Franklin University and Urbana University are dedicated to promoting the health, safety and well-being of their student and employee populations. In support of that goal, the Universities are releasing this information bulletin to inform you of the actions we are taking to assess, prevent, protect and respond to a potential outbreak.
With safety in mind, Franklin and Urbana Universities continue to monitor the evolving outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are currently no confirmed cases in Ohio, and the risk to both campus communities remains low at this time. Regardless, the Universities and university partners are planning ahead and are prepared to respond swiftly should the need arise.
To stay up-to-date with the evolving situation, the Department of Safety and Security Services continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Ohio, the United States, and worldwide. Daily monitoring of expert sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ATG Worldcue, which monitors a broad range of potential operational disruptions and threats to personnel, provide supplemental information to the routine calls held with local health officials. According to these expert sources, a Level 3 Travel Warning (Avoid Non-essential Travel) has been issued for China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran.
What Can You Do?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Employees and students are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands thoroughly and regularly. Appropriate hand-washing is up to 40% more effective in preventing the spread of pathogens.
University employees are also encouraged to notify their supervisor and remain home when ill, and disclose symptoms of acute respiratory illness and travel history to their healthcare provider.
For more information on CDC’s recommended precautions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
To help employees with disinfecting efforts, hand sanitizer bottles have been made available throughout each campus. Bottles of hand sanitizer can be found at the front desk of each building and in many of the more commonly used administrative areas. These supplies replace the hand sanitizer previously available in the mounted wall units found in many of our campus areas.
Should an outbreak occur, both Franklin and Urbana University have memoranda of understanding in place with their respective public health agencies to serve as private points-of-dispensing for any vaccines or medications released from the national stockpile. In the event that this system is activated, university students, faculty, staff and their family members will be able to obtain the medication or vaccine at the University, rather than at public points-of-dispensing.
In the event of a campus community outbreak, the Crisis Management Team will be activated. Employees will be made aware of university plans for continuity of operations, up to and including closure of either campus if necessary.
Franklin and Urbana Universities are communities that embrace our diverse culture. Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks or respirators at this time for asymptomatic people outside of a clinical setting, it is the social norm in some countries to wear a mask during cold and flu season. Please continue to treat all employees and students with mutual respect and consideration.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 situation and/or the University response, please contact the Emergency Operations Security Manager or the Director of Safety and Security Services.
Emergency Operations Security Manager Executive Director of Safety and Security Services
Brandon Perry Clifton Spinner