FTIUM 3/12/20 Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The FTI of the Upper Midwest is remaining current on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, and has begun to spread around the globe. We are monitoring developments, reviewing our protocols, and preparing for appropriate actions as the situation potentially evolves.

As expected, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now appearing in Minnesota. We are continually monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MN Department of Health’s recommendations regarding preventive measures we can all take to manage the potential outbreak of COVID-19. No vaccine is currently available. Symptoms of this illness include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Prevention steps include:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. It is recommended to cover a cough with your elbow or sneeze into a tissue, not into your hands.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home or go home if you’re feeling sick with cold symptoms or fever.
Avoid touching your face.
Avoid shaking hands if possible. It may seem awkward, but it may prevent the spreading of the illness.
It is suggested that paper towels be used to dry hands after washing. Evidence has shown that if hands are not completely washed clean, that air dryers can make the virus air born.

If sick or symptomatic, stay home except to get medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

As epidemics/pandemics can change quickly and unpredictably, it will be important to stay updated on the latest information regarding Coronavirus. It is our intent to not overload you with information, but updates will be sent as deemed necessary. If you have questions specifically related to the Coronavirus, you may go directly to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage. Also, be alert for updates from the IUPAT, District Council 82 and your employer regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We remain open and fully operational and at this time have made no decisions to suspend or postpone classes. As current policy dictates, any absence from a training class excused or otherwise must be made up at the next available makeup day and prior to the end of the semester. FTI-UM faculty will ensure adequate makeup opportunities are scheduled.
Contact the FTI-UM office with questions or concerns at (651) 379-9600.