Good morning everyone, I have heard from several faculty that the first day of Spring Quarter went well, great news! So far I’ve heard the vast majority of students showed up for the first class meeting on Zoom and some who even joined a “test run” by a faculty member on Sunday that went well. On top of that, graduate enrollment is generally looking stronger for the fall quarter than expected. That’s all welcome news, take it in and remember it as we hit inevitable bumps along the way. If it didn’t go as well for you or for some of your students, follow up with your colleagues and the support systems in the university. Two key support offices sent out important email updates yesterday.
Academic Affairs sent out CDLI recommendations at 1:31 Monday afternoon. Among several announcements and recommendations it suggests contacting your “College Faculty Liaisons”. I am happy to share that we have two A&S faculty liaisons, Roxy Hornbeck in Performing Arts and Art Leadership and Patrick Schoettmer in Political Science. As noted on the CDLI web page, they can assist college faculty with your courses and also serve as a direct points of contact for faculty to offer feedback to CDLI in order to improve their training, technologies, and operations. My thanks to both of them for taking on this role.
Information Technology sent out an update at 1:33 Monday afternoon. It mentions new Live Chat assistance from the Service Desk, Adobe Creative Cloud availability and an improved VPN. I have already heard from several people that the new VPN is much improved (though still not quite as good on Macs) once you get it set up. Also, do check and update your directory information as needed, it is obviously more important now than ever.
Governor Inslee has ordered that all public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. This was announced yesterday. He noted high school seniors will graduate. This was not entirely surprising but still a big shift in mindset for those of us with kids. For all of us, it may have implications around student preparedness levels as the new freshman class enters in the fall quarter.
Mike Myint Update – Mike talks about a Seattle Times story on the early response to COVID-19 in Seattle and lessons for regions that are behind us in the first wave of cases in their area.
The story of the beginning of the US outbreak - the first 60 days in Seattle.
Seattle's story has many implications to the rest of the nation, who are a few weeks "behind" Seattle from an epidemiologic perspective. This article is focused on Seattle, but Seattle was weeks behind other countries/cities in the world and there are lessons abound.
Quick lessons from our experience in Seattle
1. Look for cases in the community, by the time you see deaths in the healthcare system, community spread has been extensive.
2. Don't wait to pursue social distancing.
3. Coordinate locally, regionally and federally as it would be unlikely for one county to handle this all by itself given the world-wide supply chain problems.
4. Public health needs support to do the jobs it needs to do in supporting epidemic surveillance and interventions.
5. Have a facility plan for Skilled Nursing, homeless, prison and other congregate populations.
6. Local/regional leadership is really important to get out in front of this crisis. This crisis moves faster than many of our National stockpiles and deployable resources can get mobilized.
Bold steps earlier in the epidemic work to "flatten" the Epidemic curve and save lives. The timeline at the end of this article was especially helpful to put the crisis in perspective of both how slow and fast this Epidemic has hit the US.