Campus Update: Coronavirus Update March 15, 2020

Hello Students,

Starting Wednesday March 18, 2020, all face to face didactic (lecture) courses at EIC will be converted to online courses. Please note the following:

  1. In moving to an online format, instructors are delivering course content and communication to you via Canvas.

Students need to be able to access their EIC email and Canvas at eicollege.instructure.com In Canvas, you will receive instruction on your courses, specifically:

  • What to do- including joining your didactic lectures at the usual scheduled time;
  • How faculty wants you to do your work (including assignments and tests)
  • How to submit this work to faculty in Canvas
  • How faculty will give you feedback on your work

Faculty and students should use Canvas as the tool for these exchanges and to deliver:

  • Course materials (not via email)
  • Go to eicollege.instructure.com
  • Log in using Google email and password

All courses already have a course presence.

  • In order to be able to do this, students and faculty need to be able to log into devices at home.  While students can connect to lectures via their mobile phone, it is recommended to submit assignments with a laptop or desktop computer.
  1. Lectures will be delivered synchronously (using Google Meet).  Lectures will be given at the same time classes are held using a video link that students will be able to connect to from home. Please note that it is not possible to access Google hangouts directly from Canvas using a mobile. Students should copy the Google Meet link url from Canvas and use Chrome to open the link.

Students are expected to sign in using the video link to allow for the camera to be turned on and screen sharing to occur. Faculty will share their screen to allow students to see Powerpoints and other related material.

  1. Assigning and Collecting work online
  • Students can submit work in Canvas.
  1. Discussion Boards
  • Student-to-Student Communication

One way in which students can informally support each other in their learning is through discussion boards. Faculty will set these up for students to ask questions.

Recommendation: Students ask each other questions and provide each other support on the discussion boards.

  1. Grades

Students can see their grades from submitted assessed work by clicking on the Grades tab.

  1. Student Support
  • Virtual office hours or
  • Answer any questions asynchronously or in one-on-one appointments via phone or video chat
  • Students can also contact their instructors via email
  1. Technical Support
  • Canvas support is available 24/ 7 via phone or chat
  • Canvas Support Hotline (Students)
  • 1 (877) 875-6340
  • Access Canvas Help More information when you are signed into Canvas
  1. EIC IT support, please use support@eicollege.edu

Clinical, Laboratory and Externship

Clinicals and laboratory courses for Nursing will be delivered synchronously and will utilize virtual simulations and case studies.

Dental Hygiene clinics have been suspended indefinitely until the college re-opens, and students will be given the opportunity and time to complete their clinic hours. Externship rotations for MA, CVT and DMS have been suspended as well and will resume when the College opens and upon approval and permission of the sites . The laboratory component of the MA, CVT and DMS courses will be completed in campus upon re-opening of the College.

Following the directive from the NJ Governor’s office, EIC will close indefinitely “until such time as deemed by health officials to be safe for classes to resume”

Periodic Updates

Students are advised to check their emails, the College website and app regularly for updates.

To all students:

Eastern International College will close on Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. Students on externship and clinicals should not report to the sites effective Monday, March 16, 2020. On March 18, 2020, all didactic/lecture classes will be held online. You will receive via email from your professor instructions, and attendance will be strictly monitored and recorded in the online classes. You are advised to check regularly the EIC website and app for updates.

For students in online programs  (DH and HL completion), coursework continues as per your quarter syllabus.


About Coronavirus

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 50 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

Symptoms

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Steps to Protect Yourself

The actions you take and plans you make today make a difference. Here are some important steps for protecting yourself and others from getting and spreading the flu at home:

  1. Stay home when you are sick.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  6. Be prepared and informed.

Consult the NJ Department of Health hotline for questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 at 800-222-1222. More information at CDC.

We look forward to staying in communication with you as this situation unfolds.

The information below is directly lifted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Stock up on supplies
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible.

Who is at Higher Risk?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.). Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Get Ready for COVID-19 Now

  • Have supplies on hand
    • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
    • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
    • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
    • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
  • Take everyday precautions
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Take everyday preventive actions
      • Clean your hands often
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
      • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
      • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
      • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
      • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
      • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
      • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
    • If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people
      • Stay home as much as possible.
        • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
      • Have a plan for if you get sick:
        • Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
        • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
        • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick.

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.