| by Mark Peluso, Jeff Cason, and Karen Miller

Faculty, Staff

Dear Staff and Faculty,

It is important for all of us to make a plan should we or a member of our family become sick from COVID-19. This message is especially relevant for those staff in Vermont deemed essential since they have continued to work on campus. We ask that supervisors of essential staff make sure to share this information with their employees. 

Below are several steps  the CDC recommends that you take now to prepare.

Create a Household Plan of Action

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what each person’s needs will be.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk. Older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. 
  • Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Also identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick. Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
  • Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, health care providers, teachers, employers, and other community resources.
  • Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies. You and your family members can always receive support and additional resources from Middlebury’s Employee and Family Assistance Program. Also, by simply dialing 211, those in need of assistance can be referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations. 

If You or a Family Member Gets Sick

  • Learn how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home. Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
  • Maintain a clean sick room and bathroom with effective products. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of EPA-approved products for use against emerging viral pathogens, maintained by the CBC, is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • Notify the sick individual’s healthcare provider. Testing and treatment advice continue to evolve. The individual’s healthcare provider will be able to assist with medical decisions. 

For more information on this topic, please see the CDC website.

Sincerely,

Mark Peluso, M.D.
Director of Health Services

Jeff Cason
Provost

Karen Miller
VP for Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer