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September 29, 2020 
COVID-19 update | Quarantine Guidance change

Change in Iowa COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance 

The Iowa Department of Public Health notified local public health departments that it is making a change to the Iowa quarantine recommendations for people who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, and Public Health is implementing this change, effective immediately. 

  • Close contacts of COVID-positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was consistently worn by both people during the exposure.  However, the recommendation is still to follow the social distancing requirement of six or more feet.
  • Household/residential contacts and contacts in health care settings will still have the 14-day quarantine recommendation, due to the fact that most likely face coverings were not worn by both parties. 
  • Any type of face covering is acceptable; however, a face shield is not considered a face covering and quarantine is still required if one or both people were wearing a face shield only. 
  • People currently in quarantine may discontinue that quarantine if both people were wearing a face covering during the time of exposure. 
  • This is not a replacement for social distancing, but it should reduce the number of quarantines in school and work settings. 
  • This does NOT change the isolation requirements for people that are actually sick or COVID-positive to isolate from others until: 
    o They have had no fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and their other symptoms have improved, AND 
    o At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared OR since they had a positive COVID test if they are asymptomatic. 

This decision was made by the Iowa Department of Public Health based on observations within Iowa and some other states that when the COVID-positive case and close contacts were both wearing face coverings at the time of exposure, the contacts were much less likely to develop illness or later test positive. IDPH wants to emphasize the importance of wearing face coverings consistently and correctly, with it covering both the nose and the mouth. Other recommendations such as social distancing, staying home when you are sick, and frequently washing or disinfecting hands continue to be important practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

September 29, 2020 
COVID-19 update | New guidelines from Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health provided new guidelines today about who needs to quarantine after being exposed to an individual that tests positive for COVID.

  1. Always wear your face covering over your nose and mouth.  A face shield is not considered a face covering.
  2. Maintain the social distancing guidelines of at least 6’.  If you are within 6’ for more than 15 minutes make sure everyone is wearing a mask that continually covers their nose and mouth.
  3. By wearing your face covering over your nose and mouth, you can stop your entire class/program/team from being quarantined!  Even if you have violated the social distancing criteria.    

DO NOT wear a mask: around your neck, on your forehead, under your nose, only on your nose, on your chin, dangling from one ear, on your arm.

DO choose masks that: have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover your nose and mouth; fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.

Special Situations: Glasses -- if you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

September 24, 2020 
COVID-19 update

I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and need to QUARANTINE

  • You feel healthy but recently had *close contact with a person with COVID-19
    (*Close contact defined as being less than 6 feet away from someone for more than 15 minutes)

Stay Home and Monitor Your Health

  • Stay home until 14 days after your exposure. 

September 16 = Day of exposure

September 17 = Day 1

September 30 = Day 14

October 1 = You may resume all activities as long as no  symptoms have developed.

  • Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you become ill, call your healthcare provider right away.
  • If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Consider Getting Tested:

  • Even if you have no symptoms, you may carry the virus that causes COVID-19 and pass it to others.
  • Wait at least 48-72 hours since your exposure to the COVID-19 infected person.
  • Advantages to testing: 
    • If positive, more contact tracing can be done to further slow the spread of the virus.
    • If positive and exposed again in the next 3 months, you will not need to retest or quarantine, unless symptomatic.
  • If your test is negative, you still need to remain quarantined for 14 days. 

For questions, please call Clay County Public Health 712-264-6380

ISOLATION

You have been diagnosed with COVID-19

                        OR

You are waiting for your test results

                        OR

You have symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been tested.

Isolate Yourself from Others

  • Stay home until your healthcare provider or local public health says it’s OK to go back to work or be out of isolation. ALL these conditions must be met:
  1. No fever for at least 24 hours (without use of fever reducing medicine).

AND

  1. Symptoms have improved.

AND

  1. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, without a known exposure, and your test is NEGATIVE, you may go back to daily activities 24 hours after your fever and other symptoms resolve.

August 28, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. (updated September 16, 2020)
COVID-19 update

TEST IOWA SITES ARE HERE 

The Spencer Hospital, Palo Alto County (Emmetsburg) Hospital, and Emmet County (Estherville) Public Health have all become Test Iowa sites for Iowa Lakes students and employees. This means that students and employees can get tested locally as determined by the Test Iowa on-line questionnaire.

If you chose to do COVID testing through a medical clinic you will be charged the full fees.

If you have COVID symptoms and are testing through the free college Test Iowa site, you must contact the Public Health office.  

  1. Emmet County Public Health (Estherville)- Call to schedule an appointment at 712-362-2490.
    1. Mon-Friday mornings
  2. Spencer Hospital-Clay County Public Health- Call to schedule an appointment at 712-264-6380
    1. Mon.-Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  3. Palo Alto Hospital-Palo Alto Public Health (Emmetsburg)- Call to schedule an appointment at 712-852-5419
    1. Appointments will be available on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30

 
Think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms – 
 

  1. Stay home.  
  2. Go to the Iowa statewide COVID-19 testing website:
    https://covid19testingia.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8l7JMzsP0Sj3L1j?testing_kit_override=education
  3. Start answering the questions.   

Please select your college location:
     Iowa Lakes Community College 

Use your campus address and zip code:
     Estherville- zip code- 51334
     Emmetsburg – zip code- 50536
     Spencer – zip code – 51301

NOTE: Use your current apartment or housing address.  (Otherwise the correct Public Health County does not get notified)

At the end of the survey it will ask you about getting tested.   

  1. Answer - yes.
  2. If STUDENTS are approved for testing, please contact:  

Julie Williams, Executive Dean of Students 
712-362-7912 

Or 

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management
712-362-0428 

You will need your current valid Iowa Lakes student photo ID to get tested

  1. If Employees are approved for testing, please contact:

Kathy Muller, Executive Director of Human Resources
712-362-0433

You will need your current valid Iowa Lakes employee photo ID to get tested

August 19, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.
COVID-19 update

This information is current as of 8.19.2020 and is still very fluid. We continue to monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Iowa Governor and Department of Ed’s recommendations.

As of August 1st , face masks are required in all College areas and vehicles except for single occupancy offices with a door, where they will be optional. Maintain the 6’ social distancing when possible. The mask must cover your nose and your mouth at all times.

College facilities will open to the general public at a later date.

There are several documents that provide guidance to Fall 2020 operations.

Employees/students

  • Shall self-monitor your symptoms each morning before entering the College facilities.
  • DO NOT come to campus if your have an elevated temperature or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Everyone is a Sanitizing Sensation!
    • Wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds
    • Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands
    • Do not touch your face or mask
    • Your face mask should cover your nose and mouth
    • If your class size is small enough, sit in the same location. Keep your footprint small.
    • Clean  community use keyboards before using.

Students

  • Housing students will be moving in August 21st , 23rd , 24th by appointment.
  • Students will be able to access the college by using their photo ID.
  • The student photo ID, two face coverings, and personal hand sanitizer will be available for student pick-up in the Library.
  • Students that need access to the college, but don’t live in housing, will need a photo ID to gain access to the buildings.
  • A housing student who tests positive for COVID-10 will be placed in an isolation room.  Public Health will provide the contact tracing.

Dining Services

  • Dining Services will require masks as you go through the serving line.
  • Hand Sanitizers are located at the Dining Services entrance.
  • All hot food will be served by staff and placed in disposable containers.
  • All salad bar foods, bars, desserts and condiments will be pre-packaged.
  • All eating utensils will be plastic and in automatic self-contained dispensers.
  • You cannot bring your own beverage containers into Dining Services.  Refills will require a new cup each time.
  • If you eat in the Dining Services seating area, tables are set for two people per table UNLESS you are at a table with dividers.  Then you can set 4!
  • Dining Services will sanitize after each meal time.

Dining Services will open Friday, August 21st.

Classrooms

  • General classrooms will be sanitized using an electrostatic sprayer with an antimicrobial surface protectant.
  • Computer labs will have sanitizing wipes for the keyboards.  Each person is to clean their keyboard before using.
  • Surface tablet labs will have 70% or less alcohol wipes to utilize.  The Surface tablet must be off prior to using the wipe.
  • Classrooms that are not fogged will be cleaned with a sanitizing product. 

Common Areas

Soft furniture will be sanitized using an electrostatic sprayer with an antimicrobial surface protectant. This protectant claims to last 90 days.  We will monitor/test the areas.

Athletics

  • Athletics will adhere to all decisions made by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
  • The NJCAA recently released a plan for the 2020-2021 sport seasons.
  • The plan is to begin all sports seasons January 1.

August 8, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.
COVID-19 update

As of August 1st , face masks are required in all College areas and vehicles except for single occupancy offices with a door, where they will be optional.  Maintain the 6’ social distancing when possible.

College facilities will open to the general public at a later date.

There are several documents that provide guidance to Fall 2020 operations.

  1. Housing manual with addendums pertaining to COVID-19 
    1. https://www.iowalakes.edu/media/cms/2021_Housing_Manual_0720_ADA_2_D9CF8BE972585.pdf
  2. Fall 2020 Student Return to Campus
    1. https://www.iowalakes.edu/fall2020return/
    2. https://www.iowalakes.edu/fall2020return/important-information-for-student-return/
  3. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
    1. https://www.iowalakes.edu/fall2020return/covid-19-faq/

Employees/students

  1. Shall self-monitor your symptoms each morning before entering the College facilities.
    1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  2. DO NOT come to campus if your have an elevated temperature or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  3. Everyone is a Sanitizing Sensation!
    1. Wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds
    2. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands
    3. Do not touch your face or mask
    4. Your face mask should cover your nose and mouth
    5. If your class size is small enough, sit in the same location. Keep your footprint small.
    6. Clean  community use keyboards before using.

Students

  1. Housing students will be moving in August 21st , 23rd , 24th by appointment.
  2. Students will be able to access the college by using their photo ID.
  3. The student photo ID, two face coverings, and personal hand sanitizer will be available for student pick-up in the Library.
  4. Students that need access to the college, but don’t live in housing, will need a photo ID to gain access to the buildings.
  5. A housing student who tests positive for COVID-10 will be placed in an isolation room.  Public Health will provide the contact tracing.

Dining Services

  1. Dining Services will require masks as you go through the serving line.
  2. Hand Sanitizers are located at the Dining Services entrance.
  3. All hot food will be served by staff and placed in disposable containers.
  4. All salad bar foods, bars, desserts and condiments will be pre-packaged.
  5. All eating utensils will be plastic and in automatic self-contained dispensers.
  6. You cannot bring your own beverage containers into Dining Services.  Refills will require a new cup each time.
  7. If you eat in the Dining Services seating area, tables are set for two people per table
  8. Dining Services will sanitize after each meal time.

Dining Services will open Friday, August 21st.

Classrooms

  1. General classrooms will be sanitized using an electrostatic sprayer with an antimicrobial surface protectant.
  2. Computer labs will have sanitizing wipes for the keyboards.  Each person is to clean their keyboard before using.
  3. Surface tablet labs will have 70% or less alcohol wipes to utilize.  The Surface tablet must be off prior to using the wipe.
  4. Classrooms that are not fogged will be cleaned with a sanitizing product. 

Common Areas

Soft furniture will be sanitized using an electrostatic sprayer with an antimicrobial surface protectant.  This protectant claims to last 90 days.  We will monitor/test the areas.

Athletics

  1. Athletics will adhere to all decisions made by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
  2. The NJCAA recently released a plan for the 2020-2021 sport seasons.
  3. The plan is to begin all sports seasons January 1.

July 21, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.
COVID-19 update

For information regarding student return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, please click here.

May 12, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.
COVID-19 update

Federal Emergency Relief Fund Payments for Iowa Lakes Students

Current Iowa Lakes students are receiving payments from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, a federal grant funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Payments are now being issued to eligible students.

The federal program allows Iowa Lakes to provide cash grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.

Eligible students receiving payments include:

  • Full-time (12 credits or more) Title IV/FAFSA eligible student receive $925 each
  • Part-time (6 credits or less) Title IV/FAFSA eligible student receive $450 each

A student’s credits are determined by what they were enrolled in at the time of campus closure and do NOT include already completed credits.

Ineligible Students include:

  • Non-Title IV/FAFSA eligible
  • Fully on-line/web student

**Though initial grant funds are limited, we are coordinating additional resources that can be used to help students address these concerns. Title IV/FAFSA eligible students whose education has been severely impacted may apply for additional funds by completing the Student Emergency Funds Application Form application by June 1, 2020. Receipts/documentation may be required. 

**All funds have been distributed.

Number of Students eligible: 559
Number of Students who have received a payment: 559
Amount of funds issued: $483, 444

For more information, including FAQs, please visit: https://www.iowalakes.edu/cares-act


April 27, 2020 | 7:30 a.m.
COVID-19 update

LET’S HELP CRUSH THE CURVE!

The more Iowans can work together to crush the curve in the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can get back to work.

Governor Reynolds recently announced the Test Iowa initiative to expand testing so that we can stem the spread of the virus and get Iowans back to work as quickly and safely as possible. Iowa is only the second state to put in place such a widespread testing initiative. https://www.testiowa.com

The assessment informs Iowans of their current health status, whether or not they should get a COVID-19 test and instructions on how to get tested. Governor Reynolds kicked off the #TestIowaChallenge and encouraged all Iowans to go to TestIowa.com to complete the assessment.

The survey asks: name, address, height, weight, field of employment, exposure, self isolating, and symptoms.  If any of your symptoms change, you are to update your profile.

If this is what the Governor needs to assess our community exposures, let’s meet the challenge!


March 30, 2020 | 4:20 p.m.
COVID-19 update

Staying Together by Being Apart

Iowa Lakes Community College COVID-19 team talks daily about COVID-19 activity and how it affects our students and employees. We are closely monitoring all activity in the State of Iowa and our border counties, Martin and Jackson, in Minnesota.  

https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

 https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

The Iowa Lakes COVID-19 team will be assessing any changes in our current plan March 30-April 8. Changes will be posted on our website https://www.iowalakes.edu/covid-19 and sent to your college email.

  • All classes are being conducted via an online format for the entire Spring Semester.
  • All personal belongings remaining in dorm rooms need to be collected by May 10th. Students need to contact the housing department to make an appointment.
  • Access to all campus buildings is restricted – buildings are locked and allow key card swipes by authorized essential personnel only.
  • College operations continue with staff working remotely.
  • All events scheduled to be held at Iowa Lakes are cancelled until further notice.
  • Updated Iowa COVID-19 locations can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus
  • Updated cases in U.S. can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

COVID-19 tidbits:

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
  •  Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
  •  The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).

March 23, 2020 | 12:20 p.m.
COVID-19 update

Here are 3/22/2020 revised COVID-19 updates from the Iowa Department of Health:

Isolation Guidance for Iowans

Updated 03/22/2020  Iowa Department of Public Health

COVID-19 is circulating in Iowa communities and many more Iowans are likely to become ill in the coming weeks. This guidance describes isolation recommendations for well Iowans with potential COVID-19 exposure and Iowans who are ill with fever or respiratory symptoms (like cough or difficulty breathing).

Isolation recommendations for well Iowans with potential COVID-19 exposure

Iowans should stay at home and isolate themselves from other people and animals in the home in the following situations. Isolation should be in place for 14 days after the last exposure.

  • Traveled outside of Iowa for business or vacation in the last 14 days.
  • Taken a cruise anywhere in the world in the last 14 days.
  • Traveled internationally to a country with a level 3 travel warning in the last 14 days.
  •  Live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Isolation recommendations for Iowans ill with fever or respiratory symptoms (like cough or difficulty breathing)

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house.

Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. Also, there may be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.


March 18, 2020 | 1 p.m.
COVID-19 update

This is an important new message concerning Iowa Lakes Community College and its response to COVID-19. While the college is not closing, significant changes are being made with within housing. Please read the message in its entirety.

At Iowa Lakes, we are doing our part to minimize exposure and the spread of COVID-19.

  1. Online delivery of courses will be offered until further notice.
  2. Our goal is to have all students out of the resident halls beginning immediately.
  3. Please plan on removing your belongings from the residence halls no later than Tuesday, March 24th, when all housing fobs will be deactivated unless you are approved for an exception by the housing department and the Dean.
  4. If you are currently away from campus, you should remain away and gather your personal items at the end of the semester in May.
    a. If you need academic items from your residence hall, please contact the housing department.
    b. All other personal items will remain in assigned units.
  5. Policies – We are focusing on the immediate learning and health needs of our students, so we have not made any decisions related to changes to our existing policies.  Further guidance will be issued as the situation emerges.
  6. Mail – Please forward all mail to your new non-campus address.  Iowa Lakes will forward any of your mail received after your departure weekly.
  7. Transportation to Minneapolis Airport – If you need transportation to the Minneapolis Airport, Iowa Lakes is providing a bus on Tuesday, March 24th.  The bus/van will be departing at 8:00 AM will no flights leaving before 3:00 PM. To reserve your seat, please complete the form within this link http://bit.ly/2IUnwv5.

Despite these changes, I want it to be understood that the college is not closing. We are still holding classes online, and our faculty and staff will be available to serve our students remotely during this time. In addition, campus housing will not be closed to individuals not able to return to their homes due to the virus or those completing OJT’s locally.

Currently, there are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus.  As mentioned before, you must report a confirmed or suspected exposure of COVID-19 to your local Iowa Department of Public Health. For more information visit iowalakes.edu.


March 18, 2020 | 7 a.m.
COVID-19 update

This is an important new message concerning Iowa Lakes Community College and its response to COVID-19. While the college is not closing, major changes are being made with regard to classes and college operations. Please read the message in its entirety.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at an increasingly fast pace, and the college has already taken steps to limit its impact on our campuses.

The time has come for the college to implement more stringent measures:

Students

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 25, all face-to-face classes, including labs and hands-on courses, will be delivered in an online format.
  • Most services, such as financial aid and advising, will be available to students by email or phone
  • Housing students, arrangements can be made through the housing department. Please return home if possible. 

Community

  • All events scheduled to be held at Iowa Lakes are cancelled until further notice.
  • Iowa Lakes will close to the general public Wednesday, March 18th

Despite these changes, I want it to be understood that the college itself is not closing. We are still holding classes online and our faculty and staff will be available to serve our students remotely during this time.

Currently there are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus. As mentioned before, it’s crucial that you report a confirmed or suspected exposure of COVID-19 to your local Iowa Department of Public Health.


March 16, 2020 | 3 p.m.
COVID-19 update

Following the declaration by the Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Sunday, March 15, 2020 about community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Iowa Lakes Community College will be taking measured steps to help reduce the spread of the virus and limit exposure to the Iowa Lakes’ community. This will raise Iowa Lakes to Level 2 of our Incident Command Response.

Students and staff

  • Iowa Lakes will be extending Spring Break until Wednesday, March 25th, for students only.  
  • Students will be notified by or before Wednesday, March 25th of changes in their course delivery.
  • Students can expect to be notified about course delivery through their Canvas account or email.
  • Continuing Education classes will continue unless otherwise notified.
  • Iowa Lakes campuses will remain open to students. 
  • Iowa Lakes students who do not have access to a computer or Internet may utilize the college Success Center or open computer labs.
  • All athletic practices and activities will be suspended until further notice.
  • Iowa Lakes housing units will remain available to housing students who need to take face-to-face classes. Dining Services will serve housing students.
  • All athletic facilities will be locked until further notice.

Community 

  • The Emmetsburg Wellness Center will be closed to all students, faculty, staff, and outside visitors until further notice.
  • The Estherville Library is closed to all outside visitors until further notice.
  • All outside activities will be stopped.
    • Including community members utilizing campuses for walking
    • K-12 students using our gyms and practice facilities. 
    • Outside entities choir practice
    • Mamma Mia play practice

Administrative staff will continue to monitor the outbreak with the latest information from the World Health Organizations (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and local health officials. You are our number one priority, and we will do whatever it takes to make your Iowa Lakes experience a positive one.  https://www.iowalakes.edu/covid-19/

There are no known cases on campus. However, because the situation is changing so rapidly, for the good of our campus and communities, we continue to move forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can and mitigate its risks once it comes to our community. We are looking at information from the most reliable medical experts to weigh risks and next actions.

Additional communication is forthcoming, and I do appreciate your patience as we work through this unprecedented challenge. If you have any questions, please contact Dee Hiney, dhiney@iowalakes.edu or Julie Williams, jrwilliams@iowalakes.edu

You can protect yourself (and others) by using these prevention strategies:

· If you are sick, stay home/in your dorm room.

· Avoid close contact with those who are already ill.

· Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.

· Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water. (2 rounds of Happy Birthday)

· Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

· Social distancing of 6 feet.

Resources available to you:

·        What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

·        What to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/what-you-should-do.pdf

·        Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf


March 13, 2020 | 2 p.m.
COVID-19 update

All information related to Iowa Lakes Community College response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation will come to your Iowa Lakes email from Dee Hiney, dhiney@iowalakes.edu or through a text on the Iowa Lakes AlertIf Dee is not available the messages will come from President Valerie Newhouse, vnewhouse@iowalakes.edu .

  • Earlier today, the NJCAA suspended all competitions beginning Saturday, March 14th through Friday, April 3rd. As a result, all Iowa Lakes athletic competitions are suspended. Team practices will continue as scheduled.
  • Iowa Lakes Community College has Spring Break from March 14th through March 22.
  • Iowa Lakes offices, libraries, computer labs, success centers and buildings will be open conducting business as usual during Spring Break.
  • Housing units will remain open and available to our housing students.
  • Cleaning with EPA approved COVID-19 disinfectants will continue throughout the college.
  • Iowa Lakes Community College is at Level 1 of our Incident Command Response.
  • Check your college email for your daily update.
  • Any significant changes will be sent through the Iowa Lakes Alert along with email.
  • Many activities planned for the next few weeks that would attract large groups have been canceled. A list is located on the Iowa Lakes website.  https://www.iowalakes.edu/covid-19/ .
  • This is a very rapidly changing situation, and communication will occur as recommendations and decisions occur.
  • If a case is identified in our area, our housing units and the college would remain open to take care of our student needs. Class delivery could change.

As always, decisions will be made based on the most current information that we have and in the best interest of students, employees and the college. You may not necessarily agree with every decision, however; please be assured that your health is our top priority.

There are no known cases on campus. However, because the situation is changing so rapidly, for the good of our campus and communities, we continue to move forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can, and mitigate its risks once it comes to our community. We are looking at information from the most reliable medical experts to weigh risks and next actions.

You can protect yourself (and others) by using these prevention strategies:

  • If you are sick, stay home/in your dorm room.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water. (2 rounds of Happy Birthday)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet.

Resources available to you:

Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf


March 12, 2020 | 8 p.m.
COVID-19 update

As the Coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and for the good of our campuses and communities, we will be cancelling or postponing the following events:

March 19, 2020 – Women in STEM, Estherville Campus, Cancelled

March 24, 2020 – Game of Life, Emmetsburg Campus, Cancelled

April 2 – April 4, 2020 – Mamma Mia Musical Performance, Estherville Campus, Postponed (Date to-be-determined)

April 7, 2020 – Career Day, Emmetsburg Campus, Cancelled


March 12, 2020 | 1 p.m.
COVID-19 update

All information related to Iowa Lakes Community College response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation will come to your Iowa Lakes email from Dee Hiney, dhiney@iowalakes.edu or through a text on the Iowa Lakes Alert.  If Dee is not available the messages will come from President Valerie Newhouse, vnewhouse@iowalakes.edu.

  • Iowa Lakes Community College is at Level 1 of our Incident Command Response.
  • Please do not spread rumors as it incites concern and confusion.  Check your college email for your daily update.
  • Spring break is next week. We have cut travel in state and out of state for college sponsored activities. 
  • Spring athletics will continue at this time. Travel outside of our state for non-conference competition will be eliminated.
  • Many activities planned for the next few weeks that would attract large groups have been canceled. Others are still under consideration and decisions will be made once more information is available.
  • This is a very rapidly changing situation, and communication will occur as recommendations and decisions occur. 
  • While on spring break, please check your email periodically. You may even want your laptops home with you each night.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Why? Germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands; therefore, hands should be dried after washing. However, the best way to dry hands remains unclear because few studies about hand drying exist, and the results of these studies conflict. Additionally, most of these studies compare overall concentrations of microbes, not just disease-causing germs, on hands following different hand-drying methods. It has not been shown that removing microbes from hands is linked to better health. Nonetheless, studies suggest that using a clean towel or air drying hands are best.
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-handwashing.html

Good handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer are excellent prevention methods. Even though the CDC says hand dryers are as effective as paper towels, we are choosing to put paper towels back in some restrooms until further notice.  The paper towels were ordered a week ago and will be placed in restrooms when they arrive.

As always, decisions will be made based on the most current information that we have and in the best interest of students, employees and the college.  You may not necessarily agree with every decision, however; please be assured that your health is our top priority. 

There are no known cases on campus. However, because the situation is changing so rapidly, for the good of our campus and communities, we continue to move forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can, and mitigate its risks once it comes to our community. We are looking at information from the most reliable medical experts to weigh risks and next actions.


March 11, 2020 | 1 p.m.
COVID-19 update

As reports of more cases of the Coronavirus are reported in Iowa, we continue to closely monitor the situation by working closely with health experts including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local health authorities. We are in constant contact with them to make sure our policies and procedures meet or exceed guidelines. 

Our goals are first and foremost to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe including those most vulnerable in this situation; to support course completion and graduation. We are striving to meet our social responsibility and serve the common good. 

There are no known cases on campus. However, because the situation is changing so rapidly, for the good of our campus and communities, we continue to move forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can, and mitigate its risks once it comes to our community. We are looking at information from the most reliable medical experts to weigh risks and next actions.

We’ve learned from past experience with outbreaks like H1N1 and Ebola, and have continually refined our Pandemic Influenza Response Plan and improved our ability to protect our students, employees and communities. 

Good handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer are excellent prevention methods. Paper towels will be placed in restroom so individuals will have the choice of air dryers or paper towels for drying and hand sanitizers are located throughout the college.

As always, decisions will be made based on the most current information that we have and in the best interest of students, employees and the college. A survey will be out soon to determine employee and student travels plans.  Your responses to the survey will further assist in our planning.  You may not necessarily agree with every decision, however; please be assured that your health is our top priority. 

All information related to Iowa Lakes Community College response to the COVID-19 will come to your Iowa Lakes email from dhiney@iowalakes.edu or through a text on the Iowa Lakes Alert.


March 10, 2020
Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) update

As a valued member of the Iowa Lakes family, we appreciate the trust you place in us with your education and employment. In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to live and attend classes and work more consciously. That’s why we want to personally update you on the situation with COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety at Iowa Lakes Community College.

For more than a decade, Iowa Lakes has been preparing for such a scenario. As an educational institution, we have strong relationships in place with health experts including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and local health authorities. We are in constant contact with them to make sure our policies and procedures meet or exceed their guidelines.

We’ve learned from past experience with outbreaks like H1N1 and Ebola, and have continually refined our pandemic plan and improved our ability to protect our students. That includes the way we circulate clean and fresh air in buildings, use a disinfectant specific to CoVid-19 in our cleaning process, how we sanitize surfaces and how we respond if a student or employee is displaying symptoms.

You can protect yourself (and others) by using these prevention strategies:

  • If you are sick, stay home/in your dorm room.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

Resources available to you:

Please help us in every way you can to keep yourself and the campus community healthy and well.

For more information or to direct questions or concerns, please contact Julie Williams, Dean of Students at jrwilliams@iowalakes.edu or Dee Hiney, Director of Facilities at dhiney@iowalakes.edu.

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