Strategies for Monitoring the Health and Safety of the Touro Community

Incidents of COVID-19

  • Touro College requests all members of our community to notify their dean or Human Resources should they test positive for COVID-19.
  • The dean or HR Department must immediately notify the Touro College executive vice president, who will be the point of contact with the local health departments.
  • Touro College will work with the applicable county and city local health departments to notify them of positive cases and to cooperate and partner on tracing and notification efforts.
  • Touro College will abide by the recommendations of the local health department, including temporarily suspending activities at a particular location, if so warranted.
  • All required notifications to employees and students about COVID-19 on campus will be made by the executive vice president or the chief human resources officer. In principle, campus broadcast announcements will not be made unless instructed to do so by health officials - rather, individuals identified through contact tracing will be alerted individually to the best of our ability.  

Tracing

  • Touro will provide the information below to the appropriate public agency responsible for the New York State Contact Tracing Program.
    • In the event Touro is notified that a member of the Touro community tested positive for Coronavirus, Touro will cooperate with and follow the guidelines of local health authorities in compliance with the New York State Contact Tracing Program:
      • Touro will access swipe card logs or manual logs from the employee’s worksites where these exist and provide to the relevant contact tracing personnel.
      • Touro will speak to the employee to gain more information, if instructed to do so by the New York State Contact Tracing Program. 
  • If instructed by the New York State Contact Tracing Program, close contacts, as defined by the local health department, will be informed of potential exposure and that they shall not return to work or school until they satisfy a 14-day quarantine period with no symptoms.

Containment

  • Any member of the Touro College community who tests positive for COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 is required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14-days.
    • Touro will isolate residential students who are symptomatic or require quarantine in accordance with the procedures stated above.
    • Touro will create a support system that will be provided including food, medicine, psychosocial, academic and/or other support, as needed to residence hall occupants.
  • In addition, anyone who is suspected of having been exposed to a person suspected of, or confirmed with, a COVID-19 case must also self-quarantine for 14-days unless the person suspected of having COVID-19 has a negative test at least five days after the exposure and before the end of the 14 days.
  • In consultation with the local health department, Touro will identify where students who are exposed to, or infected with, COVID-19 will be residing throughout the duration of their isolation and how their daily needs will be met (e.g. food, medicine, psychosocial support).
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 and are well enough, or students in a mandatory quarantine situation who are well, will be able to participate in classes (except certain labs and experientials) remotely. To the extent that the illness prevents students from participating even remotely, during the COVID-related absence from class, and after requesting accommodations through the existing accommodation process, students may be permitted to make up all work in accordance with applicable school and course policies.
  • Touro will implement the following practices to clean applicable contaminated areas in the event of a positive test:
    • Touro will use Lemon-E disinfectant sprayer, a product listed by name on the American Chemical Council/Center for Biocide Chemistries Tier 2 List of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) fighting products.
    • The coordinator will contact occupants of any contaminated spaces by email/text message to inform them of contamination and to advise them on next steps.

Plans

Shutdown Procedures

  • Should the government mandate a shelter-in-place or shutdown of a region where one or more Touro College campuses is located, Touro will comply as it did in March 2020 or in accordance with the then current laws, executive orders or guidance.
    • Any in-person classes will automatically switch to remote instruction.
    • Faculty and staff will be instructed to work remotely from home.
  • Residential students who may not be able to depart campus quickly may be able to shelter-in-place for a temporary timeframe and will be required to leave campus housing to shelter-in-place at their permanent residence or other premises in accordance with the State Guidance in effect at the time.

Communication

  • The campus community will be updated on a regular basis through communications from the president, the executive vice president, the provost, the deans and/or the chief human resources officer with respect to all aspects of the campus operation as impacted by COVID-19.
  • Touro College will establish a communication plan for employees, visitors and customers with a consistent means to provide updated information, including but not limited to, conspicuously posting and updating safety plans on-site.
  • To ensure the institution and its employees comply with communication requirements, Touro will do the following:
    • Post signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • If a worker or a student informs Touro that they test positive for COVID-19, Touro will immediately notify state and local health department and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts such as workers, students or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.
    • The information will be provided by HR to the executive vice president who will notify state and local health department.
  • evptouro@touro.edu will be responsible for answering employee and student questions regarding tracking and other COVID-related questions that may arise.
  • In the case of a shutdown of physical operations due to a government mandate of a shelter-in-place or shutdown of a region where one or more Touro College campuses is located, Touro will communicate via email and on its websites the current plans.