COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information for Purdue CE students, staff, and faculty

Here is the latest information about the COVID-19 situation, specifically as it pertains to Civil Engineering students, staff, and faculty. Last updated April 14, 2020 at 11:00 am

Purdue's comprehensive COVID-19 (coronavirus) response page

https://purdue.university/covid-19

PHONE LINE: Got questions about how COVID-19 affects your housing, financial aid, remote learning or anything else? The Purdue COVID-19 Information Center, 765-496-INFO (4636), is staffed 8a to 8p, Mon-Fri.


Current and newly admitted graduate students

If you are currently in the United States and plan to attend graduate school at Purdue for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, please DO NOT LEAVE the country. The State Department is currently advising that you will NOT get a visa to travel back to the U.S. in August. For those who are outside of the United States, you most likely will not get your visa in time for the fall semester, but we do have options.

Click here to review the latest information for current and newly admitted graduate students.


How do I teach remotely?

https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/


Impact on research

https://www.purdue.edu/research/covid-19/


Access to Hampton Hall (HAMP)

For those who do not have building keys or card swipe access to HAMP, the dock entrance will be unlocked every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM until approximately 12:00 PM.  Shipping/receiving operations will also be conducted during those same hours. Those who wish to enter the building need to email Dr. Govindaraju (govind@purdue.edu), Garrett Jeong (gjeong@purdue.edu) and Dave Rater (dmrater@purdue.edu) stating the nature of their business along with the date and time they will be in the building. If building access outside of those hours is needed, contact Dave Rater (dmrater@purdue.edu).

For those working in the building, please follow all university guidelines for building and lab occupancy as it relates to COVID-19.  All previous lab safety training must also be followed, as no rules have been relaxed because of COVID-19.  For example, if you are working on a project that requires two people you must still have two people present while maintaining social distancing requirements.

While in the building, please refrain from drinking the tap water. The university is taking steps to ensure water quality during this period of extended closure. All of the restrooms on the old side of the building have been closed down so Building Services can do a deep cleaning. The restrooms will remain closed until the building is back running at full capasity.


Guidance from the Purdue Public Health Emergency Task Force
March 28, 2020

What if someone is ill in my building?

The Purdue Public Health Emergency Task Force has compiled the checklist below to provide step-by-step guidance for use in situations when ill individuals are encountered in a campus facility. This guidance is from the CDC and the Tippecanoe County Health Department, and addresses what we know about novel coronavirus/ COVID-19. The guidance for all individuals is the same except: supervisors should contact the Center for Health Living (CHL) with questions about employees; faculty and/or supervisors should contact Dr. Gail Walenga for all questions about students.

Ill Employees or Students

  1. Individual shows symptoms at a campus location (cough, fever, shortness of breath), but has not seen a doctor nor been tested for COVID-19:
    1. Send individual home
    2. Request that the individual contact their doctor/telemedicine or PUSH (students only) to determine whether additional care is needed
    3. Upon completion of doctor’s orders, individual may return after
      1. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and
      2. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
      3. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
    4. No notification of co-workers is needed
    5. If supervisor/professor needs additional guidance for employees, contact CHL, for students contact Dr. Walenga.
  2. Individual shows symptoms at a campus location (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and has seen a doctor, who gave orders that individual is not following, and has not been tested for COVID-19:
    1. Send individual home
    2. Request that individual follow doctor’s orders, and if symptom worsen, individual should call the doctor/telemedicine or PUSH (students only) for further advice
    3. Once doctor’s orders have been completed, individual may return to campus after:
      1. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and
      2. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
      3. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
    4. No notification of co-workers is needed
    5. If supervisor/professor needs additional guidance for employees contact CHL, for students contact Dr. Walenga.
  3. Individual shows symptoms at a campus location (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and has seen a doctor and has been tested for COVID-19:
    1. Individual must self-quarantine for 14 days, and await results of the COVID-19 test, following doctor’s orders for self-care
      1. If test is negative, individual may return after:
        1. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and
        2. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
        3. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
      2. If test is positive, individual must follow doctor’s orders with regard to self-care
        1. If symptoms worsen, individual should call the doctor for further advice
        2. Once doctor’s orders have been completed, individual may return after:
          1. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and
          2. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
          3. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
    2. No notification of coworkers is required – Tippecanoe County Health Department provides patient contact investigation and notifies contacts per their protocols.
    3. If supervisor/professor needs additional guidance for employees, contact CHL; for students, contact Dr. Walenga.

As the Provost mentioned in an email last week, please consider the privacy of any individual reporting or exhibiting symptoms, and do not share their name or other information with anyone except CHL staff or Dr. Gail Walenga when requesting guidance.

Many thanks to each of you for your continuing support as we respond together to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Carol Shelby, M.S.
Senior Director
Environmental Health & Public Safety
Co-Chair, Public Health Emergency Task Force
cshelby@purdue.edu

Gail Walenga, PhD.
Director
Student Health Center
Co-Chair, Public Health Emergency Task Force
gwalenga@purdue.edu

Note: Guidance provided by the CDC and Tippecanoe County Health Department 3/28/2020