Coronavirus (COVID) Information
Coronavirus (COVID) Information
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and places where social distancing is difficult to maintain. The cloth covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape. For information visit this CDC website.
Health officials, the College, and State and local governments remind you that maintaining a sense of calm is of utmost importance at this time. Avoid feeding into or fueling speculation or hysteria that is prevalent during such global events.
We cannot emphasize strongly enough the value of practicing daily health precautions and proper hygiene, and to follow the information from the sources listed on this site.
In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances. In particular, please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which provides updated information regarding this topic.
The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be all encompassing and should not be considered medical or legal advice.
State of Nevada Releases New “Nevada Health Response” Website to Provide Resources and Guidance on COVID-19: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
April 2, 2020
COVID-19 Modeling Report issued by the Nevada Department of Administration
April 7, 2020
Senator Cortez Masto’s COVID-19 Resource Guide: http://www.cortezmasto.senate.gov/news/press-releases/cortez-masto-shares-updated-coronavirus-disaster-resource-guide-unveils-spanish-language-disaster-guide-and-frequently-asked-questions-on-cares-act
As of March 10, 2020, NSHE has recommended restrictions on international travel, including:
As advised by federal and state health authorities, in conjunction with the CDC, NSHE is following new guidelines that stipulate that all individuals returning from or through China, Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea, must be self-quarantined for 14 days after their return.
Students and staff who recently had their study abroad programs cancelled are all to observe a 14-day self-quarantine upon their return to the United States. These students and faculty have been contacted in an abundance of caution, which mirrors actions taken by institutions across the country and internationally.
Spring Break travel abroad: Given the dynamic nature of the outbreak of novel coronavirus, students, faculty and staff who are planning on personal travel overseas during the upcoming spring break are strongly encouraged to follow the latest guidelines for travel by visiting CDC’s traveler information.
Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any international travel, stay actively alert and monitor changes and developments that may affect your plans. Monitor travel advisories daily, including potential restrictions on border crossings or closed borders. Prepare for the possibility that countries that you visit could decide to implement travel restrictions with short notice, impacting your ability to return to the United States, and to campus. The 14-day self-quarantine period for certain countries could change.
Be aware if you choose to go on personal travel to or through China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or Japan, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return before returning to campus, work or classes.
Faculty and staff will be required to use sick leave or annual leave and follow NSHE policy on finding substitutes for classes. The College recommends that instructors offer students understanding and accommodations such as makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work due to illness.
We encourage you to follow the everyday preventative actions recommended by the CDC, which include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
Stay home when you are sick (and see your physician if in doubt); and
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (then throw the tissue in the trash)
If you know someone who is in self-quarantine, please consider supporting them through emails and texts, but respect the quarantine; do not visit them in person.
Please see the CDC FAQs for more of these measures and for more information about the coronavirus.
Call your health care provider or doctor to identify a safe way to receive care. Let them know about your travel history or if you have been in close contact with a known COVID-19 case within the last 14 days.
Stay home, except to get medical care
You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxi.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
High-touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.