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COVID 19 Q&A

COVID-19 FAQs

This page exists for the Southeastern Seminary community to stay up to date on COVID-19, also know as the Coronavirus, and how it affects our school. 

If you or anyone you know has been infected with the COVID-19 we suggest you immediately contact your doctor and the NCDHHS via phone or email for further instructions. Below you will find link to relevant news, FAQs, and more.

We encourage you to bookmark this site as we will update it with any new information.

 

FAQs

COVID-19 is also known as Coronavirus and is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China. You can learn about COVID-19 at the CDC’s website here.

COVID-19 causes symptoms of mild to severe respiratory illness causing cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. The full list of symptoms can be found on the CDC’s website here.

COVID-19 is said to be spread primarily from person to person contact, sometimes with a distance of up to 6 feet from one another. The virus itself is thought to be spread by coming into contact with an infected person's respiratory droplets. The CDC has compiled a full list of possible ways the virus may spread here.

The best ways to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, especially during flu season, are simple and easily practiced. 

  1. Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds using soap.

  2. If your hands are unwashed, be conscious and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  3. Practice Social distancing: do not gather in large groups and do not be in proximity with other people closer than 6 feet.

  4. Don’t share anything that has come into contact with another person’s saliva, whether in your living situation or social environments.

  5. Stay home when you’re sick.

  6. Cover sneezes and coughs with tissues and throw tissues in the trash.

  7. Get enough sleep and eat well to help boost your immune system.

More info about avoiding COVID-19 is available HERE from the CDC.

If you plan to travel abroad, you need to be aware of the potential risks. Even when traveling to a country that has yet to have a reported case of COVID-19 there is a risk of an outbreak being reported or a country being declared high-risk. If this happens, there could be difficulties in traveling, being exposed to the disease, or returning to the U.S. The CDC maintains a Webster with travel information that you can find here

We suggest you enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive current embassy alerts and messages for your destinations.

At this time all travel has been canceled, both domestic and foreign, until further notice. 

  1. Remain alert for any signs or symptoms of the Coronavirus including coughs, running a fever, or difficulty breathing.

  2. Take your temperature at least twice a day.

  3. Students who have traveled to any Level 2 or 3 countries need to report to the Dean of Students, extension 2306 or email jhare@sebts.edu, and self-isolate until further instructions from medical professionals can be solicited.

  4. Students will be provided accommodations for quarantine if they are current on-campus residents/students.

  5. If you need to self-isolate, we suggest you contact your professors immediately to discuss some form of class adjustments and accommodations.

  6. SEBTS will have a professional cleaning/decontamination of each quarantine facility of any student exhibiting symptoms.

  7. Professors, please make appropriate adjustments and accommodations for students including but not limited to:

    1. Granting some flexibility with course attendance policies.

    2. Allow notes to be taken and shared digitally.

    3. Modify due dates for assignments or tests usually turned in during lecture time.

  8. For further guidance, see the CDC page, Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings.

The U.S. government has issued the following protocol:


“Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine, to ensure they’re provided proper medical care and health screening. This applies only to U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days.”

“Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.”

“Foreign nationals, other than the immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled to China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the U.S. for this time.”

If there is a positively identified case of CORVID-19 reported to SEBTS administrators’ appropriate action, as deemed by North Carolina state law, will be taken. The student health services have already arranged plans for quarantining students if need be. Protocols have been put in place for cleaning residences of affected students and the workspaces of affected faculty and staff. Administrators will work with faculty to allow accommodations for extended student absences. 

Students who have traveled to any Level 2 or 3 countries need to report to the dean of students, extension 2306 or email jhare@sebts.edu, and self-isolate until further instructions from medical professionals can be solicited. 

  1. If you need to self-isolate we suggest you contact your professors immediately to discuss some form of class adjustments and accommodations.

  2. Students will be provided accommodations for quarantine if they are current on-campus residents/students.

  3. SEBTS will have a professional cleaning/decontamination of each quarantine facility of any student exhibiting symptoms.

  4. Professors will make appropriate adjustments and accommodations for students including but not limited to:

    1. Granting some flexibility with course attendance policies.

    2. Allow notes to be taken and shared digitally.

    3. Modify due dates for assignments or tests usually turned in during lecture time.

    4. For further guidance, see the CDC page, Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings.

At the time the CDC has not recommended the wearing of masks. Steps and measures of preventing the spreading of the disease have been communicated. 

Students who are ill should not attend class and instead should contact their professor via phone or email to inform them of their absence and make necessary class adjustments.

More information about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, can be found at the CDC’s Website here. Students and faculty are also encouraged to contact their primary care physicians. For questions regarding academic policy: Contact the Dean of Students Office,  extension 2306 or email jhare@sebts.edu. You can also reach out to the local NC Dept. of Health and Human Resources here or call 866-462-3821.

NC 2-1-1
NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages.

“Services like NC 2-1-1 are critical during times of emergency,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians can now call 2-1-1 to get the information they need while we continue working together to prevent the spread of this virus.”

North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.

NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for

SEBTS will continue to communicate to students through email, and other forms of appropriate communication.