COVID-19 Updates: uc.edu/publichealth

COVID-19 Response

Dear UHP community,

We hope you are well. The UHP team is thinking of you and stands with you during this global health crisis. You are not alone in this journey. We are in this together as a UHP and UC community.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone in the UHP for support or assistance. We will do all we can to support all members of our community.

We will continue to provide updates here are well as via the UHP weekly newsletter (listserv). If you have a question not answered here, please reach out to us at honors@uc.edu.

Take care and be well,

The UHP Team

Address to UHP Community re: COVID-19 

Dear UHP students and community,

We hope you are doing well. We recognize that this is a high-stress time, as the whole world struggles with the challenges and changes caused by COVID-19. Please do all you can to stay safe, stay well, and take care of yourself and the people in our community by doing what you can to reduce the spread of the virus. 

We wanted to update you on the University Honors Program’s (UHP) response to COVID-19 and share resources to support you as we all adapt.    

The UHP staff will all be working remotely until further notice.

  • While the UHP will be open for business during regular business hours during this time, it will be open remotely. The physical office in Swift will be closed.
  • UHP advisors and staff will hold student appointments over the phone or via an online platform (ex. Microsoft Teams or WebEx).
  • If you currently have an honors advising or other appointment scheduled with a UHP staff member, you will be contacted by that person to determine how you would like to have your appointment (via phone or an online platform).

If you need to schedule an appointment, please reach out to your honors advisor via Starfish, phone, or email. 

We will continue to provide updates via the UHP weekly newsletter (listserv). Please read it for opportunities and updates.

We also wanted to share information about succeeding in virtual classes. UC Online has some great tips, tricks, and resources for students taking online courses. In addition, stay connected to the Learning Commons as they update resources and support through their office. If you have any concerns about completing your coursework in an online format, please reach out to your academic advisor.

Furthermore, we recognize that this situation may be causing worry and anxiety and that the practice of social distancing can lead to feelings of isolation. Please stay connected to your friends and family with regular updates and remember that there are many resources available to you. CAPS has a great list of services and resources on their website.  

For the latest UC news on Coronavirus COVID-19, visit this page at UC Health.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone in the UHP for support or assistance. We are all in this together and will do all we can to support all members of our community.

All best and take care,

The UHP Team

Helping University Health Services

University Health Services has launched a new data capture system in partnership with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) that will help automate and streamline reporting and prevention of potential COVID-19 exposures for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The following individuals from the UC community are required to report to University Health Services:

  • Anyone returning from international travel, regardless of country traveled from.
  • Anyone returning from travel by cruise ship.
  • Anyone returning from the Greater New York metropolitan area or other “hot spot” of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Anyone with close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, meaning not tested but diagnosed by a physician as likely to have the infection.
  • Anyone living on campus in University Housing and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including flu-like symptoms with chills, muscle aches, and diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath, or fever. In addition, the sudden loss of the sense of smell or taste can be an early sign of COVID-19 and should be immediately reported.

Self-Reporting Process

  • Email COVIDWatch@uc.edu with your name and cell phone number if meet any of the above criteria.
  • You will receive an immediate response with a link to an online form. Your responses will be entered into a HIPAA compliant database through REDCapTM (Research Electronic Data Capture) and will be confidential to the highest degree possible during this public health crisis.
  • Your responses will be reviewed by a clinician, and you will receive individualized guidance by email. You will also be contacted by phone as deemed necessary by the reviewing clinician.

In addition, you may hear from us via email regarding an exposure on campus. Please respond immediately with the requested information, and you will receive specific guidance on how to manage your risk.

If you are having any symptoms you are concerned may be due to COVID-19, please contact us immediately at COVIDWatch@uc.edu

Please contact us at COVIDHelp@uc.edu if you have questions regarding the reporting process.

To get the latest on COVID-19, visit the readily available public resources.

These include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention situation summary  as well as the Ohio Department of Health, the City of Cincinnati Health Department as well as the Hamilton County Public Health.  

New Reporting Requirements

Any and all information gathered through the University of Cincinnati's reporting process will remain as private as possible, as directed by the health department.  See The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for specific regulations around privacy and confidentiality. The reporting requirement will allow UC University Health Services to provide education, guidance and care monitoring.

We now require that students, faculty and staff and all visitors traveling from international travel, anyone returning from cruise ship travel and those returning from the Greater New York Metropolitan area to report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu under the following circumstances:

  • If you have returned from or traveled from international travel, anyone returning from cruise ship travel and those returning from the Greater New York Metropolitan area please immediately report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu.
  • If you have had contact with anyone who has been confirmed by laboratory testing to have COVID-19 or anyone who is currently being tested, you are required to report to UHS via the COVIDWatch@uc.edu email account.
  • If you are being actively monitored or observed by any local, county, state or federal public health agency due to risk of Coronavirus, please report immediately.

All reports should include name and cell phone number.

Questions about the reporting process can be directed to COVIDHelp@uc.edu.

More information about COVID-19 can be found at The Ohio Department of Health.

For complete reporting instructions go to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self Reporting Instructions

Good Health Practices

The same precautions that will protect you from the common cold and the flu will protect you from COVID-19:

  • 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.
  • Stay home 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.

The CDC does not routinely recommend the use of face masks by the public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.

We continue to closely monitor the guidelines from local, state and federal agencies. University Health Services works closely with and maintains coordination with local and state departments of health. UHS is able to screen for symptoms and follow all public health protocols should anyone with potential Coronavirus need care.

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed — and we encourage everyone to practice routine hygiene etiquette as this is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.

For more updates or information as they arrive, please visit University Health Services web page.

Students

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