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COVID-19

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New York College of Health Professions would like to take this time to acknowledge all the students, faculty, and staff that are on the front line of the pandemic, putting themselves out there to help, provide, support and selflessly giving to those in need. To all our students that are working in the medical field, transportation, food industry, markets, etc., we thank you and we give you our utmost respect. On this same note we also want to express our deepest and heartfelt condolences for all the loved ones that have passed away during this time and to our students that have also passed away. Words cannot express the sorrows and hurt but we do want to extend our condolences and if anyone needs any help or needs to reach out and talk to someone feel free and we encourage anyone to call the OMH Helpline 1-844-863-9314.

Any students that would like additional information we have added a direct link with additional resources including some PDF files from this link that we thought might be helpful to you or to someone you might know. https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/disaster_resources/pandemic_influenza/

New York College is constantly working towards and is concerned for the wellbeing of all our students, staff and faculty and in doing so we will be doing another deep cleaning of the college right before the school is allowed to open, along with daily cleaning of the building and constantly touched surface areas. We will also be proactive and provide mask to any student that would need one. We encourage all our students to wear masks and to bring their own masks and gloves. We encourage students to constantly wash their hands and practice self-care. The college will also rearrange the chairs in each classroom to abide by the social distance guidelines. Lastly we know it has been a while since we have all seen each other but we do request that we all practice social distance when needed.


Update 11/06/2020

New York State has updated its covid travel restrictions. That will take into effect starting 11/4/2020. If you need a place to get free testing for covid you can call 1-888-364-3065

The quarantine criteria for travel is:

 “All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state, or from a CDC Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice country, shall quarantine for a period of 14 days, consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine, unless:” 

  1. For travelers who traveled outside of New York for more than 24 hours, such travelers must obtain testing within 72 hours prior to arrival in New York, AND 
  1. Such travelers must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine according to Department of Health guidelines, for a minimum of three days, measured from time of arrival, and on day 4 may seek a diagnostic test to exit quarantine.

For travelers that meet the criteria above, the traveler may exit quarantine upon receipt of the second negative test result. 

Contiguous states are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Travelers from these states are not subject to this guidance. 

Travelers who leave New York State for less than 24 hours do not need to obtain a diagnostic test before departing and do not need to quarantine upon return. However, such travelers must fill out the traveler form upon entry and must obtain a diagnostic test on the fourth day after arrival in New York.  

The administration here at New York College takes the safety and health of the students very seriously. We ask that if you or anyone here at the school does not feel well to let student services and your dean know. If a student feels that they are not feeling well they should let their instructors know, follow up with their primary care physician and quarantine.  They should also notify their Dean and Student Services. Once I receive an email I will ask a couple questions such as; 

  1. When was the last time you were physically at the school?
  2. Did you come in contact with anyone at the school and if so who did you come in contact with? 
  3. When did you start showing signs of symptomes? 
  4. When and how do you think you might have come in contact with someone that might have been sick?  

Update October 16, 2020

This update serves as an update for all students, faculty, and staff with regard to the college’s policies and procedures for the protocols for COVID-19.  These updates do not replace the processes that we have put in place since the college released its information as it became available.  This information is in addition to what the college is already doing.

  1. The college is requiring all student, faculty, and staff to contact Student Services if they either have a confirmed case of COVID-19 from a test administered by a healthcare facility (which includes but it limited to doctor’s offices, hospitals, walk-in clinics, and testing sites that New York State has set up).  If you have come in contact within six feet of someone who has a confirmed case, you must contact Student Services if you are a student, or if you are an employee, you must contact your immediate supervisor.  It is required that you submit the test results which includes the test date for tracking purposes.
  2. If you have reported to Student Services and your direct supervisor that you either have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed to be COVID positive, you must quarantine and remain off campus for a minimum of 14 days. 
  3. After following the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidance of self-quarantine for 14 days, students, faculty and staff must receive a negative test result prior to their return to campus without exception.  Proof of the test must include the date the test was administered, as well as the location.  Students will submit their test results to the office Student Services; employees will submit their test results to their direct supervisor.
  4. The college has been submitting daily survey questions regarding the number of students that have tested positive to the New York State Department of Health.  According to their regulations, the college will need to stop all in-person activities when there are either 100 positive cases, or 5% of the population (students, faculty, and staff) have tested positive.  Right now, there are two confirmed cases within the college community and both cases have resulted in those affected staying under self-quarantine and off campus.  In both cases, the two members of the college community that have tested positive have not been in contact with other members of the college community for at least 24 hours prior to exhibiting any symptoms.

Please know that the administration is doing everything to remain in compliance with CDC and Health Department guidelines.  The college would not put any member of the community at risk for contracting COVID-19.  As a reminder, if you don’t feel well, stay home and notify Student Services.  You should also contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.  

Together, we can all do our part by staying vigilant and adhering to the guidelines set forth by the health care professionals.

For the Fall 2020 term:
o All Massage classes that are “LECT”, “PALT” and “PART” will be held remotely (online). Classes that are of type “TECH” and “CLIN” will be in person (in School).
o All GSOM classes that are “LECT” and “PART” will be held remotely (online). Classes that are of type “CLIN” will be in person (in School). The GSOM program will also have hybrid classes for all “TECH” classes and will be notified in advance what days the “In person” (in School) part of the class will be.

Security Updates: (For all student, staff, and faculty)
o If you do not feel well do not come into school
o Cloth mask or face covering must be worn at all times
o Regularly wash your hands with soap for about 20 seconds or more
o Use hand sanitizer if not able to wash your hands
o Try not to touch unnecessary surfaces
o Please enter the school through the Main entrance in the back where the big parking lot is. **Upon entering the school all students, staff and faculty will have their temperature checked. If you have a temperature of less than 100.4 ºF, you will be cleared to enter. If the thermometer reading is higher, we will ask you to wait in the café for 2 min to then recheck your temperature. If your temperature does not show any signs of lowering, we will ask you to leave. **Once you enter the hallway of the school entrance, please wait at indicated markings on the floor. If there is a line inside the hallway and all the markings are being occupied by someone please wait outside until a spot is available.
o Social distance must be maintained throughout the school.

 

Additional Safety Information:
o Do not block the hallways if you are talking with people, move to an open area where people can walk around you safely.
o Seats have been moved in each classroom for social distance, please do not move them.
o No congregating in large groups
o Use the supplies as needed, do not over use or take any supplies home.
o In technique classrooms, all tables must be disinfected after each use. Cleaner will be provided.
o In lecture classrooms, the desks will be disinfected each night. In lieu of the daily disinfecting by the college we will provide antibacterial hand wipes in each classroom for students to wipe down their own chairs before and after class.
o When done with hand wipes, gloves, mask, napkins, tissues, etc. Please dispose of them away in the proper waste receptacle.
o All administrative office visits must be done at the door way of the office, do not enter into the offices.
o MT & GSOM Clinics will provide their additional guidelines
o If you are not feeling well please let the administration know or email balvarez@nycollege.edu

(Updated 8/20/20)

Please note that all information can be found on https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html as it pertains to COVID-19.

Due to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order that was released on May 1, 2020, all classes will be taught online using Google Meet and Google Classroom for the summer trimester.  The Executive Order required all K-12 schools and colleges to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, which lasts until June 30, 2020.  The clinics will remain closed until at least June 30th.  

All administrative offices are working remotely at this time, and will continue to do so until the restrictions in place through New York Pause are lifted.

ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA SCHOOL EMAIL IMMEDIATELY SHOULD THERE BE ANY FURTHER UPDATES TO IN-PERSON CLASS & CLINIC SUSPENSIONS.

New York College of Health Professions is committed to the safety of all students, faculty, and staff.  With courses for the summer trimester being held remotely, the College does have a plan to resume in person instruction when cleared to do so by the New York State Health Department .

When the college reopens for in person operations, specific guidelines and practices must be adhered to.  The information provided below outlines the strategic plan to resume in person classes and clinics.

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Before New York College of Health Professions can resume in person activities, there are specific guidelines and practices that need to be put in place.  The information provided below outlines the strategic plan to resume in person classes and clinics.

  1. All students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors will be required to have their temperature taken upon entering the facilities. 
  2. Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands as frequently as possible to stop the spread of germs.  Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds.  Hand sanitizer should be used with at least 60% alcohol.  They should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. It is imperative to maintain social distancing.  It is recommended that six feet of distance between is maintained, as some people are sick and show no symptoms.  People who are at a higher risk of getting sick should avoid being within six feet of someone else.
  4. It is required that everyone should wear a face covering.  Wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing greatly reduces the risk of contracting the virus.
  5. When someone has to sneeze or cough, they should cover their mouth or nose.  Everyone should wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.
  6. The following will be disinfected daily to minimize the spread of the virus:  lecture classrooms, offices, the library, and reception areas.  The following areas will be disinfected at least twice per day:  café, rest rooms, and student lounges.  The following areas will be disinfected after each class or treatment:  classrooms with treatment tables, clinic treatment rooms, and physical arts rooms.

It is recommended that each person monitors their own health.  If you are sick, stay home.  When the College is ready to re-open, the college will be closely monitoring all faculty, students, and staff to ensure their safety.