COVID-19 Information for Spring Break

Each of us needs to consider our own health and that of others as we make decisions about travel during the upcoming break. Our individual decisions have a direct impact on the health of our campus community. Please carefully reconsider travel plans if they will take you to areas of significant COVID-19 outbreak.

Remember to continue robust prevention practices, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
  • If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol content.
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue, or into your sleeve. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Consider “elbow bumping” in lieu of shaking hands or fist bumping.
  • Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We urge you to pay close attention to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Department of State, especially if you plan to travel internationally.

Domestic and international travel may be impacted by the spread of the virus. Please stay actively alert to changes and developments that may affect your plans. Again, information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Department of State will be especially helpful. Some countries have restricted entry to individuals. Information resources include:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
Michigan Department of Public Health

If you plan to travel outside the U.S., monitor travel advisories daily:

· U.S. Department of State
· Government of Canada
· Government of México

Travel limitations within the U.S. may also come into play. You may encounter the following issues:

• Airlines may cancel/limit flights in or out of a country or region.
• Additional quarantine measures may be applied by the U.S. and other countries.

After Spring Break

Current CDC guidelines require you to self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) if you are returning to the U.S. from China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. This means that you are expected to self-isolate AWAY from campus for 14 days. This list may change during the course of spring break, so please monitor the situation via the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State.

As of this date, we plan to resume courses on campus for Spring Quarter. Faculty and Academic Affairs staff members are working on options for alternative instruction if traditional classroom/lab/studio learning needs to change in response to the virus. Additional specific information to facilitate spring course planning will be sent to all faculty tomorrow morning.

In the event of a suspension of classes or a delayed start to Spring Quarter, students may wish to take appropriate class and study resources/supplies with them.

If you have underlying health issues that put you at risk in the event of a local COVID-19 outbreak, please consult your health care provider now to develop a plan. Employees should also consult with Human Resources staff as appropriate.

We encourage you to reach out to campus offices if you have questions or concerns about returning to campus Spring Quarter. The Center for International Programs, CIP@kzoo.edu, is monitoring COVID-19 information from around the world and is happy to answer any questions or direct you to resources. Human Resources, HR@kzoo.edu, can provide information for faculty and staff.

Please monitor campus email during the break, especially Hornet Hive announcements. This will continue to be a primary source of information.

We hope you have a safe and healthy spring break.

-Crisis Management Team

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COVID-19 Update


We write with an update on COVID-19 as it relates to the campus community. Late in the day on Monday, the government of Madrid ordered all schools to be closed in response to the spread of COVID-19. As a result, our spring term study abroad program in Madrid has been cancelled. This affects 24 students, all of whom are working with the Center for International Programs to develop alternate plans which might include study abroad elsewhere or staying on campus for spring classes.

We will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 domestically and internationally, and will communicate with impacted students directly.

Campus custodial staff have recently transitioned to using more aggressive cleaning supplies. We urge you to keep your own living spaces as clean as possible. Please refer to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control for resources for home.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional, please share that information with us. We ask that students who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or are persons under investigation by a local health department notify the Student Health Center healthsv@kzoo.edu for further information and guidance. We ask that faculty and staff who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or are persons under investigation by a local health department notify Human Resources for further information. This information will help us provide appropriate support to our entire campus community.

Spring Break is coming soon. Each of us needs to consider our own health and that of others as we make decisions about travel during the upcoming break. Our individual decisions have a direct impact on the health of our campus community. Please carefully reconsider travel plans if they will take you to areas of significant COVID-19 outbreak. Domestic information can be found at the CDC website and international information can be found at CDC international travel website.

Remember to continue robust prevention practices, including:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
• If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol content.
• Cough and sneeze into tissue, or into your sleeve. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Consider “elbow bumping” in lieu of shaking hands or fist bumping.
• Stay home and away from others when you are sick.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Thank you for being careful and considerate of others in our community.

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03.04.2020 Information on COVID-19 for Kalamazoo County


TO: Kalamazoo County Community Partners
FROM: Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department
DATE: March 4, 2020

At noon on Wednesday, March 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 80 cases of COVID-19 from 13 states, with a total of nine deaths. Twenty-four of these cases are travel-related; 16 are believed to be person-to-person spread; and for the remaining 40 the source of exposure is still under investigation. There are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in the State of Michigan and no persons under investigation in Kalamazoo County. The criteria for testing have expanded, and testing can now be completed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) lab. The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is working closely with the MDHHS and following guidance issued by the CDC. While the risk of COVID-19 remains low locally, we are prepared to respond immediately should a potential case come to Kalamazoo County.

COVID-19 can be spread from person-to-person. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, and no medications approved to treat it. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease. We are asking community partners to help prevent the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold, and COVID-19 by promoting the preventative measures that your clientele and all of those residing in Kalamazoo County can take:

o The best way to protect yourself and your family, and to stop the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold, and COVID-19 include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • People should be diligent about preventing flu since there have been thousands of influenza-like illnesses reported throughout the country. Individuals within the United States are still at a higher risk of getting the flu than COVID-19. If you have not received your flu shot, it is highly encouraged you do so now.

Right now, there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public in the United States. We are regularly receiving ongoing guidance and information from MDHHS and CDC. We are committed to providing all community partners updated information as it is received so informed decisions can be made. It cannot be emphasized enough, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is here as a resource for all questions or concerns you may have regarding any public health matter. We thank you for your partnership in protecting the health of our community.

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K College COVID-19 Information


K College COVID-19 Information

As the COVID-19 illness receives increasing media coverage, we want to provide campus-specific information.

Information about specific campus actions and decisions will be communicated via the K College email system.

Prevention is Essential

We can all engage in practices that will increase our individual and community safety. Key among these is:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol). Sanitizer is available in the dining hall and at other locations around campus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The importance of these practices cannot be over-emphasized.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s Cases in the US webpage.

How does COVID-19 spread?

At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at the CDC How COVID-19 Spreads page.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

What are the College’s plans?

The College monitors information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Michigan Department of Health, and the Kalamazoo County Department of Health on a daily basis. In the event of a local outbreak, the College will cooperate with the direction of the local health department. Communication about campus responses to an outbreak will occur via the K College email system.

In the event students become ill, the College will follow our highly effective influenza practices and procedures. On-campus students diagnosed with COVID-19 will be encouraged to recuperate at home with family members, if possible. Students unable to leave campus will be encouraged to stay in their room, and roommates will be encouraged to stay with friends in other locations. The Student Health Center can make arrangements for meals from the dining hall to be delivered by friends to students staying in their room. Infected students are also provided with information about sanitizing their living spaces to decrease the chance of further infection.

If there is a significant outbreak locally, the College will evaluate, with the guidance of local health officials, whether to cancel public events and gatherings. If warranted, this will include the option of cancelling classes, encouraging local/regional students to return home for a period of time, and other activities.

We encourage students from the Midwest to talk with their families about returning home temporarily should a significant outbreak occur.

What if I think I’m ill?

For students: If you feel ill and have reason to believe it is due to COVID-19, please contact the Student Health Center (SHC) before coming to the office. SHC staff will provide further instructions. In any case, if you feel ill, do not go to class, work, practice, rehearsal, or other places where you may unintentionally spread the virus. Please let your instructors and supervisors know that you will be absent due to illness.

For faculty and staff: If you feel ill and have reason to believe it is due to the COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP will provide further instructions. If you feel ill, do not come to work and please let your department/supervisor know that you will be absent due to illness.

What about study abroad? The Center for International Programs (CIP) is monitoring an array of international COVID-19 and travel-related sites, and is in regular contact with our staff and partners at study abroad sites. The CIP has been in contact with students abroad and their families, and with students slated to depart for Spring Quarter programs later this month.

We will follow the directions of the Department of State, which is guided by surveillance and medical information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this point, none of K’s study abroad sites are in regions where either the U.S. Department of State or the Centers for Disease Control has advised cancelling non-essential travel. Even so, contingency plans are in place should students decide not to go or should we have to suspend programs.

Students returning from study abroad will be treated like other K students. Many of them have been monitored at airports on their way back to the States, and are considered healthy and cleared to return to campus.

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Update from Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department

Dear campus community,

The information below is provided to us by Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department.

As of February 26, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in the State of Michigan and no persons under investigation in Kalamazoo County. The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and following updates to the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are prepared to respond immediately should a potential case come to Kalamazoo County.
COVID-19 can be spread from person-to-person. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease. We encourage community partners, schools, and municipalities to help prevent the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold, and COVID-19 by promoting the preventative measures that all Kalamazoo County residents can take:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please help us relay the above preventative measures by sharing with your clients, students and parents, and residents. Individuals within the United States are still at a higher risk of getting the flu than COVID-19. Therefore, we encourage people to get their flu shot if they have not done so already.

The CDC is currently reporting fourteen (14) confirmed cases nationwide as of February 26, 2020. To date, the following Travel Health Notices for COVID-19 have been issued for the following countries:

  • Level 3 (avoid all nonessential travel): People’s Republic of China and South Korea
  • Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions): Iran, Italy, and Japan
  • Level 1 (practice usual precautions): Hong Kong

If your organization, school or municipality has questions regarding travel plans, we highly encourage you to consult with us by calling our Epidemiology Nurse Helpline at 269-373-5267.

As a reminder, the role of local public health, and the specific steps Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is taking during this outbreak, are as follows:

  • Actively monitor COVID-19 outbreak
  • Partner with state and federal agencies for communication and guidance on COVID-19 to the public and healthcare professionals
  • Coordinate with state and federal agencies for risk assessment and action steps regarding persons returning from China on or after February 3, 2020.
  • Coordinate with healthcare professionals on designating patients as a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
  • Coordinate with healthcare systems on determining appropriate setting for evaluation and monitoring of PUI

We are regularly receiving ongoing guidance and information from MDHHS and CDC. We are committed to providing all community partners, schools, and municipalities updated information as it is received so informed decisions can be made. It cannot be emphasized enough, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is here as a resource for all questions or concerns you may have regarding any public health matter. We thank you for your partnership in protecting the health of our community.

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department

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The Healthy Way

The Healthy Way program is designed for K College students who want to achieve their health and wellness goals through evidence-based nutrition, mindful eating practices, and behavior change strategies.

Classes are taught by Registered Dietitian Gretchen Kauth, RD, MEd.

4th– 7th Week Thursdays from 4:15-5:15pm

Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20

Location:  Bissell Theater, Hicks Center

To register for the 4-week session please email Gretchen at:  gretchen.kauth@kzoo.edu