In accordance with the guidance issued by local health and government officials, American Institute has suspended all in-person training to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of March 17, 2020. Nearly all on-campus classes were already suspended as of 3/13/20 as previously announced, and American Institute continues to operate proactively in this evolving health crisis as we focus on the best interests of our campus and community.
Further, in support of the ‘stay at home’ orders issued in the tri-state area, American Institute student support services will be offered remotely during our operational hours as noted below while our team works from home, effective end of day March 21, 2020 in NJ and March 23, 2020 in CT. We are confident that our exceptional faculty and staff will be able to continue providing a quality education and outstanding support services remotely for our students throughout this health emergency.
Our hours of remote operation for all locations will be 10am-7pm Monday through Thursday and 10am-4pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday.
Classes will continue to be offered online and new students are able to enroll and begin their program of choice via distance education.
If you haven’t already, please contact your instructor and make sure your current phone and email is on file so we can communicate with you remotely as needed to provide future updates.
As providers of healthcare career education, we take this seriously for both our students and community and are committed to helping our #AIFamily navigate this changing landscape by staying informed, aware of one another, and knowing how we can each manage our individual risk factors appropriately.
American Institute is committed to following the guidance as provided by our local health and government officials as this situation evolves, while providing a continuity of quality education to our students in a way that preserves their health and wellness.
We will continue to communicate proactively with our #AIFamily and stakeholders as decisions are made and plans are updated.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Unfortunately, coronavirus may live on certain surfaces at room temperature for several days. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through minimizing exposure and everyday hygiene practices is the best way to keep healthy. Click here to learn more about COVID-19.
Currently the COVID-19 outbreak appears to be similar to the flu in its outcomes, with greater risk for those with compromised immunity or pre-existing health conditions. Based on existing cases to date, it’s estimated that approximately 80% of people who are affected experience mild symptoms. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
What can we do individually?
As responsible citizens and members of our greater community, we have an obligation to one another to help manage the spread of this disease. There are things that we can all do today to help, including:
- Stay up to date: The CDC and our local government links as included on this page are the best source of information on this issue; please do not share or spread false rumors or misinformation and be sure you are getting your updates directly from the source via their website(s), which are updated frequently.
- Practice good hygiene: As with all respiratory infectious disease, the best plan of prevention is one of basic good hygiene and limiting exposure.
- Washing your hands thoroughly and often will help minimize your risk, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after you blow your nose, sneeze, or cough. To help reinforce that message, we will be placing posters in restrooms to help remind everyone of proper handwashing techniques and have also included a link to the CDC’s video ‘how to’ that illustrates the technique in detail: https://youtu.be/eZw4Ga3jg3E
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then discard the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue available, cough or sneeze into your raised elbow to prevent the spread of germs.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Maintain good self-care: Keeping yourself healthy by doing the things we all know we should do is important to help your immune system stay strong and ready to defend you. Make sure you are getting enough sleep (7-8 hrs per night), eating healthfully, and exercising. Getting outside and taking a walk in the spring sunshine can do wonders to boost your mood and vitamin D, which has been shown to help your immune system stay strong.
- Make a plan for illness:
If you are sick, please do not go out in the community, and take appropriate steps to return to health. If you experience mild symptoms, you can isolate at home to prevent the spread of the disease, just as you would with the flu.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and your risk factors, and if you suspect you may be infected take appropriate measures as recommended by the CDC to help prevent spreading the virus. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Perform routine cleaning: In addition to your own personal hygiene, maintaining a clean and sanitary environment will help prevent the spread of germs. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces regularly, more often if someone in the household is currently ill.
It’s important to stay informed and not panic or create extra stress among our community, by managing the information we receive in a balanced and thoughtful way.
Additional links and info
Connecticut specific updates are available at https://www.ct.gov/coronavirus. As the information is evolving quickly, please make sure to check frequently for the most current information and recommendations.
New Jersey information is now found on a new site, located here: https://covid19.nj.gov/. They have also implemented a 24-hr public hotline (1-800-222-1222) and have trained healthcare professionals standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The call is free.In addition, many questions you may have can be answered by contacting 2-1-1 or texting ‘CTCOVID’ or ‘NJCOVID’ to 898211. You are encouraged to visit the website above before calling the hotline.