Today's Update: Monday, April 13
April 13, 2020
Dear Student Life Team:
You’ve probably seen from the Governor’s daily briefings that Ohioans are doing a great job at social distancing and “flattening the curve.” I want to add my congratulations to those of Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton. You are doing exactly what needs to be done by working remotely, and, for those who must be on campus, maintaining good hygiene habits and focusing on social distancing. It’s still a strange new world, and I doubt that any of us are really getting used to it. Please keep up the good work. I know it’s not easy and many of us miss our families and other loved ones. But we are doing the right thing, and that’s what counts. I’m proud of all of you.
I want to pause a moment to go back over some basics. This isn’t new, but it’s important information.
First and foremost is your wellness. While you take care of your family, your peers and your students, please make sure to take care of yourself. If you are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety and fear, you are not alone, and there are resources and help available if you want someone to talk to or need support.
The Office of Human Resources’ Keep Well website has resources for you or your family to receive individual, personalized support – either via text, telephone or online counselling.
All Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are confidential, complimentary and provided by experienced, licensed mental health professionals. EAP is available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff and their family members.
The Ohio State Wellness app is also a useful resource. Although designed for students, most of the tips and guidance are useful for anyone.
A new wellness series, "Staying calm and well in the midst of the COVID-19 storm," started last week and continue for the next seven Wednesdays. You can register online.
Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service has an online series of videos on mental health strategies on their website that you might find helpful.
What to do about possible coronavirus cases:
Individuals: Contact your primary care physician if you are personally experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with coronavirus, have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus or have been diagnosed with the virus. If you are unable to reach your primary care physician, call the Wexner Medical Center's COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000.
Managers: If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, connect with your HR Business Professional and call the Wexner Medical Center's COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000 for guidance on what you should do.
Please remember: If you learn of a possible case, do not share the person's health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. In the face of this unprecedented pandemic, we must rely on regional public health officials to continue to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.
Your health and wellbeing are important to all of us. It’s another way we stay Scarlet and Great!