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    COVID-19 College Information

    Important Information: Concerning COVID-19


    The safety of our students and our staff is always foremost on our minds.

    Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 and following the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) we have increased our vigilance regarding the regular cleaning of classrooms and common areas.  At the end of each class student desks are wiped down with CDC approved disinfectants and hand sanitizers are made available to students in the common areas and in all staff offices.

    As a college, it is important that we respond accordingly to the concerns voiced by our staff, students, and community regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  After reviewing the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and the Hawaii Department of Education, we are making the following changes to our March 2020 program start effective Monday, March 16, 2020.  We appreciate the understanding of our students and staff while we make these necessary adjustments to ensure the safety of those involved and continue to serve the ongoing educational needs of our student body.

    Starting March 23rd, 2020, the college will run all classes in an online format except for the Clinical Programmatic classes (Advanced, ECG, and Phlebotomy).  Clinical Programmatic students are required on campus for the entire module or until further notice.   Those classes will employ additional precautionary steps against the spreading of the COVID-19 virus.  Non-clinical classes will be done remote and strictly on the D2L Online Platform.

    We continue to monitor the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control.  Below are important links to information regarding the COVID-19 virus and recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control.

    Coronavirus Fact Sheet

    What you need to know about COVID-19

    Workplace, School, and Home Guidance Worksheet

    Updates

    May 15th 2020

    We’re still going strong!

    We continue to enroll students for the June 1st start.  The live classroom and online classes are seeing great results with students mostly with the support of the instructors and staff.  Clinical classes will be back on campus starting June 1st with all social distancing protocols in place.

    April 2nd 2020

    How to coronavirus-proof your home

    Life under coronavirus means staying at home as much as possible — but you’ll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point. Download or print this tip sheet to make sure you don’t bring the virus back home with you.

    Note: Recommendations for Covid-19 may change as officials learn more, so monitor your local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updates.

     Make a game plan

    • Designate one person to be your errand-runner to limit your outside exposures
    • Set up a disinfecting station — an area outside your home or in a room with low foot traffic where you can disinfect packaged food

     When you’re out

    • Avoid coming within less than six feet of others
    • Wipe handles on carts or baskets while shopping
    • You don’t have to have gloves or a mask — just wash your hands frequently while you’re out and avoid touching your face

     When you get back

    • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
    • Disinfect takeout boxes and packaged foods at your disinfecting station
    • Thoroughly wash produce before putting it in your kitchen

     Disinfect

    • Disinfect everything you touch — doorknobs, light switches, keys, phone, keyboards, remotes, etc.
    • Use EPA-approved disinfectants (these include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and certain Lysol sprays) and leave surfaces wet for 3-5 minutes

     Delivery

    • Ask workers to drop deliveries off on your doorstep or an area of your complex
    • If they need you to come to the door, keep six feet of distance
    • Pay and tip online when possible
    • After you pick up mail from your mailbox, wash your hands

     Laundry

    • Wash clothes, towels and linens regularly on the warmest setting
    • Disinfect your laundry hamper, too, or place a removable liner inside it
    • Don’t shake dirty laundry to avoid dispersing the virus in the air

     Guests

    • You shouldn’t allow guests over right now
    • If you need to house a family member or friend, avoid shared living spaces as much as you can
    • If they need to enter shared living spaces, ask them to keep six feet of distance

     If someone in your home gets sick

    • First, consult your doctor
    • Isolate them in another room and ask them to use a separate restroom
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day
    • Avoid sharing items with them
    • Wear gloves when washing their laundry
    • Continue to wash your hands frequently
    • Ask them to wear a face mask if they have one

     Supplies you’ll need

    • EPA-approved disinfectants
    • If you don’t have disinfectants, make a bleach solution:
      • Mix four teaspoons bleach per quart of water; or
      • Use a 70% alcohol solution
    • Laundry detergent
    • Trash bags
    • Prescription medicines (you can mail order these)
    • Canned foods — fruits, veggies, beans
    • Dry goods — breads, pastas, nut butters
    • Frozen foods — meats, veggies, fruits

     Pets

    • Supervise your pet in your backyard
    • It’s OK to play with them outside — just keep your distance from other humans
    • If you’re sick, ask someone you live with to take care of them while you recover
    • If you must care for them while you’re sick, wash your hands frequently

    Sources:

    • Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University in Washington.
    • Dr. Koushik Kasanagottu, an internal medicine resident physician at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and who is among the thousands of health care professionals treating patients with coronavirus.
    • Dr. Richard Kuhn, a virologist, director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease and editor-in-chief of the journal “Virology.”
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    March 21st 2020

    HAWAII MEDICAL COLLEGE

    STUDENT & STAFF SUPPORT

    In Response to COVID-19 and Increased Need in Our Communities

    Honolulu, HI. March XX, 2020 – The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is developing rapidly in our Hawaiian communities. During this time of uncertainty, we are all concerned about the health and safety of our families, students, and staff. As such we are taking every precaution and doing our part to offer support.

    School leadership has decided that taking a proactive stance is in the best interests of our staff and students. Effective Monday, March 23rd at 4:30PM and in accordance with the advice of state, local and county leaders and Department of Health medical experts, Hawaii Medical College will close the physical campus location in Honolulu until April 30th 2020 and move all existing operations, new student enrollments and classes online. Instructors and support staff will be available online and by phone during regular hours to address all student concerns.

    “With the anticipated need for medical professionals, we knew this was not the time to suspend classes or operations and are fully prepared to function online.” said James Hawkins, Director of Marketing, IT, and Communications for Hawaii Medical College. “We are still seeing an increase in the number of new student applications in light of this crisis and are accepting and enrolling new students online to fulfill the high demand for health professionals” continued Hawkins.

    Hawaii Medical College is committed to keeping our students, faculty, and community safe while also ensuring students are our top priority. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment where students develop credentialed professional and technical abilities in the medical field.

    We are monitoring the situation closely as it evolves and will keep you informed as circumstances change. We will continue to find solutions to accommodate the education and welfare of our students, staff, and communities as needs change.

    For more information on Hawaii Medical College’s on-line courses, teacher assistance or registration for classes please visit our website at https://www.hmi.edu or call us directly at 808-237-5140.

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