At Ember Education the health and safety of all our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. So with ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will continue to closely monitor the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and take a number of precautionary measures. Included below are some guidelines, resources and tips to help keep our communities safe.
It is important to establish protocols to ensure quick and decisive action if needed. Each of our campuses is prepared to work with state and federal health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to identify any impacted individuals and protect public health.
We have set up an emergency preparedness plan in the event of any impact or disruption to campus operations. As a proactive measure, each campus will be implementing daily cleaning procedures with the use of stronger disinfectant products on high-touch surfaces, make hand sanitizers readily available, and educate campus teams on best practices recommended by the CDC.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to-person, including:
- 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
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e. experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Although the United States has implemented public health measures to limit the spread of the virus, it is likely that some person-to-person transmission will continue to occur. The CDC website provides the latest information about COVID-19 transmission.
As appropriate, all students and employees should implement good hygiene and follow these simple steps:
- Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness.
- Seek care if you have recently traveled within an affected region and are experiencing symptoms.
- Always practice good hygiene: Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water; cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
- Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
- Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
- Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible
We are encouraging students, faculty and staff to avoid all non-essential travel to countries designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3, which currently includes China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
We recommend that students and employees avoid non-essential travel to countries in Asia and Europe where the CDC has identified a sustained transmission of COVID-19 or where the virus has spread. As this is an evolving situation, current information on risk assessment of international travel can be found here.
COVID-19 symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this virus appears to be 2-14 days.
Any member of our community who has traveled to a potentially impacted area within the last two weeks or has come in contact with someone who may have the virus AND is experiencing symptoms such as those described above is being asked to immediately contact their health care provider and seek medical attention.
If you are sick with Coronavirus or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.
In addition, we would like to address some important questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These answers are based on the current availability of testing and will change once easier access to testing becomes available.
Q. Should you be tested for the Coronavirus?
A. If you have no symptoms – No.
Q. What if you were in a crowded area and are now having respiratory symptoms?
A. Contact a local clinic and they will do an assessment once you arrive. If you have flu-like symptoms, a staff member can swab you and run a rapid flu test.
Q. If I was at a conference where others were diagnosed with Coronavirus, what should I do?
A. If asymptomatic – Nothing. If symptomatic - The person needs to have been exposed to a person who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus or has had recent international travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea. Only if you have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (such as a deep rattling cough and wheezing/shortness of breath) will medical providers continue with testing. General cold symptoms will not warrant testing at this time. If you fit the criteria we suggest contacting the Health Department.
Q. Will the Coronavirus come to my community? What if there have been undocumented cases?
A. Public testing will be available in the next few weeks, however, there may be specific rules that apply due to the shortage of testing supplies.
For up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website for learning more about any risk to the health of our community. We will remain in close contact with campus leaders to ensure that there is a broad understanding of the complexities of this dynamic situation.
For more information about how to protect yourself, please review these fact sheets from the CDC:
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