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Lake Erie College reports suspected cases of H1N1 and releases campus protocols

Sept. 18, 2009 

Lake Erie College is taking the H1N1 virus seriously. With a suspected case already being reported on campus, the College is ramping up its efforts to educate students and keep people healthy.

“We currently have two influenza cases on campus (one confirmed positive for Type A flu, which is likely H1N1) and are continually reinforcing our policies to help prevent and curtail the spread of influenza,” said Robin McDermott, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. Both students have left campus to recuperate at home.

Students, faculty and staff who exhibit flu-like symptoms are encouraged to visit a doctor and avoid contact with others. The college also encourages students who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are seen by local physicians to report their medical condition to the college so they can be included in its support systems. Accommodations have been made on-campus to isolate ill students who are unable to go home, and personalized accommodations for the isolated students include regular visits from the wellness center staff, meal delivery, professor notification and access to on-line class materials.

“Our goal is to continue to educate our campus on preventative measures and increase awareness among our campus visitors,” said McDermott. The College housekeeping staff has initiated expanded cleaning procedures. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and wipes have also been placed throughout the campus for general use.

 Students, faculty and staff are asked to:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (without fever reducing medication). 

 Please follow this protocol:

1.           Students who have influenza-like symptoms and no underlying medical conditions will be encouraged to contact the Student Success Center by telephone at 440.375.7425 or 440.375.7426.  Students who have underlying medical conditions and who develop influenza-like symptoms should visit Dr. Joyce on campus (Thursdays 1-4 p.m. in the Student Success Center or at her office 7879 Auburn Road Unit 1D, Concord; 440.375.5520) or a local health care provider. Faculty and Staff with influenza-like symptoms should contact the appropriate department supervisor.

2.           Dr. Joyce will make clinical determinations of appropriate testing and treatment for each individual case. At the time that a student reports influenza-like symptoms, the student will be asked to sign a form giving the Student Success Center permission to inform the appropriate Student Life Office staff, faculty members and roommate(s). The Student Life and Student Success Center staff will ensure that the student's parents and roommate are notified of the ill student's condition. Students who contact the Student Success Center by phone and do not require in-person treatment will be asked for permission to communicate with the same parties.

3.           Dr. Joyce will assess the need for further observation on campus or hospital admission. If additional observation is warranted, infirmary bed space has been set aside in Fowler Residence Hall (away from the general population).

4.           Students evidencing influenza-like symptoms will be encouraged to "self-isolate" (avoid contact with others). When feasible, going home is the preferred mode of isolation. The College recognizes, however, that this option is not feasible for all of its students.

5.           Students who are unable to go home will be advised to stay in their room to rest and recover. Following CDC guidelines, such a student will be expected to self-isolate until the student has stopped taking fever-reducing medication and 24 hours have passed without a fever.

6.           The College will provide the following support to students remaining on campus and who have been diagnosed and advised to self-isolate:

·          Student Life staff will make regular visits.

·          The Student Life Office will work with Food Service to assure meal delivery.

·          The Student Success Center will notify the student's professors of the student's inability to attend class and will inform on-campus employers that the student will be unable to attend work.

·          Information Technology Services will assure remote access to any online materials provided by the faculty

7.       A student at risk of putting other students at risk and not following medical advice will be placed on mandatory health leave by the Dean of Students (or designee) upon the recommendation of the Director of the Student Success Center and or diagnosis from a medical physician.

8.       As space is available, roommates of self-isolated students will be offered the opportunity to relocate for several days. The Director of Residence Life will coordinate this process with the student.

1.       Healthy roommates electing to remain in the room with a student who has influenza-like symptoms will be given masks and hand sanitizers.  The mask is to be used by the student with influenza-like symptoms.

2.       Roommates of students with influenza-like symptoms who have pre-existing conditions that create a greater health risk will be strongly advised to relocate. A student who refuses this option will be required to sign a form acknowledging that he or she was advised to relocate and declined.

3.       When an ill student has recovered, the healthy roommate will be advised to return to the room. Students will be given instructions and appropriate supplies to clean the room. Supplies will be available from the Resident Director of each hall.

4.       Faculty and staff members will be encouraged to be flexible about class/work absences and deadlines, and the Student Success Center will notify faculty members of the names of ill students. The Student Success Center does not provide excuse notes but will initiate short-term health leaves for students as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We currently have two influenza cases on campus (one confirmed positive for Type A flu, which is likely H1N1) and are continually reinforcing our policies to help prevent and curtail the spread of influenza,” said Robin McDermott, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. Both students have left campus to recuperate at home.

Students, faculty and staff who exhibit flu-like symptoms are encouraged to visit a doctor and avoid contact with others. The college also encourages students who are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are seen by local physicians to report their medical condition to the college so they can be included in its support systems. Accommodations have been made on-campus to isolate ill students who are unable to go home, and personalized accommodations for the isolated students include regular visits from the wellness center staff, meal delivery, professor notification and access to on-line class materials.

“Our goal is to continue to educate our campus on preventative measures and increase awareness among our campus visitors,” said McDermott. The College housekeeping staff has initiated expanded cleaning procedures. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and wipes have also been placed throughout the campus for general use.

In order to keep the spread to a minimum, students, faculty and staff are asked to please do the following:
·         Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
·         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
·         Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (without fever reducing medication).
 
 
Please follow this protocol:
 
1.           Students who have influenza-like symptoms and no underlying medical conditions will be encouraged to contact the Student Success Center by telephone at 440.375.7425 or 440.375.7426.  Students who have underlying medical conditions and who develop influenza-like symptoms should visit Dr. Joyce on campus (Thursdays 1-4 p.m. in the Student Success Center or at her office 7879 Auburn Road Unit 1D, Concord; 440.375.5520) or a local health care provider. Faculty and Staff with influenza-like symptoms should contact the appropriate department supervisor.
2.           Dr. Joyce will make clinical determinations of appropriate testing and treatment for each individual case. At the time that a student reports influenza-like symptoms, the student will be asked to sign a form giving the Student Success Center permission to inform the appropriate Student Life Office staff, faculty members and roommate(s). The Student Life and Student Success Center staff will ensure that the student's parents and roommate are notified of the ill student's condition. Students who contact the Student Success Center by phone and do not require in-person treatment will be asked for permission to communicate with the same parties.
 
3.           Dr. Joyce will assess the need for further observation on campus or hospital admission. If additional observation is warranted, infirmary bed space has been set aside in Fowler Residence Hall (away from the general population)
 
4.           Students evidencing influenza-like symptoms will be encouraged to "self-isolate" (avoid contact with others). When feasible, going home is the preferred mode of isolation. The College recognizes, however, that this option is not feasible for all of its students.
 
5.           Students who are unable to go home will be advised to stay in their room to rest and recover. Following CDC guidelines, such a student will be expected to self-isolate until the student has stopped taking fever-reducing medication and 24 hours have passed without a fever.
 
6.           The College will provide the following support to students remaining on campus and who have been diagnosed and advised to self-isolate:
·          Student Life staff will make regular visits.
·          The Student Life Office will work with Food Service to assure meal delivery.
·          The Student Success Center will notify the student's professors of the student's inability to attend class and will inform on-campus employers that the student will be unable to attend work.
·          Information Technology Services will assure remote access to any online materials provided by the faculty
 
7.       A student at risk of putting other students at risk and not following medical advice will be placed on mandatory health leave by the Dean of Students (or designee) upon the recommendation of the Director of the Student Success Center and or diagnosis from a medical physician.
 
8.       As space is available, roommates of self-isolated students will be offered the opportunity to relocate for several days. The Director of Residence Life will coordinate this process with the student.
 
9.       Healthy roommates electing to remain in the room with a student who has influenza-like symptoms will be given masks and hand sanitizers.  The mask is to be used by the student with influenza-like symptoms.
 
10.    Roommates of students with influenza-like symptoms who have pre-existing conditions that create a greater health risk will be strongly advised to relocate. A student who refuses this option will be required to sign a form acknowledging that he or she was advised to relocate and declined.
 
11.    When an ill student has recovered, the healthy roommate will be advised to return to the room. Students will be given instructions and appropriate supplies to clean the room. Supplies will be available from the Resident Director of each hall.
 
12.    Faculty and staff members will be encouraged to be flexible about class/work absences and deadlines, and the Student Success Center will notify faculty members of the names of ill students. The Student Success Center does not provide excuse notes but will initiate short-term health leaves for students as needed.
 
For more information, please contact Dr. John Spiesman at 440.375.7426.
 
 
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