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Standard College Response to the Coronavirus

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Standard College’s Response to the Coronavirus

Standard College is following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health to respond to the novel coronavirus. This is an evolving situation, and the school wishes to keep students, colleagues, family, and community members safe and aware of informational and health resources available to them. By being proactive as a community, we can safeguard our own health and the well-being of those with whom we interact. The Practical Nursing Program and the LPN to RN Transition Program are now held exclusively through remote instruction.

Steps to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold also help prevent COVID-19

* Stay away from people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home from work and school.
* Do not travel if you are sick.
* Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus and many other illnesses.
* Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
* Do not touch your face.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

* Fever
* Cough
* Shortness of breath

Cover your coughs and sneezes

* Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
* Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
* Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

* Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
* Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
* Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
* Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

* Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
* Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

* Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

* Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
* Household cleaners: 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 medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
* Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
* Alert health department: 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.

Steps to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

* Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
* Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

* Call ahead: 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.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

The school is committed to providing you with regular updates on this evolving situation. Stay safe.

For more information from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below: