Coronavirus Information

President Margaret L. Drugovich offers words of thanks:

  • To members of Congress who made CARES money available for students experiencing great adverse effects of the virus and the members of Hartwick’s staff who throughtfully allocated funds to 300 of our deserving students.
  • To the dedicated Hartwick staff who are now reuniting students with their belongings, and to the students and their families who are following the necessary social distancing and other parameters.
  • To the 100+ staff and faculty who spent the last three weeks crafting plans for 15 COVID-related problem sets, helping to ensure that when the Governor says GO, Hartwick Will Be Ready!
  • To the hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who contributed to the Promise Implementation Plan, which is now in my hands for consideration and review with the Board.
  • And, on this Memorial Day Weekend, to those who have served to keep others safe throughout our history and those who are struggling and/or serving now.

May 23, 2020

All Messages from President Drugovich

COVID-19 Updates

The purpose of this page is to keep the Hartwick College community updated on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the College’s preventive steps, policy decisions and resources. We are closely monitoring the situation. This site will be updated as often as possible. 

Last updated: 05/27/20 at 11:00 a.m. Please check regularly for updates.


May 27, 2020 at 09:40 a.m.: Notice to Act Now to Provide Relief for College Students and Institutions of Higher Education

Please join our e-advocacy campaign that will enable each member of the Hartwick College community–no matter where you live in the country–to easily contact your federal representatives and advocate for college students and higher education in the next stimulus bill.

This campaign will be most effective as the volume of participants grows. Let’s represent the Hartwick community well! So far, over 2,000 individuals have used the platform to send nearly 7,000 emails to Congress. Every email makes a difference!

It only takes 5 minutes.
Please use this link to submit your information.

  1. Click on the link.
  2. Fill out your name and address.
  3. Click submit. You will automatically get a list of your federal representatives on the left side of your screen based on the address you submitted.
  4. On this same screen, a pre-written letter will load that asks our congress and senate members to continue to support legislation that includes funding for institutional and student support, nontaxable grants to students, zero-interest federal loans, and to prioritize college student safety.
  5. There is a section at the bottom labeled “your message” with a pre-loaded message that is specific to New York state. You may also customize this portion of the letter.
  6. Click submit and your letter will be sent automatically to your representatives.

Students, please note:
If you choose, you can send this message from your home address and your Hartwick College address, ensuring that all legislators who represent you get this important message.

Thank you for your assistance,
Lisa Iannello
Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations for Hartwick College
IannelloL@hartwick.edu


May 22, 2020 at 09:11 a.m.: Notice to Employees About Free Mental Health Resources

Good morning,

This week Governor Cuomo announced free mental health resources through the company, Headspace.

  • All New Yorkers may take advantage of free mindfulness and meditation exercises at a NY state of mind.
  • New Yorkers who are out of work may take advantage of a free one-year subscription to the Headspace app.
  • Health care professionals may sign up for the Headspace app free through 2020 using your NPI and email address or if you are a nurse by verifying your organization information.

This information is also available on D2L in the folder for Office of Human Resources, COVID-19 Support Resources. If you need any assistance accessing the resources, please reach out to the Office of Human Resources at humres@hartwick.edu.


May 19, 2020 Notice: Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Hartwick College will receive federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. These emergency financial aid grants will be distributed to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Based upon federal guidelines there are 973 students at Hartwick College who qualify to participate in this grant program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are therefore eligible to receive these grants. Eligible students were asked to submit information regarding their additional expenses incurred. The application process ended on May 14, 2020. A scoring rubric was used to determine the amount of each grant based on the student’s responses. When payments are issued to students, they will be instructed that they are for the additional costs they have incurred related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

What is novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)?

SARS-CoV-2 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. The disease it causes has been named COVID-19 It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. (Updated 03/24/20)

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you travel to/through Wuhan or other parts of China:

The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the airport. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their health care provider.

Treatment:

People infected with SARS-CoV-2 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. (source: CDC)

Prevention:

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. (Updated 03/24/20)

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • 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.

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you:

  • Traveled to Wuhan, or
  • Visited an affected region in China, or one of the additional geographic regions that have been identified by the CDC as having sustained transmission (Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea)
  • Had close contact with someone who had traveled to an affected region and had respiratory symptoms.

You should:

Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Students may call the following for Medical Help:

  • Perrella Health Center at 607-431-4120, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fox Hospital Emergency Department (607-431-5000)
    Emergency Care 24 Hours/Day
  • Bassett Convenient Care (607-433-6400) -call 24 hours a day to schedule same day or next day appointments
    Weekdays 8 AM to 7 PM, Weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wellnow Urgent Care (607-376-5346) -no appointment/walk in service, online check-in/spot reservation available
    7 days a week 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at the campus health service. Call instead 607-431-4120.
  • All Hartwick Students have access to Healthiest You. Healthiest You offers medical advice by phone day or night, to help save students a trip to the emergency department. Visit the website https://www.healthiestyou.com/
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Regularly wipe down and clean work surfaces

What is the campus health service doing about SARS-CoV-2?

COVID-19 Updates Archive

There have been no suspected or confirmed coronavirus infections at Hartwick. If a coronavirus infection were to be suspected at Hartwick, the college would take direction from outside government agencies.

New York State Department of Health

First, the New York State Department of Health, would direct the testing and diagnosing process. Next, the Otsego County Department of Health would instruct the college on a management plan for any person under investigation (PUI) — anyone suspected of being infected. This would likely begin with either an on-campus quarantine or moving the PUI off campus for quarantine. The quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days.

The county health department would direct the college’s actions in dealing with any confirmed case of COVID-19. This would involve moving the patient to a medical facility for treatment. Hartwick campus officials have met to do preliminary planning in the event of a confirmed case of the corona virus on campus and Health Center staff are monitoring the situation closely and staying informed of the latest CDC recommendations regarding the virus.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

 

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