​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

The University has been in close contact with Governor​ DeWine's Office regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in order to ensure that we have the most current information about the evolving situation. ​Based on Governor DeWine's current recommendations and the most recent order​ that was issued by the Director of the Ohio Department Health, the University remains in compliance and may make further modifications in its operations​. ​

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In preparation for the upcoming​ fall semester, UF has created the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe Plan which is available in its entirety here. We encourage you to read the plan thoroughly so you become familiar with the guidelines and requirements that will be place when you return to campus. Our plan is consistent with those that other universities across Ohio are implementing based on recommendations from the State of Ohio and the CDC.


Updated as of January​ 11, 2020, at 9:00​​ a.m. ​​

  • Required COVID testing​: 
    • UF is requiring all employees and students to have a COVID rapid test (or provide proof of a recent negative result) as we begin classes in the spring. 
    • Testing will begin on 1/11, and details about the testing arrangements, providing proof of a recent negative result (36 hours), or requesting an exemption from testing for medical reasons will be provided at the end of the week. There will also be required random surveillance testing throughout the semester. While we understand that not everyone supports required testing, our local health professionals believe it is essential in our effort to identify and contain virus spread so we can continue to have live in-person classes.
    • View the January 4 and January 8 updates in the Campus Communications section below for more details.
  • In response to increased COVID-19 cases in our area, effective 11/1/2020, the University of Findlay is modifying its campus event policies as follows:
    • EXTERNAL NON-ATHLETIC events on campus:
      • Beginning November 1, 2020, no external events will be scheduled on campus until further notice.
      • Events already scheduled by external entities taking place on or after November 1, 2020, will be canceled.
    • INTERNAL NON-ATHLETIC events on campus:
      • Events are limited to 50 persons or fewer, with the exception of College First Church and Revive worship services in Winebrenner.  
    • INTERNAL ATHLETIC events on campus:
      • For events where students are competing inside (basketball, indoor track and field , swimming/diving, volleyball, tennis and wrestling), no spectators for either team will be permitted through the end of the academic year. This will be revisited if COVID cases decline drastically. Competitions will be live-streamed whenever possible. ​
      • Spectators at outside athletic events will be permitted, but must be distanced and masked at all times, following GMAC and NCAA stipulations.
    • EXTERNAL ATHLETIC events on campus:
      • Beginning November 1, 2020, there will be no UF sponsored athletic youth camps, swim lessons, clinics or practices for external participants until further notice.  
      • The exception to this policy is the legally binding contractual obligation UF has with the Findlay City Schools swim team for use of the UF pool, but within the UF restrictions for indoor athletic activity.
    • COMMENCEMENT:
      • We are planning to hold commencement ceremonies as scheduled the first weekend of May, with the assumption that COVID numbers will decline before then.
  • Spring calendar
    • ​Spring courses will continue to be delivered in mixed modalities (face-to-face, hybrid, and online) similar to fall courses.
    • ​Standard spring semester classes will begin as scheduled on January 11, but the first week of those classes will be delivered fully online.
    • Live in-person classes (face-to-face and hybrid) will resume on January 19. 
    • Residence Halls will open on January 16 for students to return to campus (arrivals prior to that will only be approved for extenuating circumstances). 
    • Spring Break has been removed from the calendar, and that week will now be a regular week of classes.  
    • With the elimination of Spring Break, five instructional days throughout the semester have been identified as break days on which no classes will be held. 
    • Vie​w Calend​ar for exact dates.
  • Physical distancing and facility management 
    • Guidelines and signage have been posted to promote physical distancing and appropriate event management practices
    • The physical arrangement of classrooms, meeting rooms and event spaces is being assessed based on lower capacity requirements
    • Cleaning supplies are available in classrooms, meeting rooms, main departmental offices, and common area spaces
  • Health checks 
    • An online form has been developed for employees and students to use to answer basic screening questions and report their temperature daily. This tool can be found on the Oiler Start Safe & Stay Safe page as well as the Oiler Mobile App.
  • Face masks/coverings
    • Anyone (including but not limited to all students, employees, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors) entering any campus building, including office buildings, academic buildings, recreational facilities, and housing facilities, MUST wear an appropriate face covering.
    • The face covering must be worn in ALL classrooms, hallways, public spaces, and common areas, as well as office spaces.
    • Face coverings are also required in outdoor settings when safe physical distancing (at least six feet) is not possible or is not taking place.​
    • The only times face coverings are not required to be worn are as follows:

      • By employees working alone in their offices. 
      • By students in their residence hall room. 
      • When participating in activities in which a face covering cannot be worn or would prohibit respiratory function (while in the act of eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument or singing, exercising, playing sports). 
      • By individuals with a federally recognized disability and/or an accommodation that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Exceptions from the state government or other federal guidelines may also apply. Those that need accommodations should contact Human Resources (employees) or the Office of Accommodation and Inclusion (students).  ​

Links to all campus updates are located in the Campus Communications section.  If you have suggestions or questions, please email them to [email protected]. Additionally, we would encourage you to download the Oiler Mobile App (available at App Store and Google Play), and enable push notifications.



Campus Communications


Several communications have been distributed to the campus community about the coronavirus. You can read these below. The University contines to monitor the outbreak ​and remains in close contact with local and state officials in order to do what is best for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.​


January 11 at 8:3​0 a.m. ​– COVID Case Data Update

January 8 at 10:00 a.m. ​–​ Required COVI​D Testing FAQs

January 4 at 9:30 a.m. ​–​ COVI​D​ Case Da​ta & Sprin​g Semester Update

December 28 at 10:00 a.m. ​–​ COVI​D​ Case Da​ta Update
For additional information, check the most recent Campus Communication above.​

​Frequently Ask​ed Questions


COVID-19 Basics

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, late last year. Is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, or the viruses that cause seasonal influenza.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Confirmed cases have ranged from mild infections to severe illnesses requiring hospitalization. The WHO notes that about 80% of those who are infected recover without requiring specialized treatment.
What can I do to protect myself?
The CDC recommends people take the same preventative actions they would for any respiratory disease. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What should I do if I feel sick?
If you develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in regular, close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, please call Cosiano Health Center or your primary health care physician.

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Additional Information


UF is maintaining regular communication with the Hancock County Public Health Department and is following their guidance along with the guidance being provided to colleges and universities by the Ohio Department of Health, the NCAA, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. UF is asking students, faculty, and staff to self-report to the Cosiano Health Center if they have traveled to an area where COVID-19 was present or if they believe they have any symptoms.
 
If you are wanting current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, we recommend you visit the following web sites:​

Although there is no vaccine for COVID-19, we encourage you to adhere to the following prevention practices in order to combat the spreading of the virus:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. ​​

Talk to your physician or the Cosiano Health Center if you feel ill, and especially if you have a fever. Avoid contact with other people if sick.

The University of Findlay will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will provide updates to the campus community as needed.

 

Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Cosiano Health Center at 419-434-4550, the Hancock County Public Health Department at 419-424-7105, or Ohio Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-833-427-5634.







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