Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is closely monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus-COVID-19. Guidelines have been put in place by the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is actively monitoring the situation and is actively planning for contingencies. As new information is available, that will be distributed to students and staff via email, text message, and this page.
What should I do if I have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have potential exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19
- Contact HR and stay home
- For Employees – Telework Guidelines (COVID-19 Related)
- 5.15.2020 Employee Communication – Phase I Re-Opening
- 5.13.2020 For Employees – Town Hall – Re-Opening Preparation PDF | Video
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
What should I do if I have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, symptoms associated with COVID-19, or has potential exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19
- Contact the Office of Student Affairs for Year 1 and 2; Contact the Office of Clinical Education for Year 3 and 4 AND stay home
- Complete an Incident Report: https://bcomnm.org/incident-report/
- Students are required to follow the guidelines of their local health department regarding isolation/quarantine/testing while recognizing the clinical rotation site protocol.
Office of Admissions
For admission requirements and provisions affected by COVID-19, please see: https://bcomnm.org/covid19-admissions/
Office of Financial Aid
Office of Financial Aid staff are operating remotely and maintaining continuity to serve and process aid for our students. If a student has been financially impacted by COVID-19, please consider reaching out to the Office of Financial Aid to discuss options and resources: https://bcomnm.org/students/office-of-financial-aid/
All employees/students/visitors are required to wear an appropriate face covering when not alone in a private office. This includes hallways, restrooms, instructional spaces, and other common areas. Face coverings can be medical grades masks, cloth mask (homemade is OK), bandana or other covering as recommended by the NMDOH.
- All employees and students are required to utilize the key card readers to access the building
What if I identify myself as sick while in a College facility?
- Isolate to the nearest room and stay in the room
- Contact security immediately at 575-674-2299 who will contact Human Resources for employees and Student Affairs for students.
- The Office of Compliance or Assistant Vice-President of Administration will facilitate the individual’s exit from the building.
- Contact tracing and cleaning will occur after individual has left the building.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- 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 regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. (Source: CDC’s Use of Cloth Face Coverings )
- Medical Quality Facemasks are crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Source: CDC’s Prevention and Treatment
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Source: CDC’s Handwashing Information
Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Providers
The Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Care Delivery in All Healthcare Settings recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) include the following strong recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare settings.
Healthcare personnel should use an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water for the following clinical indications:
- Immediately before touching a patient
- Before performing an aseptic task (e.g., placing an indwelling device) or handling invasive medical devices
- Before moving from work on a soiled body site to a clean body site on the same patient
- After touching a patient or the patient’s immediate environment
- After contact with blood, body fluids, or contaminated surfaces
- Immediately after glove removal
Healthcare facilities should:
- Require healthcare personnel to perform hand hygiene in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations
- Ensure that healthcare personnel perform hand hygiene with soap and water when hands are visibly soiled
- Ensure that supplies necessary for adherence to hand hygiene are readily accessible in all areas where patient care is being delivered
- Before you begin cleaning your laptop, it must be turned off and unplugged from the power cord and all attachments (dock, mouse, keyboard, etc).
- If you use any wipes/cloths to clean your device, they should -barely- be damp. The wipes/cloths should not drip any liquid if wrung out.
- Alcohol wipes may not be used to clean screens, but can be used for other parts of the device.
- There are many wipes built specifically for electronics that can be used on the go, they can be found in most stores.
- Device Specific Cleaning Advice can be found on most manufacture’s websites: Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft.
How to properly care for your safety eye-wear provided to you by Burrell:
- Store eyewear in a dry area at room temperature and sheltered from sunlight.
- Eyewear must be transported with precaution, inside it’s original packaging.
- Avoid shocks and falls of heavy objects on the eyewear.
- Lenses are to be cleaned with soapy water or rinse regularly, dry with a soft cloth. Never clean when dry or use abrasive materials to clean.
- Disinfect regularly using household or medical disinfectant, and thoroughly rinse. Never clean when dry or use abrasive materials to clean.
Match Day Update: 2020-03-12 – In an abundance of concern for the health and safety of our students and the College community, we find it necessary to cancel the Match Day festivities previously scheduled for Friday, March 20. In so doing we are joining medical schools around the country in the effort to promote containment of the spread of this novel infection. Match Day results will be made available at 10 am MDT through a Facebook live stream on Facebook.com/bcomNM<. Any student not wishing to have their match result released to the public is asked to please contact the Office of Student Affairs no later than 9 a.m. MDT, Thursday, March 19. Faculty and staff will remain available on campus throughout match week to provide assistance where needed. This announcement does not affect the SOAP process that will still take place the week of March 16, 2020.