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AUHS Latest Updates on COVID-19 Planning and Prevention Source

By March 12, 2020University News

AUHS Latest Updates on COVID-19 Planning and Prevention

To Date: There are no reported or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our AUHS Campus.
While there are three cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Long Beach, CDC has not confirmed these cases. Updates will be published to CDC website.

Source CDC: Information distributed Regarding Corona Virus (COVID-19) to Institutions of Higher Education
Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

Here below are commonly asked Q & A within the AUHS community:

Is there any known case of COVID-19 at AUHS?

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at AUHS.

Is AUHS implementing any preventative measures?

AUHS custodial services are focusing on cleaning and disinfecting efforts to include counters, tables, doorknobs, and surfaces. Additionally, portable hand sanitizers will be placed throughout campus areas.

Is AUHS considering alternative instructional delivery methods?

Yes, AUHS will be launching the CANVAS learning management system at the end of this month which will provide options for alternative delivery should the need arise.

Should I seek advice from my healthcare provider if I have underlying health concerns?

If you have health concerns, please see your healthcare provider promptly, and advise AUHS accordingly.

Will the Mission Trip be affected by the threat of COVID-19:

AUHS will await communications from the CDC regarding travel restrictions and any changes to guidelines and public-health advisories.

Will my SFA status be affected by the threat of COVID-19 or if any case are confirmed or suspected of coronavirus (COVID-19) at AUHS.

If you are participating in the Title IV at AUHS, please meet with the SFA department Administrator Venus Cruz. The Department of Education has full electronic directives relative to “Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

Guidance for IHE – modified for AUHS Campus

  • Ensure that your handwashing techniques include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Refer to posted CDC handwashing resources that include health promotion materials and information on proper handwashing techniques posted on the AUHS Marquee.
  • Students, staff, and faculty should not attend class or work when sick. You are allowed to stay home. Accommodations will be made for missed clinical and didactic assignments (e.g., extended due dates, electronic submission of assignments) for individuals who may be temporarily unable to attend class due to restrictions placed on them related to possible exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Please Note:
Please email your School Dean (SON Dean: matienza@auhs.edu; and SOP Dean: dutta@auhs.edu; copied to the Director of Student Affairs gjavaluyas@auhs.edu.

Please provide a medical release letter from your healthcare provider before returning to campus and clinical areas.

  • AUHS will alert local health officials about large increases in student, staff, and faculty absenteeism or substantial increases in student health center traffic due to respiratory illnesses (like the common cold or the “flu,” which have symptoms similar to symptoms of COVID-19).
  • Procedures for students, staff, and faculty who are sick (with any illness) on campus.
  1. Ensure students, staff, and faculty who become sick (with any illness) on campus or arrive on campus sick are sent to their place of residence as soon as possible.
  2. Keep sick individuals separate from well individuals until they can leave.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
  1. Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.
  2. Disposable wipes will be provided so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) can be wiped down by students, staff, and faculty before each use.
  • AUHS will share timely information and updates with staff, students, and faculty through the website and marquee, and mass AUHS email without increasing fear and stigma. Keeping the AUHS community informed with accurate information can counter the spread of misinformation and reduce the potential for fear and stigma.
  • AUHS will continue to review CDC’s guidance for information and updates and to identify any additional strategies.

Faculty and Student remote communication for alternative instructions:

AUHS faculty should use the following processes on how to reach their students outside of the classroom and clinical areas.

  • Ensure that you have current list of your class rosters’ names and email addresses.
  • Inform your class that you will reach out to them via their AUHS email addresses in case of emergency.
  • Communications can be shared in multiple areas via MOODLE or CANVAS, and syllabus announcements.
  • Consider synchronous virtual sessions (using MOODLE or CANVAS) to reach all learners in case face-to-face sessions are not possible.

IT Support

AUHS faculty looking for support should first meet within their department and department dean. Please call IT Department or email at help@auhs.edu; and jparas@auhs.edu for MOODLE or CANVAS instructions.