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.
Bryn Athyn College is preparing to reopen for the fall term in September.
- BAC Safe Return to Campus (6/12/2020)
- BAC Employee Screen Form (6/12/2020)
- BAC Visitor Screen Form (6/12/2020)
- BAC Re-Opening Communcation #1 (6/26/2020)
Response Communications & Resources:
- CDC Novel Coronavirus FAQ
- BAC COVID-19 Communication Spring Break
- BAC COVID-19 Information Sheet
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #1 Employee (3/6/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #2 Instructional Plan (3/6/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #3 Health Services (3/9/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #4 Student Preparation or Online Instruction (3/9/2020)
- Message from President Blair (3/12/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #5 Employee Notification (3/12/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #6 Residence Hall Closing (3/12/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #7 Faculty (3/12/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Athletics Update (3/13/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #8 Student Finance (3/16/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #9 Teaching from Home (3/17/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #10 Working from Home (3/17/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #11 Payroll (3/17/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #12 Mail Services (3/18/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #13 Human Resources (3/20/2020)
- BAC Athletics Update (3/20/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #14 Student Employment Program Workers (3/24/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #15 Supervisors (3/24/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #16 Hourly Employees (3/24/2020)
- Message from President Blair (3/25/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #17 Mail Services Update (3/25/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #18 Student Housing Update (3/26/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #19 Academics (3/27/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #20 Refund Info (3/27/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #21 Student Financial Concerns (4/6/2020)
- Bryn Athyn College Covid-19 Mental Health Resource Guide (4/6/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #22 Essential Employees (4/7/2020)
- Graduation 2020 Event Update (5/5/2020)
- BAC COVID-19 Communication #23 Financial Aid CARES Act funds (5/21/2020)
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.
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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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.
What should I do if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19?
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.
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.
For students interested in counselors for remote counseling services that are available.
Kevin Roth, LMFT, CADC and Dr. Allie Abraham are offering Telehealth services at this time. Telehealth services are offered on an online platform that has audio and video capacity. If you are interested in scheduling with Kevin, he is available by email at email@example.com or by phone (215) 990-4951 to discuss scheduling.
If you are interested in scheduling with Dr. Abraham, she can be reached by email at Allie.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this option in greater detail.
Information can also be found in the Bryn Athyn College Covid-19 Mental Health Resource Guide
If you are in Montgomery County and are experiencing a life threatening crisis, please contact ACCESS Mobile Crisis Support at 1-855-634-4673, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you are not local to the Montgomery County area and are experiencing a life threatening crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.
Other mental health resources can be found on the CDC website at the following link. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html