Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Mercy College of Health Sciences’ administrators are collaborating daily on campus-wide preparations and responses in accordance with federal, regional, and state authorities’ recommendations for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
 

Updates  |  General  |  Students  |  Staff & Faculty  |  Training Center  |  Prevention

 

March 26, 2020 | 11:00 am - A Message from President Fiore


March 23, 2020 | 3:00 pm - A Letter to Future Students


March 17, 2020 | 7:30 am - A Message from President Fiore


March 16, 2020 | 1:30 pm - Campus Update


March 13, 2020 | 5:00 pm - Staff and Faculty Campus Update


March 13, 2020 | 3:00 pm - Prospective Students Update


March 12, 2020 | 4:30 pm - Student Clinical Update


March 11, 2020 | 4:30 pm - Campus Update

 

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Is Mercy College operational?

Yes. Mercy College is fully operational with faculty, staff, and support services being 100% remote starting Wednesday, March 18. Following an extended spring break (March 16 - March 29), all classes have been moved online until further notice.

Is campus open?

No. All Mercy College campus facilities will not be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. This uncludes the Mercy College Training Center.  All staff, faculty, and student services are available remotely.

Are visitors allowed on campus?

No. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Mercy College of Health Sciences will no longer permit faculty, staff, students, or visitors on campus. This precaution will continue until further notice.

Have there been any cases of COVID-19 in Polk County?

Updates on the virus, including number of confirmed cases in each county are available at idph.iowa.gov.

What will happen if there is a confirmed case on campus?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be followed in the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus.

What other steps is Mercy College taking to address COVID-19?

On March 11, Mercy College announced that all classes will be shifted to online until further notice. All campus gatherings that expect an attendance number greater than 20 participants have been canceled. All College-related travel has been suspended until further notice.
 


Students

Will all classes be held online?

Yes. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, all classes will be conducted online. Campus services will remain in operation remotely for faculty and staff during this period unless we receive alternate guidance from MercyOne, Iowa Department of Public Health, or the Polk County Health Department. This precaution will continue until further notice. Students should follow course instructor’s guidance for class details.

Will tutoring services be available?

Yes. Online tutoring will remain available through D2L via Smarthinking and, as always, is free of charge for students to utilize.

Are clinicals and preceptor experiences canceled?

Yes. All clinical and preceptor experiences have been canceled. This precaution will continue until further notice.

Are students allowed on campus?

No. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Mercy College of Health Sciences will no longer permit faculty, staff, students, or visitors on campus. This precaution will continue until further notice.

What is the college's travel policy during this time?

All College-related travel has been suspended until further notice. This includes the College’s Ireland immersion trip and all travel to conferences and meetings. Any exceptions must have President Douglas Fiore’s written approval. Students traveling to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or Japan must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Please reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (www.cdc.gov), as the list of countries deemed unsafe may be updated. Any students who plan to take a cruise over spring break may also be asked to self-quarantine upon their return.

​When is Commencement?

Commencement will be rescheduled for the end of summer. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and provide updates as appropriate. 

When is spreak break?

An extended spring break is being implemented from March 16 - March 29. Beginning Monday, March 30, all classes will resume fully online.

When is class registration? 

Junior & Senior: Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13
Sophomore & Freshman: Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27

When is the last day of spring semester?

Saturday, May 2
Saturday, May 9 (Accelerated BSN)

When will the summer terms start?

12-Week Summer Term: May 26 - August 15
14-Week Summer Term: May 26 - August 29
Summer Accelerated BSN: May 18 - August 22

When will the fall term start?

Tuesday, September 8 - December 19

What does the adjusted calendar look like?

View our Academic Calendar for more information regarding start dates.

​Will You Provide Updates? 

Yes. Updates will be made regularly as notifications are made from MercyOne, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Polk County Health Department. Please monitor your employee or student email and urgent notices will be made via our emergency communication protocol. 

I Still Have Questions 

This page will be updated regularly as the situation in Iowa evolves. If you have specific questions you are encouraged to contact your instructor, academic advisor, admissions department, or other areas of the College as appropriate.


Training Center

Is the training center up and running?

As we continue to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to our campus, all Mercy College Training Center courses are canceled until further notice. 

Is there an extension for certification periods?

The American Heart Association has recommended that organizations consider extending certification periods for healthcare providers for ACLS, PALS, and BLS for up to 60 days beyond the expiration date. This 60-day extension period has been approved for MercyOne Central Iowa employees. Leaders and educators are expected to keep track of those employees who are granted this extension.

Are training center course refunds available?

Yes. However, individuals should please wait until they receive a class cancellation notice to request a refund.

Who should MercyOne Employees contact for questions?

Please contact Human Resources at (515) 247-3100.


Steps to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
     

Additional Resources

Iowa Department of Public Health

Polk County Health Department

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

 


Staff & Faculty Resources

FERPA and COVID-19 FAQs 03.12.20

Login Via Remote Access

Online Teaching

MyCHIWebApps and Remote Connectivity FAQ

Phone and Voicemail Procedures