COVID-19 Updates

March 23, 2020 // 11:25 PM

To the Uintah Basin Technical College community,

This afternoon, Governor, Gary R. Herbert, announced today that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal through Friday, May 1, 2020. In support of the Governor’s Office, Utah’s technical colleges will also suspend instruction Monday, March 30 through Friday, May 1, 2020.

I support the Governor, and share the collective desire to limit the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are always my top priority. Therefore, effective Monday March 30, 2020 through Friday May 1, 2020; UBTech will temporarily suspend on-campus instruction and will be closed to the public.

Students:

  • UBTech 2020 Graduation plans will be announced soon
  • Online instruction will continue to be available through Canvas
  • Effective March 30 – April 3:
    • In compliance with current CDC instructional guidelines, labs will be available for final competency testing
    • Testing will be available by appointment only
    • Students may schedule an appointment by contacting their instructor via email or Canvas
  • If you choose to participate in online instruction, you can continue to make progress toward your certificate of completion
  • Scholarships will remain in place
  • Enrolled students will not be dropped from registered courses or programs
  • Program progress requirements will resume when the college reopens to the public
  • UBTech faculty and administration will work with secondary schools to ensure students receive earned course credit
  • New student enrollment will be suspended until Monday May 4, 2020

Faculty and Staff:

  • UBTech’s Spring Break will be extended:
    • Campuses will be closed April 6 – April 10 to all UBTech team members
  • UBTech team members should plan to work as regularly scheduled, unless arrangements have been made with your supervisor
  • College stores will remain open to continue serving UBTech team members
  • UBTech team members whose childcare may be affected due to children being home during the statewide dismissal period, or have capability of working from home, should work with their supervisor to establish an appropriate work life balance for this time period

The UBTech community is home to the most generous people on earth. I’ve been inspired by the many acts of kindness, love, and the concern shown for others, I’ve witnessed in recent days. Thank you for embracing “The UBTech Way.”

Sincerely,

Aaron K. Weight
President/CEO
Uintah Basin Technical College

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March 18, 2020 // 2:20pm

To the Uintah Basin Technical College community,

Thank you for embracing the UBTech Way. Your many acts of kindness and service, both on campus and throughout our communities during this unprecedented time in history, are inspiring. You’re tremendous! Please continue to utilize the recommended best practices found on their website, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the use of social distancing.

As we work to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), delivering education in a safe, secure, and healthy environment is our number one priority. As a reminder, current information regarding preventative actions UBTech is taking to prevent COVID-19 on campus and throughout our community, will be found at www.ubtech.edu by clicking on the (COVID-19) red ribbon at the top of our home page.

Effective Thursday March 19, 2020 through Wednesday April 1, 2020 the following additional precautionary actions are in place:

Campuses:

  • UBTech campuses will be closed for face-to-face instruction.
  • All lab instruction will be limited to 10 people, including UBTech faculty.
  • Enrolled students will have access to online instruction through Canvas.
  • UBTech faculty and staff will be available, on campus, to assist students with their educational needs.
  • New student enrollment is postponed until further notice.

Students:

  • Lab instruction or other onsite appointments can be scheduled via canvas or email.
  • Enrolled students will have access to online instruction through canvas.
  • Course and program instructors will be available on campus to assist students, by appointment.

Custom Fit:

  • Custom Fit training will be provided online until further notice.

As a reminder, students and employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are strongly encouraged to stay home, and not return to a UBTech campus until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, etc.) and have had direct or indirect connections with people from areas with COVID-19, call your doctor, or if you do not have a doctor, call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. Please do not go to a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other healthcare facility without calling first.

Sincerely,

Aaron K. Weight

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March 14, 2020 // 11:40 a.m.

To the Uintah Basin Technical College community,

Thank you for your patience in communication, as we work unified to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Delivering education in a safe, secure, and healthy environment is our number one priority. As a reminder, current information regarding preventative actions UBTech’s is taking to prevent COVID-19 on campus and throughout our community, will be found at www.ubtech.edu by clicking on the (COVID-19) red ribbon at the top of our home page.

As previously communicated, late yesterday afternoon, the Governor in collaboration with the State Superintendent dismissed Utah’s K-12 public schools for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16. As many of our college students are concurrently enrolled secondary students, we desire to further address the questions we’ve received, as a result of their announcement.

I have tremendous confidence in each of you as members of the UBTech family, you’re the best of the best! As we move forward in the coming weeks, in a new way for a period of time, I invite each of us to embrace the UBTech Way and look for innovative opportunities to serve our students, one-another, our neighbors, and the community.

Effective Monday March 16, 2020 through Friday March 27, 2020 the following precautionary actions are in place:

Campuses:

  • UBTech will dismiss enrolled secondary students from expected face-to-face course and program instruction.
  • Enrolled students will have access to online instruction through Canvas.
  • College campuses are open for instruction.
  • All UBTech faculty and staff will be available, on campus, to assist students with their educational needs.
  • The College stores, at each campus, will be open to facilitate students, faculty and staff members.
  • The UBTech College Café will be closed until further notice.

Students:

  • Online instruction will be available through Canvas beginning Monday March 16, 2020.
  • You will be contacted through email or Canvas, by your instructor, on Monday March 16, 2020 with details regarding online instruction.
  • If you participate in online instruction, you can continue to make progress toward your certificate of completion.
  • Be aware, clinical and externships may be canceled or postponed by providers. Instructors will provide you with additional information.
  • If you have questions, please contact your instructor through Canvas or email.
  • Scholarships will remain in place and will be extended for students as needed during the statewide dismissal.
  • Course and programmatic students not attending UBTech during the statewide dismissal will not be dropped from any registered course or program.
  • Please contact your instructor if you are experiencing illness or other challenges that limit your ability to participate online. Instructors will be flexible.

Faculty:

  • Unless prior arrangements have been made, all faculty are expected to be available on campus during regularly scheduled business hours.
  • Contact each student via email or Canvas on Monday March 16, 2020.
  • Faculty members whose childcare may be affected, due to children being home during the statewide dismissal period, should work with their immediate supervisor to establish an appropriate work life balance for this time period.

Staff:

  • Unless prior arrangements have been made with your supervisor, all staff are expected to work during regularly scheduled business hours.
  • Staff members whose childcare may be affected due to children being home during the statewide dismissal period, should work with their immediate supervisor to establish an appropriate work life balance for this time period.

As a reminder, students and employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are strongly encouraged to stay home, and not return to a UBTech campus until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, etc.) and have had direct or indirect connections with people from areas with COVID-19, call your doctor, or if you do not have a doctor, call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. Please do not go to a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other healthcare facility without calling first.

Sincerely,

Aaron K. Weight | President / CEO
Uintah Basin Technical College

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Update: March 13, 2020

The State of Utah SkillsUSA announced that the SkillsUSA Utah Leadership & Skills Competition (ULSC) has been cancelled. Along with the SkillsUSA organization, we too, realize the disappointment this will cause for all our dedicated students and teachers who worked hard throughout the year. The statement included Utah SkillsUSA won’t be taking any competitors to the national conference event in June.

Read their official letter here: https://www.utahskillsusa.org/uploads/8/1/2/7/81273014/conference_cancellation_letter_3-12-20.pdf

Again, we sympathize with our students and instructors. We are proud of our UBTech students and we applaud all of those that have spent time and money to support our SkillsUSA organization. Help us in our efforts to remain positive and continue to celebrate our student’s talents.

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Update: March 12, 2020

At UBTech, the safety, health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are important. With recent headlines regarding the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we recognize you may have questions about actions we are taking to keep our college safe, and what our response may be if the situation begins to impact the college.

Effective Monday March 16, 2020 UBTech will take the following precautionary actions.

  • UBTech will limit mass gatherings of more than 100 healthy individuals on campus. (These restrictions do not apply to UBTech short term, course, or program students.)
  • UBTech will be cancelling all college sponsored out-of-state staff and student travel.
  • UBTech’s website will be updated when additional information becomes available.

Restrictions will remain in effect through March 31, 2020 and will be reevaluated on April 1, 2020.

UBTech recommends:

  • Individuals over 60 not participate in gatherings with more than 20 people.
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised should not participate in gatherings with more than 20 people.
  • All citizens help prevent the spread of this the disease by following the CDC guidelines easily accessed through the following hyperlink.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Students enrolled in nursing and health profession programs will receive additional information from their instructor regarding their clinical requirements, on Monday, March 16, 2020. Thereafter, students may access updated clinical information through their instructional canvas learning tool, or under the nursing and health profession clinical requirements link, located on the orange ribbon at the top of our home page.

What’s happening now:

  • As of March 12, according to TriCounty Health Department there are no cases or suspect cases within the tri-county area.
  • As of March 12, Utah has 5 confirmed cases.
  • State officials have formed a task force that will keep citizens of Utah up to date on the virus through a website, coronavirus.utah.gov, as well as through social media channels.

What you can do now:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as germs can more easily gain entrance into your body through those areas.
  • Staying home from school, work and other social gatherings when you are ill.
  • Minimize physical contact such as shaking hands.

Students and employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are strongly encouraged to stay home and not return to a UBTech campus until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

UBTech policy allows for students to apply for a leave of absence if they are going to be absent from school for more than 10 consecutive days. Leave requests can be made through the registrar’s office at either campus.

If you do have flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, etc.) and have had direct or indirect connections with people from areas with COVID-19, call your doctor, or if you do not have a doctor, call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.

Please do not go to a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other healthcare facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Your healthcare professional will work with the public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

What’s ahead:

UBTech will stay in contact with Tri-County Health and the Utah Department of Health to provide guidance.

Where can I get more information:

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March 11, 2020

At Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) the health and safety of our students is important. As a result of recent worldwide developments in the (COVID-19) virus, we monitor the situation daily, and continue to take actions to prevent the appearance of COVID-19 in our communities.

The risk of getting COVID-19 in the United States is currently low. Health officials remind everyone to be careful about where they get information about COVID-19, as the spread of misinformation is abundant.

Below are five facts about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-h.pdf

#1 Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

#2 Some people are at increased risk of getting COVID-19. People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread are at an increased risk of exposure.

#3 Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people. For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 web page.

#4 You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

#5 There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

The Utah Department of Health has activated a hotline for anyone who has questions about COVID-19: 1-800-456-7707.

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