Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information

Phased Return

Information regarding daily screening, PPE, social distancing and contact tracing can be found in the University's Guide for the Return to the Workplace.

Useful Links

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess your risk.

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Symptoms

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you think you may have symptoms, especially after exposure to someone symptomatic or upon return from country with a COVID-19 outbreak, call the local emergency room, urgent care or your primary care physician and first to let them know what is going on with you before you go in.

Teledoc, a virtual care provider that can evaluate symptoms via phone or webcam is available to students and employees. If COVID-19 is suspected, Teledoc can assist in navigating patients to the appropriate local resource. Call 855-835-2362 or visit www.teladoc.com/doctors. Depending on the type of health insurance, there may be a fee associated. University employees should refer to HR's guidelines in my.udmercy.edu.

Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

As always, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent any respiratory illness is to practice routine good hygiene habits:
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your mouth and eyes.
  • Stay home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work. Don’t cough or sneeze near others, and cough into your elbow rather than your hands. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid others who are sick.
  • Refrain from shaking hands when greeting people. 
  • Clean common surfaces such as computers, phones and doorknobs with disinfecting cleanser. 
  • Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

Are you at a higher risk for severe illness?

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Detroit Mercy's Response

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    University COVID-19 Response Team

    As the University community continues to plan for a phased return to campus, the Facilities, Safety and Health Work Group of the COVID-19 Task Force has developed a Guide for the Return to the Workplace to assist colleges and department leaders in considering guidelines to ensure a safe working environment.

    Detroit Mercy follows information and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and specific to institutions of higher education.

    The University is taking proactive measures by utilizing health-care grade disinfectants for commonly used surfaces, supplying hand-sanitizer to common areas, residence halls, and increasing awareness and hygiene reminders through display put throughout the campus.

    We continue to review health advisories and travel alerts from the State of Michigan, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other Universities as well as working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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    Maintaining a Climate of Respect

    Anti-Stigma Statement

    In the wake of the coronavirus and its origins in China, there have been a increasing number of news reports around the country and elsewhere regarding stereotyping, harassment and bullying directed at persons perceived to be of Chinese American or, more generally, Asian descent, including students. The Detroit Mercy community has always shown tremendous love, respect and care for all faculty, staff and students and this will continue. However, it is important to gently remind everyone that the University does not tolerate any kind of ethnic harassment or bullying here.

    The University supports all members of the Detroit Mercy community who are from or have connections to a location that has confirmed cases of COVID-19. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at Detroit Mercy. Those who experience harassment or discrimination on campus can report it to their respective campus Student Affairs office:

    • McNichols Campus Students: Monica Williams at 313-993-1028  or leonarmj@udmercy.edu 
    • School of Law Students: Megan Jennings at 313-596-0209 or jenninmf@udmercy.edu 
    • School of Dentistry Students: Juliette Daniels at 313-494-6850 or danieljc@udmercy.edu
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    Who to contact with questions

    Regarding study abroad, travel restrictions or health concerns

    Please review the following resources or call the numbers listed below with questions.

    Health

    Student Affairs Office

FAQs

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    What is Coronavirus

    For information on Coronavirus, go to the CDC website.

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    Are there any confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the Detroit Mercy campus?

    Members of the Detroit Mercy community who have suspected, presumptive or positive test results for COVID-19, will be quarantined at home or in the dorm and be in contact with medical professionals and the county health department.

    Detroit Mercy is following all CDC, state and Wayne County Health Department protocols. Additionally, spaces used by employee or student with an above case will be thoroughly disinfected according to CDC guidelines, state and county health department guidelines.

    For questions related to COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov.  For employment-related questions, please email hr@udmercy.edu.

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    What can I do?

    According to the CDC, steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent novel coronavirus, including:

    • Practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth and eyes.
    • Staying home.
    • Don’t cough or sneeze near others.
    • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoiding others who are sick.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting common touch surfaces frequently.
    • Taking care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

    Daily Life and Coping

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    What if I feel sick?

    If you traveled or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are feeling sick with symptoms of the novel coronavirus, call your health practitioner for guidance. Follow CDC Guidelines.

    If you think you may have symptoms especially after exposure to someone symptomatic or upon return from an affected domestic or international location, call the local emergency room, urgent care or your primary care physician first to let them know what is going on with you before you go in.

    Faculty and Staff