Facilities Resources Traveling Abroad FAQs MU Communications If you have symptoms COVID 19 Protocols, Policies, Procedures, SHS On Campus Programming Guidelines
Last updated: January 2o, 2021
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As we receive updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, we want to keep you informed as well.
We encourage you to visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information available. Ensuring that you are taking the right sanitary precautions is a very important step in the prevention of any flu-like illness. For this particular virus, washing your hands is of the upmost importance.
Another key resource is NAFSA’s (Association of International Educators) website, which provides details on critical updates, travel notices, and how international education is being affected.
If you have a question that is not addressed in the comprehensive information below, please call our COVID-19 hotline at 703-284-5782 or email email@example.com.
- COVID-19 is present globally, and a pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization’s (WHO).
- The general population in the United States, which is unlikely to have been exposed at this time, is considered to have a low immediate risk. Currently, the goal is to contain the spread of the virus and the impact of the virus globally.
- COVID-19 is a respiratory disease similar to influenza. Individuals should take everyday preventative measures and take antiviral medication if prescribed. However, there is currently no vaccine or treatment for the illness.
- If you are ill, you are advised to stay home, avoid travel, and wear a mask when outside the home. Avoid taking ibuprofen products if you have COVID-19 symptoms, which can make the virus worse. It is best to take acetaminophen as directed.
- Marymount is closely monitoring the course of COVID-19. Recommendations from the CDC, World Health Organization, and Virginia Department of Health are being implemented as received. We are also participating in weekly discussions with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area in order to jointly monitor coronavirus developments on campuses throughout the region.
- We are tailoring our existing communicable disease protocol to COVID-19 scenarios. This plan includes contingencies for single cases on campus, as well as a potential outbreak in the DMV area.
- Regarding programming, our standing committee made the decision on March 6, 2020 to cancel all 2020 Global Classroom Programs and short-term faculty-led programs during Spring Break. Click here for a complete list of Travel Health Notices
- On March 11, 2020, the University decided to extend Spring Break by two days and resume classes online-only on March 18. As of March 18, it was decided that all lecture and lab courses will be delivered online-only through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
- Also on March 18, it was decided that the traditional commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 would be canceled in order to best protect the health and safety of the greater Marymount community. However, we are reaching out to graduating seniors to receive their input on how they would like to celebrate this milestone and their achievements at Marymount, whether through a postponed commencement to be held at a later date or a virtual commencement ceremony. More details are forthcoming.
- Marymount has developed resources for faculty to assist with migrating their classes online. These resources can be found on our “Keep Teaching” page.
- Marymount has also developed resources for students to help them be successful in a remote-learning environment. These resources can be found on our “Keep Learning” page.
- Health Concerns: Please reach out to Student Health Services at 703-284-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Global Education/Study Abroad questions: Please reach out to Victor Betancourt at email@example.com.
- International student travel concerns: Please reach out to Aline Orfali at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Media inquiries: Please direct any media concerns or questions to Communications Specialist Nick Munson at email@example.com.
- You can view a list of Marymount Community members with expertise related to the COVID-19 pandemic here.
- Residence Life concerns (on Main Campus or at the Rixey): Please reach out to Susan Boyd in the Office of Student Living at firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-284-1608, or visit the Office in person at Berg 1001.
- General COVID-19 questions: Please call our hotline at 703-284-5782, or email email@example.com
For all current Marymount faculty or staff members traveling abroad on a University-sponsored trip, it is necessary to register your travel on the MU portal as soon as possible.
On Campus Prgramming Guidelines
All events on campus are expected to follow these guidelines:
1. Space will be reserved ahead of time through Astra or Conference Center.
2. Participants will not exceed the adjusted classroom cap for social distancing. If an adjusted cap has not been established, participants will not exceed 50% of regular room capacity
3. Participants will be spaced at least 6 feet apart from one another.
4. Check in will include either (a) swipe of ID, (b) scan of QR code, or (c) written documentation of attendees, a copy of which will be provided to Student Health Services.
5. Proper PPE is required of all participants, including masks at all times unless exempt.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have tested positive:
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have tested positive and reside on campus, live in the Rixey, or have visited campus in the past 14 days:
What is COVID-19?
What is the risk?
What are the symptoms?
How is it transmitted?
What if you are traveling?
How do I prevent getting sick?
What is MU’s Student Health Services (SHS) doing about COVID-19?
What if I am a faculty or staff member with more questions?
Where can I find more information?
Marymount facilities and operations information
Are residence halls still open?
Are family and friends from outside Marymount allowed in my dorm room?
Will I receive a refund for housing or parking costs?
What is the CARES Act?
Who is eligible and what action do they need to take?
Can students receive any assistance if not eligible under the CARES Act?
What if you previously submitted an Emergency Tuition Assistance application?
What is Marymount doing with CARES Act funds?
What has Marymount done to secure vaccines for faculty and staff?
How are vaccine doses distributed?
How do local health districts know how many doses they will receive?
When will Local Health Districts move into Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility?
When will there be enough doses available for everyone who is eligible to receive them?
Once I have received the vaccine, how do I share this information with Marymount?
When will students be eligible to receive the vaccine?
What role is Marymont playing to assist in the local vaccination effort?
Will Marymount offer vaccinations on campus?
How is Marymount planning for the vaccine effort?
How can I stay informed on the latest vaccine information?
Visit VDH’s COVID-19 Daily Dashboard to stay informed about the numbers of vaccines distributed and administered in Virginia.
- Arlington County COVID-19 Response
- VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response
- COVID-19 vaccine FAQ
- FDA: Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines Explained
- CDC: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
- CDC: 8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Is it safe to take the vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after rigorous testing. To date, hundreds of millions of people have received a COVID-19 vaccine. There are continuous safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines remain safe.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Some people may not experience any side effects from the vaccines. Others may experience physical side effects such as swelling, redness or pain at the injection site, fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain, chills and nausea. In rare cases, a person may have had a severe allergic reaction (called “anaphylaxis”) after receiving vaccination. If this occurs, providers and staff at vaccination sites can provide medications that immediately treat the reaction.
Has the vaccine been tested on people like me (race, ethnicity, age)?
The Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were tested on people in different racial, ethnic and age groups prior to their initial approval by the FDA. Over 120 million vaccines have been given in the U.S. so far (as of 3/30/21), with many of those given to diverse populations. Federal agencies and drug companies will continue to monitor these vaccines for effectiveness.
Am I required to take the vaccine?
Right now, there is not a national vaccine requirement in the U.S. It is possible that individual organizations, schools, employers or industries may require the COVID-19 vaccine in the future. It may also be required for domestic or international travel in some countries.
How much does the vaccine cost?
According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the COVID-19 vaccine is offered at no cost to all Americans. There are many locations in the U.S. where you can safely receive a vaccine at no cost.
If you choose to receive your shot from a health care provider, they may or may not charge you for the shot and additional administration costs for your visit. If you receive an FDA-approved vaccine such as Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, you can be reimbursed for the cost of the shot. However, you may not be reimbursed for any additional administrative medical costs.
Check with your health care provider regarding the cost of the vaccine prior to receiving your vaccine shot.
COVID Vaccine resource by state ( 04/09/2021 )
NEW HAMPSHIRE https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/
NEW JERSEY https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine
NEW MEXICO https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/
NORTH CAROLINA https://myspot.nc.gov/
NORTH DAKOTA https://www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator
PUERTO RICO https://www.vacunatepr.com/covid-19
RHODE ISLAND https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination
SOUTH CAROLINA https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov/
WEST VIRGINIA https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx