Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

Updated September 10, 2021 at 12:50 pm

Nicolet College is doing its part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first priority has been, and continues to be to provide a safe and healthy environment for working and learning. Oneida County announced its intent to rely on information from the WEDC, the WI Dept. of Health ServicesOpening America Again, and the Centers for Disease Control. Nicolet had adopted a similar approach in out framework for reopening, and continues to operate with decisions informed by good science and sound medical advice.

If we all make good decisions and treat others with kindness and respect, we can mitigate risk and continue delivering superior educational programs and services to all with a desire to learn. Campus buildings have been closed to the general public since March 18. Given that local COVID-19 infection rates remained relatively low, and with the mass availability of multiple vaccines, we have re-opened buildings for student access, face-to-face enrollment, financial aid, and other student support services. It is our hope that we will once again be fully open to the greater community by the start of our fall term.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, Nicolet College its full menu of flexible learning options and personalized student support services. Whatever your questions might be, we want to answer them. Please refer to our FAQ page, call 715.365.4493, or send an email anytime to inquire@nicoletcollege.edu.

The economic impact of the pandemic on businesses and their employees is unprecedented. Unemployment is higher than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In response, Nicolet College and the Nicolet College Foundation are doing everything possible to provide financial and other assistance to students in need.

  • If you are a student in serious financial need, apply for help here or call 715.365.4493
  • If you are in a position to help, your gift couldn’t be more welcome or more impactful. Donations can be made online or by mail to: Nicolet College Foundation, P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501.

Links to reliable sources of global, U.S., and Wisconsin information can be found below. Thank you for staying informed, for working together to keep our friends and neighbors safe, and for your help in moving us forward with resolve, optimism, and kindness.

LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Nicolet College’s COVID-19 Case "Dashboard" is here: https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/about/covid-19-updates/covid19-cases-campus.  It allows the campus community to review current COVID-19 case statistics specific to Nicolet College.  In addition, students and staff will find information on what to do if (1) you are instructed to self-quarantine or (2) receive a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Beginning Tuesday, August 10, all Nicolet College students, employees, vendors, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings indoors—regardless of vaccination status. View the full mask policy here: https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/about/compliance/administrative-policies/30-safety-and-security/310-campus-face-mask-policy Nicolet College will provide face masks at our buildings’ main entryways for use while on premises.
  • Nicolet College continues to promote and practice six-foot physical distancing. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should be mindful of their distance from others while on premises.  
  • Unvaccinated Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have or believe they have had contact with an infected person within the previous 10 days, or who show COVID-19 symptoms, are expected to immediately self-isolate, inform their supervisor or the Office of Employee Relations (715-365-4917), contact a health care provider, and follow all instructions exactly.
  • Vaccinated Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who show COVID-19 symptoms, are expected to immediately self-isolate, inform their supervisor or the Office of Employee Relations (715-365-4917), contact a health care provider, and follow all instructions exactly.
  • Vaccinated Employees who have come in contact with an infected person within the previous 10 days, but are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, are not required to self-isolate. Per the Centers for Disease Control, “most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.”
  • Unvaccinated students who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have or believe they have had contact with an infected person within the previous 10 days, or who show COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately self-isolate and are strenuously encouraged to inform their instructors of their need to self-isolate, and contact Nicolet College’s Risk Manager (715-365-4615).
  • Vaccinated students who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who show COVID-19 symptoms, should immediately self-isolate and are strenuously encouraged to inform their instructors of their need to self-isolate, and contact Nicolet College’s Risk Manager (715-365-4615).
  • Vaccinated students who have come in contact with an infected person within the previous 10 days, but are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, are not required to self-isolate. Per the Centers for Disease Control, “most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.”
  • For all individuals regardless of their vaccination status. If you feel sick, stay home.
  • Nicolet has made a variety of changes designed to mitigate risk, more employees will be able to spend more time at their work stations on campus. Supervisors will oversee work schedules to assure physical distancing can be maintained. As has been the case, on-campus work is permitted in order to:
        (1) facilitate distance learning, or
        (2) maintain minimum basic operations, including security and payroll, or
        (3) perform other functions for which no comparable remote option is available.
  • Employees who are unsure if their work falls under one of these exemptions should seek verification from their supervisor or a member of the Executive Leadership Team prior to coming on campus.
  • Unless responding to an urgent need, essential on-campus work should be done from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Employees doing that work must depart campus upon its completion.
  • A fact sheet on how to work securely from home from SANS.org (a cybersecurity training company) can be viewed and downloaded here: https://security-awareness.sans.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/02-SSA-WorkingFromHome-FactSheet.pdf.
  • Unlike most other colleges and universities that rushed into online instruction last March without much preparation, Nicolet College has made significant investments in recent years to create high quality online learning experiences. Our faculty know how to teach online and many students need the added flexibility, especially in these times of uncertainty. Accordingly, although on-campus instruction will increase as governed by health and safety considerations, most will continue in remote delivery modes.
  • Students should monitor their College email for the latest information. Questions about classes or other services can be directed to instructors, success coaches or advisors. Also, College staff are available by phone 715.365.4493 and email inquire@nicoletcollege.edu.

TRAVEL

College-Sponsored Travel

  • Employees planning to travel using College resources and/or for College purposes must have those plans reviewed and approved in advance by a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Travelers may be subject to self-isolation prior to returning to the workplace. That determination will be made on a case by case basis according to the places visited and the situations encountered.
  • All travelers must make a good faith effort to comply with social distancing requirements and good hand hygiene practices at all times. Nicolet College employees on official business must follow local regulations and restrictions, including the use of face coverings.

Personal Travel

The College neither controls nor seeks to control what employees do on their own time. The sole purpose of this section is to assure, to the extent possible, a safe and healthy environment for all members of the Nicolet College community.

  • Nicolet College expects all employees to comply with CDC travel recommendations.
  • Employees who plan to travel to other parts of Wisconsin, other states, or internationally on personal time are encouraged discuss their plans with their supervisor in advance.

Remember that COVID-19 is transmitted primarily through exhaled droplets present in shared airspaces. Avoiding such shared airspaces is the most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain and masking is not universal.

EVENTS & GATHERINGS

*Non-Nicolet Events (Events from the private sector wishing to use Nicolet College as a venue for their program or event, i.e. conferences, weddings, meetings, groups, etc.)

  • Currently able to reserve as “tentative” for events starting in fall 2021
  • Room reservations subject to 50% capacity limitation (room capacity limitations may be impacted by how rooms are requested to be configured for each event)
  • Face masks are required while inside Nicolet College buildings regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

*Nicolet College Events (Events sponsored and controlled by Nicolet College, i.e. meetings, theater events, graduation, etc.)

  • Currently available for reservation
  • Room reservation subject to 50% capacity limitation (room capacity limitations may be impacted by how rooms are requested to be configured for each event)
  • Face masks are required while inside Nicolet College buildings regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

*Nicolet College will comply with public health mandates communicated by the Oneida County Health Department and/or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ability to schedule an event, or maintain a currently scheduled event is subject to change per the issuance of new public health mandates.  

COUNTY, STATE, NATIONAL, & GLOBAL INFORMATION

World Health Organization (WHO)
https://www.who.int/

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
News, resources, and information from the CDC
https://www.coronavirus.gov/  

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
General information on COVID-19
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm

Current information on the status of the outbreak in Wisconsin
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm 

UW-Madison Center for Health Enhancement System Studies
Information, support and resources organized in seven sections: Resource Center, Covid-19 Fact Checker, Calming, Coping, All About Covid-19, Prevent and Protect, and Discussion Rooms. Mobile apps for Android and IOS to be out soon. https://covid.chess.wisc.edu/#/home

Oneida County Health Department
https://publichealth.co.oneida.wi.us/services/communicable-disease/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-2/

An Employee at my Business Tested Positive to COVID19 (PDF)

Best Practices for Businesses During Pandemic (PDF)

Best Practices for Businesses for Pick Up and Delivery (PDF)

Places in Oneida County linked to a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Nicolet College COVID-19 FAQs
https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/about/covid-19-updates/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

WXPR
https://www.wxpr.org/topic/covid-19#stream/0

Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
http://www.rhinelanderchamber.com/covid-19-resources

Vilas County Public Health Services
https://health.vilascountywi.gov/

Lac du Flambeau Tribe Community Update
https://ldftribe.com/departments/126/Community_Update_on_Corona_Virus_COVID_19.html

Forest County Potawatomi Community
https://www.fcpotawatomi.com/announcements/to-our-tribal-members-employees-and-patients/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service available in English and Spanish.

NORTHWOODS BUSINESS RESOURCES

The GRID at Nicolet College
https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/business-industry/grid

Vilas County Economic Development Corp.
https://www.vilascountyedc.org/covid-19-business-resources/ 

Sitecast.com
https://www.greaternorthwoods.com/sos/

 

LINKS TO NICOLET COLLEGE COVID19 UPDATES

COVID19 Update #31 - September 10, 2021 at 11:46 am 

COVID19 Update #30 - August 8, 2021 at 8:49 pm 

COVID19 Update #29 - August 3, 2021 at 4:54 pm 

COVID19 Update #28 - July 27, 2021 at 8:05 pm 

COVID19 Update #27 - May 17, 2021 at 2:37 pm 

COVID19 Update #26 - May 6, 2021 at 8:21 am 

COVID19 Update #25 - March 16, 2021 at 12:42 pm 

COVID19 Update #24 - December 16, 2020 at 12:20 pm 

COVID19 Update #23 - November 20, 2020 at 11:30 am 

COVID19 Update #22 - November 6, 2020 at 11:30 am 

COVID19 Update #21 - October 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm 

COVID19 Update #20 - September 1, 2020 at 5:22 pm 

COVID19 Update #19 - July 31, 2020 at 11:56 am

COVID19 Update #18 - July 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm

COVID19 Update #17 - June 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm

COVID19 Update #16 - June 3, 2020 at 5 pm

COVID19 Update #15 - May 14, 2020 at 8:30 am

COVID19 Update #14 - May 2, 2020 at 5:10 pm

COVID19 Update #13 - April 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

COVID19 Update #12 - April 6, 2020 at 4:05 pm

COVID19 Update #11 - March 27, 2020 at 5:05 pm

COVID19 Update #10 - March 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm

COVID19 Update #9 - March 23, 2020 at 3:50 pm

COVID19 Update #8 - March 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm

COVID19 Update #7 - March 18, 2020 at 11:00 am

COVID19 Update #6 - March 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

COVID19 Update #5 - March 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

COVID19 Update #4 - March 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

COVID19 Update #3 - March 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

COVID19 Update #2 - March 12, 2020 at 11:00 am

COVID19 Update #1 - February 28, 2020