Health Update: Preparing for Return to Campus

COVID-19 Preparedness (3/10/2020)

03.10.20

Granite State College has worked with the UNH Police Department and its Office of Emergency Management for several years to provide support for the College’s public safety and emergency preparedness needs. UNH’s Office of Emergency Management  works closely with state and federal agencies to leverage expertise and resources, greatly enhancing our ability to prepare for emergent situations such as a possible expansion of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire.

In accordance with the College’s Emergency Operations Plan, the College Emergency Group was activated on January 29, 2020, to focus attention on this emerging issue. Preparedness planning is active across the College including response plans for social distancing, enhanced cleaning, telecommuting, and continuity of operations. The College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of the students, faculty, staff, and guests who are served by the College and will continue to work closely with UNH Emergency Management and state and federal authorities in the response to COVID-19. 

Preparing for Impacts to Face-to-face Classes and Meetings

At this point, there are no restrictions on classes, meetings, or gatherings in New Hampshire. That said, it is possible we may see impacts on these events if COVID-19 cases begin to increase. The College may also apply restrictions based on advisement from UNH’s Office of Emergency Management and state and federal authorities. If deemed necessary, the College will work with faculty and students to transition face-to-face courses to an online format. Meetings, OLLI classes, and other events at our locations might also need to be cancelled, rescheduled, or adapted to an online format and organizers of these events are encouraged to work with staff to anticipate  these potential changes.

DHHS Contact Tracing at River Valley Community College

On March 3, 2020, the College was made aware that River Valley Community College (RVCC) was closing their campuses from an abundance of caution in response to a COVID-19 contact tracing conducted by New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (NHDHHS).  For this reason, we issued an alert to inform our community that the Lebanon office at RVCC was closed for the remainder of the day. The suspected case was an employee at RVCC Claremont and Keene with no known contact with the Lebanon location where we have a co-located advising office. NH DHHS has confirmed that there was no contact at the RVCC Lebanon facility and so no known contact with Granite State College staff or students. Normal operating hours were resumed at the Lebanon location on March 4, 2020.

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