COVID-19 UPDATE 3/16
We recognize that all of you are anxious about the spread of COVID-19. As of the 11:00am posting on the North Carolina Health and Human Services site, there are 33 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. There are not any reported cases in Scotland County. We are prepared if there are. The following is our protocol:
1) We have asked students to notify any Resident Director, Resident Assistant, Housing, or Student Life employee if they have a cough, fever, chills, trouble breathing. We also asked them to stay in their rooms if they are ill.
2) We will then call the Health Department, Health Clinic, Urgent Care, or Scotland Memorial hospital first for guidance. They have a protocol to screen people for symptoms which indicates that a person might have symptoms of the flu, a sinus infection, COVID 19, or other illness.
3) Our security personnel are available to take any student to the Health Clinic, Urgent Care, or Scotland Memorial Hospital at any time.
4) Any student tested for COVID 19 (none have had the symptoms or tested at this time) would be quarantined in our quarantine dorm until the results are back.
5) Part of the protocol once someone is presumed to have COVID 19 is to ask questions about who they have been in contact with and to ask those individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days.
6) We will follow the guidance of the hospital as to where a student who tests positive would be quarantined. Most students would stay in the designated quarantine dorm, unless the hospital determines they need to be in a medical facility.
7) Meals would be delivered to students in the quarantine dorm. Our food vendor, Pioneer, has a detailed plan for food service to all students and to students who may be quarantined.
I hope this answers your questions. Feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
Dr. Ellen Bernhardt
Senior Vice President and COO
Dr. Tim Verhey
Dean of Students