COVID-19 – March 5th, 2020

 

Included in this document is McKendree’s policy regarding COVID -19, including symptoms and recommendations. Please be sure to review it carefully.

 

For NPTE and NPDA, we have the following specific recommendations:

1.    Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

2.    Use hand sanitizer frequently. We will be providing hand sanitizer to attending schools, supplies permitting.

3.    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

4.    Avoid unnecessarily touching other people. Rather than handshakes after rounds, we recommend heart signs or a thumbs up.

5.    Follow the instructions in the following document in terms of seeking treatment.

 

If someone on your team is experiencing symptoms, we have facilities in the immediate area. Our health services office is closed over spring break, but Beth Allan (the director) is available if needed at (618) 830-2014.

 

Urgent Care:

 

St. Elizabeth’s Urgent Care

1516 N Green Mount Rd

O’Fallon, IL

618-624-3750

7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Hospitals:

 

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd.

O’Fallon, IL

618-234-2120

 

Memorial East Hospital

1404 Cross Street

Shiloh, IL

618-607-1000

 


 

 

COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus 2019 or 2019-nCoV)

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

·         It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.

·         Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. 

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

·         Fever

·         Cough

·         Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

 

If you travel to/through Wuhan or other parts of China:

The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the airport. If you must travel:

·         Avoid contact with sick people.

·         Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).

·         Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

·         Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their health care provider.

The university has issued travel restrictions for the entire country of China. Students who plan to study or travel abroad with McKendree University sponsored programs should contact their program coordinator for updates and guidance.

Treatment:

People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. (Source: CDC)

Prevention:

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 this virus.

Currently, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of 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.

 

 

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you:

·         Traveled to Wuhan, or

·         Visited an affected region in China, or

·         Had close contact with someone who had traveled to an affected region in China and had respiratory symptoms.

You should:

·         Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. McKendree University students please contact Mckendree Health Services at 618-537-6503 during business hours and Public Safety at 618-537-6911 at night.

·         Others may contact their health care provider or call the St. Clair County Health Department at 618-233-7703

·          Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at Mckendree Health Services. Call instead (618-537-6503). Mck Health Service offers advice by phone, to help save students a trip to Health Services or the emergency department.

·         Avoid contact with others.

·         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. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

What is the campus health service doing about 2019-nCoV?

McKendree University is coordinating with St.Clair County Public Health, McKendree University President’s Office, CDC and WHO travel alerts (see McKendree University travel restrictions above), the International Affairs Office, and other university stakeholders regarding response. McKendree Health Services have implemented CDC guidelines for additional screening for recent international travelers.