The University has been 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 order that was issued by the Director of the Ohio Department Health, the University remains in compliance and may make further modifications in its operations.
In preparation for the
upcoming fall semester, UF has created the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe Plan which is available in its entirety here. We encourage you to read the plan thoroughly so you become familiar with the guidelines and requirements that will be place when you return to campus. Our plan is consistent with those that other universities across Ohio are implementing based on recommendations from the State of Ohio and the CDC.
Updated as of May 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
4/26, the Governor released updated guidance for higher education institutions regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Campuses may resume using the vaccine and are being asked to continue vaccinating students. Additionally, we are now also permitted to offer vaccinations to faculty and staff. Given this, any UF student or employee may contact Cosiano at 419-434-4550 to schedule a time to receive a vaccination.
- Random/surveillance testing will continue for the remainder of the semester. Please note that even if you have received a vaccine, CDC guidelines indicate that you should still participate in random testing since you are still able to carry and transmit the virus. If you are selected for a random test, you will receive an email from Dr. Kate Alt that will provide information about scheduling a time.
- The Governor released new orders regarding mass gatherings, sports, entertainment venues. The Emergency Operations Team will review/discuss those orders next week as we discuss guidelines for summer and fall campus events. In the meantime, the event policies currently in place will remain in effect for the remainder of spring semester. Those guidelines are as follows:
- We plan to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7, 2021 for the Class of 2020 and Saturday, May 8, 2021 for the Class of 2021.
- EXTERNAL NON-ATHLETIC events on campus:
- No external events will be scheduled on campus.
- INTERNAL NON-ATHLETIC events on campus:
- Events are limited to 50 persons or fewer, with the exception of College First Church and Revive worship services in Winebrenner.
- INTERNAL ATHLETIC events on campus:
- For events where students are competing inside (basketball, indoor track and field , swimming/diving, volleyball, tennis and wrestling), no spectators for either team will be permitted through the end of the academic year. This will be revisited if COVID cases decline drastically. Competitions will be live-streamed whenever possible.
- Spectators at outside athletic events will be permitted, but must be distanced and masked at all times, following GMAC and NCAA stipulations.
- EXTERNAL ATHLETIC events on campus:
- There will continue to be no UF sponsored athletic youth camps, swim lessons, clinics or practices for external participants until further notice. The exception to this policy is the legally binding contractual obligation UF has with the Findlay City Schools swim team for use of the UF pool, but within the UF restrictions for indoor athletic activity.
- Physical distancing and facility management
- Guidelines and signage have been posted to promote physical distancing and appropriate event management practices
- The physical arrangement of classrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces is being assessed based on lower capacity requirements
- Cleaning supplies are available in classrooms, meeting rooms, main departmental offices, and common area spaces
- Health checks
- An online form has been developed for employees and students to use to answer basic screening questions and report their temperature daily. This tool can be found on the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe page as well as the Oiler Mobile App.
- Face masks/coverings
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.