Alert: NUNM is continually monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from NUNM

November 4, 2020

To see the latest PPE and Covid-19 test tracker numbers, visit this page.

For students and employees who’d like to report COVID-19 exposure, please do so here.

Operations

All offices are operational, however, most personnel are still working remotely. Students needing to conduct business in person must make an appointment with the office providing the service. Access to offices and buildings is limited to keycard access only during the following days and hours:

Academic Building

  • Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Schleich Administration Building

  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Lair Hill Health Center
Patients can make an appointment by contacting NUNM Health Centers – Lair Hill at 503.552.1551.

When coming to campus the following requirements must be met:

  • Face masks are required while on campus in all outdoor areas and indoor spaces, including hallways, kitchens, lounges and classrooms.
  • You must wear your NUNM ID at all times while on campus. Lanyards and ID holders are available at the security office.
  • NUNM will require all employees and students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (CDC guidance) to leave campus, promptly seek testing, and report results to either the Dean of Students or the VP of Human Resources. Any positive results will be shared with the Chief Medical Officer, who will work with public county officials for contact tracing. A community notification will be if there has been a positive result on campus.  

Contact your supervisor or security if you have questions.

COVID-19 NUNM Return to Campus Plan

View NUNM’s full reopening plan.

NUNM opened fall 2020 with some in-person classes offered on campus. This decision was made by the academic leadership team in conjunction with ongoing guidance from the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, (OHA) State of Oregon, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for Oregon Department of Education (HECC). NUNM is located in Multnomah County, which remains in Phase I as of September 21, 2020. Some employees will continue to work remotely or on campus part-time, depending on the approval of their manager. 

NUNM will evaluate ongoing operations plan on a regular basis as guidance evolves and to maintain consistency with federal (OSHA, CDC, etc.), state-level (OHA) and local guidance.

In order to continue some in-person classes, the university will continue to carefully consider how to accommodate the health needs of our students, faculty and staff—especially those who are at increased risk for the COVID-19 virus. The plan outlines necessary procedures to ensure the safety of the campus community. It was developed in a collaboration between the academic leadership, clinical operations, facilities and safety, student life and others. It also adheres to the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Our goal is to continue providing our students with an excellent education, while mitigating the potential for transmission of COVID-19. Each of us at NUNM is integral to this plan’s success.

The plan will continue to be revised as information and understanding of COVID-19 evolves and we make decisions regarding the 2020-2021 academic year. In accordance with EEOC guidance, NUNM has appointed one position to spearhead the NUNM Return to Campus Plan –the Chief Academic Officer (Cheryl Miller), as well as one position for compliance to the NUNM Return to Campus Plan – Director of Security (Spencer Brazes). For the purposes of this plan, employees and students will follow the same guidelines.

Continuing Education

Courses and webinars remain available. Learn more at https://career-alumni.nunm.edu/continuing-education/

Helfgott Research Institute

Learn about NUNM’s research projects at: https://nunm.edu/research/projects/

Patients

In accordance with state guidelines, NUNM Health Centers are seeing patients on a limited basis for select conditions, but will continue offering both telephone and video visits with our naturopathic physicians and acupuncture providers to support your access to care. We encourage all patients to call our scheduling team at 503.552.1551 if you have questions about what type of visit is right for you. We will continue to monitor and update our protocols per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).   

Employees

If you are ill, please stay home. Communicate with your supervisor. Supervisors are working with the I.T. team to continue offering employees flexibility to work remotely as necessary.

If you are experiencing feelings of heightened anxiety about COVID-19 and would like to speak with someone, call the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 800.433.2320 or text 503.850.7721, or log onto www.cascadecenters.com to schedule an appointment.

Additional Precautions to Discourage the Spread of COVID-19 While on Campus  

  • Buildings will remain locked, and entry will be by ID keycard access only. At this time, campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public (excludes the NUNM Lair Hill Health Center). 
  • Follow directional signage and maintain six-foot distancing as much as possible.  
  • No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator. 
  • Each department is to assess open work environments and institute measures to physically separate and increase distances between employees and other coworkers, students, and other students and/or faculty. 
  • Restroom usage should ensure that physical distancing is achieved. 
  • Staggered schedules and phasing in employees returning to work and school will allow for employees and students to better adhere to strict social distancing requirements. More information will be released soon regarding when and how employees will return to campus.  

NUNM continues to update protocols based on executive orders from Governor Kate Brown’s office and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for Oregon Department of Education

The most important thing to do during this time is to take your own precautions to keep yourself and your community healthy. Federal, state and county health officials are stressing the importance of hygiene and common-sense measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw used tissues in the trash, and wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact – practice social distancing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid nonessential travel

No Tolerance for Discrimination

Please be mindful not to make any assumptions or comments about others’ perceived symptoms (a cough or fever is not uniquely associated with COVID-19) or based on someone’s national origin, race, color or any other identities. Asking questions about someone’s health based on your perception of their race or national origin could be considered discriminatory. If someone you know experiences a bias incident or discrimination, contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Students and Employees

Please take the steps to ensure that you can access all NUNM communication channels remotely. My.NUNM.edu gives you direct links to SONIS, Office 365 (your email) and Moodle. To access your NUNM email inbox directly, visit this link.

All faculty, staff and students are registered to receive emergency notifications through their NUNM email address.

Resources

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