Effective response to a communicable disease requires early reporting, rapid assessment, and implementation of quarantine measures as directed by qualified health officials. A standardized reporting process assures that appropriate information is requested and gathered. All data gathered will be confidential per the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Members of the campus community who receive a positive test result from any testing agency should report it on the Self-reporting Positive Test Form.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Video message to NKU campus community
Happy Friday Norse Nation!
It is wonderful to be back on our beautiful campus after a long hiatus. I know we have had a busy week leading up to our return next week. On Wednesday, we hosted our Moving Forward Healthy@NKU Campus Conversation. Thank you to everyone who took part in our conversation and shared your thoughts, questions and concerns. We know things will be different as we return to campus on Monday. But your participation in the event ensures that we're considering all perspectives.
Standing here, months after we made the decision to move to remote operations, I can say it's nice to be back on campus, but we also need to keep in mind things are not back to normal. As we get into the swing of heading to campus, there are a few new things to add to your morning routine.
First, you need to do the COVID- self screen on our Healthy@NKU app It's a series of questions about how you feel and only takes a few minutes to complete. This will help ensure those of us coming to campus are feeling well. Also, don't forget to have your mask ready. We are providing reusable facial coverings for faculty, staff and students. You just have to show your NKU All Card. These are two steps we can all take to keep our campus community healthy because Norse protects Norse.
Our facilities crews have also been busy preparing the campus to make sure our classrooms, offices and shared spaces reflect the CDC's social distancing guidelines. To help show off the signage and demonstrate, I enlisted some help.
Victor got a makeover this summer to ensure he's following NKU's facial covering guidelines. He's also checked in on the app and is ready to be on campus. When you first return to NKU, keep an eye out for the new social distancing signage.
On elevators, two people will be allowed at one time. There will be places to stand to limit crowding. When you're walking through buildings, try to keep to your right and allow space for others to walk past on the left.
Our classrooms will look different. We have specific plans that include furniture placement and designated spots to sit. This is to provide six feet between people attending in-person classes.
You'll also notice changes at the Student Union. Plexiglass dividers are in place and there will be contact-free payment options. Most food stations will be carried out as seating will be limited due to social distancing. These changes will also reflect at other student locations and gatherings across campus.
A lot of planning and work went into determining how to social distance on campus. I want to thank our crews who have worked hard to get the campus ready, evaluating the space, creating the plans and making changes. We want to keep everybody healthy at NKU.
While there will be changes this year, our commitment to our students remains steadfast. No matter which option our students select online, hybrid or in-person, our faculty and staff are here to support them. This has remained true throughout NKU's history, and while we have navigated this pandemic.
As we enter a new phase of our COVID- response, please remember our Norse Nine. This is a list of reminders to promote healthy habits like proper hand washing. And just like the spring, we will be ready to pivot as necessary in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community.
Thank you Norse Nation for everything you are doing to stay safe and well. Have a great weekend and see you on campus next week!
Please call and do not come into the Student Health Center. A trained medical professional will guide you on next steps. NKU’s Health Services has set up a telephone triage at (859) 572-5650 for those who are sick and need a consultation.
Here is a process to follow if you need to get tested.
If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, you should:
Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends that all Ohioans immediately take the following actions if they feel sick:
Visit the CDC website for more COVID-19 information on prevention, quarantine and testing.