Health & Safety

Immaculata University is committed to supporting the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  It is the job of each person on our campus to do their part in complying with the guidelines provided by the Pennsylvania Department for Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the protocols established by the university.

Our plan for a phased reopening of on-campus activities is guided by two core principles:

Health and Safety: We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and entire IU community in every decision we make.

Education: We are committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning of our students and faculty will continue at the highest levels of excellence. Every decision we make must be in service to this commitment.

Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, materials and content will be updated often.

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Protecting Yourself and Others

Know the Facts

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, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. These conditions include:

  • Age 65 years and older
  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart condition
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Immunocompromised
  • Pregnancy (while pregnant people seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant, pregnancy can create changes that may increase the risk of some infections)

 

Self-Monitoring and Symptoms of COVID-19

All members of the Immaculata community should consider the health and safety of each other and themselves. Therefore, there are a few basic principles of self-monitoring that are expected for those individuals coming to campus, whether they are faculty, staff, students, visitors, or contractors. You must self-monitor and acknowledge that you are not aware that you have signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to campus each day. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever in excess of 100 degrees
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 symptoms, check the CDC’s website. By coming to campus, an individual is acknowledging that they have completed the self-monitoring requirements earlier that day and confirmed that they do not have signs/symptoms of COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include age or underlying medical conditions. Any individual who is immunocompromised or has concerns about returning to working onsite due to a condition that places them at a higher risk should contact human resources or the Bruder Center.

Temperature Checks

At this time, Immaculata University will not conduct daily temperature checks of faculty and staff at work locations. You are asked to self-monitor by taking your own temperature each day before reporting to work. The University may conduct random temperature checks at various work locations as a part of a larger surveillance strategy.

What if Symptoms Develop

If any symptoms develop, you must:

  • Stay home. (Do not report to work if you are sick; if you become ill while at work, go home immediately.) Faculty and staff can use accrued leave for this purpose.
  • Immediately inform your supervisor, dean, program head, or department chair.

What if I test positive for COVID-19

  • If an employee receives a notification of a positive test they should immediately notify Claudine Vita, Executive Director of Human Resources, ex: 3077.
  • Students who test positive or receive a clinical diagnosis for COVID-19 should immediately notify, Elise Girard, Director of Student Health Services, ex: 3500

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is a strategy in which public health officials work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. The state will be responsible for all contact tracing on campus and the University will assist as much as possible.

Essential Campus Practices

Washing Hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer stations throughout the university. It is also expected that each student, faculty member and staff have their own supply of hand sanitizer. that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Social Distancing

 Because people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others whenever possible, even if you have no symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk. Individuals on campus should follow these physical distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Facemasks/Coverings

 COVID-19 could be spread to others even by individuals who do not feel sick. Therefore, facemasks/coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break-rooms, campus outdoor spaces, restrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks/coverings is important in minimizing risks to the wearers and those around them.

While the university will have a supply of facemasks for needed distribution, it is required that all students, faculty, and staff supply their own facemask/covering.

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing



Face Covering Types, Usage, and Cleaning
TypeCloth Face CoveringDisposable Mask
DescriptionHome-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissionsCommercially manufactured masks help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions
Intended UseRequired for campus community use in all settings (common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, breakrooms, campus outdoor spaces, in restrooms, etc.) Not required when working alone.
Care
  • Keep face covering stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used longer than one day at a time and must be washed after use.
  • Disinfecting method: Launder cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent
  • Keep face covering stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Disposable face masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in a trash receptacle.
  • Dispose of a face mask if it is visibly damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured materials), dirty or visibly contaminated.
Putting on/Taking off
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face mask/covering and after removal
  • Ensure the face mask/covering fits over the nose and under the chin
  • Situate the face mask/covering properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable)
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face mask/covering

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

 The university has implemented a rigorous cleaning regiment for all common areas on the campus. Housekeeping will continue to clean offices and workspaces, classrooms and public spaces based on protocols developed with CDC guidance in mind, and additional care to wipe down commonly used surfaces after use has been implemented.

To the best of your ability, you should clear desk and table surfaces in personal offices and workstations to aid in thorough cleaning. Using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is also effective after contacting commonly used surfaces.

Gloves

 It is not necessary to wear gloves for general use throughout the campus. Gloves should not replace good hand hygiene.

Goggles/Face Shields

 Individuals are not required to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus.

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