COVID-19

COVID-19

U of L School of Medicine’s Fall 2020 Procedures for Entering Medical School

Educational Program Committee Approved: July 20, 2020 

For your safety and the safety of all medical students, staff and faculty, the School of Medicine has issued a set of guidelines to follow when entering the medical school instructional building. 

  • All students, faculty and staff must comply with state and federal safety guidelines. See Kentucky state website at https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19 and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ for any timely updates as conditions change.
  • All members of the campus community must wear masks and practice physical distancing in public areas, including when entering and leaving buildings, classrooms, offices and bathrooms and in classrooms and labs. UofL will provide on washable mask to every employee and student on campus.
  • Flu shots are required for all students, clinical faculty and clinical staff. The university will provide free flu shots when the seasonal flu vaccine becomes available.
  • Floor markings, table arrangements, room density management, sneeze guards, extensive signage and other efforts will be made to support physical distancing throughout campus
  • Physical Plant will enhance cleaning and disinfecting throughout campus
  • The availability of hand sanitizer and disinfection kits will be dramatically increased in classrooms and other high-touch areas like food service.
  • Air flow/fresh outside air exchanges will be increased through buildings where possible.
  • Campus Health will make testing available to all faculty, students and staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Please call ahead for instructions about how to do this at (502) 852-6446 Testing in the absence of symptoms is not currently recommended.
  • UofL will conduct contact tracing for known student, faculty, and staff infections as they are identified in order to minimize the spread of infection.
  • All students will be required to complete the mandatory Covid-19 Infection Training from Campus Health to ensure they know the symptoms of infection and the precautions they are expected to take to minimize the risk of infection.

Specifically applicable to mandatory event days:

  • On days with mandatory events, students will use the designated entrance (second floor entrance closest to Preston Street).  ULSOM staff will be located at the entrance to perform temperature checks using infrared thermometers.  Those individuals with a temperature below 100.4F will be given a sticker and allowed to enter and exit the school throughout the day. 
  • If an individual has a temperature above 100.4F (defined by the CDC as a high temperature), they will be directed to leave the building and contact the Campus Health Service Office for further evaluation.

Exposure Diagram

Guidelines for Travel and Quarantine for Incoming Students:

  • At this time, quarantine is recommended, not required.
  • Students who are traveling to campus from a CDC-defined hotspots: To keep you or classmates from getting sick right after the semester starts, consider self-quarantining for 14 days prior to coming to campus for required events.
  • Students traveling to Louisville via any public transportation are asked to mask and use hand hygiene for their entire trip to Louisville.
  • As professional school students who will be in contact during required presence teaching sessions with faculty and staff who care for patients in the clinical environment, you are also asked to responsibly limit your exposure to COVID-19 when away from campus. This is to ensure you stay healthy and the others that live and study with you stay healthy, and to prevent you missing school if you become ill!
  • All students have the responsibility to consider their social interactions with others carefully and to take sensible precautions to limit potential spread. The majority of exposures reported by students are occurring outside of the clinical environment, in social settings or non-patient care spaces within clinical sites where the student unmasks when in the presence of others.
  • Tips for avoiding higher risk environments/situations:
    • Avoid crowded indoor public places, ex. bars, restaurants, gyms, stores that are not managing entry to ensure 6 ft minimum between patrons or requiring masks for people < 6 ft except when eating or drinking.
    • Stay >6 ft away from others when outdoors, or greater if coughing, singing, shouting, or other high-risk activities are taking place
    • Wear a mask and use hand hygiene when inside closed spaces with other people who are not your household contacts.
    • Limit travel to the immediate Louisville area while school is in session and in-person physical presence is required.
  • Since the majority of students will travel or come into contact with a wider group of people over the Thanksgiving holiday, all content and exams will be delivered virtually for all students with no required physical presence for M1-2 students after Thanksgiving break. M3-4 students are still required to complete clinical rotations as scheduled following holidays and breaks and asked to consider their travel plans in light of the guidelines above.

Guidelines regarding Symptoms and Exposures for all students:

Exposures protocol:

  • CLASSROOM students who believe they have had a COVID-19 exposure according to CDC guidelines who are asymptomatic should:
    • Contact Dr. Holthouser at alholt01@louisville.edu for consideration of shifting required presence work to the virtual setting
    • Self-quarantine at home for 14 days
  • CLINICAL students who believe they have had a COVID-19 exposure according to CDC guidelines who are asymptomatic should:
    • Contact Dr. Farmer at Russell.farmer@louisville.edu and their clerkship director or lead faculty member for their rotation
    • Self-monitor symptoms for 14 days with twice daily temperature checks
    • Continue on clinical service, taking all of the same precautions already recommended.
    • If they live with other people, they should self-quarantine within the home for 14 days by staying in their own room by themselves and greatly minimizing use of shared space, using hand hygiene meticulously, and masking whenever in shared spaces just as they would at work.
    • During this isolation period, students should immediately report any temps >100.4F, loss of taste, or any other new symptoms to Campus Health for further instructions, and notify Dr. Farmer and their clerkship director or lead faculty member they have to stay home from clinical rotations for the period indicated by those instructions.
  • ANY student who develops symptoms must contact Campus Health immediately for further instructions, and may not return to the clinical environment until they have satisfied the conditions of symptom-free days, time since onset of symptoms, negative infectious workup, or any other conditions deemed appropriate by Campus Health. If they have another health care provider, Campus Health can work with that health care provider to ensure the same conditions of return are met for all students prior to re-entry into the clinical environment.

What to do if you have symptoms:

  • ANY student with ill symptoms, particularly loss of sense of smell/taste, fever, chills, cough, body aches, vomiting/diarrhea, must contact Campus Health at (502) 852-6446. There is a physician on call for this number 24/7 if your need is urgent and cannot wait until usual office hours.
  • If you feel seriously ill, please go to the emergency room!
  • As above, ANY student who develops symptoms must contact Campus Health immediately for further instructions, and may not return to the clinical environment until they have satisfied the conditions of symptom-free days, time since onset of symptoms, negative infectious workup, or any other conditions deemed appropriate by Campus Health. If they have another health care provider, Campus Health can work with that health care provider to ensure the same conditions of return are met for all students prior to re-entry into the clinical environment. ALL students who test positive or who have been ill will have to be certified by Campus Health as cleared to return to school or work prior to their return.