For the health and safety of the Grand Valley community, remote academic instruction will continue through April 25. The Admissions office is available to answer calls Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 616-331-2025 or 1-800-748-0246 or email email@example.com. Additional instructions and updates at www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus
IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED FROM ANY LEVEL 3 TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICE COUNTRY = YES!
As of March 6, 2020, GVSU is asking all faculty, staff, and students who have traveled to countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission) in the past 14 days to follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.
As of right now, there are no other areas that fall under CDC guided self-quarantine.
On January 31, 2020, the U.S. federal government announced that the COVID-19 situation was a Public Health Emergency. Since then, the federal government has announced a number of quarantine measures.
What prompted the March 6, 2020 self-quarantine actions at GVSU was the updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for anyone returning from Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission) without any symptoms of illness, to undergo up to 14 days of self-quarantine to ensure they have not contracted the virus.
The CDC is frequently updating its Travel Alerts and may add travelers returning from other countries to the list.
What do I need to do?
TAKE THESE STEPS TO SELF-QUARANTINE AND MONITOR YOUR HEALTH WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING:
- Download THIS FORM to record your temperature with a thermometer two times a day to monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or class for this 14-day period.
- Do not go to public areas, or attend large gatherings, such as parties, weddings, meetings, and sporting events.
- STUDENTS = Notify the Dean of Students Office at 616-331-3585 OR if living on campus, Housing and Residence Life at 616-331-2120.
- STUDENTS = Also please complete this care report.
- FACULTY/STAFF = Notify your direct supervisor the same as you would if reporting an illness.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during this time.
- Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
- Do not go out to restaurants or have guests over to your house or apartment.
- Postpone any travel except for medical care. If travel is absolutely necessary, contact your local health department first for instructions.
- If you need medical care, call your health care provider. CALL AHEAD before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world that has a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Postpone all non-essential medical appointments (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the quarantine, please call your provider ahead of time and tell them that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Your local health department may also be able to help you.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters)
Complete a full 14 days of self-quarantine after you left the Level 3 country (for example, beginning the day after the last day you were in a country with a Level 3 travel health notice).
If you develop symptoms while under self-quarantine:
Visit the WHAT IF I AM SICK page
If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
- Seek medical care. CALL AHEAD before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
The GVSU Family Health Center and the Metro Health Campus Health Center can also be a resource.
You may call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week 1-517-335-9030.
Students who are worried about family or friends abroad can connect with staff members at the University Counseling Center; faculty and staff members can contact Encompass, the employee assistance program.
Am I at risk?
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, some data from China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions, like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
Is quarantine different from isolation?
- Quarantine is for people who are not currently showing symptoms but are at increased risk for having been exposed to an infectious disease. Quarantine is for people who could become sick and spread the infection to others.
- Isolation is used for people who are currently ill and able to spread the disease and who need to stay away from others in order to avoid infecting them.
Do I need to check in with my local Public Health Department?
Individuals returning from China and Iran will be screened upon entry to the United States, and the public health department at their destination will be notified. Local public health will then follow up regarding the self-quarantine steps noted above.
Those traveling from Italy or South Korea, are not required to notify local public health.
If you have questions, state and local health departments are a valuable source of information. Please check here for your county.
- Allendale, and Holland campuses - Ottawa County Department of Public Health.
- Grand Rapids campuses - Kent County Health Department.
- Traverse City campus - Grand Traverse County Health Department .
- Muskegon campus – Public Health Muskegon County
- Detroit campus – Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness
- Battle Creek campus - Calhoun County Public Health Department
These agencies can answer questions regarding self-quarantine and symptoms. If you develop symptoms that may require COVID-19 testing, they will work with your health care provider. They may subsequently help follow and monitor your health status. This allows them to rapidly detect any potential signs of infection and get the you evaluated quickly if needed, minimizing the risk of spread.