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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Please check this page for up-to-date resources and information on TrainND Northwest's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  To review the WSC COVID Plan for Fall 2020, click here.

Page last updated: 8.03.2020 | 3:42 pm

Press Releases


7.29.2020 | Smart Restart COVID Testing for Students and Community Members
As part of the Smart Restart plan for colleges and universities, the Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU) is sponsoring free COVID-19 "drive thru" testing events scheduled throughout the month of August in Williston:

5.18.2020 | WSC to reopen after Memorial Day
In support of and following recommendations for North Dakota's "smart restart" return to general operations, WSC staff members will return to campus for work beginning Tuesday, May 26th. Students and visitors are encouraged to contact WSC and TrainND Northwest by phone or email to set up campus and training appointments.

5.4.2020 | Restricted access continues at WSC, plans to reopen begin
In support of and following recommendations for North Dakota's "smart restart" return to general operations, WSC will continue to restrict access to its buildings and facilities but will begin a phased return of support staff to campus over the next two to three weeks.

4.2.2020 | Restricted access continues at WSC
In support of and following social distancing recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19, WSC will continue to restrict access to its buildings and facilities through Friday, May 1, 2020. Existing guidelines allow WSC employees to continue their work remotely from home, while employees considered "operationally essential" and contractors will continue working on campus. TrainND-Northwest personnel are delivering the bulk of their safety training to trainees via distance learning.


3.26.2020 | WSC and COVID-19
The WSC Bookstore will reopen on Monday, April 6 but by appointment only. The bookstore has made arrangements with its cap and gown vendor, Balfour, to coordinate returns, refunds, and order cancellations. WSC's workforce training campus, TrainND Northwest, now has online course options available for the ONE BASIN-One Way! program, H2S, and the XTO High Risk Orientation. WSC, along with its North Dakota University System partners and the State Board of Higher Education, is still working on a refund policy for room and board. More information will be published as a plan is approved for each campus. 

3.20.2020 | WSC and COVID-19
From Monday, March 23 through April 3, no face-to-face academic courses or scheduled training at TrainND Northwest will be conducted on the WSC and TrainND Northwest campuses. During this time, only employees considered "operationally essential" will report to campus for work. All other employees will work remotely off-campus. This applies to both the WSC and TrainND Northwest campuses. As always, WSC is committed to the safety of our community.

3.19.2020 | TrainND Northwest and COVID-19
At this time and until otherwise notified, TrainND Northwest will continue with ALL trainings as scheduled including well control training provided by Vorenkamp Well Control Training. Class sizes will be limited to 10 people and our instructors have been asked to help facilitate a 6-foot space bubble with students in class. TrainND Northwest is committed to the safety of our community.

Questions?

Call 701.572.2835

Preventative Measures

• WSC and TrainND will require face coverings in all classrooms, common areas, gatherings, and office spaces, except where social distancing (separation of 6 feet of more) is possible.

• TrainND trainees are expected to provide for their personal PPE needs but TrainND will have the following available:
a. Disposable Masks
b. Gloves
c. Hand Sanitizer
d. Disinfectant cleaner
e. Other sanitizing supplies

• In cases where students and/or instructors will be unable to practice social distancing (e.g. CDL practice) masks and gloves along with regular disinfecting is required. CDC and NDUS recommendations will be followed along with best practices as established by entities such as NDDOT and NCCCO for situations that do not allow for social distancing.

• TrainND offers classes for face-to-face and distance learning. We follow all social distancing practices in the classroom and in the commons as per CDC guidelines. Coffee and donut service will be unavailable in common areas available to the public. • Students are encouraged to maintain social distancing whenever possible and to use hand sanitizer frequently. All class capacities have been held at a level that allows for CDC recommended spacing when students are seated.

• TrainND facilities will be cleaned daily, as well as sanitized on a weekly basis. • Staff and trainers will request any person who is visibly ill to leave the premises. Trainees should not attend TrainND courses if they present with any COVID-19 symptoms (daily symptom checklist - appendix 1)

 • Regularly scheduled meetings will be held using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Blackboard whenever possible to minimize staff contact.

• In the event regular campus operations are disrupted due to a second round of COVID-19 outbreaks, TrainND is ready to reimplement distance learning for workforce training. New technology purchases will ensure students have access to the technology needed to participate should this happen.

• Your participation in training events at TrainND cannot pose a health risk to other trainees or staff members.

The NDDoH and our local public health unit encourage all persons to take preventative measures to avoid COVID-19, colds, and the flu:
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Contact your local healthcare provider or call 701.572.7651 (CHI St. Alexius Williston clinic) to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider or 701.774.7400 (CHI St. Alexius Williston hospital)
  • Visit the CDC website for more info on steps to prevent illness
On Saturday, March 28, North Dakota's State Health Officer, Mylynn Tufte, signed a confinement order for all ND residents returning from international locations and U.S. states with widespread disease, as classified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The order included all WSC students, faculty, and staff.

On May 8, State Health Officer, Mylynn Tufte, issued two amendments to that order which allow people to travel freely within the U.S. and releases requirements previously included in the first order for everyone except international travelers.

It is recommended that individuals who are in quarantine after traveling recently in the United States still fulfill their 14-day quarantine, but it is no longer required. 

If you have traveled recently
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol
  • Pay attention to your health for 14 days after your return and take this survey from the North Dakota Department of Health
  • Stay home and seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Contact your local healthcare provider or call 701.572.7651 (CHI St. Alexius Williston clinic) to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider or 701.774.7400 (CHI St. Alexius Williston hospital)
  • Avoid traveling if you are sick
  • Follow the latest travel updates from the CDC

Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Looking to exploit the public's fears, cybercriminals are using tactics such as fake texts, coronavirus-related Android/Apple mobile apps with ransomware, and phishing emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations with information about COVID-19.

How to avoid falling for phishing scams:
 
  • Pay close attention to who is sending you the email. Phishing emails can come from fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention representatives @"cdc-gov.org" rather than the correct "cdc.gov."
  • Keep in mind that legitimate email addresses don't guarantee safety. They can be spoofed or can come from an account that has been hacked, so pay close attention to what the email is asking you to do. An email that asks you to provide banking information, account password, or social security number is a red flag - you should never be asked to provide those via email.
  • Make sure you know where a link is taking you to before you click it -- by hovering your cursor over a link for a few seconds until the link's URL pops up -- and that the link leads to a site that you are expecting.
  • Additional resource: State officials provide COVID-19-related cybersecurity threat information

Resources

Williams County COVID-19 Update & Resources
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston COVID-19 resources
The Flu versus COVID-19 | How to Tell the Difference
Everyday Tips for COVID-19 Prevention
Upper Missouri District Health Unit website and Facebook page for updates
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center website and Facebook page for updates
North Dakota Department of Health Facebook page, website and hotline available daily 7am-10pm | 1.866.207.2880
Center for Disease Control website