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COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China, which has now been detected elsewhere internationally including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Please be assured that New York Medical College (NYMC) has been, and continues to be, in contact with the Westchester County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health for specific updates relevant to our region. Individuals are encouraged to monitor the websites of these sources for official information.

  2. NYMC continues to monitor this evolving health threat--including maintaining ongoing contact with the Westchester County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health. We encourage you to also monitor these sources for official information.

    Routine housekeeping services have been curtailed due to a focus on routine disinfection as well as workforce depletion. In an effort to better utilize and protect our workforce, please post a note on your office door with the date if you require basic housekeeping services because you have occupied your office (trash removal, vacuuming and private restroom cleaning). Without a fresh-dated posting, your office will not be cleaned.

    Food service will be limited. The Health Sciences library will go "virtual" but maintain services such as interlibrary loans. The fitness centers in the Student Center in housing and in 19 Skyline Drive will be closed through Monday, April 6, 2020. The mailroom will continue normal operations to the greatest extent possible. However, as an additional means of caution, please plan to send as many interdepartmental communications as possible via email, rather than interoffice mail. Our student health service and Family Medicine Center will remain in operation providing medical care for those in need.

    The individual deans, vice presidents and supervisors will provide guidance regarding essential and nonessential jobs. They will provide direction on whose presence is necessary on campus and when. Some of you will, therefore, be asked to work from home during the period of modified campus operations. The campus policy on working-from-home will be found here.

  3. School of Medicine

    Year One and Two of the M.D. Program:

    Coursework and examinations for first and second year will be delivered on-line for the remainder of the Academic Year.

    No decision has been made about how pre-clerkship coursework will be delivered for AY 2020-2021 at this time.

    Year Three and Four of the M.D. Program:

    All in-person activities in the clerkships have been replaced by virtual coursework.

    We are working with our hospital partners to resume clinical rotations in July

    School of Health Sciences and Practice

    Effective Friday, May 1, 2020, the following measures will be in place for the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) departments and programs, in accordance with New York Medical College (NYMC) policy through the Summer 2020 session:

    • SHSP will deliver all classes online, to the extent feasible. Clinical students should consult with their department chairs regarding laboratory experiences.
    • External clinical and academic experiences will adhere to the host sites policy

    As we continue with virtual instructional formats, please be patient and understand that we will do everything in our power to address any unintended problems expeditiously, should any arise.

    Faculty are relying primarily on Canvas-based and asynchronous delivery methods for course content rather than live video-based lectures. Students who encounter problems accessing the online class should contact SHSP eLearning at dberger6@nymc.edu.

    If you are having technical issues or have questions on course content or structure, contact your instructor first, then your department chair if no response is forthcoming within a reasonable amount of time. If you need additional assistance, please contact vice dean Ben Johnson at BFJohnson@nymc.edu.

    At this point, we cannot say with certainty what the plan for course delivery will be for the Fall 2020 semester but that decision will be made as quickly as we have direction from the New York Governor’s Office and the NYMC Chancellor’s Office. We pledge to provide as much notification as absolutely possible as we, too, are eager to return to normal operations but recognize that is not possible until we have the medical and scientific information to do so safely.

    Graduate School of Basic Medical Science

    Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, and until further notice, the following measures will be in place for the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) departments and programs, in accordance with New York Medical College (NYMC) policy:

    • GSBMS will deliver all classes online, to the extent feasible.
    • Clinical Laboratory Sciences practicums off campus are discontinued at this time. Students should consult the program director regarding alternative instruction plans.
    • Research laboratories will operate on modified and restricted basis according to current policies communicated by the NYMC Research Taskforce. Students should follow directions of their research advisors.
    • PhD defenses and public seminars will proceed via Zoom.
    • Access to all public and common areas on our campus and in our buildings is restricted to authorized personnel, as described in NYMC communications.

    As we transition from on-campus to virtual formats, please be patient and understand that we will do everything in our power to address any unintended problems expeditiously, should any arise.

    We recommend that faculty rely primarily on Canvas-based and asynchronous delivery methods for course content rather than live video-based lectures. Students who encounter problems accessing the online class should contact eLearning at William_Gibbons@nymc.edu if you are having technical issues. If you have questions on course content or structure, contact your course director first, then your program director if no response is forthcoming within a reasonable amount of time. If you need additional assistance, please contact Barbara Lewis, GSBMS Director of Academic Administration Barbara_Lewis@NYMC.EDU

    Our faculty and staff remain committed to the optimal strategy to address this situation, which at present is a combination of institutional measures, as above, and personal best practices to avoid exposure and minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community and ourselves.

  4. Because international travel carries unforeseeable risks, NYMC/TCUS sponsored international travel is being curtailed and other College related travel will require pre-approval.

    Based on the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a policy on College sponsored travel has been instituted, which outlines restrictions on travel imposed by the spread of the virus.

    Please be aware that personal travel plans, at this time, may have an impact on your education, including your ability to participate in clinical care. For this reason, NYMC's Office of Student Affairs recommends that, if possible, you minimize personal travel for the next few weeks as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop.

    If you have any concerns about family, travel, or other questions, please email them to healthinfo@nymc.edu. Please also review the CDC website for the latest travel advisories when considering travel for yourself or your family.

    For the latest information, read the CDC Travel Health Notices, the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories and the WHO's suggested safety precautions. We encourage you to monitor these websites and share this information with your families. And above all else, we encourage you to practice the utmost vigilance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  5. As a precautionary step to help prevent the virus from spreading to the NYMC community, we are placing a temporary hold/cancellation on extracurricular student gatherings and planned student club events planned for March (including but not limited to the Graduate Student Research Forum, NYMed Talks, the Associated Residency/Graduate Medical Education (GME) Fair, student interest group activities, AMWA Dinner and scheduled town hall meetings). Similar rescheduling is taking place for faculty and staff gatherings . To that point, events will be removed from the student activity calendar as well as on the room reservation scheduler. Any table and chair rentals will also be cancelled. If you ordered food for your event, please cancel the food order now. Please contact Tony Sozzo with any student event questions.

  6. As many programs at the College have moved their coursework to an online/virtual platform many of you have asked about the status of housing on the New York Medical College (NYMC) campus. We are not planning to close student housing nor do we plan to suspend or modify housing operations at this time. Currently, we believe there is no need to do so and we understand that for many of you, on-campus housing is your primary residence.

    At this time, we will put a temporary hold on any new sublet applications. If you have already submitted and received approval for an on campus sublet, you can continue with your plans. The office will not be accepting any additional sublet applications until further notice. This is not the time to create an entrée for additional individuals into the campus housing community.

    As an additional precautionary measure, we have implemented daily disinfection practices within all Student Housing, the Student Center and laundry areas.

    We understand that there is a great amount of concern, uncertainty and anxiety. The safety and wellbeing of our students are our highest priority. Please limit the number of outside guests in your apartments.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact Office of Housing and the Residential Life should you have any questions or concerns. Contact information is available at www.nymc.edu/housing.

  7. If you recently traveled to affected areas and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, or you develop symptoms, you should:

    • Seek immediate medical care. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Stay home if you're ill and isolate yourself from roommates, except for seeking medical care.
    • Avoid further travel until the illness resolves.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    If you need medical attention, please call ahead so steps can be taken to keep others from being exposed:

    • Students on the NYMC campus should contact the Health Services Office at (914) 594-4234.
    • Faculty and staff should contact the Family Health Center at (914) 828-0435 or their primary care doctor.
  8. There is no specific treatment available for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). People infected with coronavirus should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

  9. Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild-to-moderate illness in people. Symptoms can include:

    • Runny nose
    • Headache
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Fever
  10. Since there are no vaccines available to date, to protect against human Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. To reduce your risk of infection:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover a sneeze or a cough with the crook of your arm (inner elbow), or with a tissue and immediately discard used tissue.
    • Clean and disinfect surface areas frequently.
    • Stay at home when feeling sick.
    • Minimize contact with others in large gatherings or public settings.
    • Make sure that your influenza (flu) vaccinations are current.

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