Swine Flu Advisory
I wanted to update you on the current Swine Flu Virus and provide information regarding universal precautions we should all take to limit the spread of this virus.
The College's Emergency Response Team has been and continues to be in communication with County Health Department Officials and the State University of New York. At this time all are in agreement that classes should proceed as scheduled. To date there are no confirmed cases or suspected cases of Swine Flu Virus at the College, we will continue to monitor the situation and notify students and employees if the situation changes.
If we all practice good hygiene, health officials believe we can limit the spread of the virus. Please read and practice these precautions set forth by health officials:
- Students and employees can come to school, as long as they are not sick and do not think they have flu symptoms. Flu-like symptoms include: fever (over 101 degrees F.), cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Additional symptoms may be experienced with swine flu, including muscle pain, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.
- Flu spreads easily. If you suspect you are getting the flu, it is important that you not attend school or go anywhere else-such as group events, the mall, or sporting events-where other people would be exposed to flu germs. It is important to reduce the risk of getting the flu and protect others from infection.
- Wash your hands often. Washing with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Hand sanitizer gels, rubs, and hand wipes all work well, as long as they contain at least 60% alcohol. Hand wipes must be disposed of properly. Always read and follow label instructions when using hand sanitizer.
- Remember to keep your hands away from your face and avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve-not you hands!
While the current situation does not warrant school closure, if swine flu continues to spread and students and/or employees become ill, it may become necessary to close the college for a period of time. We are working with the State University of New York and County Health officials to monitor the situation here and will make all decisions in consultation with them. We will inform you immediately if the situation changes and it becomes necessary to close the college. We have also consulted with local health officials regarding best cleaning practices for infection control in our buildings. If the college must close, please do not make arrangements that will put you in close contact with others. It is important to plan ahead. Have a family discussion now to consider options in advance of the event of a school closing.
Obviously to stay informed you should monitor local and national media. You may also get information at www.cdc.gov, www.nyhealth.gov, or the 24 hour toll-free hotline that New Yorkers across the State can use to get answers to their questions. The hotline is 1-800-808-1987. We have also posted this information on the College website at www.sunyrockland.edu/go/public-safety.