Bastyr's Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 2nd, 2020 Update

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.

Spring Quarter Updates for Everyone

  1. There are no in-person classes, no in-person/external site experiences, and no in-person clinic shifts during Spring Quarter. Students, please do NOT come to any of the Bastyr University campuses unless you are utilizing available resources, such as the computer lab, bookstore or library for essential purposes and maintaining required social distancing and hygiene. Essential employees who are supporting distance learning or clinic operations may also have a need to be onsite, but we continue to ask that all work and study from home who can.
  2. All coursework will be done via remote learning. Instructors and students will not be on campus.   PLEASE NOTE: Remote learning does not mean that the information or lectures are available 24/7. You are to attend your classes virtually at the times indicated on your schedule and according to your syllabi. Students, please be sure that you have read your CANVAS information on each class.
  3. The Dining Commons and Parent Resource Center will be closed Spring Quarter.
  4. The bookstore and library will announce their plans and availability for Spring Quarter soon, including virtual hours.  Please expect reduced in-person operations with details to follow. 
  5. Security will be present and available on campus, and we are maintaining the policy of having the doors locked and accessible only with key cards.
  6. The shuttle will be available on a limited basis for Village residents only and more details can be found below.
  7. The dispensary will also have reduced operations and will be handling orders online, by phone and by mail order, no walk-in retail.
  8. Bastyr Community Meditation: Student Services is hosting a community-wide meditation on Monday, April 6, at noon and we encourage as many community members from across campuses to participate. Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, Bastyr faculty and alum, will lead the community in a meditation to help ground and connect us as we venture into Spring Quarter together. All students, faculty, and staff are invited and encouraged to attend. Register for the Zoom meeting here. You can also tune in on @bastyruniversity Instagram Live.
  9. Stay safe. Stay home. Wash your hands. Please follow the directives of our public health officials and help flatten the curve.

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.

Updates for Students

  1. Please take note of these MyBU pages – they provide great resources for succeeding in an online learning environment and in dealing with anxiety and stressors.
  2. Online Learning Resources- contains tips and resources for successful online learning, as well as technology resources and FAQs.
  3. Mental and Emotional Health Resources- contains tips and resources for caring for your mental and emotional health. On this page, we are also sourcing ideas from the community on how they are managing their anxiety, staying connected to friends and family, etc. Students/staff/faculty can submit ideas via this form
  4. Info about work-study:
    1. The Financial Aid Office is working closely with all work-study supervisors regarding the availability of work during the Spring Quarter.  If you worked under work-study during the winter quarter, please check with your supervisor(s) regarding the plan for the Spring Quarter.
  5. Shuttle Service to and from BCNH is discontinued for Spring Quarter. Shuttle service will, however, be available to take Village residents to local (Kenmore area) stores and businesses to assist them in getting items they may need. This service will operate Monday – Friday from 2pm-4pm. Only two students can be passengers at a time and this will be on a reservation-only basis. Please email Megan Johnson at mjohnson@bastyr.edu with any requests, including date, time and desired destination. Pick up will be from the Kenmore campus.

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.

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

Letter to Patients

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.

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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.

 

Special instructions:

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.

 

Information on how to protect community health - Self Quarantine Guidelines

 

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected covid-19

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 have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) and have NOT been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

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.

 

You were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 OR COVID-19 like symptoms

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

 

Stay informed

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

Info on Self-Quarantine

Information on how to decide whether to self-quarantine

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.

 

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 - symptoms can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath:

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 have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) and have NOT been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

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.

 

You were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 OR COVID-19 like symptoms:

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.

Archived Updates

March 26th, 2020

Dear Bastyr University Community Members,

Spring Classes

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.

Student Survey

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!)

Parking – Fees Waived

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.)

A Quick Benefits Update

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. 

 

The Bottomline = Gratitude and Hope

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.

Note to Bastyr Students

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.

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 24, 2020 Update

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.

CA and WA Students

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.

Online Courses 

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.

Lab Courses

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.

Clinic 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.

Graduation 

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

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.

Please use safety and social distancing rules:

  • You cannot be closer than 6 feet from another person while on university property.
  • Wash your hands before going to the computer labs.
  • You must practice infectious disease protocols and assume that every surface near the computer you are touching has infectious particles on them. So, before you sit down, wipe down the area with disinfecting wipes. Also, you must wipe down the entire area AGAIN when you are leaving the space.
  • Wash your hands after leaving the computer labs.

 

Staff, Faculty, and Students

  • If you are sick, stay at home.
  • If you can effectively work at home, stay at home.
  • Some staff members will continue to need to be in the office to do their jobs. Roles in healthcare and healthcare systems support are not restricted by current governmental restrictions. Educational institutions providing remote learning opportunities to continue student education are also not under current, home restrictions. So, in the event your role is related to customer service, enrollment of students, student services, dispensary staff, health center operations, front desk positions, etc -- and you cannot do your work from your home effectively, then you are allowed under the current regulations to work in your office. Make arrangements with your supervisor to ensure your workspace will be safe and that you are practicing social distancing. On-campus, at-work functions that support clinic operations and distance learning can be carried out with appropriate social distancing and will still occur.

Dispensary

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.

 

In Health,

 

Harlan Patterson
President

March 23rd, 2020 Update

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.

 

Student Announcements

  1.  As we prepare to ensure that your upcoming spring quarter goes as smoothly as possible, we want to hear from each of you regarding the needs you are facing. This week please look for a SURVEY that will help us understand your capacity to do coursework online, the stability of your internet connection and a few other questions.  We want to find resources to help, and we want to identify the needs of each student.  Please take the time to do the short survey when it comes out later this week.
  2. The specifics about your courses will be coming out via CANVAS next Monday, which is our standard syllabi release date.  Your instructors will let you know what components of the course will be online and what elements may require social-distance-appropriate labs/clinical practice. It is important that you thoroughly read the syllabus for each class in order to be prepared.

 

Campus and Clinic Faculty and Staff

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.

 

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 20th, 2020 Update

Dear Bastyr University Community Members,

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.

 

Education:

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.

 

Providing health services through our Clinics:

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.

 

Critical functions staffing:

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. 

 

Travel Restrictions

View and download University Travel Restrictions and Guidelines.

 

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.

 

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

 

March 16th, 2020 Update

Dear Bastyr Community Members,

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.

In-Person Patient Visits

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.

Video Consults

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.

Clinic Hours

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

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.

Contact

Stay well, and if you have questions regarding COVID-19 please reach out to the Emergency Operations Center at eoc@bastyr.edu.

 

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 13th, 2020 Update

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:

  • First and most important, if you are sick you need to stay home.  We will work with you to complete your work or classes with the minimum disruption possible. Call your physician to get the best advice for treatment.
  • Practice good hygiene to combat spread of the disease
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Be aware of additional requirements (such as additional handwashing) in some locations
  • Staff members, your supervisor will work with you to determine whether you can work from home and will work with you to clarify expectations for work from home. We are open and have a mission to fulfill…thank you for your diligence.

 

Stay well, and if you have questions regarding COVID-19 please reach out to the Emergency Operations Center at eoc@bastyr.edu.

 

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 12th, 2020 Update

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.  

 

Spring Quarter

Campus
I’d like to be very clear – Bastyr University is not an online institution of higher education.  However in response to the COVID-19 situation, 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. Some courses will have online portions and for others we will have on-campus teaching, such as small groups for labs, etc. where needed. 
Clinic

We expect the clinic to continue to be open for both patient services and for clinical training.  

Please Note
  • 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 a full schedule of 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), King County, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and the Washington State Department of Health.

 

Reminders

  • Please check back regularly for additional updates on this fast-evolving situation.
  • Protect yourself and others as outlined by the CDC, and follow protocols to self-quarantine as necessary.  
  • Stay well, and please reach out to the EOC@bastyr.edu if you have questions.

 

In Health,

 

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 11th, 2020 Update

Bastyr 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.  

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.

Spring Quarter

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.

Current Operations

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).

Reminders

  • Please check back regularly for additional updates on this fast-evolving situation.
  • Protect yourself and others as outlined by the CDC, and follow protocols to self-quarantine as necessary. 
  • Stay well, and please reach out to the EOC@bastyr.edu if you have questions.

 

 In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 10th, 2020 Update

Dear Bastyr Community Members,

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.

 

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 - symptoms can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath 

 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 have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breathand have NOT been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

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.

 

You were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 OR COVID-19 like symptoms 

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.

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 eoc@bastyr.edu.  We will continue to keep you updated.

 

In Health,

Harlan Patterson
President

 

March 7th, 2020 Update

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 eoc@bastyr.edu.

Quick Notes:

  • Bastyr University operations remain open.
  • There will be NO IN-PERSON classes at Bastyr University KENMORE or at BCNH, starting Monday 3-9-2020.
  • THERE IS NO CANCELLATION OF BUC classes or any activities at this time.
  • All Bastyr CLINICS and SHIFTS remain open at BCNH and BUC
  • NOTE: the Clinic shifts held at BU Kenmore campus ARE CANCELLED, as this is a primarily student-patient population.
  • As of Monday, the BU Kenmore Dining Commons is closed until Spring Quarter.
  • As of Monday, the BU Kenmore Parent Resource Center will be closed until Spring Quarter.
  • During the revised Kenmore campus operations, all doors will work on card access.  Only the main reception door at the Kenmore campus will remain physically unlocked during normal hours of operation. 

 

Student/Faculty Instructions for the Remainder of This Quarter

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:

Students/Faculty
  • Bastyr University will NOT close down most operations, clinic services, or educational opportunities.
  • What we WILL do is to provide options that ensure our community reduces the amount of personal contacts being made so that we help reduce the opportunities for COVID-19 exposures.
    • Starting on Monday, March 9, 2020, IN-PERSON classes at BU Kenmore (and any classes held at BCNH) will be discontinued. AN EMAIL WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TODAY TO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION ON YOUR COURSEWORK.

 

BUK Staff and Faculty

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.

 

Your Personal Response to COVID-19

Staff, faculty, students at ALL Bastyr campuses/clinics

  • According to the CDC, Washington Department of Health and the King County and San Diego County Public Health offices:
  • If you have symptoms of the flu or cold, you should stay home for SEVEN (7) days OR 72 hours after your symptoms have ceased, whichever is longer.
  • In addition, if you are living with or in close proximity to someone who is exhibiting cold/flu symptoms, you should also stay home for 7 days. If you develop symptoms, then “start the clock” again on the day symptoms start and remain home for 7 days or 72 hours after your symptoms have ceased, whichever is longer.
  • Please follow these recommendations.  Faculty and staff, your supervisors will be enforcing this.  Students, your fellow classmates and instructors will be requiring you to follow this directive. 
  • For those in the Seattle region, here is a great link with info on what to do if you have questions about COVID-19 exposures, what to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19.
  • For those in San Diego, this is a link for your area.

 

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.

 

In Health,

  

Harlan Patterson

President

 

March 6th, 2020 Update

Dear Bastyr Community Members,

Contents:

  • Stopping the Rumor Mill
  • Decisions pending on finishing out this quarter
  • Self-quarantine and good resources

Rumor Mill and Reality

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 eoc@bastyr.edu – 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.

Pending Decisions on the Continuance of Courses This Quarter

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.

Latest Info on Self-Quarantine

  • According to the Washington Department of Health and the King County Public Health office, if you have symptoms of the flu or cold, you should stay home for SEVEN (7) days, OR 72 hours after your symptoms have ceased, whichever is longer. Please follow these recommendations.  Faculty and staff, your supervisors will be enforcing this.  Students, your fellow classmates and instructors will be requiring you to follow this directive.
  • Here is a great link with info on what to do if you have questions about COVID-19 exposures, including what to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19:
  • Public Health has specific advice for people who have been confirmed with COVID-19, have been around someone with COVID-19, or are feeling unwell but haven’t been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • With respect to testing, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not typically conduct testing. Testing is typically conducted by taking a swab at a health care provider’s office.
  • For those in San Diego this is a link for your area.

 

We will continue to keep you informed through regular communications.

 

In Health,  

Harlan Patterson
President

 

 

March 5th, 2020 Update

Dear Bastyr Community Members,

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.

 

Reminders

  • IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS...STAY HOME. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. Please know that supervisors have been asked to be strict on ensuring ill employees stay home and remain there for a few days after recovery.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY AND FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS.
  • Treat symptoms as you would a cold or flu -- using the same protocols you normally would for a viral disease.
  • If a family member is ill, use the same precautions you would normally. If in doubt, stay home. 
  • If a child is home from school due to school closures, you would treat this as you normally would for school closures.

 

What is Happening Now

  • All Bastyr University Clinics and Campuses are open and operating as usual.
  • Additional precautions we are taking at the clinic include the following:
  • We will place signs at clinic entry that instruct patients with signs of illness to make a phone appointment or call from their cars and a screening will be done outside of the clinic property in order to minimize waiting room exposures and/or direct people to a more appropriate facility, if necessary
  • If Bastyr Clinic is a patient's primary care facility, we will set a phone appointment to screen and provide health information
  • If a patient sees another primary care physician, we will instruct them to connect with that provider for evaluation
  • If a patient is in the facility and exhibits signs of flu-like symptoms, they will be isolated and interactions will be minimized
  • We will continue appropriate screenings of patients seeking appointments to minimize unnecessary exposures
  • The CDC and public health organizations in the regions we operate in have provided guidance, which we are following. There is no need to close campuses or clinics at this time.

 

BUK Operations

  • Working from home options: Supervisors are identifying staff who can work from home without affecting any of our student-facing services, in keeping with public health recommendations in King County, in order to minimize transmission of disease as people move around the community, we are encouraging staff who do not have student-facing roles to work from home.
  • If you are a student, faculty member or staff member that is part of a high risk group, please connect with your supervisor/instructor to discuss your situation and come up with a plan 
  • Dining Commons:  tables, serving trays and tongs are being sanitized multiple times a day; a hand sanitizer station has been added to the cafeteria line and hand cleaning and gloves made available soon.
  • Shuttle service: service may be modified in the coming days or weeks and we will communicate broadly, as necessary; a hand sanitizer dispenser will be added in our shuttles and all passengers are being asked to sanitize their hands upon entry

 

We will continue to keep you all apprised and commit to regular communications.

In Health,

Harlan Patterson

President

March 4, 2020 Update

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.

Meeting Your Expectations and Answering Your Questions

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. Look closely at the messages I will send out on a regular basis. Most of your questions will be answered in these communications, as they relate to Bastyr University. If the messages in the most recent message needs to be altered, it will be as soon as we have confirmed a change is warranted.
  2. When there is a question that is not satisfied by a reading/re-reading of the most current message, then please feel free to contact our Emergency Operations Center at eoc@bastyr.edu

 

Where are we today?

Students and Attendance

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.

Guidelines and How to Stay Healthy

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

  1. We have reviewed and updated our Emergency Operations plan. The plan is available on request. Contact eoc@basytr.edu
  2. Part of the Emergency Operations plan is the Pandemic Flu/Infectious Disease plan which we have now implemented. Some aspects of this are:
    1. We are working closely with other first responders and universities to make sure we are following the best practices issued by the CDC.
    2. We have installed hand sanitizing stations in all the common areas of our campuses and clinics.
    3. We have posted the CDC’s poster on how to stop the spread around campuses and clinics.
    4. Our custodial services are disinfecting door handles, stair rails and common areas nightly on top of their normal duties.
    5. We will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations to keep our students, staff and faculty safe.
  3. We have established procedures for students, staff, and faculty who are sick (with any illness) on campus – they are as follows:
    1. If you are sick, especially with respiratory symptoms, fever, head cold, aches and pains, etc. STAY HOME
    2. Stay home for a few extra days beyond when you might think you are ready to come back to work.
    3. Senior administration is asking supervisors and faculty to work on case by case bases to support employees and students staying home
    4. Remember: we are still in cold and flu season; many folks will contract regular viral infections that we get exposed to every year.
    5. The vast majority of COVID-19 cases are very mild or even asymptomatic; the people who have passed away have had significant underlying health issues.
    6. Approach your attendance like you might during a snow storm: use your best judgement about your personal situation and communicate with your supervisors
    7. When in doubt, stay home.
Stay Informed

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:

  • Register to receive Emergency RAVE Alerts. Instructions on how to register for RAVE

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:

  • What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)pdf icon
  • What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19pdf icon
  • Share facts about COVID-19 to help prevent stigma

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:

  • A list of countries where community spread of COVID-19 is occurring can be found on the CDC webpage: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel

 

March 2, 2020 President Update

Dear Bastyr Community Members,

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 eoc@bastyr.edu.

Clinic Operations and Patient Care

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:

University Operations

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 links that can ensure you can stay connected:

  • Register to receive Emergency RAVE Alerts.
  • Instructions on how to register for RAVE
  •  Our cleaning service providers at all facilities will to go over our deep cleaning procedures as outlined by our health departments. DO take personal responsibility to wipe down areas yourself, as appropriate.
  •  If you have questions regarding the BU community response to the COVID-19 virus please send these to the BU Emergency Operations Center eoc@bastyr.edu

Personal Responsibility

 Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading on our campuses:

  • Stay home if you are sick. 
    • Symptoms that you should NOT be on campus/in clinic:
      • Fever: temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to campus. If you have a fever of 100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer, you should stay home. You can return when you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
      • Ear infection: with fever.  
      • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching.
      • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
      • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period.
      • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
      • Vomiting: you should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the equivalent of singing “Happy Birthday” twice.)
  • Use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands. OFTEN there is no tissue available, so please use the “cough into your arm” technique to prevent airborne particles from escaping so robustly. If you have sneezed or coughed onto your hand, please wash your hands before moving on with your activities. YOU can prevent spread.
  • Limit contact with people who are actively sick with coughing, sneezing and other symptoms.
  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, call your health care professional or a walk-in clinic to receive instructions on steps to take.

Travel bans, restrictions and self-monitoring

  • As of March 1, 2020 and until further notice, Bastyr University is banning international travel (including Canada and Mexico) for employees and BU-sponsored student activities. Please connect with Provost David Rule for further information on faculty/student international trips. If exceptions are desired, they will be evaluated by university leadership and the Emergency Operations Center task force on a case-by-case basis.
  • Bastyr University is requesting that you avoid discretionary travel – particularly to international locations and to events where there is a high likelihood of exposure to international travelers.
  • If you DO travel internationally, or to an event that has a large international attendee component for personal reasons that are not BU sponsored, then please do the following:
    • If you are traveling to a country currently listed as part of the U.S. government’s COVID 19 high risk areas: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) currently China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy,  we are asking that you let our emergency operations center know of your travel plans eoc@bastyr.edu  You will likely be asked not to come onto any BU campus/clinic setting for a period of two weeks following your return from outside the country. Please note that this list is shifting frequently as more countries face this infection. We cannot guarantee that other countries will not be added to this list, even while you are out of the country. International travel is highly discouraged.
  • There currently is no restriction on domestic travel, however, if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, do not travel.  If you are representing BU at a domestic conference, an admission’s event, or other BU-sanctioned activity… that is already booked, please note the following: (ExpoWest or DCFLI, as an example)
    • If you are not comfortable attending the conference due to concerns re: the coronavirus, please inform your supervisor/academic advisor and discuss options. You do not need to attend a conference if you have concerns.
    • If you DO wish to attend a pre-planned, domestic conference then we will ask you to consider the above health protection measures. Please have a conversation with your supervisor/ academic advisor regarding additional, event-specific health tips.
    • You will want to be increasingly mindful regarding reducing exposure risk to others on your return for a period of two weeks. In the event you begin to have ANY cold/flu symptoms you should NOT come to campus/clinic.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your infection status you would connect with your physician and ask for testing.

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.

In Health,

Harlan Patterson

 

March 2, 2020 Chief Medical Officer Update

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.

Important Reminders

  • If you are sick – STAY HOME
  • Wash your hands A LOT – unwashed hands are one of the main pathways for transmission of viruses
    • Use plenty of soap and water, wash for at least 20 seconds (2 rounds of Happy Birthday to You)
    • Between patients
    • Before and after eating
    • After using the restroom
    • Whenever you think of it
    • You can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, but it is best to use soap and water
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Wipe down surfaces, door knobs, etc. in exam rooms after each patient
  • Cover your mouth/nose if you cough or sneeze
    • Use a tissue / handkerchief
    • Cough / sneeze into your elbow or shoulder NOT YOUR HANDS
    • Wash your hands afterwards

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:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/health/coronavirus-flu.html?referringSource=articleShare

 

Jamey Wallace, ND

Executive Director of Clinical Training | Chief Medical Officer

Bastyr Center for Natural Health

The Teaching Clinic of Bastyr University

 

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