Updated November 23, 2022
Masks will be optional for members of our campus community with a few exceptions noted below.
The following COVID-19 policies will remain in effect until further notice:
Clinic employee masking guidance:
- Unvaccinated team members:
- Masking will continue to be required for unvaccinated team members regardless of transmission levels.
- Fully vaccinated team members (fully vaccinated is defined as having received the primary COVID-19 series):
- Masking is required:
- When community transmission levels are high and team members are in any location of a facility where patients could be encountered or providing direct patient care.
- When the team member has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
- Any other time when indicated by current policies and procedures.
- Masking is optional and based on personal preference when community transmission levels are not high.
- Masking during direct patient care should be based on personal preference and in accordance with Standard and Isolation (transmission-based) Precautions.
- Transmission levels will be monitored from the CDC data tracker site.
- Masking is required:
Clinic Patient/visitor masking guidance:
- Regardless of transmission level or vaccination status, patients who are currently ill with respiratory symptoms, have a COVID-19 diagnosis, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days should be masked as tolerated.
- Masking is based on personal preference during all transmission levels.
- When community transmission levels are high masking is strongly recommended for all patients and should be supported when in group sessions, shared patient settings or for inpatients when leaving their rooms.
- Masks will be made available in the first floor lobby for any patients or visitors who have respiratory symptoms and need a mask.
Reporting COVID-19 symptoms or positive test result:
- Anyone with symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and contact Health and Safety at Healthandsafety@dmu.edu or 515-271-1658. We will offer guidance regarding testing and for return to campus based on CDC recommendations.
- Anyone who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case should monitor themselves for symptoms including, fever, sore throat and coughing and wear a mask when interacting with other for 10 days following the exposure.
- Campus buildings are keycard access until further notice except the Grand Ave entrance of the Academic Center, which is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors as asked to check in at the Academic Center receptionist or the Security Office and be issued a visitor badge.
- Patients are asked to use the east entrance of the Clinic.
- Our goal is to maintain a safe environment on our campus for our academic programming, so we have made the difficult decision not to allow children ages 0-high school on our campus at this time. This includes school tour groups and children of our students, faculty and staff unless it is a program organized by the Department of External and Governmental Affairs such as the Back to School Physicals. We encourage our student clubs to be creative and to reach out and use facilities such as Wesley Acres and their community center room for ongoing programming with groups such as the Geriatric Club and to follow CDC guidance when indoors.
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DMU in the Media
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- Dr. Angela L. Walker Franklin: Leading in times of challenge
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- Jeneane Moody, M.P.H. in the Des Moines Register: For National Public Health Week, a perspective on lessons from COVID-19
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- Dr. Benzoni in the Des Moines Register: ER doctor shares his thoughts about COVID-19 with Iowans