Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Roseman University’s Dr. Tom Hunt and Dr. Christina Madison answer Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions during a special virtual Neighborhood Health Series on April 28, 2020.
The health and safety of the Roseman University of Health Sciences campus communities is our first priority. Based on updated guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the public health agencies in Nevada and Utah, Roseman University will be temporarily closing its campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah to non-essential employees and the public, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Operations of the University will continue, including the online delivery of didactic curriculum to students and a limited number of on-campus modified labs. However, all non-essential employees will work from home or remain on-call via phone and/or email. Supervisors will be communicating directly to employees regarding their status and instructions.
Roseman University College of Dental Medicine dental and orthodontic clinics in Henderson, Nevada, and South Jordan, Utah will temporarily close, except for emergency care.
Roseman Medical Group in Las Vegas, Nevada will be evaluating all scheduled patient appointments on a case-by-case basis.
All COVID-19 situation accommodations are temporary. Everything related to national and local government, and Roseman University’s response is necessarily fluid. Roseman University Administration is continually monitoring the situation and will convene on May 15, 2020, to reevaluate. A return to normal operations will be determined at the earliest safe date. Updates will be communicated to employees and students via email, Roseman’s Emergency Alert System, and online at www.roseman.edu/coronavirus.
These precautionary measures are taken in the interest of public health and to safeguard the well-being of members of Roseman University’s communities and their families.
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Updates and Information from the CDC
Updates from the Southern Nevada Health District
Information from the State of Nevada Health Response Website
Updates from the Utah Department of Health
Roseman University’s Response
- Roseman University’s administration is actively monitoring developments around COVID-19 and will coordinate resources, responses, and communication when appropriate. Information and updates on the University’s response will be posted on the Website and accessible from the homepage.
- Roseman University employees and students traveling are encouraged to monitor the CDC Website for updates on domestic travel advisories. Currently, the CDC has not recommended travel restrictions for domestic travel. The U.S. State Department has issued advisories and restrictions to and from certain affected areas internationally.
- The Facilities Office has increased the number of campus cleaning staff to provide additional and more frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces on campus with cleaning products indicated to kill human Coronavirus and to ensure restroom supplies of hand soap are maintained. The Facilities team is also ensuring that hand sanitizer dispensers are fully stocked with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a novel Coronavirus strain, identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread, such as was seen with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2014 and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and now being seen with COVID-19.
How does COVID-19 spread and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets through coughing, sneezing or touching (and then touching your face). Droplets containing the virus can live on hard surfaces for up to nine days if not properly disinfected.
Symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear within two to 14 days after exposure and are similar to influenza or the common cold, but include high fever and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Older individuals or those with chronic medical conditions are more vulnerable to severe illness and should seek immediate medical attention.
How can you prevent it?
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection. The CDC recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
- Avoid exposure to others who are sick (at least six feet).
- Stay home if you are ill (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaning products that kill human Coronavirus (check label).
The CDC does not recommend the routine use of facemasks by the general public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19. The high demand for facemasks by the general public is causing shortages in healthcare settings where masks are needed.