Important Health Notices/Announcements
Important Announcement for Siena Community:
Friday, October 24, 2014
Dear Members of the Siena Community:
Over the past few days, several people have inquired about Siena’s plan and response should there be an Ebola report. This is purely an informational update for you. At this time, the College is unaware of any students, faculty or staff members who have traveled or plan to travel to the impacted areas.
The Siena College Health Services continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the effect it is having in the U.S. and throughout the world. The Siena College Health Service staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistant, as an affiliate of St Peter’s Health Partners are actively monitoring the information, protocols and treatment recommendations being communicated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and the American College Health Association to keep abreast of the latest expert information and guidance.
There have been no cases of Ebola in our region. However, that does not mean we should not be vigilant and prepared: the safety and well-being of our community is a foremost priority.
Siena has taken the following steps to protect our community:
Given the course of the situation in West Africa and our responsibility to protect the health of the community, Siena is prohibiting student, faculty, and staff travel for College purposes -- research, educational, and business -- to three countries: Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. These restrictions are in keeping with CDC travel warnings; additional countries may be added as the CDC's advice changes. The Office of International Programs monitors/approves all College-related international travel.
We have students, faculty, and staff whose permanent home address or country of origin includes countries around the globe. Given the current situation, travel for personal reasons to countries under CDC travel warnings is strongly discouraged. Likewise, hosting personal visitors or visitors for College-related activities from countries under CDC travel warnings is strongly discouraged for the time being.
In addition, we are also taking the following steps:
We will continue to monitor developments in the US and in West Africa closely; we will update you with important, relevant information as it becomes available; and we will continue to be on guard for any developments which might have an impact on our community.
If you have any questions, please call Health Services at 518-783-2554.
Maryellen Gilroy, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
CDC Health News
Updated:12/20/2014 10:22:31 PM