Information Regarding Coronavirus

FranU administration is working closely with local, state, and federal health officials to monitor the developments related to the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. FranU will continue to closely follow all developments related to the Coronavirus and will keep the campus community apprised of any major changes in the situation.

Updates

April 6, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
FranU continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19. Specific details regarding community spread of the disease may be found by visiting the Louisiana Office of Public Health webpage.

LA Office of Public Health COVID-19 Webpage

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Holy Week, Easter and the arrival of Spring are upon us but we must be vigilant. The only way to "flatten the curve" and protect ourselves and our loved ones against Covid-19 is to continue the best practices that have been all over the media. Remember Louisiana's stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30th and most other states have implemented stay-at-home orders as well.

  • Avoid discretionary travel
  • Avoid gathering in groups
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Maintain social distance

CDC updated guidelines on how to protect yourself and others

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Social distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus via human-to-human transmission. Social distancing is designed to limit the spread of a disease by reducing the opportunities for close contact between people.

Social distancing strategies include minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in public and in the workplace (generally considered 6 feet), and following proper personal hygiene practices.

You are advised to avoid group activities and other social events of more than 10 people.

STATEWIDE INFORMATION NETWORK
A statewide network has been launched to answer the public's questions related to COVID-19.

Anyone looking for information about the COVID-19 outbreak can dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.

The statewide network is the first and "best source" to connect callers with critical information about Louisiana's health and human services.

The Louisiana Department of Health has provided Louisiana 211 with a comprehensive list of questions that have come into the original information telephone line. These include questions about testing for COVID-19, symptoms and treatment, and when to access medical help. Answers to all questions were provided by LDH’s medical leadership team.

Coronavirus FAQ's hosted by LDH

One Stop Shop for Local Impact and Resources hosted by WAFB

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME SICK
With COVID-19 now spreading in Louisiana, the following general information is provided should you become sick. If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care
You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you suspect you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask
You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If necessary, a mask should be provided to you by the healthcare provider’s staff. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms
Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

FranU will continue to follow all developments related to COVID-19 carefully and will keep the campus community apprised of any significant changes.

CDC Information about COVID-19 (updated)

March 22 - Update from President Dr. Holland

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT DR. HOLLAND:

In response to Governor John Bel Edwards’ Stay at Home Order, Proclamation Number 33 JBE 2020:

- FranU’s physical campus will be closed to all faculty, staff and students effective 5:00 PM on Monday, March 23 and extending at least through April 13.

- University personnel should complete any essential on campus tasks before 5:00 PM on Monday, March 23.

- All University operations will continue to be conducted remotely, and only Information Systems (IS) personnel will remain on campus to ensure the integrity of our network. (In accordance with Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines)

- Anyone who has not yet arranged for off-campus work capability will consult with their respective supervisor to establish off-site work plans and to set up schedules for regular communication.

- Please contact your supervisor directly with questions.

Thank you all for your great cooperation during these challenging times. Thanks also for your herculean efforts to ensure that students are able to continue to progress. Our community needs them to successfully graduate and join their fellow professionals, thus alleviating some of the heavy pressure being placed on all of healthcare.

You are to be congratulated for your hard work in preparing for remote instruction and student support while ensuring the continuity of university services and operations.

Stay well.

Blessings,

TSH

March 18 - Update from VP Rebecca Cannon

Hello Frans,

Given the increasing number of cases of the COVID-19, FranU is taking additional steps to reduce the chances for transmission of the virus.

Effective 8:00 am, Friday, March 20,
ALL FranU offices will be operating remotely until further notice. A web-based, student friendly resource has been developed to help you navigate the University during this time of transition. We encourage you to visit franu.edu/onlinestudentsupport.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the burden this may place on some of you. Please know that your academic and administrative staff will continue to provide the same level of excellent support you are accustomed to receiving. Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or need additional guidance!

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

With love,

Rebecca

March 16 - Clinical Update Regarding COVID-19

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our clinical and internship partners, all communication related to clinical rotations/internships/community rotations will be communicated via your program directors or course instructors. Please stay in close contact with them through email and Moodle for updates.

Continue to know that your well-being and education are of paramount concern to us. Your faculty, staff and administration are available to help.

We continue to communicate closely with our health system partners and higher education colleagues to coordinate our responses to this rapidly evolving situation.

March 14 NEW Update from President Dr. Tina Holland

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, the University has made the following adjustments to our previously published schedule of operations.

Please note the following important update:

Spring Break has been rescheduled. Spring Break will be observed this coming week, March 16 through March 20. All university offices will remain open and will conduct operations that would normally take place during Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 23, at which time all face-to-face classes will be delivered via distance/online mode.

Special considerations such as clinical rotations, service learning and simulations will be addressed as noted in our last communique, sent Friday afternoon.

In summary

  • March 16-20, 2020: Spring Break
  • March 23, 2020: All face-to-face classes switch to distance/online deliver

Special considerations unique to the mission of FranU

  • Students, stay in close communication with your specific program director and faculty as the details of your particular arrangements may change. Ask questions and remain flexible!
  • Clinical Rotations/Internships/community rotations will continue but adapt to new protocols defined by the site.
  • Labs continue with modifications to enhance social distancing.
  • Simulations will continue with modifications to enhance social distancing
  • Service Learning in the School of Arts and Sciences: Special arrangements will be made for those who have not completed their service hours;
  • Special testing [e.g. HESI, ATI, OSCE, Check-offs, etc.] will be modified to enhance social distancing;

Upon return from Spring Break on March 23

As of now, the University expects to remain open and will continue to conduct business. All academic and student services will be available online and via one-on-one appointments. The library will remain open for individual study and research. Library staff and services will be available online and via one-on-one appointment.

Watch for updates!

We continue to communicate closely with our health system partners and higher education colleagues to coordinate our responses to this rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to update you as the situation unfolds and as we develop new plans of action.

Blessings,
TSH

March 13 Update from Provost Edward Violett

Dear Students,

Based on the advice of our FMOL Health System and public health officials as well as the emergency declaration for the State by our Governor, we have decided to transition all face-to-face classes to distance and online delivery, effective Monday, March 23, until the end of the spring semester. This transition will allow the University to support the effort to stem the spread of the virus through a more protracted social distancing. At the same time this course of action will allow us to continue to maintain what is mission-critical to us: the education and formation of you, our students.

The timeline for this transition is as follows:

  • March 14-18, 2020: Normal Class Schedule (face-to-face and online)
  • March 19-20, 2020: Face-to Face classes cancelled to allow faculty to prepare. (Normal Schedule for labs/internships/clinical rotations and Online Classes)
  • March 21, 2020: Normal Saturday Classes
  • March 23, 2020 All face-to-face classes switch to distance/online delivery. (Normal Schedule for labs/internships/clinical rotations)

Because of the unique nature of our University, there are special considerations as we transition the face-to-face classes to distance/online delivery. Generally, the special considerations include:

  • Clinical Rotations/Internships/community rotations will continue but adapt to new protocols defined by the site.
  • Labs continue with modifications to enhance social distancing;
  • Simulations will continue with modifications to enhance social distancing;
  • Service Learning in the School of Arts and Sciences: Special arrangements will be made for those who have not completed their service hours; and
  • Specialized testing [e.g., HESI, ATI, OSCE, Check-offs, etc.] will be modified to enhance social distancing

At this time the campus is not closing. University offices will remain open and will continue to conduct business. All academic and student services will be available online and via a one-on-one appointment. Library and library commons will remain open for individual study and research. Library staff and services will be available online and via a one-on-one appointment.

Continue to know that your well-being and education are of paramount concern to us. Your faculty, staff and administration are available to help.

In peace and good,

Bro. Ed

Bro. Edward Violett, SM, PhD

Provost

March 13, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
FranU continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19. As of 3/13/2020, there are 36 presumptive positive cases of the disease in Louisiana. Presumptive cases remain classified as such until confirmed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Specific details regarding location of these cases may be found by visiting the Louisiana Office of Public Health webpage.

LA Office of Public Health COVID-19 Webpage

Interactive Map of COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins

SPRING BREAK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
Before going on spring break trips, please be sure you are aware of the risks of travel during this time. Even a country not currently experiencing an outbreak could suddenly be declared a high-risk area, resulting in heightened exposure to the virus, difficulty with departure, immigration barriers in returning to the U.S., and possible quarantine or self-isolation upon arriving in the U.S.

After returning from spring break, students should monitor their health. You are also advised to avoid group activities and large gatherings such as conferences, festivals, sporting, theater, music and other large social events.

Social distancing is encouraged for all faculty, staff and students. Social distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus via human-to-human transmission. Social distancing suspends public gatherings and limits on-campus business to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Social distancing is designed to limit the spread of a disease by reducing the opportunities for close contact between people.

Watch for a separate communication regarding the management of classes and campus events moving forward.

TRAVEL, POTENTIAL EXPOSURE AND MONITORING PROCEDURE (NEW)
Before traveling, check the CDC’s travel recommendations as well as restrictions on travel to the US related to COVID-19

CDC Travel Recommendations and Restrictions

Because the number of countries severely impacted by COVID-19 is increasing, the FMOL Health System has issued temporary organizational travel standards that applies to team members, physicians, contractors, vendors, students and volunteers:

  • All University sponsored international travel for faculty, staff or students is suspended until further notice.
  • University sponsored domestic travel is highly discouraged at the present time, unless it is considered mission-critical to the University. Conference/meeting travel is mission critical when it is for continuing accreditation of University programs and is expressly required for such; all other work/official travel should be postponed or cancelled or where possible, conducted through a distance modality (zoom, tele-conference, etc.). Please discuss case by case with your manager.
  • Faculty, staff and students should report to their supervisor or faculty and the Health & Safety Director any personal travel to/from countries identified as a Level 2 or 3 by the CDC.
  • Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to evaluate personal travel plans for both domestic and international locations as situations are changing rapidly.

Faculty, staff and students who choose to personally travel to any high-risk areas will follow these requirements:

  • If an employee or student travels to areas that are experiencing high transmission of COVID-19 or to a Level 2 or 3 location as identified by the CDC, that employee or student may be subjected to self-quarantine for a 14 day period from the last possible day of exposure.
  • Employees and students will be provided a tracking form to document signs and symptoms during this 14-day period. See attachments for appropriate forms. These forms are also available on myPortal.
    • The employee may be allowed to work from home, if available, or will use available benefit time. If benefit time is not available, then the time during the monitoring period will be an excused absence. Please continue to discuss individual circumstances with your manager.
    • Students must contact their faculty remotely (by phone or email) and discuss their individual situations to keep up or make up missed course work.
  • Upon the completion of the 14-day self-monitoring period:
    • Employees will return to work through the Employee Health Office and provide the completed self-monitoring documentation. Employee Health will notify managers by email of the employee’s medical clearance.
    • Students will return to campus through the Health & Safety Office and provide the completed self-monitoring documentation. The Health & Safety Office will notify faculty by email of the student’s medical clearance.

OTHER POTENTIAL EXPOSURE
Even if they do not have symptoms, faculty, staff and students who may have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 in any setting (travel, other employment, etc.) will communicate that potential to their supervisor or faculty and the University Health & Safety Director and will also follow 14 day monitoring requirements using documents noted above. This means you may be doing monitoring for your employer and the University.

FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS: DO NOT REPORT TO WORK OR COME TO CAMPUS IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP.

  • Notify your supervisor or faculty and the University Health & Safety Director immediately. Faculty & staff must also contact Jennifer Strickland, our HR Business Partner at (225) 490-1679 or jennifer.strickland@franU.edu
  • Call your primary care physician for evaluation and let them know you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Follow the physician office’s instructions.
  • If the health care provider rules out COVID-19,
    • The employee should get a return to work clearance and report to Employee Health before returning to work.
    • The student should get a return to class clearance and report to Health & Safety Office before returning to class.

We are aware that employees’ and students’ personal travel may have been previously planned and ask that you work with your supervisor or faculty to determine the best course in keeping with the individual situation and the safety of the institution.

For any travel related questions, please contact Denise Gillespie in the Health & Safety Office at (225) 768-1755 or denise.gillespie@franu.edu

TRANSMISSION & SYMPTOMS (expanded)
This virus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Be sure to call ahead so they can be prepared for your arrival and minimize exposure to others.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF (expanded)
It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks. Take steps to avoid spreading germs from any respiratory diseases by:

  • Get a flu vaccine and take flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. (Covering with your hands will then spread the germs to anything you touch.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Also sanitize your cell phone frequently.

Healthy Habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses

FranU will continue to follow all developments related to COVID-19 carefully and will keep the campus community apprised of any significant changes.

For More Information about COVID-19

March 6, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Information about the coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast, but what do we actually know about the illness? CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.

Dr. Peter Lin video “Get the facts on coronavirus”

Currently, there have been no cases of the disease in Louisiana. As of 3/6/20 affected geographic areas with widespread or sustained community transmission include China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Level 3 travel warnings have been issued for China, Iran, Italy and South Korea- avoid nonessential travel to these areas.

In order to protect and ensure the safety of our entire community university-sponsored travel to or through countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning is currently cancelled. We also strongly discourage personal travel to or through countries with current CDC Level 3 Travel Warnings. In the event of personal travel to or through these countries, University community members trying to re-enter the United States will not be provided re-entry assistance by the University, and travelers returning from CDC Level 3 countries will be restricted from coming to campus for 14 days. Exceptions to this restriction will not be granted. Prior to returning to the University, medical clearance must be submitted to the Health & Safety Office.

Please notify the Office of Health & Safety if you have recently returned from or traveled through any of the affected areas listed above and about any planned international travel.

For any travel related questions, please contact Denise Gillespie at (225) 768-1755 or denise.gillespie@franu.edu

Interactive map of COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins

TRANSMISSION & SYMPTOMS
This virus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and can include:
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Be sure to call ahead so they can be prepared for your arrival and minimize exposure to others.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks. Take steps to avoid spreading germs from any respiratory diseases by:

  • Get a flu vaccine and take flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. (Covering with your hands will then spread the germs to anything you touch.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Healthy habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses

TRAVEL
Before traveling, check CDC’s travel recommendations related to COVID-19

CDC Travel Recommendations

FranU will continue to follow all developments related to COVID-19 carefully and will inform the campus community of any significant changes.

For More information about COVID-19

February 28, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

FranU is closely monitoring developments related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Currently, there have been no cases of the disease in Louisiana or the Southeast region of the United States. As of 2/28/2020, affected geographic areas with widespread or sustained community transmission include China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Other destinations with risk of community spread include Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Please notify the Office of Health & Safety about any planned international travel.

While the immediate risk of the virus to the American public is believed to be low, everyone can do their part to reduce risk.

TRANSMISSION & SYMPTOMS
This virus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and can include:

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Be sure to call ahead so they can be prepared for your arrival and minimize exposure to others.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks. Take steps to avoid spreading germs from any respiratory diseases by:

• Getting a flu vaccine and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
• Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when
coughing or sneezing. (Covering with your hands will then spread
the germs to anything you touch.)
• Staying home if you are sick.
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer.

For healthier habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm

TRAVEL
Before traveling, check the CDC’s travel recommendations related to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about this virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
FranU will continue to follow all developments related to COVID-19 carefully and will keep the campus community apprised of any significant changes.

February 14, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Office of Public Health continue to closely monitor this outbreak. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana. You are far more likely to get the flu than COVID-19.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses, at times, can evolve and infect people, then spread through human-to-human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES to protect yourself from illnesses such as the cold, flu, and also the coronavirus:

  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • Contain – if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.