June 15 COVID-19 Update From CIRT

Student Health Begins Screenings

  • Daily COVID-19 screenings through first 14 days of fall classes
  • Creighton helps develop self-screening app

Creighton Student Health Education and Compliance began performing daily COVID-19 screenings last week for students and a faculty member who returned to campus for an organic chemistry lab.

Beginning today, Student Health professionals will open a COVID-19 Screening Station in the atrium of the Hixson-Lied Science Building for University faculty, postdoctoral fellows, technicians and graduate students approved to return to campus to resume research activities.

Next week, Student Health plans to begin daily COVID-19 screenings for all mission-critical employees reporting to campus. Those individuals will receive an email from Carrie Hoarty, MD, director of Student Health Education and Compliance, providing more direction and details on completing the Creighton COVID-19 Community Standards.

Screening protocols also have been incorporated into health sciences programs that have returned or will soon return to campus. Daily screening protocols will continue through the summer and at least the first 14 days of fall classes. 

Flu Vaccinations Required for Faculty, Staff and Students

Students, faculty and staff will be required to receive the seasonal influenza vaccination. Compounding the COVID-19 pandemic with an influenza outbreak on Creighton’s campus would place our community’s health and safety at risk. More details will be shared later.

Request Form Needed to Access Campus

While campus remains closed to all but approved faculty, staff and students, as noted previously, the University has begun a phased approach to allow access campus. Only employees with academic- and business-critical tasks that must be performed on campus will be considered for approval at this time.

To request access to campus, complete the COVID-19 Campus Access Request Form. All requests are routed through the appropriate dean or VP before going to the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for final approval. Those previously granted access to campus as mission-critical do not need to reapply for permission.

QUESTIONS FROM CAMPUS

Q: Will we be able to obtain plexiglass partitions on lab benches?

A: Plans are being developed to provide plexiglass partitions where necessary and feasible. The exact details have not yet been determined.

Q: Is the University still considering a hybrid option where there will be some students online and some students physically present in the classroom?

A: Yes, while the University is making every effort to deliver classes in-person, circumstances such as gathering-size restrictions or student isolation/quarantine, may require hybrid options. Every effort will be made to ensure online and hybrid courses maintain parity with traditional in-person courses.

Q: What PPE will people be required to wear?

A: Individuals must wear face coverings in public spaces on campus (including classrooms and labs), except while performing physical labor or exercising. Personal protective equipment (PPE), on the other hand (such as an N95 respirator), is reserved for faculty, staff and students in health care and laboratory settings where these items are required.

Q:  Do departments need to order their own face coverings, hand sanitizer and other items related to COVID-19 mitigation?

A: Creighton-branded, washable cloth face coverings have been ordered for all faculty, staff and students and will be here by the start of the fall semester. Additional hand sanitizer stations also will be placed at the entrances to buildings on campus. For other items or questions, please contact Eric Gilmore, senior director of procurement, at EricGilmore@creighton.edu.

Q: Will there be guidance that minimizes classroom capacity based on square footage requirements per student?

A: Yes, classroom, laboratory and venue spaces on campus have been analyzed to determine the maximum capacity of each room based on public health directives around social distancing and gathering sizes. Hybrid online and in-person course delivery may be required in certain instances to lessen room density. Work is proceeding to identify appropriate classroom spaces for each course for the fall semester, with as little disruption as possible to classroom schedules.