What is NVU doing to protect the health of our community?
- NVU officials are working with the Vermont Department of Health and other key offices to monitor the evolving situation.
- NVU is following the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Vermont Department of Health (VT DOH) regarding screening and prevention.
- University Travel: All university international travel scheduled through the fall semester has been canceled. University domestic travel, including in-state and non-essential travel between campuses, is not permitted.
What should members of the NVU community do to protect themselves?
Practice stay-healthy, flu-prevention tactics. Public health officials have issued no recommendations for isolation, the use of masks, or other special precautions for anyone not experiencing symptoms.
Because this virus has similar symptoms to the cold and flu, it is important to not make any assumptions; individuals should have any respiratory illness evaluated by a healthcare provider.
Faculty, staff, and students on campus must employ social distancing practices.
All gatherings of more than 10 people must be handled virtually or rescheduled.
- Use electronic means for meetings such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or conference calls.
- If a meeting room must be used, the meeting room may be no more than 1/2 full.
- Individuals should strive to maintain 6 feet distance between each other.
- Practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
You can help avoid the spread of illness by following CDC guidelines for keeping healthy. No single action will provide complete protection from illness, but an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission.
- Stay home from work or class when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Scrub your hands at least 20 seconds, or roughly twice the length of the “Happy Birthday” song.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and throw the tissue away after you use it. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into clothing -- i.e. your sleeve rather than your bare hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs and viruses spread that way.
- Get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
Please note, the symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of cold or flu. Exhibiting any of the above symptoms should not cause panic. We are currently in the middle of flu season.
Are masks required on campus?
Yes, employees, students, and visitors are required to wear masks when in the presence of others indoors, or within 6 ft. of others while outdoors. You will need to bring your own mask to wear on campus. While an N-95 or surgical mask are the gold standard of masks, these masks continue to be in short supply and should be preserved for essential workers. The CDC recommends two-ply fabric masks as a good alternative. To learn more about mask specifications and making your own mask, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
To test if your mask meets accepted guidelines, put the mask on and light a candle. Blow hard to try to put the flame out. If it does not extinguish, or better yet waver, your mask is working!
Research shows that infection with COVID-19 is tied to the exposure to the virus and length of time spent in that exposure: Successful Infection = Exposure to Virus x Time. Learn more here.
What happens if there is a confirmed case on campus?
If a COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then CDC protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Vermont Department of Health. Northern Vermont University will fully support this effort. NVU complies with federal and state regulations that restrict inquiries and/or disclosure of a person’s health status and holds seriously the importance of adhering to VSC antidiscrimination policies including stereotyping based on but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin.
How will we be notified about future changes?
Updates and additional information will be sent to your NorthernVermont.edu email and posted as an announcement on the VSCS portal. Those are the best places to check regularly.