Corona Virus Update 3-9-2020

Dear Members of the Midwest College Community,

We are notifying you of significant updates for:

Domestic and international travel, affiliates and visitors returning or arriving to campus, and

The policies and resources outlined below are available on caronanvirusplan.net and are effective immediately through at least April 30. We will continue to update you on new or changed guidance as needed.

TRAVEL: MCOM BUSINESS AND PERSONAL

Travel can increase the risks of exposure to you and the community. Government travel restrictions and public health measures are changing rapidly. Those changes may make it difficult for you to return to campus and resume activities.

International

All College-related international travel is prohibited.

All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.

Domestic

All College-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited.

We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel.

We strongly encourage you to consider alternative methods to communicate and hold meetings, such as teleconferencing.

RETURNING OR ARRIVING TO CAMPUS

If you were in an area of high concern for COVID-19 AND you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call us at 866-253-4818 (24/7) so that we may provide medical guidance:

·       fever

·       cough

·       difficulty breathing

Self-isolate using guidance from MCOM. Most self-isolations will last a minimum of 14 days.

ON-CAMPUS MEETINGS AND EVENTS

We strongly discourage any non-essential meetings or events of 10 people or more such as movie theaters, shopping malls, and concerts.

Classes and clinic operations will continue as normal with heightened cleaning protocols.

PREPARE NOW

Make preventive measures part of your routine now (cough/sneeze into your arm, replace handshakes with elbow bumps, don’t share food/bottles, hand wash more often than usual, avoid touching your face).

COMMUNICATION MATERIALS

Please be assured that we are meeting frequently to review, update, and communicate contingency plans. We recognize the challenges this coronavirus outbreak presents for our community and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation, assistance, and ongoing efforts to prevent the transmission of disease. To further that goal, we will continue to send regular announcements and update the MCOM coronavirus website.

Sincerely,

William Dunbar, PhD

College President

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