While no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the United States and the chances of an outbreak are extremely small, Calvin College, like most colleges and universities across the United States, is ascribing to specific protocols that have been established by state health departments.
For the past several weeks Calvin College has been closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and has been advised by national and international government agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as local health officials, to ensure that the college is taking the proper precautions to keep students safe.
As part of that protocol, the college is strongly encouraging that any student, faculty or staff member that has traveled in the affected countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria) in the past few weeks report their travel. Students should contact Calvin’s Health Services department at 616-526-6187 for a phone consultation with one of the college’s clinicians to discuss screening, monitoring and precautions. Faculty and staff should contact Heather Chapman in Environmental Health and Occupational Safety at 734-776-6970.
The Ebola virus is not a food-borne, air-borne or water-borne illness. And nobody carrying the virus is contagious unless he or she is exhibiting symptoms like high fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, stomach pain or lack of appetite. With this knowledge and the fact that there are detailed health advisories from the CDC and WHO regarding next steps, the college is confident that it is fully prepared for even the most remote risk.
Please contact the Health Services Office if you have questions at 616-526-6678.