Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update #12, Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,
 
It has been determined that NHTI will be an Alternate Care Site for Concord Hospital and Lakes Region General Healthcare if it becomes necessary as a result of escalating public health needs in the region.  College and system personnel have been working in recent days with hospital clinicians, representatives from the Capital Area Public Health Network, the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the NH National Guard on planning and preparation efforts.  Our expectation is that NHTI will now house COVID-19 positive patients who do not require acute care, such as those convalescing or in need of isolation.  
 
The campus locations identified for these operations are Sweeney Hall, the Wellness Center, the Student Center, and Langley Hall. All staff are now 100% remote from these areas, including staff in the Learning Commons/Library due to its close proximity to the proposed alternate care site. The south side of campus would not be impacted.  The Alternate Care Site will be staffed and managed by a consortium involving the hospital partners and DHHS.  Our own staff will help to coordinate with these providers and provide such services as site support and logistics, technology services and security, outside of the boundaries of the alternate care site itself.  Site security would be 24/7  with law enforcement supplementing our own security team.   
 
The NHTI site will become operational as an Alternate Care Site if the areas hospitals reach a certain capacity that triggers the need for overflow. In that event, we will provide additional information about areas of campus that will be designated for various purposes including dedicated parking and ancillary support.  Traffic patterns and access will change to accommodate this operation. Additionally, I will provide information on how the college will be sanitized and secured after the operations end.
 
I understand that these new developments create challenges, but in this time of public health needs, NHTI has been asked to step forward and help in preparedness and response efforts for our region.  As we assist during this health crisis, I want to especially thank all health care workers, our facilities and housekeeping teams and our security department for all that they do to keep us safe. And, I want to thank everyone for their understanding and flexibility during this frightening and unprecedented time. 
 
Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President

Update #11, Friday, March 27,2020

Dear NHTI College Community,
 
At this time, NHTI is operational; remote work and learning are integrated into our operations.  All details of hours of operation are updated and listed at our website nhti.edu 
 
There are no new updates related to Covid-19 suspected or confirmed cases on campus. 
 
As issued by Governor Sununu, New Hampshire is following a “Stay at Home” order, effective today at 11:59pm. What this means for NHTI is that we will continue to move our operations to as remote as possible operations. Facilities and security will remain on campus. Departments will limit their on-site presence to a as needed only operations model with the goal to move towards 100% remote-- if possible. Remote scanning is being explored; a limited mail service pick up protocol has been developed and will be communicated broadly.  
 
NHTI continues to work with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the New Hampshire National Guard preparing for the possibility that we will be a Clinical Surge Flex area for Concord. Details will be sent to you as they are determined. 
 
Please continue to strictly follow the CDC recommendations of 6 feet of social distancing; frequent hand washing; and notifying the appropriate administrators if you become ill:
 
Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020  and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122.  All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined. 
 
Be well,
 
Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President

Update #10, Thursday, March 26,2020

Dear NHTI College Community,
 
At this time, NHTI is operational; remote work and learning are integrated into our operations.  All details of hours of operation are listed at our website nhti.edu 
 
Since yesterday’s correspondence, there remains one suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19) case amongst the NHTI Community. The case was not confirmed as symptoms were not severe enough to warrant testing.  As a precaution, people who had been in close contact with this person were self-quarantined. 
 
As was reported in today’s Concord Monitor, NHTI has been approached by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the New Hampshire National Guard to be a possible Clinical Surge Flex area for Concord. The site would not house Covid-19 patients but would provide bed spaces to give hospitals flexibility to free up their space for patients with the virus. SNHU is such a site in Manchester. NHTI is providing DHHS with details regarding space and will alert you if we are chosen as a needed site.
 
As indicated earlier, it is very important for those who remain on campus to transition to remote work. Only come to campus if it is absolutely required. Students who remain on campus need to work with Trish Loring, Director of the Residence Life and Residence Assistants in order to vacate the premises.  
 
Please remember that we must continue to strictly follow the CDC recommendations of 6 feet of social distancing; frequent hand washing; and notifying the appropriate Administrators if you become ill:
 
Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020  and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122.  All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined. 
 
Take Care, 
 
Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President

 

Update # 9, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,

At this time, NHTI is operational; remote work and learning continue to be integrated into our operations.  All details of hours of operation are listed at our website nhti.edu

Since yesterday’s correspondence, there is one suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19) case amongst the NHTI Community. The case is not confirmed as symptoms are not severe enough to warrant testing.

The ill person has been isolated; those who have been in contact with the person have been notified and quarantined; cleaning has occurred and all appropriate protocols have been followed.  

Over the next few weeks, we imagine there will be a number of suspected cases throughout Concord and New Hampshire; we must continue to mitigate by following the CDC recommendations of 6 feet of social distancing; notifying us when you become ill; and hand washing measures.  Thank you for following these recommendations which will help to keep us all safe.

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President

UPDATE #8 Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,

At this time, NHTI is operational; remote work and learning continue to be integrated into our operations. All details of hours of operation are listed at our website nhti.edu

At this time, there remain no reports of suspected or confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) occurring amongst the NHTI Community.

There has, however, been one reported illness from a resident hall student. The student is not exhibiting all of the symptoms of Covid-19 virus; nevertheless, operating out of an abundance of caution, we have moved the student to our designated quarantine site for ill students. The areas in which we are aware that the ill student visited received appropriate cleaning. Additionally, high touch areas were disinfected and Residence Halls are disinfected nightly. All recommended CDC guidelines have been practiced.

Residence Halls

Over the course of 4 days, there have been 116 moveouts with an additional 102 required. If students have not contacted their Residence Assistants or Director about making move out arrangements, please do so immediately.

Counseling

For students who are suffering from anxiety or any emotional stress due to Covid-19, our counselor is here for you by contacting: 603-271-6484 (Ext. 4158). For all employees who are suffering from emotional stress, there are resources for you, too: the EAP provides services to assist: 1800-648-9557.

Remote Learning and Work

I am hearing stories of incredible innovation in meeting the needs of our students in their new online learning environments. We absolutely appreciate our students’ flexibility in changing to this new platform to learn. For some students, this may be the first time to take an online class and we are here, all of us, to ensure that you have the most engaging learning experience from our talented and inspiring faculty. All of our faculty have embraced the challenge of moving to online teaching and have found ways to be responsive and connected with our students through Canvas and our new all-time favorite Zoom, as well as phone, email and social media platforms.

Similarly, the transition from on-site to online work has been an awe-inspiring feat in such a short period of time. I continue to be proud and grateful of the ways that staff are getting their work completed (even with now, homeschooled children’s needs or perhaps even caring for parents) and I applaud you for your positive attitudes, collaboration and focus on student success and student needs.

Communication

Although I will send correspondence regularly, please continue to monitor www.nhti.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19, your CCSNH email, CANVAS and Facebook for updates from NHTI.

Be well and know that we will get through this together- stronger and better!

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President

UPDATE #7 Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,

In response to the escalating public health situation, all community colleges in New Hampshire will be extending our online learning format through the end of the Spring semester which is May 9, 2020.

At this time, NHTI is operational; remote work and learning have been integrated into our operations. 

At this time, there are no reports of suspected or confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) occurring amongst the NHTI Community.

Effective March 23- May 9, 2020

Due to the escalating Covid-19 community spread in New Hampshire, it is the expectation that all classes will be exclusively offered in an online format until the end of the semester. Approved exceptions may be granted due to accreditation/programmatic constraints. Faculty who cannot modify their classes will continue to contact their Department Chairs and the Academic Affairs office to discuss alternatives and restrictions. Faculty will communicate all changes with their students no later than Monday, March 23.  

Additionally, effective March 23rd, any staff office/department that can move to remote work will do so. Hours of operation for services and departments will be posted at the NHTI website including in-person and remote service information.

Residence Halls

Residence Halls will remain closed until the end of the semester. Students should remain home and not return to residence halls. Exceptions to residency will be determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs on a case-by-case basis. Students, who are able, will be permitted to return to the residence halls to gather textbooks and materials.  A separate correspondence, with specific details, was sent to students yesterday. An update will be sent this week.

 Quarantine Measures Change

As New Hampshire is now considered a state with community spread we will be following New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services specific guidance in conjunction with the CDC guidance.  If you have travelled in the United States and are exhibiting symptoms consistent with Coronavirus (COVID-19) as outlined below, or have been in close contact with those suspected or confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19) you must:

  • Any student, faculty or staff having travelled to Iran, China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and all of Europe should not come to Campus.
  • Self-quarantine until either receipt of the test results for Coronavirus (COVID-19) if suspected, or if you are ill for at least 24 hours after the last symptom is presented without use of any medication.
  • If you have no symptoms and are in contact with any person who is suspected or ill from Coronavirus (COVID-19) you are not to return to the NHTI Campus or Smokestack Complex for 14 days after the last contact with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) patient.
  • If you have no symptoms and have been in a specific community with significant Community spread from Coronavirus (COVID-19) you are not to return to the NHTI Campus or Smokestack Complex for 14 days after the last date in this community.
  • An employee who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case, must self-report and not return to NHTI  for fourteen (14) days even if they are symptom free. Close contact is defined as: a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case; or b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on). Such employees self-quarantine for the 14 days and monitor their health.
  • Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020  and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122.  All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Cancellation of Events

The majority of events being held at NHTI in March and April are cancelled. Updates on cancelled events will be listed at our website. 

Please remember to monitor www.nhti.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19, your CCSNH email, CANVAS and Facebook for updates from NHTI.

The situation is rapidly changing at all levels from the Federal government to our own State; now is the time to continue to prepare yourselves.

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President
 

Update #6 - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,

As we navigate these unprecedented times, we know the importance of keeping you abreast of the developments of NHTI’s preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). 

At this time, NHTI is operational; remote work and learning have been integrated into our operations and hours of operation have been curtailed in the learning commons/library. 

Starting March 23- April 4

During this time period, classes will be exclusively offered in an online format unless approved exceptions are granted due to accreditation/programmatic constraints. Faculty who cannot modify their classes will contact their Department Chairs and the Academic Affairs office to discuss alternatives. Faculty will communicate changes with their students. Onsite classes should not exceed 10 students, including the faculty member. 

Residence Halls

Residence Halls will remain closed until April 4th. Students should remain home and not return to residence halls. Exemptions to residence hall protocols will be determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs on a case-by-case basis. Students, who are able, will be permitted to return to the residence halls to gather textbooks and materials.  A separate correspondence, with specific details, will be sent to residence hall students today.

Quarantine Measures Change

Quarantine measures have changed. Any student, faculty or staff having travelled to the countries below or who have come in contact with someone who has travelled to Iran, China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and all of Europe should not come to Campus. Based on CDC information, the following locations with ongoing community spread will also require self-quarantine for 14 days upon return:  New York, California, Illinois and Washington. Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020  and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122.  All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Exhibiting Signs of the Coronavirus

Students, faculty, staff, CFDC patrons, dental clinic patients and guests exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus should not come to campus. These symptoms are fever above 100.4F, coughing and shortness of breath. Students need to report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time need to report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020  and all Staff and Administrators need to report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122.  All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Cancellation of Events

The majority of events being held at NHTI are cancelled; however, all are being assessed for risk level and are being cancelled on a case-by-case basis. Updates on cancelled events will be listed at our website. 

Please remember to monitor www.nhti.edu/novel-coronavirus-covid-19, your CCSNH email, CANVAS and Facebook for updates from NHTI.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we adapt to our new reality.

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President


Update #5 - Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,

NHTI’s Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT), lead by Director of Safety and Security and Incident Commander Jay Wovkanech met on March 11 and March 12th. Below are a series of updates and information in order to continue to keep you abreast of the developments of NHTI’s preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

At this time, NHTI is fully operational and we will operate as usual until circumstances dictate otherwise.

Quarantine Measures Change

Quarantine measures have changed. Any student, faculty or staff having travelled to the countries below or who have come in contact with someone who has travelled to China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea or Italy should not come to Campus. Additionally, anyone who has travelled to any location in Europe (except for Great Britain) as well as to the hot zones of New Rochelle, New York, Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington are not to come to Campus and must self-quarantine 14 days from your return from these locations.

Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020 and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122. All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Exhibiting Signs of the Coronavirus

Students, faculty, staff, CFDC patrons, dental clinic patients and guests exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus should not come to campus. These symptoms are fever above 100.4F, coughing and shortness of breath. Students need to report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time need to report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4020 and all Staff and Administrators need to report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu or 603-230-4122. All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Travel Plans

All Faculty, Staff, Students and CFDC families are requested to submit travel plans February 24-May 15 at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHTISpringTravel20 (Links to an external site.) This information will be kept private and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis. Faculty are encouraged to post this link on their course sites. Additionally, all community members should monitor the https://www.cdc.gov/ as affected areas may change.

Spring Break

At this time, classes will resume after Spring Break. Classes may include a mixed modality dependent upon faculty course needs based on the appropriate modified delivery modes.

Students and other members of our community who are traveling should take with them any devices, textbooks and other critical materials to be able to continue their coursework remotely in the event that you need to self-quarantine.

Additionally, it is important to keep abreast of quarantine and closure developments during Spring Break. Check your emails, Canvas sites and the College website as changes are happening rapidly.

Presentations by Director of Safety and Security and Director of Health Services

PowerPoint Presentations prepared for the cancelled March 12th meeting are available at NHTI’s website and on our shared drive. Please review the presentations carefully for additional educational information.

Chartwell’s Food Service

The Director of Chartwell’s Food service is ensuring that extra precautions are implemented in order to prevent the spread of disease including enhanced hand washing measures, disposable dishware and limiting buffet options.

Faculty Preparation for Taking Classes to Online Platform

Trish Dionne, the Director of Online Learning at NHTI, is the administrator lead to provide guidance and support to faculty in order to take all or part of their NHTI classes to an online environment. Additionally, information on available resources has been provided to faculty by the Academic Affairs Office.

Student Preparation for Taking Classes to Online Platform

A survey will be sent to students to assess their ability to access online resources. Only those who have limited resources are to complete the form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHTIOnlineResourcesSp20  (Links to an external site.)

211 Information Line

Governor Sununu has mobilized the 211NH hotline for all New Hampshire residents. Any Granite Stater can call 2-1-1 if they have questions or concerns related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We will continue to closely monitor and evaluate information and guidance provided by state and federal agencies in order to inform future decisions. All updates will be posted to email and to the college’s home page nhti.edu

Cancellation of Events

Events held at NHTI are being assessed for risk level and are being cancelled on a case-by-case basis. Updates on cancelled events will be listed at our website and communicated through email.

CCSNH

A letter from The Community College System of New Hampshire will be provided today via email with additional details.

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord’s Community College President


Update #4a - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Good afternoon,

As per the Coronavirus Update Letter from the President #4 sent this morning we are requesting that all Faculty, Staff, Students and CFDC families submit travel plans by filling out the Spring Travel Form if you are travelling outside of New Hampshire between the periods of  February 24th to May 15th.

The information on this form will be kept private (shared on a need-to-know basis) and will be used to assess potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep our NHTI community healthy.  Faculty will be encouraged to post this link on their course sites.  Additionally, all community members should monitor the https://www.cdc.gov/  as affected areas may change.

Click on the following link to access the Spring Travel Form www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHTISpringTravel20.

Jason Wovkanech

Interim Campus Safety Director


Update #4 - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dear NHTI College Community,

Below are a series of updates and information in order to continue to keep you abreast of the developments of NHTI’s preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Additionally, on Thursday, March 12 from 2-3pm in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium there will be an open forum on Coronavirus Updates for Faculty, Staff and Students. The session will be recorded for those unable to attend. If for some reason it is recommended that large groups not meet, we will cancel the meeting and send an online link to the updated information. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

At this time, NHTI is fully operational and we will operate as usual until circumstances dictate otherwise.

Quarantine Measures

Quarantine measures have not changed. Any student, faculty or staff having travelled to the countries below or who have come in contact with someone who has travelled to China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea or Italy should not come to Campus. Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu and 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu and 603-230-4020 and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu and 603-230-4122. All situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Exhibiting Signs of the Coronavirus

Students, faculty, staff, CFDC patrons and dental clinic patients exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus should not come to campus. Students will report concerns to the Student Affairs Office lpantano@ccsnh.edu and 603-230-4040; All faculty, part-time and full-time will report concerns to Academic Affairs rdean@ccsnh.edu and 603-230-4020 and all Staff and Administrators will report concerns to Human Resources smakee@ccsnh.edu and 603-230-4122. All situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and appropriate actions determined.

Travel Plans

All Faculty, Staff, Students and CFDC families will be requested to submit travel plans February 24-May 15. This information will be kept private and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis. If you have already submitted these, there will be no need to update the assessment. Faculty will be encouraged to post this link on their course sites. Additionally, all community members should monitor the https://www.cdc.gov/ as affected areas may change.

Expansion of CIRT Committee

We are expanding our Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT) committee as needed. Nursing Department faculty member Mary Jean Byers attended today’s CIRT meeting and will soon be the point person for coordination of response for all clinical sites and the dental clinic.

Additional persons who have been notified of an assignment as CIRT Team Leaders will soon be included in support of planning are:

  • Todd Bedell - Information Technology
  • Richard Nickerson – Facility Support
  • Melanie Kirby – Finance/Budget
  • Rob Bowen – Logistical Support
  • Sheri Gonthier – Technical Specialist – Financial Aid
  • Ross Ewing – Technical Specialist – Childcare
  • Stefanie Howe - Technical Specialist – Accessibility Services

Residential Students

Students exhibiting flu-like symptoms or testing positive to the Coronavirus will be send home. Those students with housing insecurity with no homes to return to will be relocated to the A wing of Langley Hall, which has been identified as a secure location. Seriously ill students will be sent to local hospitals.

EPA-Approved

Cleaning NHTI will now be using EPA-approved cleansers for all facilities. Employees should wipe-down personal desks, phones and keyboards; bottles will be distributed throughout buildings for all employees to wipe down their personal devices. Maintenance will be focusing their efforts on high usage locations: Fitness Center, Computer Labs and in and out door locations.

Faculty Preparation for Taking Classes to Online Platform

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is currently determining the capacity to be able to hold all onsite classes in an online format. Effective immediately, faculty should make preparations and plans in consultation with their department chairs to determine feasibility of offering classes through Canvas. Communication In an effort to share these communications more broadly, correspondence will be posted to NHTI’s Facebook page and website. Additionally, all correspondence will be added to a Coronavirus (Covid-19) Folder on the shared drive. Please also take the opportunity to further share the updates on Canvas sites and other locations to students who may not check email or social media sites regularly.

We are committed to the health and well-being of everyone on campus and we ask each member of the community to help us in this endeavor. All updates will be posted to email and to the college’s home page nhti.edu

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord Community College President


Update #3 - Friday, March 6, 2020

Good afternoon,

I wanted to take a few moments of your time and discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the College’s response.

The current situation, as I am sure you know, is very fluid and dynamic and is not widely affecting the United States at this time.  As been sent in previous communications by President Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki you should familiarize yourself with information provided by reliable sources at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov and/or the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHHHS) website https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/  There is a lot of information being channeled through media, social media, etc. that is often outdated, inaccurate or misleading.

I have attended conference calls daily with the CDC, NHDHHS and the NH Information Analysis Center (NHIAC) regarding state and federal response planning.  There is a lot still being decided at the Federal, Regional and State levels regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the United States which is still based on current information limited  to specific regional areas and is not widespread.  Per the DHHS website New Hampshire as of 9:00 am this morning NH has only two presumptive cases of COVID-19 located in Grafton County.  I am receiving updates from the NHIAC on the state response to COVID-19 and will be sharing these with the College community as they are received.

Our college has an established Critical Response Team (CIRT) which has a base emergency response plan and additional annexes for specific hazard or incident response which we function under. There is a specific incident/hazard response cycle under Federal guidelines which we follow and NHTI is currently in the Preparation phase.  As part of this Preparation phase we have taken the following steps:

  • Members of the CIRT are collaborating nationally with other colleges and their response.  For example, I am a member of a working group of colleges around the country through the Disaster Resilient University Network which are sharing resources and response information.
  • The CIRT has been meeting regularly since last week and is working on developing specific plans for a COVID-19 response per guidance from the CDC and NHDHHS.  We have gathered existing team members form College Administration, Campus Safety, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Health Service, etc.  We will be expanding this group to include others at the college as needed as we expand our planning and response.  This group is now meeting at a minimum weekly, and if needed will meet as the situation dictates.
  • Previous communications to the College community from the Current Director of Campus Safety Jason Bishop and the College President Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki.
  • We have worked with Residence Life regarding preparations to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, we are designating a secure, segregated location for students who need to be quarantined, but who are housing insecure, or otherwise unduly impacted if they need to wait out their 14 day quarantine requirement.  Although we do not currently have housing-insecure students who are experiencing symptoms, we need to prepare such a location.  
  • We are identifying faculty, staff and students who plan on travelling  to any area outside of the United States and areas in the United States that are experiencing larger outbreaks (Seattle, Washington area) during spring break.   Students should contact the Vice President of Student Affairs Laura Pantano as lpantano@ccsnh.edu and Faculty and Staff should notify Susan Makee at smakee@ccsnh.edu
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a list of approved cleaning products for COVID-19.  These products are currently being used in Residence Halls and are being expanded for use in other buildings throughout campus.
  • We are undergoing an assessment of existing resources and determining additional resource needs to sustain operations of the college.

We were recently notified by an NHTI employee that family member had travelled to areas in the region of Italy which are the hotspots for their COVID-19 outbreak.  As of Wednesday, March 4th CDC guidance was updated and this family member is required to self-quarantine.  This employee was on campus Thursday, March 5th.   Neither of the individuals have any symptoms of any illness at this time.  This employee under guidance from the CIRT is remaining at home as outlined in email sent by the President on Thursday, March 5th.   The areas the employee was located is scheduled to be cleaned by the end of today, March 6th per CDC guidance.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED The CIRT will be holding an all campus meeting for faculty, staff and students on Thursday, March 12th from 2:00 pm to 3:00pm providing information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  This will be recorded and distributed to the College community if you are unable to attend.THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Moving forward it is imperative that we come together as a community as there will be potential for challenges and disruption to our normal routines given the unfolding nature of this event. However, as in the past I am confident we will overcome this challenge as we all will have a part in the success in the response to COVID-19.

Jason Wovkanech
Interim Director of Campus Safety
 


Update #2 - Thursday, March 5, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Cabinet members along with the Director of Safety and Security Jason Bishop and Assistant Director Jay Wovkanech, and Director of Health Services Janet Ercolini met in our Emergency Operations Center in Little Hall to focus on our action plan for a Covid-19 outbreak. We came together as a team to work through potential scenarios, including those related to the CFDC, residence halls, food services, etc. All members of our community should feel comfortable that a group of capable professionals is monitoring the situation and is empowered to make decisions with the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff as the top priority. Meetings will be held weekly or more regularly depending on the status of the situation.

At this time, NHTI is fully operational and we will operate as usual until circumstances dictate otherwise.

Quarantine-Measures
With the welfare of our community in mind, we have indicated that those students, faculty and/or staff who have travelled to China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Italy or who have come in contact with those from the 4 identified countries, self-quarantine for 14 days at home.

If you have returned from China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea or Italy or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to these countries and start to have symptoms of respiratory illness or fever, stay home and call your doctor to explain the situation before going to the doctor’s office, emergency room or hospital. These members of the community cannot come to campus during the 14 days of self- quarantine.

Even if you did not travel to a high-risk country, but you have flu-like symptoms, please do not return to campus until you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.

Students
Students that are required to quarantine at home should reach out to their professors to arrange ways to complete their academic obligations remotely during this time. Faculty will work with students who are required to self-quarantine so that they are not penalized for missing class. Faculty will share the quarantine student information with our Director of Safety and Security and the Academic Affairs office.

At the end of the 14-day quarantine, students who are symptom free and have followed quarantine procedures may return to campus.

Students who live on campus will receive a separate communication from Residence Life regarding procedures for those who have traveled to the affected areas. Students with concerns may contact Student Health Services at 603-230-4043 or nhtihealthservices@ccsnh.edu

Faculty and Staff
Employees who quarantine at home should contact Human Resources at 603-230-4002 or smakee@ccsnh.edu to ensure proper designation of leave and receive important information about work arrangements.
At the end of the 14 days, faculty and staff who are free of symptoms and have followed quarantine procedures may return to campus.

Events
Campus events should proceed as scheduled. However, we need to be prepared for change.  We are asking every member of the community who is planning an event that will take place on or off campus through June 15, 2020, to provide Amy Proctor aproctor@ccsnh.edu with basic event details: location, expected number in attendance, if external participants are involved by May 15. Should the Covid-19 situation get to a point when we have to consider canceling large gatherings, we will use this information to make decisions and get in touch with event organizers.

Be Prepared
This is a good time for Department Chairs and faculty members teaching face-to-face classes to make plans should we need to put our courses online to ensure the continuity of the academic programs, please see https://eab.com/research/strategy/resource-center/support-your-campus-through-the-coronavirus-crisis/

The most important step you can take right now is to stay informed and make sure that your friends, family and colleagues are aware and following the guidelines outlined by the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/and DHHS https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm protocols.

We will continue monitoring the development of the coronavirus situation and will keep you informed as necessary.

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord Community College President


Update #1 - Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) continues to monitor developments pertaining to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) and is requesting that students, faculty and staff who have travelled to countries identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “Level 3 Warning” (currently China, South Korea, Italy and Iran) self-report and not return to any of the CCSNH campuses for 14 days even if you are symptom-free. We request that you self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor your health. (Please note that countries listed as Level 3 may change. We recommend that you check the CDC website every day for the latest updates.)

If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from traveling to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak or have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please call your health care provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

Returning Students from Level 3 Warning Countries:

Students who are returning from Level 3 countries should notify their faculty members of their inability to return to class and discuss potential accommodations to make up missed academic work during the 14-day period. We are encouraging instructors to work with students who are absent because of illness by offering online options, makeup exams, alternate assignments or alternate weighting of missed work. [I recommend posting notices on your Canvas sites. Guidelines are currently being developed regarding faculty and student absences.]

Faculty should notify their department chairs and/or Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs of the same, and staff members should speak with their supervisors and/or Human Resources.

Returning Faculty and Staff from Level 3 Warning Countries:

CCSNH faculty and staff who are returning from Level 3 countries should notify their institution’s human resources officer or the CCSNH director of human resources. The human resources department will determine an appropriate return to work date based upon the employee’s travel history and symptoms which may arise during the quarantine period.

Planned Travel During Spring Semester:

Effective immediately through the remainder of the spring semester (May 15, 2020), travelers should report all planned travel abroad to the appropriate institution official prior to leaving. Students should report planned travel abroad to the Vice President of Student Affairs at their college. Faculty and staff planning travel aboard should report planned travel to their institution’s human resource officer or CCSNH Director of Human Resources.

Students, faculty and staff considering personal travel abroad over weekends and breaks please carefully consider the fact that many countries are implementing travel restrictions and these restrictions may cause delays, mandatory quarantines, or being denied entry to a country. Please report such travel as stipulated above.  For guidance on travel restrictions that countries have implemented please refer to the CDC website.   

Individuals who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent illness, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions:

  • Keep cell phones fully charged and operational, and check their email at least daily.
  • Travel with all key documents, including their passport, visa if applicable, and insurance documents.
  • Travel with a full supply of any prescribed medications, regardless of how long they plan to be away. Prescription medications need to be in their original containers.

Please keep in mind this continues to be a fluid situation, and college guidelines may continue to evolve. We will provide further updates to our college communities as they are available.

Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
NHTI Concord Community College President

 

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Cancelled Events

This list may change, please check back before your event.

Book discussion of Perspolis
All Student Organization Events
Capital Region Volleyball
Delta Dental Road Race
Concord Chamber of Commerce Events 
College Transfer Visits
Empire Beauty School Graduation
ESOL College Prep Day
Exhibition of Student Work
Friday Night Films
Girls Technology Day
GSIL IMPACCT Meeting
Multicultural Fair
NERVA Volleyball Tournament
NH Athletic Directors’ Meeting
NH Baseball Umpires Meeting
NH Employment Security Job Fair
NH Legislative Youth Advisory Meeting
NH Public Defender Conference
NH Science & Engineering Expo
NH Veg Fest
NHBCO High School Basketball Games
NHTI Awards Day
NHTI Open House 
NHTI Baseball and Softball Season
NHTI Wellness Fair
Open Democracy Conference
Poetry Reading Event
Rad Tech End of Year Ceremony
Resident Assist In-Service Training
Sports Management Conference
Stage Lynx Spring Production
Sycamore Garden Meetings
TECP Information Night
U-Safe Presentation
UNH Next Level Leadership Meetings 
USA Gymnastics 
Wings of Knowledge Events