ENMU-Roswell Coronavirus Response
ENMU-Roswell – Campus Update – 3.26.2020
Campus Operations will resume Monday, March 30, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, in order to provide essential services to students. All campus facilities will be locked and closed to the public. The campus will be closed Fridays.
Please refer to the CDC, NM Governor, and NM Department of Health webpages for additional information regarding the Coronavirus and the State of New Mexico’s response.
All essential functions of the ENMU-Roswell campus are staffed to the greatest extent possible while complying with the provisions of executive and/or public health order(s) of the state of New Mexico.
We will adhere to social distancing protocol and maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, avoid person-to-person contact, and direct employees to wash their hands frequently. All employees working in offices and/or buildings shall ensure all surfaces are cleaned routinely.
Travel Forms – Before coming to campus on March 30, 2020, all students and employees who have traveled out of the state of New Mexico in the last 14 days or been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days must complete the travel form located on the campus website, www.roswell.enmu.edu.
Medical & Dental Services – La Casa Dental Office is open for emergencies on our campus. The medical clinic has been relocated off-campus for community services. Their address is 1511 S. Grand Ave. Students are eligible to receive dental and medical services through La Casa.
Students – contact your instructor(s) for class meeting times, formats, and building access if it is required for instruction.
Enrolled students will be allowed in LRC/Student Success Center on a check-in, limited basis from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.
Please email or call our campus if you want to schedule an appointment to speak to a faculty member, staff member, or administrator. There is a directory at the bottom of our website that provides emails and phone numbers for all of our employees, which also lists the service they provide.
Students enrolled in courses that require a skills training component that cannot be moved online will be allowed on campus to attend those courses starting Monday, March 30, 2020. Since attendance requirements may be changed due to social distancing issues, please contact your instructors by email or through your Blackboard shell prior to coming to campus to determine possible changes in class meeting times and dates. A majority of our instruction will transition to online classes and/or using alternate delivery formats. We are monitoring this rapidly changing situation and planning accordingly, keeping health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making.
ECHS students should plan on resuming college classes again on March 30, 2020. Most coursework will be online, but those enrolled in courses with on-site skills components should contact their instructors for more information.
We are coordinating our academic efforts with Financial Aid guidance and directives to ensure that students are not harmed due to changes in the manner in which their classes are being offered.
Dual credit students enrolled in on-line college courses should resume coursework by March 30, 2020. Dual credit courses taught on high school campuses are being reviewed, and options are being discussed.
Faculty and staff should work with the Vice Presidents from your areas to determine work locations, duties, and hours.
Supervisors are directed to send work schedules to Human Resources. Supervisors should communicate with employees on a frequent basis to ensure work assignments and expectations are clear as well as checking on their well-being. If you become aware of an employee with a specific need please contact Dr. Powell.
DATE: March 24, 2020
- Students thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. At the present time, our campus is closed to the public. Students will be allowed on campus starting Monday, March 30, 2020. A majority of our instruction will transition to online classes and/or using alternate delivery formats. We are monitoring this rapidly changing situation, and planning accordingly keeping health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making.
- I realize a transition to online classes can cause confusion and difficulty, especially for students who have not taken an online class previously. Please work with your instructors for information regarding your class formats for the remainder of this term.
- Please refer to the CDC, NM Governor, and NM Department of Health webpages for additional information regarding the Coronavirus and the State of New Mexico’s response.
- In keeping with the Governor’s directives and current Public Health Order, the following are the latest updates to our campus operations (For clarity, all other information previously relayed in earlier emails and posted on the campus website remain in effect.):
- Social distancing, limiting gatherings to no more than 5 people, and self-isolation is the guidance from the Governor to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. We plan to follow this guidance.
- To the maximum extent possible faculty, staff, and administrators should continue to work from home following the guidance of the Governor and the Public Health Order, which extends through April 10th.
- Supervisors are encouraged to communicate with employees on a frequent basis to ensure work assignments and expectations are clear as well as checking on their well-being. If you become aware of an employee with a specific need please let me know.
- The La Casa Dental Office is open for emergencies on our campus. The medical clinical has been relocated off-campus for community services, their address is 1511 S. Grand Ave. Students are eligible to receive dental and medical services through La Casa.
- Campus housing will remain open.
- Foodservice will be limited to pick up starting March 29.
- Please regularly check our campus website and Facebook page for additional information and updates on our campus operations.
- Our next Facebook live event will be Friday, March 27, at 9:00 am (MT).
- In conclusion, thank you for your continued patience as this situation has rapidly evolved. I appreciate your efforts to ensure we are serving our present and future students to the best of our abilities each and every day.
DATE: March 23, 2020
In response to a revision of the New Mexico Department of Health Public Health Emergency Order, the ENMU-Roswell campus is implementing the following steps:
Until Further Notice:
- ALL campus buildings and services are Closed to the students and the general public until further notice.
- All staff and faculty are hereby directed to work from home. The only exceptions are Physical Plant (Maintenance) and Security.
- Classes will be offered online starting Monday, March 30.
- Please continue to check the website and Facebook pages for additional information and updates in the next few days.
DATE: March 19, 2020
ENMU-Roswell Campus Operations Update
Due to the changing nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico and the United States, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and the New Mexico Department of Health web sites for the most current information.
STUDENTS: We are committed to your educational success and will do everything possible to ensure you safely complete the semester. Spring Break continues through March 29, 2020 and classes will resume March 30, 2020. The majority of classes are being transitioned to online delivery. For Health Education and Technical Education classes, alternative instructional delivery formats are being developed. Check your ENMU-Roswell student email and Blackboard account on a regular basis for further instructions.
ENMU-Roswell has implemented the following actions until further notice:
- Limited access to all campus buildings following the Governor’s directive. Anyone who has traveled outside of NM within the past 14 days should self-isolate and not come to campus. See NM Department of Health Travel Recommendations
- Employees who need access to buildings/offices must use their key cards or contact Campus Security at 575-624-7180.
- Follow state and federal guidance regarding social distancing and mass gatherings; limit the number of people in a given space to no more than 10.
- No university travel will be authorized in-state or out-of-state.
- The Student Services Center and Administration Center are open by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. All other campus buildings are closed to the public.
Update on ENMU-Roswell Operations 3/17/2020-Due to the fluid nature of the Coronavirus related to campus operations, please continually check here for updated guidance and information.
As you are aware, there are confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico and Governor Lujan Grisham has declared a Public Health Emergency for the State.
We anticipate the number of COVID-19 cases to increase in New Mexico. Our decisions are guided with the safety of our campus and the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors in mind. The following measures are in place on the ENMU-Roswell campus to reduce the spread of the virus and mitigate its impact on our campus community.
- Due to the changing nature of the Coronavirus in New Mexico and the United States, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and the New Mexico Department of Health web sites for the most current information.
- Spring Break will be extended an additional week for all students, through Sunday, March 29, 2020. All classes will resume Monday, March 30, 2020.
- During this additional week of Spring Break, ENMU-Roswell will finalize plans to initiate alternative instructional methods that will allow students to continue their education. Students should regularly monitor their ENMU-Roswell email for updates on how their courses will be delivered.
- Faculty should report to work on Monday, March 23, 2020 unless otherwise directed by a supervisor.
- The date for students to withdraw from classes has been extended to April 3, 2020.
- Our May graduation ceremonies and pinning ceremonies will NOT be held. Alternate plans for recognizing student achievement will be announced.
- All events and gatherings (other than academic classes) scheduled in ENMU-Roswell facilities are canceled until further notice. Questions related to scheduled events on campus should be directed to our Facilities Coordinator at 575-624-7250 or [email protected]
- The PE Center is closed until further notice.
- The Learning Resource Center (Success Center, Library) is open to ENMU-Roswell students from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to Noon on Friday. The Learning Resource Center is closed to the public until further notice
- The campus swimming pool will NOT open this summer. For refunds on pool events already scheduled, contact our Facilities Coordinator at 575-624-7250 or [email protected]
- Campus computer labs will be available for student/faculty/staff use ONLY.
- Class registration/enrollment for the upcoming summer/fall semesters will be primarily online starting April 5; however, offices will be open for on-campus registration starting April 6, 2020.
- All ENMU-Roswell sponsored or funded travel is suspended until further notice. We strongly encourage everyone to consider the risks related to out-of-state and international travel for personal reasons.
- ENMU-Roswell has plans in place to address the needs of students residing on campus. Student residents are strongly encouraged to practice appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures. Additional information regarding preventative measures can be found at cdc.gov.
Shawn Powell, Ph.D.
- Coronavirus hotline health-related questions: 855-600-3453
- Coronavirus hotline for family support and non-health-related questions: 833-551-0518
Q: What is the status of the Coronavirus in the state of New Mexico?
A: Governor Lujan Grisham has declared a Public Health Emergency for the State of New Mexico. For more information, please visit the NMDOH website.
Q: What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.
Q: What is ENMU-Roswell doing to prepare for the Coronavirus?
A: Eastern New Mexico University –Roswell has taken the following steps to respond to the Coronavirus:
- We utilize a mass notification systems to update students, faculty and staff of any changes to operations. To sign up for mass notification about campus events, go to Everbridge Emergency Notification System.
- Information about campus events are posted on the website and the ENMU-Roswell Facebook page.
- Guidelines for preparing for the Coronavirus have been distributed on campus.
- Restricted access to campus buildings
- Our campus also has the ability to administer courses online or using alternative delivery methods.
- Hand sanitizing dispensers are available near campus bathrooms.
Q: What is New Mexico doing to prepare for the Coronavirus?
A: The New Mexico Department of Public Health has created a web page to keep citizens of New Mexico informed. For more information, please visit the NMDOH website.
How is the Coronavirus similar to the flu, and how are they different?
Coronavirus vs. Flu
Influenza (Flu) and Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, are both infectious respiratory illnesses. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can appear similar, the two illnesses are caused by different viruses.
You can find information on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.
Similarities: COVID-19 and the Flu
- Both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases.
- Can result in pneumonia.
- Both can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking.
- A possible difference: COVID-19 might spread through the airborne route (See Details Under Differences).
- Flu can be spread by an infected person for several days before their symptoms appear, and COVID-19 is believed to be spread in the same manner, but we don’t yet know for sure.
There is guidance available from the federal government and the state of New Mexico to prevent the spread of this virus. In short, thorough hand washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected are the recommendations. For more information on Coronavirus prevention, please visit cdc.gov.
Differences: COVID-19 and the Flu
COVID-19: Caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.
Flu: Caused by any of several different types of strains of influenza viruses.
While both the flu and COVID-19 may be transmitted in similar ways (See Similarities Above), there is also a possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.
Q: I’m sick. How do I know if it is COVID-19?
A: If you are sick please stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Anyone with flu-like symptoms can call Student Health Services (La Casa) 575-624-7106, or their healthcare provider for advice and assistance regarding their symptoms prior to traveling to a treatment facility. In the event of an emergency where 911 may be used involving an individual with flu-like symptoms, the caller should advise dispatch of the symptoms so this information can be relayed to Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and other first responders in preparation for a potential exposure.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with these symptoms, it is important to seek advice from a health care provider.
Q: How do medical providers test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH’s State Scientific Laboratory (SLD) now has capacity to test for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The tests kits, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allow the Department of Health to test several hundred patients without having to send samples out of state for testing.
Resources and References:
Spring Break Travel Advisory
Staff and Students should follow the CDC guidance for avoiding unnecessary travel to countries or areas with Level 3 travel advisories and avoid or postpone unnecessary travel to countries or areas with Level 2 travel advisories if they are older adults or have underlying conditions.
Beyond the countries that have travel advisories in place, ENMU-Roswell does not have a recommendation about whether staff or students should travel.