, please check out our FAQ or  feel free to contact the following offices for assistance:

Residence Life: residencelife@mtaloy.edu
Health Services: studenthealthservices@mtaloy.edu

Greetings, Mounties,

There is wonderful news regarding vaccinations, with distribution beginning to occur for healthcare workers nationally, and even within our own county.

While this is a great development, prioritization protocols make it unlikely our student population will receive the vaccine early in 2021. We continue to review guidance from the state government, which has emphasized continuing diligence in preparing for the Spring 2021 semester, and are evaluating plans for mitigation and testing strategies that are appropriate for our community. As you know, the PA Departments of Education and Health are urging colleges to use virtual instruction to the maximum extent feasible, and to consider the delay of students returning to campuses.

In order to present a timely and comprehensive approach to our community’s spring semester, we are waiting until January 5 to announce a formal reopening plan. While our planning is not final, some of the points that might be included are:

  • Online COVID-19 training and certification before courses can be accessed. This could cover areas such as contact tracing, isolation protocols, processes for interaction with various offices, and more;

  • Testing, either at-home or on-campus, before the semester begins. We understand that these decisions could impact timelines for returning to campus. If such testing is included, we will be sure to work with each student to make sure they are able to receive a test and be ready for the start of their semester.

  • At-home and/or on-campus quarantine leading up to the semester.

Consistent with government guidance, we are strongly considering starting the semester remotely for two weeks (with exceptions for clinical/laboratory students). Again, these decisions will be shared on January 5. That said, our fundamental goal is to once again provide a vibrant in-person learning environment for the large majority of the semester — unless local virus conditions prevent this.

Thank you for your patience, and for the multitude of ways you selflessly promoted the health of our campus this Fall.

 
John McKeegan
President, Mount Aloysius College
Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
Spring 2021 Student Agreement

Protocols

Our Fall 2020 protocols will remain intact for the Spring 2021 semester. Any changes around Move-In and testing have been shared from the President’s Office and Student Affairs Office.

Masking & Social Distancing

There have been several questions about what that looks like on campus. These videos do a great job demonstrating exactly that:

MAC student wearing a mask standing on campus
Fall 2020 COVID Information
Spring 2020 COVID Information
CARES Act Report – 5/21/20
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

Steps to Stay Healthy

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Social Distancing

Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread.

Social distancing is not the same as self-quarantine or isolation, two other practices being utilized to minimize the coronavirus spread. The key difference is that a quarantine or isolation restricts the movement of people within a certain area or zone to limit transferring and spreading an infection. Social distancing places no such locational constraints, rather it is a behavioral practice to lower the risk in most circumstances.

Purpose

Due to the increase in the spread of infectious diseases, Mount Aloysius College is taking measures to protect its students, faculty, staff, and their families from potential exposure to disease.  One of these measures is social distancing.

Policy

Social Distancing is an attempt to limit the spread of disease through human to human contact.  Actions to minimize contact between infected and healthy individuals will range from the use of sick time, limitation or cancellation of events, remote working, and actually physically distancing yourself from others.

Social Distancing measures may include:

Maintaining a personal distance between oneself and a person showing symptoms of illness.

Recommend minimum distance is three to six feet.  Avoid shaking hands or any physical contact.

Maintaining significant personal distance from students and coworkers via the use of sick time when you are experiencing symptoms of an illness.

Limit meetings that can be held via conference call.

If you have personally traveled or have been close to a person who traveled, use extra caution.  No face to face meetings should take place for a period of 14 days while you monitor yourself for symptoms.  If you become ill, do not report to the workplace and contact your healthcare provider.  Contact Health Services via phone to report the risk.

Students who must be on campus during this time or will return to campus after leaving for any reason should minimize contact with others on campus.

Students who have left campus and return will need to monitor themselves for a period of 14 days.  If you become symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose) contact Health Services via phone.

Beyond keeping whatever distance is possible and keeping encounters to a minimum people must be mindful of their hygiene routine, making sure to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Offices

Admissions
(814)886-4131
Admissions@mtaloy.edu

Advising
(814)886-6398
JWeyandt@mtaloy.edu

Bookstore
(814) 886-6380
Bookstore@mtaloy.edu

Business Office
(814)886-6368
BusinessOffice@mtaloy.edu

Campus Ministry
(814)886-6483
CampusMinistry@mtaloy.edu

Campus Police
(814)886-6327
CampusSafety@mtaloy.edu

Financial Aid
(814)886-6357
FinancialAid@mtaloy.edu

Health Services & Counseling
studenthealthservices@mtaloy.edu
(814) 886-6515 or (814)886-6336

Library
(814)886-6477
AskALibrarian@mtaloy.edu

Registrar
(814)886-6343
Registrar@mtaloy.edu

Residence Life
(814)886-6388
ResidenceLife@mtaloy.edu

Student Affairs
getinvolved@mtaloy.edu
(814)886-6472

Mount Aloysius College Travel Guidelines

Mount Aloysius College has new guidance and requirements from Health Services for travelers who are returning from countries with elevated Travel Health Notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to novel coronavirus. This includes members of the Mount Aloysius community who are returning from Italy and South Korea, which have been placed on the restricted list for college-affiliated travel.

This document details Mount Aloysius College’s requirements for those that are returning from CDC Level 3 countries. Also, information and guidance is provided for those who have traveled from a CDC Level 2 country, for those that may feel sick, may be traveling in other areas, information from Health Services for home quarantine, guidance for household members, and general hygiene and prevention.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the requirements are likely to change. A team of college officials have been developed to monitor and inform the campus community. It is critical that individuals continue to check for ongoing updates and guidance.

The health and well-being of Mount Aloysius College students, faculty, staff and visitors is the college’s highest priority. These actions are being taken to protect the health of Mount Aloysius College community and to assist in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus on and near our campus.

Mount Aloysius College requirements

Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for travelers returning to the United States from China, Mount Aloysius College is requiring a 14-day quarantine period for travelers from CDC Level 3 countries before they return to campus. At this time, these countries include: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

Students and employees who traveled to one of these countries must isolate themselves from others in their place of dwelling while monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness as described below. Of note, many students may be returning to a home away from campus. However, students and their families should follow the same recommendations and advice included in this document.

If you are returning from a country with a CDC Alert Level 2 or “watch” level you should follow many of the below recommendations — including maintaining vigilant hygiene practices, self-monitor for symptoms and assess temperature twice per day for 14 days after return.

If you feel sick

If you spent time in a CDC Alert Level 2 or Warning Level 3 country during the past 14 days and feel sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing:

  • Take your temperature.
  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease. If you find that you are not feeling well after returning, then please seek medical care as described. Otherwise, quarantine yourself for the specified time so that if you do become ill, the risk of spread of your illness to others is minimal.

Health Services guidance for home quarantine

  • Stay home except to get medical care — as noted above, call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands afterward with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer (see above).
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Monitor your symptoms and if they develop or worsen then call your health care provider BEFORE seeking in-person care.

Guidance for household members during quarantine

  • Help with basic needs in terms of food, medications, and other personal needs.
  • Stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible; use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.
  • Prohibit visitors without an essential need from coming into the home.
  • Household members should care for any pets.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water preferentially if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • The patient and household members should wear disposable facemasks when in the same room; throw masks away after using them.
  • Avoid sharing household items with the patient.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces with a cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly: use disposable gloves while handling; wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer after removing gloves

Returning from a country without a coronavirus warning

At this time, domestic travelers and travelers to countries that do not have an elevated CDC Warning Level do not need to take any action other than monitoring their health and practicing good hygiene and prevention. However, if you begin to have symptoms it is important to follow up with your health care practitioner.

Upcoming international travel

Mount Aloysius College has no college-planned trips to CDC Warning Level 3 countries on the restricted travel list. Faculty and staff travel to these countries also has been restricted and would require approval from the risk task force.

Further, the college strongly discourages personal travel to these countries. Travelers to these countries will be required to quarantine themselves in their dwelling for 14 days before being permitted on campus.

Before booking travel and departing the country, travelers should check the CDC website for the latest threat level rating for their destination. The CDC website also includes answers to frequently asked questions regarding travel abroad. This is a rapidly evolving situation with government policies and recommendations changing as the situation changes. Travelers should exercise caution when traveling abroad as quarantines and re-entry restrictions, particularly for non-U.S. nationals, could be implemented as the situation evolves.

While traveling domestically or abroad, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol; soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Domestic travel recommendations

The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, but individual risk is dependent on exposure. For members of the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. If you travel domestically, take the following routine precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon returning from domestic travel, if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, particularly within 14 days after you left, you should:

  • Seek medical advice — call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Hygiene and prevention

To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and other respiratory infections, the CDC recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Voluntary Home Isolation: 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    •  CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Covid 19 Safety