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May 15, 2020 | Update from the COVID-19 Response Team

May 15, 2020
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May 15, 2020 | Update from the COVID-19 Response Team

Dear RVU Family,

We hope you are all staying safe and mentally healthy during these uniquely trying times.  Here are some important resources to help you deal with pandemic related stress and anxiety along with a few updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • FEMA Crisis Counseling for Stress and Anxiety related to Pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved four states, including Colorado & Utah, with crisis counseling programs for state residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • The Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training program is a program that assists individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of natural and human caused disasters through community-based outreach and educational services.  Call the disaster stress helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • Requests for temporary campus access. For employees who must access the building for an essential reason, please submit your request to your manager. The manager will then submit the request on your behalf to the COVID-19 Response Team for review.
  • Subcommittees. Our Testing and PPE subcommittee and the Guiding Principles and Strategy subcommittee are working on plans for a phased return to campus. There is no specific date for reopening of the campus at this time. However, we do expect phased reintegration happing before the start of the new academic year in July.
  • Educational segment.  A new disease has emerged from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) is a novel vasculitis characterized by fever, rash, and GI symptoms. It behaves similarly to Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. This hyper-inflammatory disease occurs infrequently but it must be recognized by clinicians seeing children because of its life threatening course.
  • Continued vigilance. Local communities have been reopening businesses for financial survival. However, the pandemic is still very much active and COVID-19 is no less dangerous than it was before. Please remain vigilant and follow all guidelines and recommendations of our Response Team. As members of RVU and the medical profession, remember that we are held to a higher standard and should model responsible behavior throughout this pandemic. Please continue to avoid crowds and wear your face mask when in public places. Gloves should only be used to decrease cross contamination when in direct contact with people and discarded immediately after contact. Rigorous hand hygiene is still paramount in our safety.

We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for all you continue to do and for keeping us RVU Strong!

Finally, congratulations to our MSBS Class of 2020 Graduates! We are so proud of you!

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Response Team

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