Health and Wellness
Health & Wellness FAQs
Covid-19 Ready Campus
Health and Wellness FAQs
As of June 18, 2020
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- What is the status of cases of COVID-19 in Missouri?
For updated state information, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website. https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/
- Does Maryville have any known COVID-19 cases?
As the coronavirus continues to spread, we anticipate that we will learn of Maryville community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. As we learn of individuals within our community testing positive, we will work with local health officials to identify any potential exposure to our on-campus population and follow their advice. Our SaintStrong website will also keep a log of positive cases.
- What if a member of Maryville’s on-campus community tests positive?
We will work with local health officials to determine appropriate housing for anyone infected for the period they need to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms. If an infected student is advised by local health officials to stay on-campus, we have facilities identified away from other students for quarantining such individuals, and the services and personnel prepared to accommodate this special circumstance.
- How will Maryville approach contact tracing?
We will work with county health officials to perform contact tracing and follow their directives regarding notifications and mitigation efforts.
- Will the Maryville community be notified when another community member tests positive for COVID-19?
Yes. Maryville community members will receive a Saints alert when there is a positive test result. The message will identify if the person is a faculty, staff, residential or commuter student, but because of privacy restrictions, names or other identifying information will not be released. Our SaintStrong website will also keep a log of positive cases. Additionally, Maryville will work with the St. Louis County Health Department to identify any individuals who were exposed and need to be personally notified or take additional actions.
- I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
If you have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days and monitor for signs and symptoms of coronavirus including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If symptoms develop, check with your primary care provider or the Maryville’s Health Center to determine if testing is needed. You can also call the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline at 314-615-2660.
- I have tested positive for COVID-19 or been told by a medical provider that I am presumed positive. What should I do?
First, you should follow your health care provider’s directives for quarantine, and you must not return to campus until your health care provider advises that you are no longer contagious. Second, you should notify Maryville’s Office of Health and Wellness at email@example.com.
- Will COVID-19 testing be available on campus?
We anticipate offering on-campus COVID-19 testing through Maryville’s Office of Health and Wellness in circumstances where staff determine testing is warranted. The availability of testing may be limited based on the availability of testing supplies and staffing capacity within the Office of Health and Wellness. In cases where Maryville is unable to provide on-campus testing, referrals to other healthcare providers may be provided.
- How are services in the Office of Health of Wellness changing because of COVID-19?
Our Health and Wellness Office is being expanded and redesigned to allow us to continue offering standard healthcare services from our Nurse Practitioner while also providing greater separation of patients and reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 or other diseases. We are also expanding staffing to provide the necessary resources to assist the office. To limit contact, all visits to the Health and Wellness Office will be by appointment only. Students with appointments will be pre-screened. Virtual appointments will be available through private, secure video conferencing.
- Who can I contact in case of an emergency?
In case of an emergency, you can call Public Safety at 314-529-9500 or call 911.
- Will I be screened before arriving on campus or leaving my residential facility?
All students, faculty, and staff members are responsible for personally assessing their own health and possible exposure to COVID-19 and will be required to fill out a daily health screening survey online before arriving on campus or before leaving their residence hall room. Individuals are expected to check their own temperature daily and report if they have a fever as part of the daily health screening survey.
- Are face coverings required on campus?
All Maryville community members are required to wear a face covering unless they are alone in their residence hall/apartment room or office. Maryville faculty, staff and on-campus students will each receive two reusable masks. Maryville will continue to monitor public health guidance and may adjust face covering requirements accordingly.
- What other protocols are being put in place to keep students, faculty and staff safe?
Maryville is implementing numerous policies and protocols to keep our community safe. They include:
• Monitoring CDC, state of MO, and STL county health mandates and ensuring our workplace practices align
• Required face coverings (reusable cloth facemasks will be provided to all employees and students)
• Required social distancing policies
• Daily health screening survey for faculty, staff and students
• Provision of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes
• Reduced capacity for meeting spaces and elevators
• Where necessary, modified furniture arrangements, installation of plexiglass, etc.
• Business travel restrictions for faculty and staff
• Expectation to stay home if sick and continued extension of sick leave waiver for COVID-19 or influenza like illness symptoms
• Mandatory COVID-19 symptom and diagnosis reporting and self-isolation
• Recommended 14-day quarantine for any Maryville community member traveling by air, rail, boat or bus
• Limited in-person events
• Off-campus guests will be greatly limited
• Suspension of fall study abroad programs
• Enhanced cleaning protocols for common spaces and offices consistent with CDC guidance
• Reduced residential housing occupancy
• Modified dining services
- How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?
We encourage all Maryville community members to become familiar with the CDC recommendations https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html for prevention, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
• Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
• If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
• Monitor your health and be alert for symptoms. Visit the CDC’s website to get the most up to date information on symptoms.
- The pandemic is a lot to handle. What should I do if I’m concerned about my or someone else’s mental health?
Maryville students always have access to counseling support. We offer a 24-7 Support Line for students. You can call the line to speak with a mental health professional free of charge anytime of the day or night. Reach the Support Line at 314-529-6630. At any time, if you or someone you know is in crisis, you can also call the National Suicide Prevision Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 741741. Other mental health resources can be found at: https://www.maryville.edu/studentlife/services-programs/personal-counseling/.
- How will campus be cleaned and sanitized? How often will classrooms be disinfected?
Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented throughout campus paying special attention to high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas. Our sanitation staff has undergone professional coronavirus prevention training and are using CDC recommended disinfectants. We’ve added hand sanitizing stations across campus.
To help limit disruptions, classrooms, labs and studios will be deep-cleaned each evening. Maryville is implementing a disinfectant wipe system in each classroom, along with gloves so students and faculty can disinfect their own seat and table. Helping to mitigate COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility so we expect all community members to do their part.
- Will students need to quarantine after traveling?
It depends. Maryville strongly recommends quarantine after out-of-town travel, particularly where public transportation (air, rail, boat, bus) are utilized, but will not require it unless mandated by State or other health authorities. We expect students to be responsible in limiting personal exposures and to adhere to social distancing practices while away from campus. The CDC recommends you avoid travel if possible and specifically nonessential international travel. If you choose to travel internationally, you may be required to remain outside the United States for an indefinite length of time.
If you travel within the United States, follow any state or local travel restrictions currently in place. It’s possible some state and local governments may put travel restrictions or orders in place while you are traveling. The local government at your destination could also require you to quarantine or isolate for 14 days or more after traveling. Travel restrictions can change quickly, and students are responsible for monitoring and complying with any travel restrictions that are enacted and need to factor such contingencies into their planning. Similarly, failure to adhere to social distancing practices while at locations off-campus may lead to mandated quarantine. Students are also encouraged to check the CDC coronavirus page before traveling.
- How will you address members of the Maryville community who break social distancing and/or mask requirements?
Helping to mitigate COVID-19 transmission is a shared responsibility. Public Safety representatives will be on campus to help with COVID-19 policy enforcement and education. Students who fail to adhere to health and safety policies may be subject to disciplinary action under the code of student conduct. If a member of the Maryville Community refuses to follow health and safety policies that person may be asked to leave campus.
If you have additional questions, please contact our Health and Wellness staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.