All members of the UH community are urged to undertake personal safety and preparation measures.
This page is designed to keep our UH community informed about the COVID-19 situation related to the virus and provide any UH-specific information.
View the UHMC Pandemic Plan
- UHMC Covid-19 Overview – Recommended for all staff and faculty.
- Contact Tracer Training – Recommended for staff and faculty in supervisory roles.
- University of Hawaiʻi Covid-19 Guidelines (Interim)
- UH Office of Human Resources-Coronavirus COVID-19 FAQs for Employees
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC )
- Posters – Recommended
- Employees and students are being asked to self-screen using the UHMC screening survey upon entering the buildings and/or classrooms. Screening surveys are organized by class, offices, units, departments or buildings. Please contact your supervisor or instructor for details. Main buildings will have their survey posters posted at entrances.
- Survey Screening Video
- Survey Screening Questions Poster
Campus-wide Zoom Updates and Forums
(Sessions recorded and available below require hawaii.edu access.)
August 6, 2020 Campus Budget Open Forum
July 15, 2020 Chancellor’s Open Forum
June 29, 2020 Chancellor’s Open Forum: UHMC Employees Return to Work July 1, 2020 – what to expect, protocols, moving forward
May 13, 2020 Chancellor Update & Employee Check-In: Fall 2020 Schedule – Return to Face-to-Face Instruction; 2021 Budget Update – Hiring and Purchasing Freeze; CARES Fund Update; 2020 Virtual Graduation
April 30, 2020 Chancellor Update & Employee Check-In; Hiring Freeze and Purchasing; Fall 2020 Schedule
April 8, 2020 Employee Check-In
April 1, 2020 Employee Check-In
March 25, 2020 Faculty Check-In
Update from Chancellor Lui, Monday, April 27, 2020
COVID-19: Maui College Coronavirus Update
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I hope this email finds you and your family in good health and sprit. There are approximately 3 weeks to the end of the semester, keep doing your best to complete the semester successfully. Here are a few announcements for this week.
DRIVE UP WIFI – 9am-5pm daily, click for map
FINANCIAL AID – Support for Summer and Fall 2020 at maui.hawaii.edu/financial/
HOOKAHUA – General assistance and tutoring at ZOOM 731-297-5287 and email Kaimi Hanohano at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-984-3359
LIBRARY – Online and pick up services and tech tutor support at www.maui.hawaii.edu/library
OUTREACH SITES – Online support
Hana Ed Center: Call (808) 248-7380 or email email@example.com
Lahaina Ed Center: Call (808) 662-3911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lanai Ed Center: Call (808) 565-7266
Molokai Ed Center: Call (808) 553-4490 or maui.hawaii.edu/molokai/.
PLEASE VISIT OUT COVID-19 STUDENT SUPPORT PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Health Center Announcement
DRINKING OR INJECTING BLEACH, LYSOL OR ANY OTHER DISINFECTANT WILL NOT CURE
COVID-19 AND MAY KILL YOU!
Sunlight while it may help with Vitamin D levels and increase positive mood will NOT cure Covid-19
The UH Maui College Health Center has telehealth services available at email@example.com to set up an appointment. Testing is available for staff, faculty, or students if necessary contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Graduation / Commencement
Maui College will hold a virtual commencement this year. The tentative date for the Maui College Virtual Commencement is Wednesday, June 3, at 5:30 pm. If you applied for graduation you will be receiving information regarding the ceremony and instructions on how to participate.
Update from Chancellor Lui, Monday, April 20, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I hope this email finds you and your family in good health and spirit. The
Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve and change the way we live. We are
adjusting to the new normal -wearing masks in Foodland, social distancing,
washing our hands, and staying at home. Please continue to adhere to the
Governor’s edicts and stay safe. And most importantly embrace the change that
is inevitable and start to accept the new normal. Here are today’s
UHMC REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
SUMMER 2020 Click this link (https://www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes?i=MAU&t=202040) for a complete list of offerings.
All summer courses are offered online
FALL 2020 Click this link (https://www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/avail.classes?i=MAU&t=202110) for a complete list of offerings.
Option 1: Register as normal for ONLINE classes.
Option 2: Put your name on a waitlist for IN-PERSON classes.
Note: We are only releasing online classes for registration at this time. We
are asking all students to add themselves to the waitlist and when the seats
are released you will be sent an email notifying you that you have 24 hours to
add the course to your schedule. It is very critical to check your UH email on
a regular basis since you will only have 24 hours to add this class to your
schedule. This How to Get on a Waitlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2DCTKNISE0) video on YouTube explains the waitlist feature. Please go ahead
and add yourself to the waitlist.
The Student Lounge in Pilina will be open for students who may need to use a
computer, wi-fi, or a quiet place to study. In order to control how many
people are in the lounge at one time you must make an appointment at this link:
https://bit.ly/2wanZGR. If you have any questions, please call the student Life
office at 808-984-3434 or via email at: email@example.com. The Student
Lounge will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. Over the last two weeks very few
students used the lounge, we will evaluate whether or not to continue this
service after this week.
At the Maui College website at www.maui.hawaii.edu click on the Student Support
tab on the top of the page (on Coronavirus tab), you will find a map showing
where you can access wi-fi outside of our buildings on campus. The campus is
open from 9 to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, if you need to be on campus beyond those
hours please contact our office at 984-3636.
Please continue to adhere to the Governor’s mandates and wash your hands as
often as possible. If you do not have to be on campus, stay at home and If you
are sick DO NOT come to campus.
Update from Chancellor Lui, Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I hope this email finds you in good health and spirit. Here are your
updates for today.
Library cleaning is completed, and the mailroom will be opened today. Staff
may once again access the Library.
The Pilina building remains closed today (April 7) due to electrical work.
Starting Thursday, April 8, the Student Lounge in Pilina will be open for
students who may need to use a computer, wi-fi, or a quiet place to study.
In order to control how many people are in the lounge at one time you must
make an appointment at this link: https://bit.ly/2wanZGR. If you have any
questions, please call the student Life office at 808-984-3433 or via email
at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments will be accepted starting, Monday,
April 6. Initially, the Student Lounge will be open from 9 am to 5 pm and
will be adjusted to meet your needs. If you do not have an appointment you
will be turned away.
One or two food trucks will be parked in the Ike Lea parking lot from 11 am
to 6 pm, the schedule is tentative and may change. Details are still being
working out but eventually the Food Trucks will redeem food vouchers from
the county for kupuna. The campus remains closed and if you buy something
from the Food Trucks you are expected to pick up your food and leave and not
loiter in the parking lot.
Lastly, now is a good time to remind you. If you do not have to be on
campus, stay at home. If you feel sick, DO NOT come to campus. Let me end
by thanking you for your patience and assuring you that I will do whatever
is necessary to help you complete the semester successfully and keep you and
our staff safe. If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to
contact me via email at: Lhokoana@hawaii.edu or via phone at: 808-984-3636.
Update from Chancellor Lui, Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
Hope your semester is going well. Here are your quick updates for today:
The Library will be closed for cleaning today (Tuesday). Nobody should
enter any parts of the Library.
The Pilina building will be closed today (Tuesday). A contractor is doing
electrical work in the building.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, Fall 2020 registration includes options to
enroll in online courses or add your name to waitlists for tentative face-
to-face classes. Should face-to-face classes be continued, students will be
automatically admitted into classes based on waitlist order. Should face-
to-face courses be canceled, students will be notified with more information
and, depending on the program, possibly an option to enroll in an online
Molokai Education Center
The Molokai Education Center will be closed for face to face service this
week. All services will be offered virtually. If you need to borrow a Lap
Top call the center to reserve one. Wi-Fi can be accessed from outside of
All Maui College Service continue to be done virtually. For contact
information go to the Maui College website at www.maui.hawaii.edu and click
on the Coronavirus tab at the top of the page. Also at the website is a
chat box feature that will allow you to ask questions between 8 to 4:30 pm,
Monday to Friday.
Lastly, now is a good time to remind you. If you do not have to be on
campus, stay at home. If you feel sick, DO NOT come to campus.
Update from Chancellor Lui, Monday, April 6, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I have received a copy of two complaints regarding my handling of the Coronavirus crisis at
Maui College. The first complaint criticized my handling of the infected employee case,
saying “…The Administration is not taking the virus seriously…” and ” Terrible handling of
everything all around.” The second complaint was about allowing Food Trucks on campus. I
never take anything personally, but I am disappointed that these issues were not shared
first directly with me or the administration. Instead, they went to President Lassner and
a staff member. All administrators have been doing their best to keep open dialog within
their units. I want to encourage you to speak with your supervisor if any of my decisions
make you feel uneasy; this will allow us to address the issue immediately and maybe put you
at ease. To increase direct communication from me, I will ask Joyce Yamada to arrange a
Zoom conversation with ALL Staff. I will try to do the same for students.
Now that we have addressed the issues related to the infected employee, I can share more
details with you. Federal law requires that the identity of the employee be kept
confidential. Here are the details:
*At Noon on Thursday, April 2, a supervisor reported that a Maui College employee had
confirmation of being infected by the Coronavirus. The employee reported:
*The test the employee took on Saturday (3/28) came back positive.
*The last day the employee was on campus was Monday (3/30).
*The employee interacted (social distanced) with 3 employees and went to their work area.
*The employee put an envelope in the HR mailbox in the mailroom.
*The last time the employee was on campus before March 30 was March 19.
*The employee did not travel outside the state within the last two weeks.
Based on this interview and in consultation with the Department of Health and UH System, the
following was implemented:
*The 3 employees who saw the infected employee on Monday, the employee who picked up the
mail packet, and the employee who processed the packet were put on 14 days mandatory work
from home and ordered to self-quarantine. The Center for Disease Control (CDC)reports that
the disease is transmitted via water droplets from an infected person when they sneeze or
exhale. If it is true that the employee maintained social distancing, it is unlikely others
*Three janitors who cleaned the area the infected employee accessed were also put on 14-day
mandatory leave. The CDC reports that the virus can be transmitted by contact. In order
for this to happen, the infected person must exhale or sneeze a water droplet on an area; a
person then would need to come into contact with that droplet, and then touch their face to
infect themselves. Again, there is low risk of the 5 people who did not even see the
infected employee to contract the disease.
*The infected building was shut down on Friday and will be cleaned by a contractor on
Monday, April 6. The CDC recommends that areas touched by an infected person be left alone
for at least 24 hours or longer and then cleaned. While the virus can live on a surface for
longer than 24 hours it is unlikely that the virus is completely intact to infect a person
who may come into contact with an infected surface after 24 hours. Cleaning of the infected
area will take place 72 hours after the college learned about the contamination and almost a
week from the last time the infected employee was on campus.
*People who may have been in contact with the infected employee on March 19th were not
notified because it had already been 14 days by the time the college learned this employee
was infected. The CDC states that the incubation period for the virus is between 1 and 14
*One of the infected employee’s coworkers is also sick and has recently been tested for the
virus but the results are not known at this time.
Our response to the situation was immediate and based on recommendations by the Department
of Health. The college put 5 people on mandatory 14-day work from home on Thursday. On
Friday, an additional 3 people were put on 14-day mandatory work from home based on
conversations their supervisor had with these employees. Our response has been in-line with
recommendations from the Department of Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Notification about the infected employee was made by 4 pm on Thursday. I have taken every
precaution I know of to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. If you have any
suggestions, please do not hesitate to share it with your supervisor or me.
Lastly, the infected employee is doing well. Now is a good time to remind you. If you do
not have to be on campus, stay at home. If you feel sick, DO NOT come to campus. I’ll
cover the food trucks in another email since this one is already very long.
Stay healthy and be well!
Update from Chancellor Lui, Friday, April 3, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I am writing to update you about how the college is dealing with the Coronavirus crisis. First, many of you are Teleworking, please be sure you filled out the work at home forms and communicate with your supervisor. When the Telework program was started it was voluntary, with the issuance of the Governors “work from home / stay at home order” working from home is no longer voluntary. Your supervisor will decide if you are essential to the work at Maui College. As you are aware one of our employees has been infected by the Coronavirus. I am convinced that the only way we are going
to get past this crisis is through isolation. If you do not have to be on campus, please stay at home.
Fall and Summer 2020 Registration Course Registration for Fall and Summer starts on Monday, April 6. Because we are unsure if face-to-face courses will be allowed by August our initial schedule will be on-line offerings only. When we have a better idea of what to expect for the Fall semester, we will than start adding the appropriate type of class modalities.
The first summer session will have on-line courses only. A decision about course modality for the second summer session will be made after May 15.
The campus is open from 8 am to 5 pm. If you are on campus before or after these hours, please notify security by calling them at 984-3255.
The campus mail room will be open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. This schedule may be adjusted as needed.
Starting Friday, April 3 food trucks will be parked in the Ike Lea parking lot, from 11 to 6 pm, 7 days a week. It is part of a county initiative to serve meals to kupuna. People will not be allowed to hang out in the parking lot we expect them to pick up their food and leave.
Paper Pay Checks
If you receive a paper paycheck and have not elected to have it mailed to you it may be picked up after 2 PM from the Chancellor’s office on Friday, April 3. Please abide by the instructions that will be posted on the Chancellor’s office door.
On Friday, April 3 the Library will be closed, and no one should access it until we give the all clear. Thus, no mail service tomorrow.
The Pilina building will not have electricity Monday to Wednesday so do not enter the building on those days.
I know there is anxiety due to one of our employees being infected by the virus, but know we are doing our best to protect our students and staff. We
need your help and you can help by staying at home and not coming to campus. I have been receiving complimentary comments from your students about their classes. Please continue focusing on assisting your students get through this semester. Mahalo for your commitment to our students and the Maui Nui Community.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I am writing to notify you that one of our Maui College employees has tested
positive for the Coronavirus. We were able to determine who the employee
came into contact with and those people will be notified to self-quarantine
for 14 days. The areas that were touched by this employee will be
disinfected by a contracted vendor. I spoke to the employee and the
employees’ symptoms are mild and the employee is doing well. An
announcement from the UH system will be coming out about the Maui case and
another case at Manoa.
This is a good time to remind you that if you are sick or feeling sick
please do not come to campus. If you do not have to come to campus, please
do not and observe the stay at home and/or work from home mandate.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Aloha UH Maui College Student,
Welcome back! You should have already had a class, which I hope you were able to access, and you learned something. Thank you for your patience as
we transitioned all our courses on-line because of the coronavirus crisis. Your instructors have said that you are responding terrifically to the new modality and even helped them learn the technology. Keep up the good work.
Here are the announcements for today:
Starting tomorrow if you need to use a computer, access Wi-Fi, or get tutoring, those services will be available at The Learning Center (TLC). However, you must make an appointment to access these services by calling: 984-3240. The Learning Center will be open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM. We will adjust these hours as necessary. Please do not walk-in for service, instead call 984-3240 or email email@example.com to make an appointment. If you are sick please do not come onto the campus.
ALL UH Maui College services are available and can be accessed remotely. For a list of services and how to contact our offices please go to this
If you need to borrow something from the library click on this link to schedule it for pick up: https://maui.hawaii.libguides.com/pickup
At our website at maui.hawaii.edu is a Live Chat app that allows you to chat with someone live and get information – hours of operation will be announced shortly.
Starting tomorrow most of our UH Maui College staff will be working from home. This is in compliance with the Governor’s decree that was issued yesterday. Please do not come to campus, instead call one of our offices for the service you need.
Again, thank you for your patience. Your instructors worked very hard to get all our courses on-line. They care about your success. Together we will get through this crisis.
Monday, March 23, 2020
Aloha Maui College Student,
This email is to give you important Maui College updates for Monday and Tuesday and will supersede all other email updates.
All Maui College coursework and services will be delivered on-line. A very small number of classes were to be offered face-to-face. If you were supposed to be in a face-to-face class please attend your first class. Your instructor will let you know what options are available since the course can no longer be offered face-to-face.
Although the campus will be closed starting Wednesday your courses will be delivered on-line until the end of the semester.
This is how services will be offered Monday and Tuesday:
Counseling – Online and by appointment.
Available via zoom and phone by appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 984-3306.
Hookahua (Relocated to Library 101) – Online and In-person
• In-person M-R 9:00am – 5:30pm
• For online tutoring call 984-3359
Library – Online and by appointment
• Library Research Help and Tech Tutor support services have moved online. Help is available via online chat, phone, text, and email. Visit the Library’s Contact Us page for communication
• In-person circulation services are available by appointment. To borrow equipment or check out a book, please call: 984-3715 or email: email@example.com.
• All online resources are available from the library’s homepage: http://www.maui.hawaii.edu/library.
• Important updates on library services are available here: https://maui.hawaii.libguides.com/covid19
Math Lab (Relocated to TLC L-O2) – Online and In-person
• In-person TW 10:30-3pm, R 10:30am-4:30pm
• Online tutoring M-Saturday 9am-4:30pm make appointments at https://uhmctutor.goboard.com/0b5e7f.
• Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach Sites – Open with limited services
• Hāna Ed Center: Call (808) 248-7380 or email email@example.com
• Lāhainā Ed Center: Call (808) 662-3911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lānaʻi Ed Center: Call (808) 565-7266
• Molokaʻi Ed Center: Call (808) 553-4490 or https://maui.hawaii.edu/molokai/.
The Learning Center – Online or in-person by appointment
• Contact 808.984.3240 or email@example.com to schedule your exam, tutoring appointment, rent a laptop, or to schedule a seat in the study area or computer lab.
• All online resources are available from the TLC’s homepage: www.maui.hawaii.edu/tlc appointment or reserve a place to work.
Please do not come to campus, call or email for service. If you must come to campus we will enforce social distancing and make sure you are illness free. Once the campus closes on Wednesday we will continue to deliver services to the best of our ability, but it is likely that not all the services will be available. You will be notified about these services.
My greatest concern is that some of you will not have access to a computer or Wi-Fi. If this applies to you please email me at Lhokoana@hawaii.edu or call my office at 984-3636, I will do what I can to help.
In compliance with Mayor Victorino’s order to stay and work from home the college will close starting Wednesday and remain closed until April 30 or until further notice. However, your coursework will be delivered on-line until the end of the semester.
Maui College is still committed to keeping our Staff and Students safe and helping you complete the semester successfully. With your corporation and the support of the Maui College staff we will accomplish these goals. Please continue to monitor your Hawaii.edu email for updates, follow official coronavirus advisories, and stay healthy.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Aloha Maui College Students,
In preparation for online instruction on Monday, March 23, 2020, here is some important information. You should have received an email from each instructor with information as to how your class will proceed online. There are only very few exceptions and you should have been notified by your instructor. Student support, both online and in person, will be available in the Library, The Learning Center, the Math Lab and Hookahua. Please
click for schedules. A limited amount of rental tablets, laptops and other equipment is available at the Library and the The Learning Center. Please visit our UHMC Student Support page at http://maui.hawaii.edu/health-center/coronavirus-update/student-support/ for more details and information. If you need further assistance or have questions, please call 984-3500 or ask a question online at www.maui.hawaii.edu.
As reported yesterday the Library and The Learning Center will be open to provide space to study and/or use Wi-Fi and/or a computer. In order to stop
the spread of the virus I am asking those of you who do not need this support to please not come to campus. ALL Student Services will be provided via technology – telephone or video chat.
Yesterday, President Lassner announced that graduation ceremonies will not be held at the end of this semester. I have not yet decided whether or not we will postpone the graduation to a later date or have a Fall graduation in December. I will consult with our Student Government and other students before I make a final decision.
All of us at Maui College are committed to keeping our staff and students safe and assisting you to complete the semester successfully. If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to email me at Lhokoana@hawaii.edu or via phone at 984-3636.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
Today’s (March 19) update
Here are the Maui College updates for dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
President Lassner announced:
Graduation ceremonies will be canceled at all University of Hawaii campuses.
Libraries at all campuses remain open but are not open to the public.
Thanked our students and staff for their work during this difficult time.
Maui College announcements:
Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, the following buildings will be open to students, faculty and staff: Hookipa, Library, The Learning Center and the Hale Bathroom. These spaces will be cleaned three times daily using cleaning protocols recommended by the Department of Health. Please direct bathroom usage for the Ma Uka campus to the Hale Bathroom and to the TLC for the Ma Kai campus.
The other buildings on campus will be either closed or have limited access for particular classes. Faculty and staff are able to access their offices between the hours of 9am-5pm. Please go to our UHMC website for details.
The Library and Learning Center will open at 9 am on Monday. These venues will adhere to strict social distancing protocols. If you do not need to be on campus please do not come to campus, this will help to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
ALL student services will be offered virtually. Students will not be allowed to access the Ho’okipa building they will be asked to call a number and their questions will be answered via telephone or video conferencing.
Lastly, I want to also extend my gratitude to our Maui College staff. Your instructors have been busily converting course content to on-line content. Our operations team has been planning to implement recommended cleaning protocols, and our support staff has been pitching in wherever necessary. Our staff who will need to provide services in our open buildings are doing their best to cope with the dilemma of providing an essential service and their potential exposure to the virus. I am committed to their safety so will continue to look at alternatives. Please continue to maintain safe coronavirus practices – social distancing, hand washing, drink lots of water, and keep a positive attitude.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Most of our students should have already been contacted by your instructor regarding the delivery of your class. Please check your Hawaii.edu email address for this information. Our instructors were told to notify you by Friday. Ninety-three percent of our courses will be delivered via an on- line modality. While the campus and outreach sites will be open, we are discouraging you from coming to campus unless you have specific business like to attend a class that could not meet on-line, to use the Wi-Fi or our computer labs. The only two buildings that will be open will be the Library and Learning Center. Other buildings will restrict access or be closed. The two open buildings will enforce a strict social distancing protocol (maintaining a distance of 6 ft. between people). This policy may cause some inconveniences so be patient. Effective immediately the campus will not be open to the public. Building closures, on-line course delivery, and restricting public access are all meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. If you do not have to come to campus please do not.
All our Student Services will be available. However, services will be delivered via the telephone or virtually. We will meet all your needs without having to expose anyone to the virus with face to face meetings. More information will be provided on Friday about how the college will deliver student services (admissions and records, financial aid, counseling, etc.).
President Lassner announced:
• On-line delivery of courses will continue until the end of the semester
• Some UH employees may be allowed to work from home
• Maui College Bookstore will have modified hours starting Monday, March 23, it will be open from 10 to 2 pm.
• All scheduled campus events have been canceled.
That is, it for today. More tomorrow. I have worked for the University for over 25 years I have never seen a crisis like this before. I am doing my
best to share whatever current information is available and know that we are all doing our best to meet these two goals in light of the virus crisis: keep everyone safe and help students finish their courses successfully. We need your help to meet these goals!
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
As of 5:00 pm, March 17 Maui College is to remain open. All employees who are supposed to report to work should do so tomorrow.
By now many of you have seen or heard Governor Ige’s press conference – he announced that the state of Hawaii will go to a 15-day shutdown to control the spread of the coronavirus. He also stated that non-essential workers will not have to report to their state jobs. A few minutes later he said that the Department of Education (DOE) will remain open, Maui College will be treated like the DOE and remain open.
Starting immediately our administration team will begin having discussions with staff to determine if your work can be done from home. If it is possible you may volunteer to Telework. Administration is working on developing the process to allow Telework. Not all folks will be allowed to Telework because the college must remain open. Requests to Telework will be made through your Director/Dean/or VC. Final Telework approval must be from the Vice Presidents office.
Let me reiterate. Tomorrow we are open, ALL employees who are supposed to report must show up. If this changes I will notify you via email. Continue to stay healthy by distancing from people, washing your hands, drinking lots of water, and avoiding stress.
March 11, 2020, 18:02 HST
Aloha Maui College Ohana,
I am writing to update you about how Maui College will address the issues that may arise from the Coronavirus outbreak. Updates about the virus and how it is
impacting the University of Hawaii will be sent via the University of Hawaii President’s office. In addition, Maui College is posting updates from the University and other state agencies at our Maui College website: http://maui.hawaii.edu/health-center/coronavirus-update/
The University of Hawaii President’s office meets regularly with the Hawaii Department of Health to monitor the impact of the virus both locally and outside of
Hawaii. Maui College will follow the recommendations of the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) as the department makes recommendations we will comply.
There are some practical steps that will help keep you virus free: If you are ill PLEASE STAY HOME. Avoid sick people. Practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away from others. Wash your hands often. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you are ill and cannot attend your class, faculty have been asked to provide you leeway in doing your class work from home. Faculty or staff members that become ill should stay home, file for sick leave and make arrangements to cover their class. Denise Cohen, the head of our Health Center, is standing by to assist anyone who may need it. She can be reached at 808-984-3493 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, please do not get overwhelmed by the social media inundation that everyone is experiencing. Be assured we are closely monitoring this situation and will
expeditiously implement mandatory advisories as we receive them from the Hawaii Department of Health.
The UH Maui College COVID-19 Task Force provides the college administration with updates, guidance, and input on COVID-19 issues relevant to the college community. Members include trained contact tracers, health professionals, and members of HI-EMA.
- Denise Cohen PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, Professor, Nursing, UH Maui College Health Center Coordinator
- Angela Gannon, MEd, Security
- Kathleen Hagan, MS, APRN-BC, Associate Professor, Nursing
- Charlie Schlater, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Human Services
In order to insure proper cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms the majority of the college restrooms are closed.
The following restrooms are open from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and closed on Holidays and weekends. These restrooms are cleaned and disinfected 2x per day. Restrooms may be opened and scheduled for cleaning and disinfection for special events or activities on Holidays and weekends.
- Hale restrooms
- Pilina 1st Floor restrooms
- The Learning Center restrooms
The following restrooms are restricted and accessible with keys.
- Ho’oolu – Agriculture Building
- Ka’a’ike Building
- Laulima 2nd floor restrooms
- Hookipa restrooms
- Community Service Building restrooms
All other restrooms are closed.
Classrooms and labs:
In order to insure proper cleaning and disinfecting of in-person classrooms, in-person classrooms are scheduled for use no more than 1x day. All in-person classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the start of the class.
Hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies such as wipes or disinfecting spray will be kept in all in-person classrooms and labs and will be checked 1x per day.
Hand sanitizer stations will be deployed at the entrance of every major building.
Student areas and common areas such as the Library, Learning Center, Lounge and high touch surfaces such as door handles, rails and counters will be cleaned and disinfected at least 1x day or more if time permits.
Trash bins will be emptied 1x per day. Office occupants must leave their trash bags outside their office door or in an area as directed by the O&M Facilities Manager.
Offices will not be serviced by the college janitors.
Cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE):
Hand sanitizers, disinfecting products and PPE are available through the Operations and Maintenance Department, depending on availability. Requests for supplies and PPE must be approved by your respective Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Dean or Director that your department reports to.
Campus Official Points of Contact:
Students: If you think you are sick or may have COVID-19, contact Denise Cohen at the Health Center, (808) 984-3493.
Employees: Notify your respective supervisor from the following list of contacts:
- David Tamanaha, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, Hoʻokipa 116, 808-984-3253
- Debra Nakama, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Hoʻokipa 109, 808-984-3515
- Kahele Dukelow, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Pilina 101, 808-984-346
- Laura Lees Nagle, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Pilina 101, 808-984-3475
- Karen Hanada, Director of the Office Extended Learning and Workforce Development, Laulima 202, 808-984-3527
- Lui Hokoana, Chancellor, Pilina 217, 808-984-3636
All points of contact will report to the campus primary point of contact, Chancellor Hokoana. POC will receive information on all employees, students, and visitors (via the respective official points of contacts) that may result in a potential case of COVID-19. The primary POC will coordinate communication and guidance with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and the University System.
UH Maui College has also established a COVID-19 Support Phone line dedicated to answering questions the college community may have concerning COVID-19 policies, protocols, and resources.
UH Maui College COVID-19 HOTLINE: 808-984-3799
Covid FAQs UHMC Fall Semester 2020
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance to the administration of UH Maui College. The following are frequently asked related to the current Covid-19 epidemic as the UH Maui College ‘ohana navigates through the reopening process. The FAQs are answered by the UH Maui College COVID-19 Task Force.
Q: What is Covid-19?
A: Covid-19 is a novel respiratory virus discovered in China in December of 2019. Because this virus is new to humankind most individuals do not have an immunity to it. It is spread 3 ways:
- Through coughing large droplets that get into our mouths, noses and eyes
- Contact touching hard surfaces that droplets have landed and touching our mouth, nose and eyes
- Breathing in fine aerosol viral droplets which can hang in a still room for up to 1 hour
Q: How serious is Covid-19?
A: Covid-19 is extremely serious. Although up to 80% of individuals who get it will have no or very mild symptoms 20% will have serious disease, possibly ending up in the hospital. Currently 6% of confirmed cases die.
Q: Why do I have to wear a mask on campus?
A: Wearing a mask protects those around you from any germs that you may be carrying. Please wear the mask to protect those individuals who have underlying conditions that may make them high risk for getting the serious form of this disease. Wearing a Mask Protects Others and helps prevent YOU from bringing it home to your family.
Q: How do I use the screening process when coming on campus?
A: Download the QR reader to your smartphone. Every building has a QR code attached to it. Using your smartphone scan the code and answer the questions. If you have symptoms please do not enter the building. This process also allows for contact tracing in the event that we have a positive case in the building. If you do not have a smartphone or have difficulty with the app there will be hard copies of the survey.Q: Why do we have to social distance while on campus?
A: Social distancing of at least 6 feet is how much aerosols is typically spread from coughing, talking. Keeping 6 feet apart limits the spread of Covid-19. This helps you to prevent bringing disease home to your family.
Q: What is the difference between quarantine and Isolation?
A: Quarantine means that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. This does not mean you have the disease but because it is so serious you must stay home for 14 days. This means you cannot leave your home for any reason including groceries. However, if there is a yard or balcony that allows for going outside and maintaining 6 feet away from others is okay. Usually the Hawaii Department of Health will be guiding during this process. The start of quarantine is the last day you had contact with the individual who tested positive. Isolation is if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. You would remain in your bedroom and separate bathroom for 10 days plus 24 hours without taking fever reducing meds. You may go out for medical care only. If you have symptoms please call your healthcare provider for guidance.
Q: What happens if there is a positive case on campus?
A: UHMC administration has plans in place for a positive case that includes reporting guidelines, guidance from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, closing and enhanced cleaning of any building(s) that may be contaminated, and assisting with notifying anyone who may have been exposed.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) General Information and Status: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Information: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories (all): travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories
- HDOH COVID-19 “What You Need to Know” Flyer: health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2020/01/2019-nCoV-flyer-what-you-need-to-know (PDF)
- Hawaiʻi Department of Health (HDOH) Information Page: health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/novel-coronavirus-2019/
- Hawaiʻi Department of Health COVID-19 Joint Information Center updates: health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/
- Maui County Emergency Agency Information: https://www.mauicounty.gov/70/Emergency-Management-Agency
- Maui County COVID Information: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information
How To Protect Yourself
COVID-19: Simple tips, facts to help stop the spread
Students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy shared facts and simple tips about COVID-19 aimed at helping prevent the spread of the virus.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.In addition, the CDC recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Get a flu shot. (While it won’t protect against COVID-19, it may help in diagnosis should you display symptoms.)
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- While common in many countries, CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
If you don’t want to sing Happy Birthday twice or the ABCs, here are a couple of alternative songs to sing while washing your hands:
All Star – Smash Mouth
Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play
Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me
(Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo Figaro magnifico
I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me
For more songs, click here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/08/us/hand-washing-songs-decades-trnd/index.html
If you have medical questions, please contact the Health Center:
- Monday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Call us: 808-984-3493
Email Us: email@example.com
UH Maui College COVID-19 Questions and Concerns:
Call us: 808-984-3799
UH Maui College Help Desk:
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Call us: 808-984-3283
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
UH System Help Desk Contact Information
UH System Help Desk Phone and Email Support:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Open during all Holidays
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