Faculty/Staff Considerations - COVID-19

COVID-19 Introduction

 PSA: COVID-19 General Information
PSA: Calhoun County Infectious Disease Task Force
PSA: What to do if you are sick or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19

The Problem We Face

  • COVID-19 is real
  • Don’t panic - remain calm and cooperative
  • Your campus is getting ready for COVID-19
  • We have been planning and preparing since late January
  • Now is the time to get yourself and your family ready
  • Make a pledge to be part of the solution
COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

What is COVID-19?

  • Emerged – late 2019
  • Announced – January 2020
  • Origin – Hubei Province, China
  • Reservoir – unknown
  • Case Profile
    • 80% are mild
    • 15% are treated w/ medications that address symptoms
    • 5% require hospitalization - Most at risk are elderly with underlying health conditions (lung disease)

Strategies for Employee Success

  • Continue to monitor JSU COVID-19 messages
  • Stay healthy – hygiene, sleep and nutrition
  • What prevents flu works for COVID-19
    • Avoid people that are coughing and sneezing
    • Wash your hands often
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Sanitize your phone 
  • Visit a medical facility if you become ill – call ahead

Strategies for Unit Success

  • We must be forward thinking!
  • The situation could change rapidly
  • Imagine what would happen if we had to:
    • Cancel all campus classes
    • Revert to online instruction
    • Cancel large indoor events
    • Practice social distancing – telework, extended business hours, etc.
  • Faculty - Prepare to move course content to Canvas
  • Staff - Develop a Continuity of Operations Plan

Special Precautions for Interns

  • Nursing students working in healthcare settings
    • They may be at high-risk
    • Part of the learning experience
    • Practice infection control procedures
    • Ensure that they understand personal protection (gloves, eye protection, N95 respirator)
    • When working with respiratory patients “protect your airway”
    • Request PPE training from their mentor or the CDP
  • School of Education interns
    • They work in an environment with sick children, especially during cold & flu season
    • Children should frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer
    • They should send ill students to see the school nurse
    • They should routinely treat surfaces with disinfectants
  • If they become ill see a doctor
  • If they have been told that they have been exposed to COVID-19 they need to contact you immediately!

Final Recommendations

You have invested time, effort and money to achieve your goal, so:

  • Do not travel to COVID-19 hot spots
  • Develop a personal plan for staying on track with your studies
  • Strive to keep yourself healthy!