The University remains in close contact with Governor DeWine's Office regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in order to ensure that we have the most current information about the evolving situation. Based on Governor DeWine's current recommendations and the most recent orders issued by the Director of the Ohio Department Health, the University remains in compliance and may make further modifications in its operations. UF has created the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe Plan which outlines the University's protocols and procedures for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Updated as of October 25, 2021 at 2:40 p.m.
- Anyone (including but not limited to all students, employees, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors) entering any campus building, including office buildings, academic buildings, recreational facilities, and housing facilities, must wear an appropriate face covering. The face covering must be worn in all classrooms, hallways, public spaces, and common areas, as well as shared office spaces.
- The only times face coverings are not required to be worn are as follows:
- When outside.
- By employees working alone in their offices.
- By resident students in their own on campus housing area (visitors to housing areas must wear face coverings).
- When participating in activities in which a face covering cannot be worn or would prohibit respiratory function (while in the act of eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument or singing, exercising, playing sports).
- By individuals with a federally recognized disability and/or an accommodation that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Exceptions from the state government or other federal guidelines may also apply. Those that need accommodations should contact Human Resources (employees) or the Office of Accommodation and Inclusion (students).
The University of Findlay is participating in the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge
, and more information about that is available in the July 28 updated listed in the Campus Communications section below.
Links to all campus updates are located in the Campus Communications section. If you have suggestions or questions, please email them to [email protected]. Additionally, we would encourage you to download the Oiler Mobile App (available at App Store and Google Play), and enable push notifications.
For additional information, check the most recent Campus Communication above.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year. Is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, or the viruses that cause seasonal influenza.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Confirmed cases have ranged from mild infections to severe illnesses requiring hospitalization. The WHO notes that about 80% of those who are infected recover without requiring specialized treatment.
What can I do to protect myself?
The CDC recommends people take the same preventative actions they would for any respiratory disease. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What should I do if I feel sick?
If you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in regular, close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, please call Cosiano Health Center or your primary health care physician.
UF is maintaining regular communication with the Hancock County Public Health Department and is following their guidance along with the guidance being provided to colleges and universities by the Ohio Department of Health, the NCAA, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. UF is asking students, faculty, and staff to self-report to the Cosiano Health Center if they have traveled to an area where COVID-19 was present or if they believe they have any symptoms.
If you are wanting current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend you visit the following web sites:
Although there is no vaccine for COVID-19, we encourage you to adhere to the following prevention practices in order to combat the spreading of the virus:
- 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.
Talk to your physician or the Cosiano Health Center if you feel ill, and especially if you have a fever. Avoid contact with other people if sick.
The University of Findlay will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will provide updates to the campus community as needed.
Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Cosiano Health Center at 419-434-4550, the
Hancock County Public Health Department at 419-424-7105, or Ohio
Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-833-427-5634.