COVID-19 Information

Current as of Saturday March 28, 2020

Classes resume virtually on Monday, March 23, after a one-week extension to Spring Break. All SNU courses are now 100% online for the remainder of the spring semester.



Stay healthy! We are taking additional steps to sanitize dorms and public areas. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are being provided. Wherever you are –

  • frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • cover your cough using the crook of your elbow
  • avoid touching your face if possible
  • sanitize your area frequently
  • dispose of any tissues used immediately in an appropriate trash receptacle
  • avoid physical contact with others whenever possible

If you have immediate concerns about your health please call the Washoe County Health District’s Communicable Disease Line at (775) 328-2447, this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our local Incline Village Hospital now has screening capabilities for COVID-19 and we hope that SNU faculty, staff and students would be directed to that local facility for testing if needed. (If you are in Clark County, please call (702) 759-1300 for coronavirus information in Southern Nevada or to report an exposure).


Students

Our priority is to protect the health of our students while preserving the value of their education.

ALL Sierra Nevada University courses will be held 100% online for the remainder of the spring semester 2020. Short block travel courses have been cancelled, so your advisor will help you select an alternative. All other courses are moving to Canvas.

Academic symposiums and competitions will be moved online or postponed, more information soon. Commencement plans are still undecided due to changing circumstances!

The dorms will remain open for students who wish to return. Foodservice will continue. We will be practicing strict health and safety measures, including increased sanitation.

We encourage all students who can to remain away from campus. If you are not returning, please arrange to have a friend move your belongings into your storage locker if possible.

ANY student who feels ill, or thinks they might have inadvertently exposed others to the virus should immediately –

Student Athletes

All athletic events for the remainder of the season have been suspended by the athletic associations (NAIA, MCLA, and USCSA).

Faculty

Faculty will not teach on-ground classes March 16 – Friday March 20.

Faculty should attend Faculty Council on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will present online resources and training to prepare for completing the long block 100% online.

Attendance at Faculty Council may be virtual or in-person in accordance with personal health choices.

Faculty who wish to be on campus are encouraged to practice healthy habits.

Staff

Any staff member that feels that being on campus endangers their personal health will be allowed and encouraged to work remotely. Staff members who wish to work remotely should make arrangements with their supervisor and contact healthy@sierranevada.edu.

Any staff member who has traveled to a high-risk area or who is exhibiting symptoms of illness should stay home. Staff members who are sick should make arrangements with their supervisor and contact healthy@sierranevada.edu. Staff members who have traveled to high-risk areas should make arrangements to work remotely with their supervisor and contact healthy@sierranevada.edu. Expect remote arrangements to last up to 27 days if you have been potentially exposed to COVID-19.


Resources

Local Information

Nevada Health Response:
Current COVID-19 Information from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor's Office: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
Washoe County:
COVID-19 Information: https://www.washoecounty.us/health/programs-and-services/communicable-diseases-and-epidemiology/educational_materials/covid-19-if-you-have-it.php
Communicable Disease Hotline: 775-328-2447 (open 24-7)
Clark County:
https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus/
Coronavirus Info and Reporting: 702-759-1300

About COVID-19

World Health Organization: basic protective measures we all need to be taking at this time:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Alanna Shaikh TED Talk – What is COVID-19, why is it hitting us now, how to prepare for the next outbreak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGTtGCq9grE
Myth Busters - Don't Be Fooled: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Latest Updates

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html
WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Maps and Travel

CDC International Travel Health Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
CDC U.S. COVID-19 Cases by State: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases (Johns Hopkins University): https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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