LECOM Alerts

Please monitor this page to stay up-to-date regarding COVID-19 and the LECOM community.


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) views the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff as its No. 1 priority. Officials with LECOM are closely monitoring developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including guidelines and bulletins issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania, Florida and New York Departments of Health, and the World Health Organization.

LECOM has protocols in place and has taken a series of precautions to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19 so as to best protect its campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Bradenton, Florida, and Elmira, New York.

CARES Act Update

The CARES Act emergency funding assists LECOM students with crisis situations and unexpected financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. Additional information on the purpose, student eligibility, and award amounts is available by clicking here. Please direct any questions to the office of financial aid by calling (814) 866-6641.

Update as of July 16:

overnor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders on July 15, 2020 for targeted mitigation efforts in response to the recent rise in COVID cases, primarily in southwest Pennsylvania, but also in other counties in the state, influencing the decision for statewide mitigation efforts for bars and restaurants, gatherings. The new orders take effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020.

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-announces-targeted-mitigation-efforts-in-response-to-recent-covid-case-increases/

On July 15, 2020 the CDC added 4 new potential Coronavirus symptoms:

  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

The Federal health agency’s list already included fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell and sore throat.

Update as of July 1:

Expanding on the business safety order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania today announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further. With this order, signed under Dr. Levine’s authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. The order takes effect immediately.

Update as of June 2:

  • Greensburg, PA advanced to the Green Phase on May 29, 2020.
  • Erie, PA remains in the Yellow Phase until further notice.
  • Florida Update – https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/plan-for-floridas-recovery/
  • New York Update: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, June 1, 2020 said the Western New York region will move to Phase 2 of reopening Tuesday.

Update as of May 7: All 67 counties in Pennsylvania are under a Stay at Home Order through May 8. All of Pennsylvania is currently in the red phase. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8, 24 counties will move from Red to Yellow.

These counties include: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.

Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings.

Schools are closed until further notice. Life-sustaining businesses and services may continue to maintain in-person operations. View frequently asked questions about Governor Wolf’s order for businesses.

It is important that as many people as possible wear a nonmedical or homemade mask when leaving their homes. View instructions for how to make a homemade mask.

As of April 1 (and updated on April 20 for the state of Pennsylvania), the Governors of Pennsylvania and Florida have issued “state-wide” stay-at-home orders.

  • Per Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, residents may leave their homes for a number of reasons that include working at a business that’s still open, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, visiting a doctor, caring for a relative or heading outside to exercise. Police will continue to focus on informing residents of the order rather than on enforcement, according to the governor’s office. This stay-at-home order will be effective until May 8.
  • Per Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, all Floridians are to limit movements and all personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. This stay-at-home order will be effective from April 3 until April 30.

Students:

  • As of March 30, LECOM is aligned with the Presidents executive order for social distancing until April 30th. All remaining curriculum for the Spring semester will be delivered through on-line technologies. There will be no on-site classes for the rest of this semester.
  • Students, faculty and staff should continue to closely monitor email and text alerts sent by campus administration with instructions for changes to class or work schedules.
  • Students who are currently participating in off-site clinical rotations will receive further guidance from their respective schools.

Dental Patients:

  • As of March 31, the LECOM School of Dental Medicine is operating under Pandemic Protocols with all emergency dental care being overseen by faculty members and not students. The new hours of operation during this time period will be from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, please contact the LECOM Dental Clinic closest to you to schedule your emergency appointment. For any concerns regarding appointments, treatment or emergencies, please use the following information to contact the clinic:
    • Bradenton, FL: (941) 405-1600
    • DeFuniak Springs, FL: (850) 951-0200
    • Erie, PA: (814) 868-1001

The CDC, Department of Health and LECOM officials recommend the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid large crowds or gatherings for the next few weeks.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be used by people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent further spread of the disease. The use of face masks is crucial for healthcare workers and those caring for individuals in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

This is a fluid, rapidly changing public health situation. LECOM will continue to communicate updates to students, faculty and staff via email and OMNILERT. LECOM also encourages its students, faculty and staff to monitor the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov, for updates and preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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