As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has evolved rapidly, Bryn Athyn College has continued our monitoring of the situation, as the health and safety of our community members is always our priority.
The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11. This is a serious and highly contagious illness; therefore, in an effort to educate our community, we are sharing important information about this virus.
Daily Screening Forms
All Visitors, Students and Employees need to fill out the daily symptom screener. Please fill this form out within an hour of expected arrival to our campus. Resident Students should fill the form out each morning regardless of having classes or not that day. Everyone coming to campus must take their temperature within one hour of arriving on campus.
Information for new and returning students, whether you’re attending classes online or in-person, commuting or living on campus.
We care not only about the physical health of our students and community members, but mental health and overall well-being.
COVID-19 Testing Resources
As of 8/10/20, Bryn Athyn will be requiring all students to complete a test fourteen days prior to arriving to campus. Please see COVID 19 Communication #28 Safe Return to Campus-Health Servicesopens in a new window for more information. Please contact the Student Health and Wellness Services for questions or concerns about PCR Testing.
What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in both humans and animals. There are currently seven strains of human coronaviruses that have been identified. Four of these strains are common throughout the world and typically cause a mild respiratory illness. Other strains of coronavirus cause more severe illness, including SARS and MERS. In 2019, a new strain of human coronavirus emerged to cause COVID-19.
How does the virus spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Transmission is person to person or by touching infected surfaces and then face or mouth.
What is the risk?
COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus never seen in human populations before, so everyone is susceptible, and nobody is immune. Early in the epidemic, most U.S. cases were associated with exposure that occurred during international travel. As COVID-19 became a pandemic, cases at the local level (community spread) became common. Community spread is defined as the spread when the source is unknown. As the outbreak expands, the risk will increase. Current groups considered to be at an elevated risk of exposure include:
- People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported, with the level of risk dependent on the location.
- Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19.
Travelers returning from affected locations where community spread is occurring, with the level of risk dependent on where they traveled.
Risk factors for developing severe illness may include, but are not limited to, older age, people who live in a nursing home or long term care facility, individuals of any age with underlying chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, moderate or severe asthma, cancer, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, liver disease, diabetes, immunocompromising conditions, and pregnancy. Individuals with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 also seem to be at increased risk of developing severe illness. While older age is a risk factor, COVID-19 does not discriminate solely on the basis of age.
What is the incubation period?
The mean incubation period (time from exposure to the onset of symptoms) is estimated at 4 days, with a median of 5.1 days (95% CI 4.5-5.8 days). About 98% of infected persons develop symptoms within 12 days. Data for human infection with other coronaviruses (e.g., MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV) suggest that the incubation period may range from 2-14 days.
Symptoms and transmission:
Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. The most commonly reported symptoms include fever (77–98%), cough (46%–82%), myalgia or fatigue (11–52%), and shortness of breath (3-31%) at illness onset. Other less commonly reported respiratory symptoms include sore throat, headache, cough with sputum production and/or hemoptysis. Some patients have experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea prior to developing fever and lower respiratory tract signs and symptoms. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known.
Are Asymptomatic Persons Infectious?
Probably. Recent evidence of transmission by mildly symptomatic and asymptomatic persons suggest that the time from exposure to onset of infectiousness (latent period) may be shorter than the incubation period. Infected persons likely shed virus in their respiratory secretions prior to developing or recognizing symptoms. This has important implications for transmission dynamics, but the contribution to overall spread is yet to be determined
People are most likely infectious from 24-48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, to at least 72 hours after the resolution of fever and productive cough. Some people will continue to shed virus after this time however. Isolation is recommended to continue for a minimum of 7 days after the onset of symptoms.
What is the Treatment?
No specific treatment for COVID-19 is currently available. Clinical management includes prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures and supportive management of complications. Corticosteroids should be avoided, because of the potential for prolonging viral replication as observed in MERS-CoV patients, unless indicated for other reasons. [CDC] Please carefully check information being circulated related to medications that suggest “a cure.”
Colleges and Universities Begin Social Distancing
As more states report cases of COVID-19, the strategy has changed from containment to mitigation, with social distancing being key to slowing the spread of this disease. Universities are grappling with the innumerable scenarios of exposed or infected students returning from spring break travel into the congregated settings of campus living and learning.
Many have already made the decision to suspend in-person classes and move to virtual lectures. Others have taken this opportunity to prepare their IT infrastructure, evaluate their critical functions and key personnel, and determine which staff can telecommute.
Global Travel Alert
The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.
- Wear a face covering or mask.
- Follow all social distancing guidelines or posted signage by staying 6 feet apart whenever possible.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and then wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use alcohol-based disinfectant wipes or hand-sanitizer stations provided throughout campus buildings to clean or when you are in contact with frequently touched objects or surfaces (view the list of which hand sanitizers to avoid).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or suspected to have been in contact with someone sick.
- If you experience symptoms such as fever over 100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and/or smell contact your physician or Health and Wellness Services immediately. You will be given direction on what to do next. Most likely you will be asked to remain at home, in your residence hall room, and separate yourself from others.
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
Keep in mind these simple steps;
- Call your health care provider for advice.
- If you have fever and are experiencing difficulty breathing, call 911.
- Do not use public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
- Wear a facemask if possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of that tissue in an enclosed receptacle.
Do we have access to Tele-medicine?
If you are in need of Telemedical services and are in the Philadelphia area you can Download the Jeffconnect App and see a physician by video. You will be responsible for paying all fees and copays but the do accept some insurances. For further information on JeffConnect you can access the website at the following address: https://hospitals.jefferson.edu/jeffconnect.html
Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms.
If you are a Bryn Athyn College Student please make health services aware immediately by calling 267-502-6070 (It is important to leave a message at this number with return contact information because we are working remotely), messages are forwarded directly to health services personnel and they will respond in a timely manner.)
If you are a Bryn Athyn College employee, staff or faculty remember please refer to COVID-19 Communication #1 and Communication #2 above for specific directives for communications with supervisors and Human Resources.
Curriculum Delivery Modes
This fall, most of the courses can be taken either in person or remotely (hyflex mode). Most classrooms and labs will be outfitted with an additional large screen, a rotating camera, and other equipment that makes the physical classroom visible to students online and online students visible to the faculty and students in the room. In addition, some classes are offered online only or as a hybrid of hyflex and online. A list of online only and hybrid courses will be available by August 10. A few classes (see list below), whose essential learning outcomes require in-person work, are only available face-to-face (in-person only mode).
Choose How You Want to Attend
You can choose whether you want to attend in person for the term or whether you want to attend remotely for the term.
If you choose to attend remotely, the majority of the curriculum is available to you and you will attend your classes remotely. Only a few classes are not available for remote attendance because their learning outcomes require in person experiences (see full list of classes and delivery modes).
What to Expect with In-Person Attendance
To mitigate risk for yourself and for others in the campus community, you will be required to wear masks and to observe 6-foot distancing in classes and in other public spaces on campus. Like all employees, you will also be asked to complete a short health screening form daily.
Classrooms will be arranged for distancing requirements. They will also have technology that will make the students attending in person and the students attending remotely visible to each other.
You will be provided with guidelines for health-related circumstances in which you may not be allowed to attend in person for a period of time, such as if you need to quarantine. For these documented circumstances, you will be able to participate remotely.
Students attending in person can also register for courses that are offered fully online.
What to Expect with Remote Attendance
If you attend remotely, you will participate in the live class sessions using your computer’s video and audio capabilities.
Classrooms will have technology that will make students attending in person and students attending remotely visible to each other.
You will need to ensure that you have the computer equipment you need to support remote attendance, a location from which you can participate in live class sessions using audio and video, and a class schedule with times that work for you in your time zone.
Student Health Services
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Health Services at 267-502-6070. We understand these can be stressful times.
Success with mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus on campus will require a community effort. Bryn Athyn College’s primary concern has been to ensure the health and safety of campus community, surrounding community and those visiting the college campus. Every employee, faculty member and student play an active role in maintaining a safe and healthy community; therefore, the entire campus community is expected to comply fully with policies and procedures.
We will continuously monitor federal and state guidance and adjust our operations and planning to reflect updated guidance. Any updates to policies or procedures will be communicated on this website and through email to our immediate community.
We appreciate your willingness to work with us during this time to keep our community as safe as possible.