Alerts: Coronavirus

Coronavirus - FAQ

Has anyone been diagnosed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Seminary?

There are no known cases of COVID-19 at the Seminary.

Is the Seminary taking precautions to prevent the spread of viruses?

Yes. There are additional hand sanitizer dispensers positioned at high traffic areas on campus.

In addition, the custodial staff has been informed about how COVID-19 spreads and is disinfecting “high-touch” surfaces, such as door knobs, handles, tabletops, and more.

We all play an important role in preventing the spread of viruses. Following the habits below that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help prevent the spread of several viruses:

  • 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
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

What should I do if I feel sick?

According to the CDC, you should:

  • Seek medical care
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from people and animals in your home
  • Wear a face mask
  • Not travel while sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean your hands often
  • Clean all “high-touch” areas every day
  • Monitor symptoms
  • Consult with healthcare providers and state and local health departments before discontinuing home isolation

Please read this resource for more detail on each bullet above.

Who should I contact at the Seminary if I feel sick?

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should notify the dean of Student Life. Likewise, employees should notify their direct supervisor. Knowledge about your condition will enable the Seminary to assist in coordinating medical services, spiritual support, and other needs as best as possible.

Informing the Seminary combined with following the CDC guidelines will help to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to the rest of community.

What is the Seminary doing to prepare for a potential outbreak?

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus.

The Seminary’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Team regularly convenes to prepare for a range of scenarios that could potentially threaten the well-being of our community. The Seminary is developing a plan unique to the potential impact of COVID-19 on our campus, offering alternative options that will ensure the continuity of classes and worship in the event of a local or regional outbreak.

What happens if I incur a significant amount of absences due to mandatory travel restrictions or illness?

If regional travel restrictions are mandated, the Seminary will activate its business and academic continuity plan to ensure classes continue, worship experiences are offered, and operations are maintained. Please note, such circumstances may call for alternative methods and reduced services.

Students who miss classes due to a documented illness should inform the dean of Student Life and their specific situations will be addressed individually.

Employees should reference the salary continuation policy in Section III of the employee handbook under “Disability Leaves of Absence.” For questions regarding work policies, employees can contact Human Resources.

What can I do now to prepare?

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. We remain diligent in monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Mercer County Department of Health and the CDC.

For general emergency preparedness, it would be prudent to consider having the following available:

  • Prescription and nonprescription drugs and medical supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning products
  • Water and food supply

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