Pandemic Preparedness Plan

Introduction:
The following document is a pandemic illness plan for Nicholls State University; this is not static as conditions may change on or off campus. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to University employees, on the proper procedure for implementing a response to any pandemic communicable illness.

Objectives:
• To educate and inform university staff, faculty and community;
• Implement prevention and safe practices by all on campus;
• Provide care to infected individuals with resources available;
• Take all precautionary measures to prevent the spread; and
• Return to normal campus operations when the threat is over.

Responsibilities:
• To provide and distribute educational information, including materials and supplies;
• Maintain contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Office of Public Health (OPH) and the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security;
• Follow CDC and OPH guidelines;
• Secure supplies and resources needed for prevention and response;
• Provide for temporary housing and food services for infected students;
• Close the university if required; and
• Maintain basic academic structures.

Pandemic Illness Responses by Phases: Level One, Level Two, Level Three, Level Four and Level Five
Level 1 – Confirmed cases of human – to- human transmission of a potential pandemic illness with a probability of reaching the U.S. (Campus Open, Business as usual)
Level 2 – Confirmed case (s) in the United States (Campus Open, begin possible level 3 preparations)
Level 3 – Suspected case(s) on Campus or confirmed cases(s) in the State of Louisiana (Campus open, implement social distancing, prepare to cancel classes and or other scheduled activities, prepare for probable campus closure)
Level 4 – Confirmed Case(s) on Campus (University possible closure, declared emergency condition, facilities may close except for skeletal services, temporary housing if needed established, access to campus secured)
Level 5 – Recovery Operations

It should be noted that the above levels do not correspond to the levels set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Download: Nicholls State University Pandemic Plan (pdf)

Additional References and Resources
Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Louisiana Office of Public Health
Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness