Covid-19 Update: March 6, 2020

Below is compiled from Touro communications to the Touro community March 3-5

Your health and well-being are of paramount importance to our College & University System and we continue to actively monitor developments related to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus disease). Touro is aligned with recommendations from the CDC and local health officials in all areas where there are Touro schools and facilities. We are taking advice and heeding guidance from national, state and local health and education authorities.

BUSINESS AND ACADEMIC CONTINUITY

As the situation is ever-changing, we are working diligently to ensure our academic and business continuity plans and to prepare for any changes in circumstances with minimal disruption. We realize that transitioning to an online platform on a system-wide scale has never been attempted Touro. In an effort to be proactive and pressure-test our system so as to be prepared for every eventuality. To that end, Touro College is voluntarily implementing an entirely online course delivery system for our New York-based academic programs, effective this Monday-Thursday March 9-12.  While classroom instruction is being shifted online, all college facilities and offices, as well as residence halls, will remain open as usual; meal plans will continue.

Classroom instruction is being delivered online through Canvas or Zoom and students will be given class-specific details by professors, program chairs and deans via emails and Canvas. It is important that everyone check their official Touro email account regularly.  For questions about online classes the Helpdesk can be contacted by emailing help@touro.edu

All clinical rotation instruction will continue as planned, based on each clinical site’s specifications. Labs will be modified and migrated to online opportunities to the extent possible or made up at a later date. Stay tuned for information and details on specific classes from each lab instructor.

SYMPTOMS AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Despite the uncertainty regarding how events will unfold, we can all take reassurance from those at the CDC and State and local Boards of Health who have been reiterating that simple, common-sense precautions are our most effective and best line of defense.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may be similar to the flu or the common cold. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in infants, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions.

Here are steps we should all take every day to help prevent COVID-19 and any respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like your cell phone.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • If you are caring for an ill person, stay home for an estimated incubation period (2 weeks).
  • If you have traveled recently or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are experiencing the above symptoms, please seek medical attention right away. (Touro employees should review the updated travel policy)
  • Before you go to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and let them know of your recent travel and symptoms.

Since the end of February, Touro facility maintenance teams have increased the frequency with which they sanitize and clean public spaces. They will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Additional Resources

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If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email evptouro@touro.edu