CPM & COVID-19

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Questions

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College of Podiatric Medicine Modified Spring Schedule

Kent State University applauds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 12, Gov. DeWine banned all indoor and outdoor events with more than 100 attendees and provided the estimate that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio will likely peak between late April and mid-May. As such, remote instruction of face-to face courses has been extended to the remainder of the semester. 

To slow transmission of the virus and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice social distancing, the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) is taking the following preventative and proactive actions:

  • March 10-15: Face-to-face classes canceled. 
  • March 12: On Campus Visits and Interviews moved to virtual setting
  • March 16-: Classes begin remote instruction.
  • March 17: March Clinical Rotations are canceled. April rotations will be assessed at a later date. 
  • March 20: CPM Commencement postponed. More information will be forthcoming.
  • March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled
  • March 30 - End of Spring Semester: Classes will be held via remote instruction

Modified Business Operations

In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's order to "shelter in place until further notice", the following modifications to campus operations have been put into effect:

  • CPM Campus is locked and secured from 7am - 7pm as of Friday, March 20th. All faculty and staff will retain building rights with their KSU ID badge.
  • All visitors (guest lecturers, non-CPM KSU employees, key vendors, etc.) must be scheduled in advance. The host of the visitor is responsible for greeting, signing-in and escorting the visitor around campus. All visitors must be signed-out with a departure time noted in the guest book at the Information Desk.
  • Family members and individuals not specifically supporting CPM campus operations are not permitted to visit campus during the "shelter-in-place" order.
  • As a general rule, staff members will be working remotely. They can be reached via their campus telephone extension or email during regular business hours.
  • The Independence branch of the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic (CFAC) is closed for patient care. CFAC Midtown will remain open with limited patient care days. Please contact Stephanie Starks-Anderson with any questions specific to Midtown operations. 
  • Dan Ridgway, Director of Operations & Satellite Facilities and his team (maintenance and custodial) will be operating with a daily skeleton staff (generally one staff member from both functional areas). If you need any assistance with a maintenance or custodial concern, please reach out to the department phone or contact Dan Ridgway.
  • All incoming shipments are being directed to the loading dock and will be processed by the Maintenance team. All USPS mail for CPM will be picked up by CPM staff twice weekly. Critical outgoing FedEx shipments can be scheduled at any time. Please contact Alice Cummings, Madalynne Stanic Fitzgerald or David Dixon for assistance with urgent items.

Continue to Take Preventative Measures

It is imperative that we take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid large gatherings and follow social distancing recommendations of 3-6 feet.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay at home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others. 
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Ohio Department of Health Fact Sheet: How do you know if it is the cold, flu or COVID-19?