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Alert Message Return to Campus - Updated September 24

Husson resumed face-to-face instruction on August 31. Read more about Return to Campus.

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Health and Safety

FaceMasksRequired_DSC07919.jpgThe health and well-being of our community requires us to work together to protect one another. Our priority is the safety of our Husson community – including staff, faculty, students as well as those who reside in the greater Bangor community.

The key conditions for returning to campus include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Use of face masks and face coverings
  • Enhanced workplace cleaning and personal hygiene practices
  • Consistent health monitoring
  • Frequent communication
  • Commitment to protecting vulnerable members of our community

We all are responsible for protecting the Husson community’s health. 

 

Safety Practices

Campus Preparations. Auxiliary Services has been working diligently to ensure your safe return to campus. We are taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in alignment with public health recommendations. These measures include: 

  • Installation of physical barriers and signage 
  • Procurement and distribution of cleaning supplies effective in fighting COVID-19 
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout campus with a focus on touched surfaces such as doors, counters, handrails, fixtures and desks
  • Installation of hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops and high-traffic areas
  • Rearranging furniture to encourage physical distancing of 6 feet
  • Upgrades in air handling filtration systems 
  • Use of touchless systems for building access and purchasing in Dining

It is important that we all play a role in maintaining our own personal safety. We should all be mindful to wipe down high-touch surfaces in common areas before and after use with provided products that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). Custodial Services has placed cleaning resources at strategic locations throughout each building to help facilitate this important step in keeping our shared spaces safe. 

 

Physical Distancing. Physical distancing means maintaining space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice physical distancing: 

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. 
  • Do not gather in groups. 
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. 

Face Masks/Face Coverings. Everyone is expected to wear face masks or face coverings in all common areas. These include, but are not limited to, hallways, meeting rooms, classrooms and the Campus Center, and in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 

While not a substitute for physical distancing, the use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. We expect everyone to provide their own masks or face coverings, however Husson will make a small supply of disposable masks available if necessary. Learn how to put on and take off face masks properly here.

 

Handwashing. Frequent handwashing is an important step in preventing spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases. Follow these steps for proper handwashing. Learn more from these CDC videos. 

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

 

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene. Covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean can help prevent the spread of serious illnesses.  To help stop the spread of germs:   

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. 
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol alcohol.
  •  Be sure to launder your mask.

Proper Hygiene. It is important that all students use proper hygiene to best prevent potential community spread. This includes, but is not limited to, these guidelines: 

  • Do not share utensils.
  • Do not share water bottles or beverages.
  • Do not share food.
  • Do not gather in large groups.
  • Practice safe physical distancing.

 

Symptom Self-Assessment

Daily Attestation/Self-Assessment

Each morning prior to leaving your residence hall, apartment or home, you will be asked to complete a self-attestation located on the Husson University EagleSafe app.

If you answer no to each question, you will get the green light to leave your residence hall or come to campus. If there are concerns, you will receive appropriate guidance on what steps you'll need to take.

 

COVID-19 Daily Self-Checklist 

  • Do you have a Fever (temperature over 100.4F) without having taken any fever reducing medications?
  • Do you have a  Loss of Smell or Taste?
  • Do you have a  Cough?
  • Do you have  Muscle Aches?
  • Do you have a  Sore Throat?
  • Do you have  Shortness of Breath?
  • Do you have  Chills?
  • Do you have a  Headache?
  • Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as  nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite?
  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official? 

If you reply YES to any of the questions in the checklist, stay home and follow these steps:

  • Call 911 if you are having difficulty breathing. Notify emergency services of your recent travel or potential COVID-19 exposures before they arrive.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or call the Wellness Center at 207.941.7625.
  • If you need assistance after normal Wellness Center hours, seek assistance at an urgent care facility.
  • Avoid contact with others.  

If you have tested positive:

  • Call 911 if you are having difficulty breathing. Notify emergency services that you have tested positive for coronavirus before they arrive.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or call the Wellness Center at 207.941.7625.
  • If you need assistance after normal Wellness Center hours, seek assistance at an urgent care facility.
  • Avoid contact with others.