Health-Related FAQ

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health-Related FAQ

Last updated: 5/22/2020

ARE THERE ANY CASES OF COVID-19 ON CAMPUS?

There are no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Geneva College.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “PRESUMPTIVE” AND “CONFIRMED” CASES?
  • “Presumptive” – a medical assessment is completed, and initial diagnostic test has come back positive with an additional diagnostic test sent for confirmation
  • “Confirmed” – additional diagnostic test has come back positive (usually within 48 hours)
IF I HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELLED FROM A HIGH-RISK AREA, SHOULD I COME TO CLASS?

If you have been travelling and you become ill or become ill after you return home, please stay home and tell your health care provider about recent travel and your symptoms. You should also tell your provider if you had close contact with a sick person or had another high-risk exposure, such as direct contact with animals.

WILL Geneva College STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF STILL BE TRAVELING TO CHINA FOR COLLEGE-RELATED PROGRAMS?

Geneva College is suspending all college-related travel to China in accordance with the State Department China Travel Advisory. We will reassess this ban as new information becomes available. 

For more information please refer to US government travel advisories at Novel coronavirus in Hubei Province, China or Travel.State.Gov.

Geneva College community members with additional questions or concerns relating to such topics as illness prevention, physical or mental health, class absences, and online learning options are encouraged to submit questions using the link below to direct them to the appropriate area.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Individuals infected with COVID-19 have displayed the following symptoms:

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New onset sore throat
  • New onset Headache
  • New onset chills or shaking chills
  • New onset muscle aches
  • New onset loss of sense of taste or smell
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM EXPOSURE?

Regardless of your travel plans, in the days and weeks ahead, we encourage you to be vigilant concerning your health. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC has recommended the following additional steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick – Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever, signs of fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medication (cough suppressants). Students should follow the same protocol regarding classes, athletic practices, and other events on campus.
  • Employees or students who appear to have acute respiratory illness upon arrival to work or class, or who become sick during the day should be immediately separated from other employees and students and sent home.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear face mask in public or any public buildings
  • Practice social distancing (6 foot)
  • Don’t touch face, nose, eyes, mouth.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS?

If you exhibit any of these symptoms and have traveled to an affected area, or have been in contact with a person suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, you should CALL your healthcare professional who will work with the state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for coronavirus. Call your PCP (doctor) or call local UC or ER for direction.

Employees who are ill or have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify the HR office who can assist the employee with leave policies and disability claims, if needed. In all cases of illness or suspected illness, the College will inform fellow employees and students of the possible exposure but will maintain the confidentiality of the infected individual.

If you become aware of a potential case of COVID-19 please email coronavirus@geneva.edu.



For additional information from federal health authorities, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 2019-n/2019-ncov/index.html.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 2019-n/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 2019-n/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

OR Please call the Department of Health (877-PA-HEALTH) or your local health department for any concerns.