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Coronavirus Resources & Information

This page will provide information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and Chemeketa's preparations and response.

Students: We have launched the Remote Learning Hub to help with information about remote learning, accessing student services, using the library, getting textbooks, and more: go.chemeketa.edu/remotelearninghub

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Click here for information on event postponements and cancellations

Major attention is currently focused on the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. While the threat to Chemeketa remains low at this time, we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The information continues to evolve, and updates are available from the Oregon Health Authority and the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC). 

Want to know about novel coronavirus? Check the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Spring Term Update

UPDATED April 2, 2020 10:30 am

In order to curb the spread of the virus, Chemeketa has made the decision to move to remote operations for the duration of the Spring 2020 term. Virtual services began Monday, March 30. General access is not allowed on college facilities until such time that facilities can be safely reopened.

Financial aid disbursement and refunds will be made on the original Spring term schedule. Classes for Spring term begin on Monday, April 6th. All classes will proceed in an online or remote format.

Many of you may be new to distance learning; we are committed to supporting you. Use the Remote Learning Hub which will help you navigate a virtual classroom.

The college is moving student services to a virtual environment as well. While college facilities will be closed, the college will still be operating. You will be able to reach advisors, counselors, financial aid, accommodations, and other offices and services that are here to support you. Links to these services will be available through the Remote Learning Hub.

Please note: If you have a “hold” on your account for Spring term that requires you to meet with an advisor, that hold has been removed. To discuss your plans for Spring term with an advisor, do not hesitate to contact us at advising@chemeketa.edu. Please provide a contact telephone number in that email so that we can respond to you quickly.

As you know, the Coronavirus situation is rapidly changing.  It is critical to check your email regularly, because we will be sending you new and important information throughout this term to ensure that you can be successful.

While you may be feeling alone and isolated as a result of recommendations to limit social gatherings, Chemeketa's counseling services is just one call or email away to ensure you don't lose momentum on your academic and career journey.  

Connect here to explore continuing your studies for the spring term (April 6 - June 13):

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during these rapidly changing times.  We are here for you.

BOOKSTORE UPDATE

Rental Returns: Due date for book rental return is extended to May 4 (from March 21)

Spring term book sales: Spring book sales are available online at bookstore.chemeketa.edu. Shipping will be free.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. We will continue to provide updates as we have more information. Additional information will be shared through your Chemeketa email, social media, and this webpage.

What precautionary action is Chemeketa taking?

  • We are monitoring the novel coronavirus event and following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and local public health guidelines
  • College leadership is reviewing our pandemic and communicable disease policies and procedures
  • Ongoing communication of information will be provided through all-student and all-staff emails
  • Reviewing department and service area continuity of operations plans (COOP’s) and procedures for handling critical functions
  • Hand sanitizer has been ordered for placement in College areas with high public interaction (reception areas, help desks, etc.) and other areas as needed
  • College custodial crew has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol, focusing on high-use areas
  • International Programs is monitoring travel restrictions and keeping in contact with in- and outbound students
  • College leadership, faculty, and staff are using their hard-earned experience, including with previous pandemic events, to monitor the situation and implement actions as necessary
  • As always, we encourage students and staff to make sure they are signed up for Chemeketa’s emergency alerts, where important and timely information is provided through text messaging, voicemail, and email. Sign up for emergency alerts go.chemeketa.edu/alerts
  • Messages may also be relayed through digital signage, social media, website, building alarms, public address systems, or media releases

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are sourced from the Oregon Health Authority and CDC.

What is novel coronavirus? 

Novel coronavirus was first identified when it began circulating in people in December 2019. As it is a new virus, health experts are still learning about the transmissibility, severity, and other elements of the virus as the situation continues to evolve. 

How does novel coronavirus spread? 

Health experts are still learning the details about how the virus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through: 

  • Respriatory droplets in the air produced when a person coughs or sneezes
  • Close personal contact (within about six feet), such as touching or shaking hands.

How severe is novel coronavirus? 

Experts are still learning about the range of illness from novel coronavirus. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions. 

What are the symptoms? 

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

Symptoms are similar to that of a common cold.

What should I do if I have symptoms? 

Call your healthcare provider to identify the safest way to receive care. Let them know if you have traveled to an affected area within the last 14 days.

As always, if you are not feeling well, you are encouraged to stay home and avoid close contact with others.

Who is at risk for novel coronavirus? 

Currently the risk to the general public is low. At this time, there are a small number of individual cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases.

Travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at increased risk. See wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for the latest travel guidance from the CDC. 

How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus? 

Right now, the virus has not spread widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public.

Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold, as well as coronavirus: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating or after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick  

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections. 

How is novel coronavirus treated? 

There are no medications specifically approved for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases require medical care or hospitalization.

Responding to Misinformation, Bias or Stigma

In times of fear and uncertainty there is often misinformation shared as a result of bias and, at times, discrimination. 

This virus is a global concern that can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

Chemeketa is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all who study, work, or visit at any of our locations. Please review the CDC’s page on reducing stigma related to COVID-19 for additional information.