Coronavirus

Campus Visitors

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Call 423-775-7119 or Email BCHealth@bryan.edu

 

Coronavirus Updates for Campus Visitors

March 16

Bryan College Facilities
Public facilities on Bryan campus will assume normal working hours on Monday, March 16. With the exception of indoor athletic facilities, the Bryan campus remains open to employees and visitors. Badge access will be required for entrance. Visitors to campus must check in at the Stophel Welcome Center to obtain a visitors pass. All events on the Bryan College campus that are larger than 10 people are suspended until further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still visit campus?

At this time, the state of Tennessee has been put under a Shelter in Place mandate, barring "unessential" travel.  We wish to honor the law to the best of our ability, and thus we are not allowing personal visits while the Shelter in Place order is in effect.  We are currently offering virtual visit Webinars led by Admissions staff and special guests, so head to bryan.edu/visit to stay apprised of those opportunities.

Is there a virtual tour I can take of the Bryan College campus?

Yes! Students and families who chose to postpone a campus visit may take a virtual tour of our Dayton campus. Please connect via this link for a virtual tour. Click Here!

What will my campus visit look like and what can I do while on campus?

When the TN Shelter in Place is lifted, we will begin offering Personal Visits again.  They will include a full Campus Tour, including a look at the dorms, as well as meetings with Admissions Counselors and Financial Aid Specialists. In some cases, we may be able to set up a Faculty meeting with a professor in your indicated major of interest. We are not able to accommodate class and lunch visits currently, but will add those options back as soon as safely possible.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Basics
What is the novel coronavirus?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practiceexternal icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.

How does the virus spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Can someone who has had COVID-19 Spread the illness to others?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.

Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:

  • The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
  • The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.

How can I help protect myself?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

Health & Safety

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to continue recommended habits to avoid viral illness, including frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, cleaning or disinfecting high-touch surfaces and staying home if you are sick.

  • Wash your hands. Often. Thoroughly.
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear to be sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.