On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Governor Brad Little announced the State of Idaho would return to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan, citing weeks of declining COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations. With this new development, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine’s COVID-19 Task Force has decided to revise the college’s own restrictions.
ICOM may now conduct curriculum-based gatherings of up to 50 people in the room at the discretion of the course director and the Office of Academic Affairs in accordance with current policies. Any close-contact training where social distancing cannot be maintained will still require the use of an N-95 mask.
ICOM may approve extra curricular gatherings of up to 50 people. Any student gatherings for clubs, organizations, and events must be approved through the Office of Student Affairs.
Cloth face masks must continue to be worn at all times when in the building, unless in a room alone or if eating or drinking. Social distancing must still be maintained. Students and employees are asked to continue washing their hands, checking their temperature at the entrances and sanitizing work spaces. Food brought to campus for student gatherings must be approved by Student Services and be individually packed for each participant.
Live lecture attendance, exams and exam reviews are regulated by decisions of the Curriculum Committee and the Office of Academic Affairs. They will be reviewing the current protocols in light of the new Stage 3 guidelines to determine if any changes are feasible and appropriate at this time.