COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn more here.

How does the virus spread?

This virus seems to be spreading from person-to-person. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

How can I best protect myself and others?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed March 27, 2020.  As a component of the CARES Act, $14 billion dollars were allocated to colleges to help students who have faced economic hardships due to coronavirus, or COVID-19. Omega Graduate School has completed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education in order to apply for a portion of the federal grant.  OGS has been allocated $5,092 in emergency relief funding which may be distributed to our U.S. students.

Governmental guidance directs the process for students to request funds for expenses directly related to COVID-19 campus closures.  Eligible hardship expenses OGS students may have faced include:  materials purchased to assist in the change from on campus to online classes, technology upgrades necessary due to the change to an online class format, and transportation costs not reimbursed due to the last minute Core cancellation.  To be eligible for funding from the grant, students must be currently enrolled and eligible to receive Title IV aid .

While we wait for the funding to arrive, we will communicate the process students will need to follow to request and receive funding.  It is essential that you monitor your OGS email accounts for this information.

As we await the receipt of funds, please contact Dr. Curtis McClane, Chief Student Success Officer, at cmcclane@ogs.edu and relay the issues you are facing due to COVID-19 and our campus closure.  Providing information regarding the type of emergency and unexpected expenses you have or will incur due to the interruption of your semester at OGS will help us evaluate the best way to handle unique situations our students are experiencing.

At OGS, our students come first.  What affects one, affects us all.  We appreciate your patience as we work with the Department of Education to help meet financial needs of students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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