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. Even though there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, we will be proactive in our effort to prevent illness and promote a healthy campus environment.
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.
Good afternoon Oiler Nation. As we prepare for the fall semester, the Emergency Operations Team sub-committee continues to meet weekly to create the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe plan which will be fully released in early July. As a follow-up to the June 4 Campus Update which provided details about sub-committee planning and initial recommendations/tasks, I wanted to share updates regarding some initial fall semester decisions and items in progress.
Updated as of July 2, 2020, at 2 p.m.
- Fall calendar
- Classes will begin on August 17 as planned
- Fall break will be eliminated
- In-person classes will end at Thanksgiving break and the remainder of the semester will be completed remotely
- Students residing in on-campus housing will have the option to remain in their assigned housing after Thanksgiving if they need to stay in the Findlay area while they complete courses remotely (food service will also remain available)
- Students residing in on-campus housing who depart at Thanksgiving break will receive a room (and board if applicable) credit for the time period after Thanksgiving break since they will not be living on-campus
- Social distancing and facility/event management
- Guidelines and signage are being developed to promote social distancing and appropriate event management practices
- Plexiglass is being installed in a number of high traffic areas
- The physical arrangement of classrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces is being assessed based on lower capacity requirements
- Cleanliness and appropriate usage standards are being established
- Cleaning supplies are being ordered so they will be available in classrooms, meeting rooms, main departmental offices, and common area spaces
- Plans to replace drinking fountains with water bottle filling stations and touchless activation are being finalized
- COVID-19 testing
- Through a collaboration with Blanchard Valley Hospital, the Cosiano Health Center will be able to provide employees and students access to testing at a reduced cost
- Health checks
- An online form is being developed for employees and students to use to answer basic screening questions and report their temperature daily
- Face masks/coverings
- Will be required for employees and students in certain settings and recommended for other settings
- Specific guidelines will be finalized after additional guidance from the State of Ohio is received
- Face shields
- Face shields are being ordered so they can be utilized in all lab settings as well as any other areas where that would be preferable to a face mask
- Contact tracing
- A program is being considered for implementation through UF's Telehealth Center
- Course delivery plans (including experiential learning, labs, student teaching, clinicals, internships…)
- Plans for face to face, hybrid delivery, and fully online courses are being finalized
- Classroom capacities are being adjusted to support social distancing requirements
- Online support services for different course formats are being expanded
- On-campus housing and dining
- August opening guidelines intended to spread out move-in so social distancing can be maintained are being finalized
- Quarantine locations are being set in the event they are needed
- Henderson dining hall has been reconfigured to support social distancing
As plans continue to be worked on, more information will be shared later this month and throughout July. If you would like to access any of the other campus updates that have been sent out over the past months, please visit the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information web page. Links to all 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.
Several communications have been distributed to the campus community about the coronavirus. You can read these below. The University continues to monitor the outbreak and remains in close contact with local and state officials in order to do what is best for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
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.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases at the University of Findlay. 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. At this point, all these entities are advising that universities stress prevention tips and move to remote classes. UF is moving to remote classes on Monday, March 16, and 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.