Hello, Bastyr Community Members,
I am sure students, faculty and staff alike are anticipating the next few days and weeks with a mixture of excitement for your new classes, some confusion about how it will all work, and hopefully less and less anxiety about the future. Although we are in a time unlike any other we have faced as a community, and indeed as a globe, we have what it takes to succeed in our education, in our work, and in our mission.
COVID-19 is certainly having effects on Bastyr and our operations for Spring Quarter. We will have a major decrease in the number of people on our physical campuses and clinics due to the public health mandates we are facing, resulting in reduced operations and services as mentioned above.
However, we want you to know that Bastyr is committed to continue pay employees affected by these changes. I also want to reinforce that Bastyr is committed to help faculty or staff who are ill or caring for ill family members. There are several ways we can ensure that this illness does not disrupt your income and Stacia Price with HR will be following up with additional information, updates, and resources shortly. We will also be doing everything possible to access relief funds available through newly passed legislation that will help us get through this time.
As we prepare for the Spring Quarter, be sure to ask questions, be kind to each other and apply yourself to the task at hand. We will make it through and will have learned much together.
To our Patients,
Bastyr University is a resource for wellness and medical care for many thousands of patients a year. We want you to know that we are open and operating and are glad to work with you on improving your wellness and keeping you and your family operating too.
Bastyr Center for Natural Health and Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego are applying the recommendations from the CDC and regional public health agencies for sanitizing all public spaces and exam rooms. Our faculty, clinic staff and student providers are all trained in infectious disease control.
We are practicing quarantine procedures as recommended by public health agencies. If a member of the Bastyr community has exposures or illness, they are not at the clinic.
So, do come to the clinic and continue your journey toward maximizing your wellness. Our paths to optimal wellness may take unexpected turns and sometimes require the addition of new safety protocols. You still have access to our teams of naturopaths and mental health counselors (and acupuncturists and nutritionists in Seattle) to guide you on your own journey.
If you have upper respiratory infection symptoms – fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, congestion – do not attempt to enter the Bastyr clinics. You should call your primary care physician’s office and ask them to provide you with instructions. In the event that Bastyr University clinics ARE your primary care physicians then call us at (206)834-4100 in the Seattle region, or at (858)256-9730 in San Diego. We are following CDC and Public Health guidelines and asking that patients DO NOT come to the clinics with cough, cold, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms, you can call us and one of our staff can help triage your symptoms.
Symptoms can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath
You should stay in isolation at home and not come in contact with your work, school or public. Please CALL your medical provider to talk through your options. You must self-quarantine for SEVEN (7) days OR until you have been fever free and symptom free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours, whichever is longer.
You should stay in isolation at home. You must self-quarantine until you have been symptom-free and fever-free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours.
Potential exposure means that you have a member of your household with symptoms or you have been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes to someone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, fever and/or shortness of breath).
You must self-quarantine for FOURTEEN (14) days. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then begin following the procedure above (7 days/72 hours). The reason this category is longer than the others is due to potential incubation periods before symptoms begin.
Keep this link for reference: Self-Quarantine Guidelines
Facts, not fear.
Great resources that can help you remain updated include:
Yours in Health,
Jamey Wallace, ND Chief Medical Officer, Bastyr Center for Natural Health
Timothy Schwaiger, ND, Chief Medical Officer, Bastyr University Clinic
Below is information on how you, as an individual, should deal with your own decisions around self-quarantine. The response to COVID-19 is somewhat dependent on your individual circumstances. Below we are offering, based on CDC and public health agency advisement, a plan that addresses when and how to apply self-quarantine.
These directives apply to students, faculty, and staff at BU Kenmore, BU California and all clinics.
You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. Please CALL your medical provider to talk through your options. You must stay away from campus/clinic for SEVEN (7) days OR until you have been fever free and symptom free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours whichever is longer.
You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. You must stay away from campus/clinic until you have been symptom-free and fever-free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours.
Potential exposure means that you have a member of your household with symptoms or you have been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes to someone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, fever and/or shortness of breath). You must stay away from campus/clinic for FOURTEEN (14) days. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you begin following the procedure above (7 days/72 hours). The reason this category is longer than the others is due to potential incubation periods before symptoms begin.
The above information is a distillation of a longer set of recommendations from King County Public Health. The full set of information can be found HERE.
Dear Bastyr University Community Members,
Students: Spring Quarter classes will continue and will be held remotely. You will be able to access course information, as usual, in CANVAS on Monday, March 30th. The syllabi will detail the information needed to attend and complete your coursework. Students involved in courses that have some component of “hands-on” learning should consult their syllabi for details. In some classes, this will include a hands-on session between Spring and Summer Quarters. Academic program chairs or deans will continue to provide details regarding how these components will be handled.
In the event you have not completed the survey sent out this week, please do this today. If we do not understand what your technical obstacles are, we cannot be responsive. Even if you feel “okay” with technology, please take the two minutes and fill out the quick survey. It will help us understand how well people are prepared, as a community, and as individuals. (Note: Survey link was sent to students 3/24/2020 & closes 3/29/2020 at midnight!)
For those who pay for parking at the Kenmore campus, we will waive parking fees for Spring Quarter. Facilities will advise our payroll department to stop the employee charges. We will determine a method to process refunds for students (likely a credit to your account once the refund is processed.)
For benefits-eligible and enrolled employees, as mentioned previously, testing and testing-related appointments for COVID-19 will be covered in full and this is back-dated to January 1, 2020.
I’d like to take a moment and thank the faculty and staff in our academic departments, and the registrar’s office for the extraordinary work they are doing to create curriculum and course modifications that will provide exceptionally good educational opportunities using an entirely new channel of teaching. Typically, faculty, staff, and students are taking some time to refresh and to do minor activities to prepare for the coming quarter. In this time, when we cannot meet in person for our courses, faculty are spending their break completely reworking curricula and syllabi. It is unprecedented. And, it is happening at universities of every size, around the world. Thank you, faculty and all academic staff partners.
Also, particularly to Bastyr University students – at all campuses. Like all schools in our regions, we will be providing the classes you need to continue pursuing your degree. These are unusual times, but this crisis will pass, and you will graduate, and very soon you will be working in your chosen field. You will be part of the ongoing solution to whole person and whole planet wellness. Join your professors and the staff of Bastyr in optimistic pursuit of our vision of transforming the health and well-being of the human community. Now, more than ever, our world needs you and the skills you are learning.
Dear Bastyr Community Members,
As many of you have heard, the governor of Washington has now issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for this state. California is already under a similar order. For us, this means that we are effectively operating under the same orders for both California and Washington.
The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to evolve. The information we share today is accurate according to the knowledge we have today. We are attempting to remain true to our mission of education and patient care while being proactive and planning for the future, alongside keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe. Remain vigilant and please continue to watch for and read these notices as substantive changes can happen daily.
The following applies to both Washington and California campuses.
Look for course information that will come to you on Monday, March 30, to understand how to “attend” remote classes for Spring Quarter. Your course info and instructions will be available on CANVAS.
Didactic programs will be provided ONLY online the entire Spring Quarter. This means you will login as instructed by your professor/instructor at the time indicated in your class schedule. This does NOT mean that Bastyr is offering 24/7 access to lectures. Some individual instructors may record and post zoom lectures, but in general, you must be on time to your course just as you would if the class was being held in person. Please work with your professor/instructor on an individual basis regarding any concerns or requests based on your situation as it relates to COVID-19 impacts.
Courses that are high touch, or involve labs – those courses where being in-person is the effective route for disseminating education – will be moved to Summer Quarter. Bastyr University will look to expand summer course offerings to accommodate these courses.
Clinical courses will be delivered via telemedicine during Spring Quarter. We do not expect to re-start in-person clinic visits until Summer Quarter. Students will need access to the web and to Zoom meetings to participate in these courses during Spring.
Progress to degree and graduation are a high priority for everyone during this period of time. We are working with relevant accreditation bodies to ensure that these new course formats are acceptable during the Spring Quarter to meet graduation requirements. All indications are that these organizations recognize the extraordinary demands that are being placed on our students, faculty, and programs. We are confident that these adjustments in-class delivery will be approved.
Library and Computer Labs ARE available to students. Not every student has access to the internet or computers at home. Please stay home and use your own systems in the event you have options available to you.
There will be no walk-in, or pick-up services starting Tuesday, March 25th. The dispensary is open Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM and staff are working, but all orders will be received via phone and shipped to patients. Any order over $49 will be shipped for free. Alternatively, non-prescription supplements may be purchased through our Wellevate online store at https://bastyrcenter.org/shoponline.
There will certainly be additional areas and departments with questions about spring quarter operations that we have not covered in this email. We commit to sharing decisions on those as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these waters.
Hello, Bastyr Community,
Faculty and staff at all the campuses and clinics are working hard to prepare for Spring Quarter. We are excited to deliver the programs, albeit in a new way, that will bring an inspiring education to students in all Bastyr programs. While students are on break, faculty and staff are adjusting curriculum, clinical opportunities, and physical spaces to accommodate COVID-19 social distancing and personal safety requirements.
To all campus and clinic students, faculty and staff, please be patient with each other, with the system, with your instructors and the staff working on your behalf. As we make changes in the way we are offering programs, regardless of how much we test systems, there may be glitches. Let us know and we will do our best to fix the problems you face.
All of us are in very uncharted territory. Let us all practice grace, and also let’s do our very best to accomplish our mission – educating future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. We will fulfill our mission by providing a safe, robust education for the students of Bastyr University.
I want to acknowledge the hard work being done to ensure that Bastyr University is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. There are a number of workgroups considering how to prioritize the health and safety of our communities while maintaining our two critical functions – providing a meaningful education and providing health services through our clinics. Knowing that local orders and public health guidelines may still be in place as we start Spring quarter, we would like to share an update on what is currently being planned.
Faculty and staff are spending time daily on creating curriculum adjustments so that as many courses as possible can be provided seamlessly online. We are determining strategies that will hopefully allow us to conduct lab courses and higher-touch courses like physical medicine. In addition, we are looking at expanding Summer quarter offerings so that these courses that are challenging to do remotely can be offered to keep students up to date in their education.
We do not have all of the specifics finalized, but every day we are meeting and coming up with solutions that will ensure YOU get the education you need for future career success. We are also prioritizing students who are on path to graduate this Spring or Summer to get you the course work and clinical training needed. The reality is that some of this work may have to shift into Summer quarter. We will be in touch as our plans are adopted.
Governor Newsom of California has issued an order that people should shelter at home to the extent possible. We suspect that Washington state may follow soon with a similar order from Governor Inslee. Please note there are essential functions detailed within these state orders that may continue during a shelter-at-home – among these exceptions are health care providers and clinics, and employees who are providing education via remote learning platforms. Staff is still working and, while some are remote, some need to work on campus while utilizing social distancing and hygiene practices. We are in compliance with state mandates from the governors and public health departments.
Bastyr University has an obligation to help reduce the stress on the general medical system by remaining open. For Spring quarter, we will be starting patient visits utilizing some new guidelines. Most patient visits will be virtual, however, we are working on protocols for specific higher-touch clinic shifts such as physical medicine and acupuncture. You will be receiving more guidance on this in the coming days.
While many services have shifted online, some critical functions cannot be offered remotely, including housing, health services, and critical operations such as Bastyr University clinics in Washington and California. Our security, facilities, custodial, supply chain, and information systems and technology will continue to do their jobs on campus, as necessary and as outlined by supervisors under guidance from the university president. It is important to work from home for those who can do this and to STAY home if you or someone in your household is sick.
IMPORTANT: Bring your key or cardkey in order to enter any Bastyr University building:
We are no longer offering access by the general public to any Bastyr University building without an appointment. If you are a student, faculty or staff member, you must bring your key/card key in order to gain entry. Contractors working on a building, etc. must have an appointment to gain entry.
These are trying times and yet we have much to be grateful for. This is a time we will always remember. It can also be a time when you focus your studies, make plans for your future, and take time to address your own wellness so that you can continue to help others in our community.
COVID-19 is a serious, infectious disease and the Bastyr University leadership continues to explore options regarding Bastyr University clinics. In order to maximize our support for appropriate social distancing at this critical time, we have determined that we will suspend ALL in-person patient visits at BCNH and BUC clinic for the next three-week period, including our private practice shifts. This suspension is for all student clinical interactions through the rest of winter quarter – this includes teaching clinics, external sites, precepting, and midwifery. During this time the dispensaries will also temporarily suspend in person visits and instead continue to utilize online ordering systems and mail delivery as we evaluate options.
Starting Tuesday morning, March 17th there will not be any in-person patient visits at our clinics or clinic sites.
To reiterate, students should not go to their clinic shifts at any Bastyr Clinics for the remainder of the quarter and through the end of the spring break. This suspension will enable us re-equip and re-tool in order to optimize our use of distance-based care. This is important to ensure we can protect our patients, students, faculty and staff.
Our expectation is that as the spring quarter resumes on April 6th we will have new procedures in place so that we can utilize video consults and other means to allow patient visits to continue, albeit in new formats. We are also evaluating how we can continue clinic sessions that require in person contact while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
We are working with the Registrar’s office to prioritize graduating student’s need for clinic hours and patient contacts. Our objective is to find ways to help our graduating students fulfill requirements. We are also working closely with our accreditors to ensure that our students can continue to make progress toward their degrees under these modified circumstances. More information will be coming regarding this in future communications.
Staff and faculty will be encouraged to work from home when possible and if their roles allow during this time. For staff and faculty who may be affected by these changes and are not able to continue working in a typical fashion, a follow-up communication will be sent later today to address questions you may have regarding pay and paid time off. It is our intention to continue paying employees affected by this announcement, based on their various situations according to our policies, wherever possible.
Stay well, and if you have questions regarding COVID-19 please reach out to the Emergency Operations Center at email@example.com.
Hello Bastyr Community Members,
As of Monday, March 16th, 2020 non-clinical classes and exams at ALL campuses BUC, BCNH and BUK are moving on-line or remote through the end of the quarter where possible. Please check with your instructor for the specific plan to complete your Winter quarter classes.
As a reminder, we will continue remote instruction/testing in Spring Quarter, wherever possible. Please note that certain courses have a lab or clinical competency portion that cannot be conducted remotely. In the case of lab or courses that have an “in-person” aspect these are going to be handled on a case-by-case basis with academic leadership and faculty providing you with specific instructions on how the course will proceed.
Our clinics, including teaching shifts, are OPEN. External shifts all have varying environments and situations and these are being assessed on a case-by-case basis by clinical leadership and faculty. If you are a student or faculty associated with an external clinic you will receive information regarding expectations.
Bastyr University is open and staff and faculty are hard at work to ensure that services continue to be provided to all students in a safe manner.
As a reminder:
Dear Bastyr University Kenmore and BCNH Community,
The situation we are facing with the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve rapidly each day. To date, there have been no confirmed cases on any of our campuses.
We are closely monitoring and following the recommendations of local, national and global health agencies to ensure our decisions remain consistent with their guidance, and protect our community.
We expect the clinic to continue to be open for both patient services and for clinical training.
At this time, Bastyr University California plans to complete the remaining days of Winter quarter as scheduled. This includes advice to continue to maximize social distancing as recommended by public health as referenced.
We are making plans now to open Spring Quarter classes online with remote learning to the extent possible. We will be updating you with our plans and the actions you will need to take soon. We will have on-campus teaching as well for small groups for labs, etc. where needed. We expect clinic to continue to be open for both patient services and for clinical training. It is important to note that this status is subject to change with change in recommendations or directives from healthcare authorities. We expect to return to in-person classrooms when that is consistent with healthcare authority recommendations.
Campus operations and the Clinic remain open and operational.
These decisions are consistent with direction from health departments, and local universities. The President’s leadership and EOC@bastyr.edu will continue to provide updates and announcements consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Diego County Public Health and Human Services (HHSA), and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Thank you all for continuing to move forward in uncertain times. This is challenging for everyone – students, faculty, staff, and our families. Bastyr is committed to your success and we will continue to find strategies that will provide safe and effective learning, clinic and workplace environments. Bastyr University is open and although we will restrict some activities and some services, we are not closed.
I want to relay information on how you, as an individual should deal with your own decisions around self-quarantine. The response to COVID-19 is somewhat dependent on your individual circumstances. Below we are offering, based on CDC and public health agency advisement, a plan that addresses when and how to apply self-quarantine. These directives apply to students, faculty, and staff at BU Kenmore, BU California and all clinics.
You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. Please CALL your medical provider to talk through your options. You must stay away from campus/clinic for SEVEN (7) days OR until you have been fever free and symptom free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours whichever is longer.
Potential exposure means that you have a member of your household with symptoms or you have been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes to someone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath). You must stay away from campus/clinic for FOURTEEN (14) days. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you begin following the procedure above (7 days/72 hours). The reason this category is longer than the others is due to potential incubation periods before symptoms begin.
This information will be housed on the Bastyr University website HERE
Any questions regarding COVID-19 please reach out to the Emergency Operations Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to keep you updated.
Dear Bastyr Community,
As a reminder, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Bastyr University population. Actions are being taken to minimize spread of a virus that is generally around our region and to participate in sound public health actions. When you have concerns or questions regarding the University’s response please send them to email@example.com.
Note: This only applies to courses at BU Kenmore and those courses offered onsite at BCNH - not BUC
In accordance with recommendations from Washington State Dept of Health, King County Public Health and after conversations with leaders of all regional university leaders, Bastyr University will be taking the following steps:
You will receive an email from leadership regarding issues specific to faculty and staff later today. Thank you for your patience. We wanted to get notice out as soon as possible, so this general communication is highlighting only key points. Most of the details you will need to conduct your work are forthcoming. As a reminder, Bastyr University, at all sites are operationally open we are simply minimizing the amount of traffic coming to and congregating at the university’s academic areas in order to assist public health officials in reducing spread of the virus.
Staff, faculty, students at ALL Bastyr campuses/clinics
We are a strong community and we will get through this health concern. Stay upbeat, support one another, and follow the directive to stay home if you are sick, or if you are in close relationship/proximity to a person stay home as described above.
Bastyr University, like other institutes of higher education, utilizes official sources of information such as the CDC, Washington State Dept of Health, and San Diego County Public Health to help make informed choices regarding protocols around infectious outbreaks. The information is updated regularly and Bastyr leadership is watching for and applying every recommendation regarding the COVID-19.
Despite social media postings by someone with no knowledge of the facts, there is NO confirmed COVID-19 cases of any employee or student of Bastyr University.
In addition, although someone claimed there was a person with a hazmat suit spotted at Bastyr University, that was not a person affiliated with the University, nor was it any company or entity hired by or sanctioned by the University. Students in the Gross Anatomy lab do use headgear and protective, full body suits in that lab setting only. The use of these suits, even for a short time, outside of this lab is prohibited.
As students and staff at an institute of higher education, I encourage you to seek official information and ask questions through official channels if you’re unsure.
If you see something that is troubling to you, or if you have a question not answered by my regular emails, then the very best thing to do is to report this to firstname.lastname@example.org – this is our official emergency operations center. We will answer all questions and commit to full transparency regarding important facts that will secure your safety.
Bastyr University remains open at all campuses and clinic locations. We may adopt some new strategies to reduce the amount of time that students, faculty and staff are physically on the Kenmore campus. Today we are exploring options on how students can complete this academic quarter. This may include discontinuing in-person courses, having more reliance on e-content, or other strategies. There is a gathering of public health officials and leaders of universities later this afternoon. Once we have heard the most recent recommendations, we will create a plan for Bastyr students that focuses on safety and also academic success.
Please look for a full report and plan regarding your coursework and finals no later than tomorrow afternoon.
NOTE: AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO CHANGE PLANNED FOR BASTYR UNIVERSITY CALIFORNIA STUDENTS.
We will continue to keep you informed through regular communications.
I wanted to write to encourage you during this time of great distractions. It seems that every moment there is some news about the virus and with a 24/7 news cycle it is hard to navigate the fluidity of this situation and separate panic from reality.
PLEASE REMEMBER that while this is a novel virus, and we are still learning about it, most people who contract this virus will not have major symptoms. The yearly influenza virus is much more likely to cause severe illness than COVID-19.
Please know that Bastyr University is currently right on track with national, state and county recommendations for responding to the COVID-19 infection. Our primary concern is for your safety, wellness and to provide a high level of service for our students and patients. I have shared two messages in the past week which have provided the most current information you need to continue moving forward. Please refer to these messages which are also included below. I will also send updates on a regular basis. If there is a major change in instructions for students, staff, faculty or patients, I will send this out immediately.
We will continue to keep you all apprised and commit to regular communications.
Hello, Bastyr University Community Members,
As you are aware, the COVID-19 infection is a moving target. I and other university leaders will update the community on Bastyr-specific information that relates to our university and clinic response. In addition, there are many ways to remain informed through community public health resources which are listed at the bottom of this message.
I understand and share your personal concerns around safety for yourself, your friends and your family. My recommendation is that you do two things when you have a question:
1. School closure: there are no recommendations currently from public health agencies for schools to close, however, we are watching for guidance as the situation develops.
2. Staying home from school: students with fever or respiratory symptoms should stay home as described in the President's weekly message.
3. Doctor's notes: medical documentation will not be required from students experiencing flu symptoms for a maximum of 14 days during this outbreak. Please contact your faculty immediately and then stay home and focus on maintaining your health and the health of our community.
4. Course requirements: students who need to miss class will still be responsible for meeting all requirements stated in the course syllabus.
5. Make-up work: individual instructors will determine how students can best complete missed work, which will vary widely according to the nature of the course (lecture, lab, clinic shift). Faculty are being asked to plan ahead for these absences, possibly utilizing alternate delivery methods which may include Zoom, Canvas, recorded materials, etc. where possible.
Bastyr University is following CDC guidelines for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs). For more info, refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html
If you have not already done so, please sign up for Bastyr Alerts to receive the most current information. Here are links that can ensure you can stay connected:
If you wish to learn more there are great resources to explore. You will find frequently updated, and scientifically reliable information at the sites below. You should utilize these sites as primary sources of information on general, public health information. The Bastyr University updates are truly related specifically to Bastyr University and our university response.
General fact sheets to help students, staff, faculty, and their families understand COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves:
CDC information for students, staff, and faculty who have recently traveled back to the United States from areas where CDC has identified community spread of coronavirus:
As you may know, a new virus was discovered in Wuhan, China in late December, 2019 — called novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing medical issue. The six confirmed deaths, and increased number of confirmed cases in Washington are both a tragedy and reason for concern. Our hearts go out to the people directly involved. We must at the same time take precautions to stay informed and take practical steps to reduce the chances of spreading this disease. The health of our community, both within Bastyr and in our regions, is paramount as we continue to determine what actions should be taken. At this time we have no confirmed cases within the Bastyr community.
Bastyr University is currently operating at all locations as usual. There is not a current, high level emergency in our regions. However, to stay ahead and to be prepared, we do have an emergency response plan, and as part of this we have formed an Emergency Operations Center task force to help us address this evolving situation. We have a policy that outlines our response to pandemic flu and infectious diseases – this is currently being updated to convey accurate information regarding the COVID-19 infection. For questions, now or in coming weeks, related to the COVID-19 virus or questions pertaining to the Emergency Operations Center, please email the Emergency Operations Center at email@example.com.
For those involved in our clinics, please look for and follow advice given by our Chief Medical Officers, Dr. Jamey Wallace and Dr. Tim Schwaiger for the latest on how we need to engage with our patients. Where to stay updated on your local, community public health notices:
We know that many of you are wondering about school closure. At this time, we are open as usual, but we are monitoring the situation and we will update all campus members should this decision change based on guidance from the various regional public health departments. If you have not already done so, please sign up for Bastyr Alerts to receive the most current information.
Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading on our campuses:
As you know this is a rapidly developing situation that requires all of us to stay informed about both the status and the actions that we can take individually and collectively to stay as healthy as possible during this outbreak. Thank you for your partnership.
Greetings BCNH Staff, Faculty, Subs and Student Clinicians:
While there are increasing cases in the US and Washington, so far, the numbers are small (especially in comparison to seasonal flu) and those who get sickest have underlying health issues. It is critically important to take precautions to stay healthy and take steps to prevent transmission of any airborne infections.
Public Health reports that while new cases are emerging, there is still low risk to the general population. In the event that patients meet the criteria for further work up and testing, our triage team will be working directly with Public Health to refer and get testing done at appropriate testing centers.
We continue to monitor Public Health and CDC recommendations to prioritize your and our patient’s safety and well-being. Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to your supervisor or HR. You can find additional resources for responding to stigma at: kingcounty.gov/ncov/anti-stigma. Please work to support each other and act as a community; show compassion for those affected and their families and avoid acts of discrimination and bias. This virus poses a global challenge and it requires all of us to work together.
Here is a NYT link highlighting comparison of COVID-19 with seasonal influenza:
Jamey Wallace, ND
Executive Director of Clinical Training | Chief Medical Officer
Bastyr Center for Natural Health
The Teaching Clinic of Bastyr University