Coronavirus

Dear campus community,

 

Welcome back! There is a flurry of activity ‘neath the elms, as students, faculty and staff prepare for the official start of our fall semester in just a few short days. I know you’ve already received a lot of written information regarding our campus protocols, so the senior leadership team and I thought we’d welcome you back with a short video reminder instead. 

 

 

While things will be different, we’re happy to have you back on campus and look forward to seeing you soon!

 


President Wright

 

  

Coronavirus

EC's COVID-19 Dashboard

Eureka College
COVID-19 Dashboard

  Current Active Cases Total Cases from the start of the Pandemic
Date Positive Cases
On Campus
Positive Cases
Off Campus
% of EC Community
Currently Isolating
Total Positive
Tests
Total EC Community
Members Recovered
Total Positive Cases
On Campus
Total Positive Cases
Off Campus
8/31/2020 0 4 0.63% 10 6 1 9

9/7/2020

2 2 0.63% 13 9 3

10

9/14/2020 4 3 1.11% 21 14 9 12
9/21/2020 1 0 .16% 21 20 9 12
9/28/2020 0 2 .32% 23 21 9 14
10/5/2020 0 0 0.00% 23 23 9 14
10/12/2020 0 0 0.00% 23 23 9 14
10/19/2020 0 0 0.00% 23 23 9 14
10/22/2020 0 0 0.00% 23 23 9 14

 

*Individuals "on campus" include Residential students

*Individuals "off campus" include Commuter students and Eureka College Employees

Student Reporting COVID Concerns

Students, 

 

EC's response to the pandemic prioritizes the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and the Eureka community. In order to better serve our campus community Eureka College has created an anonymous reporting structure for students to report COVID-related concerns.

 

Below you will find a link that can be used to report any Coronavirus concern anonymously. 

Click here to report.

Students Return to Campus - A Unique Fall 2020

Returning to Campus Fall 2020

Eureka College remains committed to returning to on-campus operations for the fall 2020 semester while protecting the health and safety of our campus commmunity. The senior leadership team has been diligently preparing plans and contingencies to ensure that the 2020-21 academic year is safe and successful, and have put together this video to demonstrate best practices.

 

We must make a personal commitment to observe these campus safety protocols and precautions.  We ask that you please take the time to review the below Student Return to Campus document for a full explanation of our campus policies for this academic year.


 Return  to Campus Student Guidelines Fall 2020 

 

Best,

Eureka College

Back to Campus Plan Changes

This space will track changes made to our Back to Campus plan based on new guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials. The Back to Campus plan was originally introduced on July 31, 2020.

 

Sept. 4, 2020 addition to "Students Who Have Been Exposed to Someone Who Has COVID-19" section: 

"Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who:

  • developed COVID-19 illness within the previous three months and
  • has recovered and
  • remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) does not need to stay home."

Sept. 4 removal from "Students Exhibiting Symptoms of COVID-19," "Students Who Have Been Exposed to Someone Who Has COVID-19" and "Students Who Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-19 sections": 

The option to test negative twice to leave the isolation has been removed.

 

Sept. 14 removal from "COVID-19 Outbreak on Campus section":

The verbiage that categorized residential halls with shared bathrooms as close contact ("Residential halls with shared bathrooms are considered close contact) has been removed.

 

Sept. 14 changes in "Students Exhibiting Symptoms of COVID-19:

In the bulleted list of what students should do if they are exhibiting symptoms, the directive "student should self-quarantine, get tested and stay isolated until testing results come back (usually within 48 hours)" has been changed to "student should self-quarantine, get tested and stay quarantined until testing results come back (usually within 48 hours).

 

"In order to resume campus activities, you will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared (or as long as is required for you to be symptom-free and at least 3 days with no fever and no medication used to reduce the fever)," has been changed to "In order to resume campus activities, you will be required to self-quarantine, be symptom-free for 72 hours and receive a negative test."

 

In the bulleted list of processes and procedures to follow during quarantine period, "students should monitor their symptoms throughout the 10-day quartantine" has been changed to "students should monitor their symptoms throughout the 72-hour quarantine."

 

"The Office of Student Life will contact you the morning of the 10th day to make sure you are ready to transition back into the campus community the following day" has been changed to "The Office of Student Life will contact you the morning of the 72-hour hold, or on the 10th day, to make sure you are ready to transition back into the campus community the following day

 

Sept. 14 addition to "Students Exhibiting Symptoms of COVID-19:

"Students may not enter the campus community until they have been approved from the Office of Student Life" has been added at the end of the bulleted list of processes and procedures to follow during quarantine.

  

Sept. 14 addition to "Students Who Have Been Exposed to Someone Who Has COVID-19":

"Students may not enter the campus community until they have been approved from the Office of Student Life" has been added at the end of the bulleted list of processes and procedures to follow during quarantine.

 

Sept. 14 addition to "Students Who Have Been Diagnosed with COVID-10":

"Students may not enter the campus community until they have been approved from the Office of Student Life" has been added at the end of the bulleted list of processes and procedures to follow during quarantine.

 

Sept. 14 change to "COVID-19 Outbreak on Campus":

"If the positive student has a roommate, that person will need to be isolated as well and must follow the COVID-19 exposure guidance above before resuming campus activities and in-person classes" has been changed "If the positive student has a roommate, that person will need to be quarantined as well and must follow the COVID-19 exposure guidance above before resuming campus activities and in-person classes.

 

Sept. 14 addition to "COVID-19 Outbreak on Campus"

"Students may not enter the campus community until they have been approved from the Office of Student Life" has been added at the end of the bulleted list of processes and procedures to follow during quarantine."

Faculty and Staff / Return to Work and Reporting COVID Concerns

All Eureka College employees returning to work on campus are expected to adhere to the college's and public health policies and guidelines. EC's response to the pandemic prioritizes the safety of our students, faculty and staff,  and the Eureka community. In order to better serve our campus community Eureka College has created an anonymous reporting structure for faculty and staff to report COVID-related concerns.

 

To report a COVID-related issue please complete the COVID Concern Form found here. 


We ask that you also spend time reviewing the Faculty and Staff Return to Campus Guidelines and the
Eureka College Face Covering Protocol.

 

We thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty and look forward to seeing you all in the fall!

 

Best,

Eureka College

Eureka College Guest Policy

FALL REOPENING

While there are still many unknowns, Eureka College is diligently welcoming students back in the fall for in-person instruction and to reside on campus.

 

The College continues to follow state and CDC guidance in establishing our protocols. In addition, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a joint document which provides detailed guidance for Illinois colleges and universities. We have reviewed this document and believe that Eureka College has established protocols to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests. We have also been working closely with Woodford County Public Health to ensure clear contact tracing protocols and Carle Eureka Hospital to establish a Eureka College COVID-19 screening hotline, determine their capacity for testing, and care for COVID positive patients in need of hospitalization.

 

The policies and procedures detailed in our EC Back to Campus Plan are based on the most recent CDC recommended and state required, Restore Illinois, guidelines. They are subject to be changed as CDC recommended guidelines are updated to reflect new available information and data and may be adjusted based on the state’s movement through the Restore Illinois phases.

 

We miss seeing you, our campus community friends and guests, on campus. As we welcome you back as well, please see below some important information and protocols that we are asking all guests to follow when you’re visiting campus.

 

COVID-19 Safety Summary

Below is a summary of the general, campus-wide protocols to ensure a healthy and safe campus environment.

 

General Protocols

1) All guests are required to wear cloth face coverings (2-ply or greater) in all indoor spaces, all outdoor public spaces on the academic side of campus, and shared outdoor spaces on the residential side of campus where social distancing cannot be maintained. Eureka College has created outdoor smile zones on the residential side of campus with painted circles showing proper social distancing. As long as one person only occupies a circle in this area, people can remove their masks.

2) Social distancing, 6 feet or greater, should be practiced whenever possible.

3) Wash your hands frequently or use one of the hand sanitizing stations located across campus.

4) Do not touch your face.

5) Cough and sneeze in your elbow.

6) Conduct daily self-checks (temperature and symptom check) before visiting campus. If your temperature is over 100.4 degrees you should stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions, which may include quarantining and being tested for COVID-19.

7) If you are sick with any other symptoms, please stay home.

     

Fall Events & Activities

Please see below information regarding the status of several fall events and activities. This is not an exhaustive list of events and activities, so please remember to check the EC website, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Athletics

• All competition for football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball has been moved to the spring. Cross country and golf competitions will remain in the fall. The athletic department will be releasing an engagement plan for the fall sports in the near future.

 

Convocation

• The Opening Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. The program will be hybrid with the stage party in Becker Auditorium. New students will be assigned classrooms and join the program by Zoom. Faculty members will participate by joining students in the classrooms. Other members of the campus community can join by Zoom in private locations. The program will include all of the traditions of the College associated with it.  

 

Discovery Day

• All fall Discovery Days will be held virtually. Those interested should reach out to Susan Bressner at sbressner@eureka.edu in the Admissions Office or check the EC Admissions website.

 

Homecoming

• In light of the news that football, volleyball, and soccer have been postponed until the spring semester, Homecoming activities have been moved to the spring semester. The Homecoming Committee will continue to plan for Homecoming over the course of the fall semester and the College will provide updates on the spring plans as the schedule is determined.

 

Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Competition

• The overnight component of the Reagan competition weekend has been cancelled. The flow of the day is being redesigned to include social events in the morning with the competition in the afternoon. All events are being redesigned to account for appropriate social distancing guidelines. Additional information will be provided at a later time to all prospective student recipients and their families.

 

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendars

The academic calendar will vary from our traditional academic calendar. Face-to-face classes will begin on August 19 and end November 20. The condensed calendar allows for students to travel home for Thanksgiving week and not return to campus. This calendar can also help to reduce the number of online weeks of class if another stay-at-home order is issued in the fall. Students will complete final exams online.

 

Library

The library will be open to the public in the fall semester, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Members of the public will be required to wear cloth face coverings, practice social distancing and follow all other protocols.

 

Cloth face coverings will be worn both in the library and when library services are requested in-person from a librarian.

 

Guests will be required to hand sanitize prior to using public input devices, including the self-checkout station. Reference computer stations will be positioned 6 feet apart, and signs are posted to remind guests to stay 6 feet apart at the copier, and to remember to wash hands.

 

Registrar’s Office

Guests will be required to sign up for an office appointment if the office is at capacity. Guests will be required to wear a cloth face covering when meeting. To decrease traffic flow in and out of the Registrar’s Office, an electronic signature solution for forms will be implemented.

 

ADMISSIONS

Visiting Eureka

  • Guests will be required to wear cloth face coverings.
  • Guests will complete a brief COVID-related questionnaire and have their temperature taken upon arrival.
  • Individual meetings will take place in a large enough space to continue practicing social distancing.
  • Common areas will be disinfected throughout the day, following CDC guidelines.
  • Group Tours

a) Individual campus visits will operate on a scheduled basis, Monday through Friday. They may be scheduled any weekday that classes are in session. Guests will be provided a cloth face covering upon arrival if they do not have one.

b) Large group tours will take place in groups of 50 or fewer. At this time, tours will not go inside classrooms or the residence halls.

  • Guests are required to wear a cloth face covering that adequately covers both nose and mouth for the duration of their visit, unless they’re practicing social distancing while touring the residential side. Should they enter a building to use a restroom or meet with an admissions counselor, they will be required to wear a cloth face covering.
  • Guests should also practice proper hand hygiene throughout their time on campus by washing hands or using hand sanitizer.
  • If a guest is feeling ill leading up to the scheduled campus tour, we will kindly ask to reschedule the visit.

 

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL AID OFFICES

In order to manage capacity and distancing guidelines, guests will be required to sign-up/make an appointment to meet with someone in the Business or Financial Aid Offices. Cloth face coverings will be worn by staff, students and guests during in-person meetings.

 

BOOKSTORE

The Bookstore will closely track capacity and will use signage to manage traffic flow. While in the EC Bookstore, all guests are required to wear cloth face coverings, follow social distancing and other previously stated campus safety protocols.

 

DINING SERVICES

The Commons has implemented several new protocols in response to COVID-19, including allowing a maximum capacity of 50 people and eliminating self-serve options. Cloth face coverings must be worn when in common spaces of the Commons, except for when seated and eating at your table.

 

WEIGHT ROOM/BONATI FITNESS CENTER

The fitness areas of the Reagan Athletic Complex, including the weight room and Bonati Fitness Center will not be open to the public until further notice. Current students and employees will be allowed limited access and all outlined protocols must be followed.

 

RESIDENTIAL LIFE

Students are allowed to have guests on a limited basis (i.e. significant others, siblings, parents, etc.) in the residence halls for the 2020-2021 academic year. Since allowing guests on campus increases the possibility of the Eureka College community being exposed to COVID-19, all guests are expected to follow all EC policies and procedures, as well as all CDC and state guidelines when visiting EC. EC students are responsible for ensuring their guests are in compliance with the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures for the duration of their visit.

Request a Face Shield

Can I wear a face shield instead of a face mask?

It is not known if face shields provide any benefit to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings. It is recommended that face shields are worn in conjunction with a cloth face covering. Face shields should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin.

 

Eureka College is proud to offer face shields for our campus community. If you would like to request a face shield or have questions related to face shields please submit the request form found below. 

 

Yes, I would like to receive a, light-weight plastic face shield!

Preventing Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

 

  • Get a flu shot! Woodford County Health Department offers flu shots daily. Appointments are necessary. Don’t delay in taking this important step.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Practice good cough and sneeze hygiene. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

What to Do If You Have Symptoms

Symptoms

Common human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

 

Transmissions

The virus most commonly spreads from an infected person to others through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by touching an object or person with the virus (ie, touching a door knob or shaking hands), then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing the hands.

 

The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State change daily. You are encouraged to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites.

 

Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

 

If you believe you have been exposed to coronavirus you must be evaluated by a health care provider prior to returning to campus and you may be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

 

The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

CARES Act

Eureka College received funding through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. The College signed and returned the required Department of Education certification and agreement under Section 18004(a)(1). Eureka College had to distribute 50% of the total funds received under the CARES Act, or $312,455, to students in the form of emergency financial aid cash grants. The College distributed 100% of those funds to students in early May 2020 

 

In order to be eligible for cash grants, an individual must be eligible to participate in Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The College had an estimated 462 students eligible, of which 276 residential students received emergency cash grants. Eligible residential students who were displaced from campus due to the virus pandemic received an equally disbursed cash grant of $1,158.32. Eligible residential students who remained on campus received a $500 cash grant.

 

Students received a communication informing them that the cash grants were a result of support received from the U.S. Department of Education.  The communication noted that the cash grants were distributed to assist students in offsetting unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 disruption, including being unable to return to campus and having to pay for unexpected expenses like food and housing.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Community-Based Testing Sites (open to all regardless of symptoms, free of charge)

Peoria Civic Center

Fulton Street Parking Lot

Peoria

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

No requirements, capacity is limited and hours of operation subject to change due to available equipment and throughput

 

Reditus and DHPH Bloomington Testing Site

1106 Interstate Drive

Bloomington

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

While daily supplies last.

Drive-thru and walk-up testing will be available for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and those who support critical services

 

Additional Local Testing Sites

Heartland Health Services

2321 North Wisconsin Avenue

Peoria

9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

No requirements

 

OSF PromptCare CFH-91

8600 Illinois Route 91

Peoria

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Must meet testing criteria and patients must be screened through Pandemic or PCP in advance. Must call 1-833-OSF-KNOW in advance to schedule an appointment

 

OSF PromptCare Glen Park

5114 N Glen Park Pl

8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Must meet testing criteria, and patients must be screened through Pandemic Health or PCP in advance. Must call 1-833-OSF- KNOW in advance to schedule an appointment.

 

ICPR Family Practice

3400 Griffin Ave.

Pekin

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Appointment required. Must be symptomatic or known to have been exposed

 

OSF PromptCare Morton

Morton

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Must meet testing criteria, and patients must be screened through Pandemic Health or PCP in advance. Must call 1-833-OSF- KNOW in advance to schedule an appointment.

 

Chestnut Health Systems

702 West Chestnut St.

Bloomington

1 p.m.-4 p.m., on Monday, 12 p.m.

Appointment required and testing only available to existing patients who have symptoms.