H1N1 Influenza / Swine Flu Information

Student Health Center

Message from the Hamilton Emergency Response Team (HERT)

May 1, 2009

The steering committee of the Hamilton Emergency Response Team has met several times this week to monitor developments pertaining to the swine flu. We will continue assessing the situation as long as necessary. Based on current information and conversations with health officials, our plan is to proceed with college operations as usual. However, there are precautions we all can take as outlined by Director of Student Health Services Christine Merritt on Tuesday:

  • Increase the duration and frequency with which you wash your hands. The College has alcohol-based sanitizers and antibacterial soap dispensers located throughout campus.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth in case the virus is on your hands.
  • Do not share utensils, glasses, bottles or any other similar product.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat nutritiously, especially as we approach the end of the semester.
There are no suspected cases of swine flu on the Hamilton campus. Nevertheless, students and employees should continue to exercise good hygiene and see a health care provider if symptoms appear.

This situation provides an opportunity for the College to revisit its planning in the event circumstances worsen:

  • Students should review and update their personal evacuation plan online
  • Faculty members should consider alternatives to final exams and papers in the unlikely event campus operations are disrupted.
In addition, since the College will be welcoming a large number of guests to campus in the coming weeks, we will provide additional hand sanitizers and hand wipes where large groups will gather.

All of the steps recommended by HERT are precautionary, and we will issue updates as appropriate. Meanwhile, you may wish to monitor the situation at the Centers for Disease Control Web site or the New York State Department of Health Web site.