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COVID-19 Update

Page updated March 20, 2020, at 2:13 p.m.

The health and safety of the Ameritech College of Healthcare community is our first priority. Based on updated guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Utah Department of Health, Ameritech College will temporarily transition to virtual instruction for lecture-based courses and most labs and simulations. The limited remaining campus-based labs or skills assessments will adhere to the safety precautions listed below. These changes go in to effect on Monday, March 16th.

Given the fluid nature of the situation, during this precautionary period, we remain agile and proactive in our response and continue to seek guidance from local and national authorities. Decisions are evaluated on a daily basis, and additional changes will be communicated via your student email and through rave alerts. We recommend you stay up to date on information from the CDC and the Utah Department of Health. 

UPDATES FROM THE CDC 

UPDATES FROM THE UTAH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Please note that while classes have transitioned to synchronous virtual instruction, we will do our best to minimize the impact on your progress in your program. The attendance policy is still in effect. If you have extenuating circumstances, it’s imperative that you request an attendance accommodation.

Faculty will contact students with specifics on how to access courses and other specifics. Lectures will start and stop at their scheduled times.

Students in need of assistance may still come on campus if you do not have the technology resources to attend classes virtually, or if you need additional support. We are here to support you in any way we can during this evolving situation. Extra precautions will continue for students when they are on campus, whether for lab, simulation, or technology support. Please be mindful that the CDC is now asking for people not to congregate in groups of more than 10. Please do not linger or congregate in groups and continue to take extra precautions.

Additional Response Measures: 

Additional Precautions: 

  1. Labs and simulation will be scheduled with the instructor in small groups of no more than 10 will comply with the CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Where possible, labs and simulation will occur virtually.
  2. If a student must come on campus, we ask that students not congregate in common areas before or after labs and simulations in order to limit the number of people in shared spaces. We also ask that our students practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other individuals, where possible.
  3. If you are sick or have come in contact with someone who is believed to have contracted COVID-19, please stay home and call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 . While our attendance policy has not changed, we have remote accommodations and other contingencies in place. Once you have spoken with the appropriate healthcare provider, please contact your Program Director so we can make accommodations (contact information below). 
  4. If you are considered high risk according to the CDC, please contact your Program Director so we can make any needed accommodations. 
  5. While conditions are actively shifting, during this precautionary period, if you have a situation with a family member or otherwise that may impact your ability to make a scheduled class, please contact your Program Director so we can help you make accommodations. 
  6. Staff and faculty who are either sick or considered high risk have also been instructed to stay home. 
  7. Our campus staff is conducting multiple disinfecting rounds throughout campus to sanitize high-touch areas. We will continue to do so for the remainder of the semester. 
  8. Students should continue to practice good hand hygiene. We continue to admonish each of you to take extra precautions as prescribed by the CDC for Healthcare professionals.


Clinical Rotations:

We are coordinating daily with our clinical partners and OTA fieldwork sites. We will work with each student individually and will have a make-up plan in place in the event your clinical rotation is impacted. Please contact our Clinical Relations team if you have questions or have been assigned to a unit with additional restrictions (contact information below).  

Personal Precautions:
All health guidelines suggest proper hygiene remains the single most effective method for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Prevention tips include: 

 

What to do if you are sick:

If you are displaying symptoms COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.

The Utah Coronavirus information hotline is a resource for those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, as well as a central resource for the public’s questions about COVID-19. The line is staffed 24/7 – callers will first hear a recorded options menu before talking to a staff member.

Once you have spoken with the appropriate healthcare provider, please contact your program director so we can make accommodations. 

ASN:
David Haskell
email: [email protected]
Office: (385) 557-5846
Cell: (801) 717-8899

BSN:
Miranda Brimley
email: [email protected]
Office: (385) 557-5845
Cell: (801) 647-5653

OTA:
Michelle Richards
email: [email protected]
Office: 801-816-8652
Cell: (801) 309-3561

MA:
Ben McBride
email: [email protected]
Cell: (801) 318-4473

Direct Entry MSN:
Karla Huntsman
email: [email protected]
Office: (801) 816-8607
Cell: (801) 842-3997


If you have questions related to your clinical rotations, please contact:
 

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (801) 609-1174