COVID-19 Communication

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COVID-19 DASHBOARD

What is quarantine? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to Covid-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.” Anyone who is exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 – is within six feet for more than 15 minutes – must quarantine if possible. A person in quarantine must remain exclusively in the assigned space for 14 days since his or her last contact with a person with Covid-19.

What is isolation? Those who test positive with Covid-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to home. To learn more, visit the CDC’s website.

The university will provide limited isolation and quarantine housing for infected students. Students living within 250 miles of Dordt should quarantine at home until they have met the conditions for their return. For infected students who live further than 250 miles, Dordt is providing isolation and quarantine housing. For more information, please see our "Roadmap for Reopening."

Covid-19 Student Case Reports (SPRING 2021)

Dordt University maintains this dashboard to update the community on the number of positive Covid-19 cases among students as well as the number of students who are in quarantine or isolation. The dashboard will be updated twice a week.

May 3, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on campus): 2
  • Students on campus in quarantine or isolation: 11

April 29, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 2
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 10

April 26, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 1

April 22, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 2
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 9

April 19, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 3
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 13

April 15, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 3
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 13

April 12, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 2

April 8, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 0

April 5, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 1
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 5

April 1, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 2
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 5

March 29, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 2
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 11

March 25, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 3
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 22

March 22, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 3
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 9

March 18, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 4
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 14

March 15, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 5
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 15

March 11, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 4
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 20

March 8, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 3
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 19

March 4, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 3
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 9

March 1, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 4
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 9

February 25, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 1
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 3

February 22, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 2

February 18, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 0

February 15, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 1
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 5

February 11, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 2
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 9

February 8, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 1
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 5

February 4, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 1
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 6

February 1, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 6

January 28, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 1

January 25, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 3

January 21, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 2

January 18, 2021

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students on-campus): 0
  • Students on-campus in quarantine or isolation: 0

Covid-19 Student Case Reports (Fall 2020)

To view the fall 2020 semester's Covid-19 student case reports, please click here.


Helpful Resources:

 


CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Statement

Student Portion

First and final report: June 1, 2020

To assist students who have been impacted financially, Dordt University is distributing emergency government grant funding via the CARES Act. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid supplies funding for institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to on-campus students who have been impacted by disrupted campus operations due to COVID-19, many of whom are facing financial challenges and are struggling to make ends meet.

The CARES Act requires all colleges and universities participating in the program to provide access to the following information.

On April 22, 2020, Dordt signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement. This document is an assurance that the university has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funds that the university will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $1,082,435.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission is $541,218.

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 886.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 565.

The university ‘s method of evaluating eligibility was based on the student being Title IV eligible and based off of the students Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  Remaining funds will be distributed to students who have shown additional financial need as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expected Family Contribution Band Award
0 - 6,000

$1,200

6,001 - 18,000 $750
18,001 - 30,000 $300

Dordt University will send out the following letter to qualifying students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

Dear Student,

We realize that many of our students are facing financial challenges due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  To address the pressing financial need of students, Dordt University has received funds through the CARES Act that we are making available to you via an emergency financial aid grant.  This grant does not need to be repaid, and you are not required to substantiate your expenses; it is for your expenses related to the disruption of campus (food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses).

As a current student you may also be eligible to receive aid from the Hope Fund.  This is a separate fund provided by generous gifts from students and donors.  If you would like to apply, please use https://u.dordt.edu/hope-fund.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Harlan Harmelink at 712-722-6082 or Brenda Postma at 712-722-6010.

Thank you,

Dordt University Business Office

Institutional Portion

Download quarterly report here: CARES Act Institutional Portion Quarterly Reporting

 


Previous announcements:


Campus Communication on Novel-Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 3, 2020

What is novel-coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia related illness. It was first identified in December 2019, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including 11 current cases in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness in recent health concerns.
What is the risk?

The World Health Organization has declared this a Public Health Emergency.  However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. 

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

Travel Advisory:

The U.S. State Department has issued a level 4 travel alert (travel not advised) for all parts of China. 

Dordt University officials and The Global Education office are watching developments closely.  Questions concerning the potential effect of the illness on study abroad programs may be directed to Rebecca Tervo.

Treatment:

People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection (source: CDC).

Prevention:

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of Novel-Coronavirus and all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.  Return to regular activities (including work or class) when you have been fever-free, without the use of medications, for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:
If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms you:
  • Traveled to Hubei Province where Wuhan is located
  • Visited mainland China
  • Have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient
You should:
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel or contacts and your symptoms. Sioux Center Health’s Emergency Department can be reached at 712-722-1271, Physician Offices at 712-722-2609.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not use public transportation or just arrive at a health care facility without calling ahead.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Student Health and Counseling offers advice by phone (712-722-6990) during our business hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, to help save students and staff a trip to the Emergency Department.  

Kind Regards,
Robert Taylor, Dean of Students
Beth Baas, Director, Student Health and Counseling


Covid-19 Student Case Reports (Fall 2020)

November 23, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 0
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 18

November 19, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 4
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 39

November 16, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 12
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 48

November 12, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 14
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 65

November 9, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 12
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 71

November 5, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 10
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 59

November 2, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 13
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 56

October 29, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 7
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 41

October 26, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 6
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 26

October 22, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 4
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 30

October 19, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 3
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 23

October 15, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 8
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 35

October 12, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 8
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 44

October 8, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 8
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 84

October 5, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 20
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 80

October 1, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 21
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 134

September 28, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 18
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 135

September 24, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 17
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 57

September 21, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 8
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 63

September 17, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 0
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 9

September 14, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 0
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 4

September 10, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 2
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 24

September 7, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 3
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 38

September 3, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 28
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 78

September 1, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 24
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 64

August 25, 2020

  • Active positive Covid-19 cases (students): 9
  • Students in quarantine or isolation: 27