Your go-to resources for COVID-19 information, updates

As information continues to be shared on a regular basis about COVID-19 via news sources on the national, community and University level, Purdue leadership continues to take steps to limit the risk to our community from the coronavirus. Human Resources is sharing a brief summary of University information and resources to refer to for up-to-date details on COVID-19s impact on our daily lives.

“We understand and recognize the need for the persistent pursuit of information and knowledge related to COVID-19’s impact on our campus and our lives,” said Candace Shaffer, senior director of benefits in Human Resources. “Staff members across campus at Purdue from leadership to HR to faculty and more have been tirelessly collaborating to create, outline, share and provide possibilities for our faculty, staff and students, which take into account the need to continue our work as well as the need to care for ourselves and our families. Employees should continue to review this site for updated information and utilize it as the main resource for University news related to COVID-19."

University resources

Purdue University’s “Things you need to know about COVID-19” website offers the most current information available and is continuously updated to keep Purdue employees informed. Latest updates, recent messages from Purdue leadership as well as University-wide frequently asked questions (FAQs) – including details on leave time and health plans – and more is available. Employees should continue to review this site for updated information and utilize it as the main resource for University news related to COVID-19.

In an effort to support the University’s website mentioned above, and provide further details related to Human Resources’ (HR) benefits and processes, HR’s “Working through COVID-19” website was recently deployed. Accessible via HR’s main website, and referenced throughout the University’s COVID-19 site, “Working through COVID-19” offers a look at HR topics, including:

Taking care of yourself and your family

Providers at the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) – who are currently providing telehealth services – recommend individuals follow the personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other medical professionals around the globe. 

“There is a lot of advice and information circulating around, especially on social media sites,” said William Adair, MD, FACP at the CHL. “It’s important that individuals follow directions from those in the medical field and not some random person on Facebook. This is a serious threat we are dealing with, and there are professionals who are willing and able to assist in your care. Our phone lines are open, and we’re triaging patients virtually now rather than face-to-face, which in itself helps reduce exposure risks for all involved. Of course, no matter the avenue used to provide care, our patients and their health and well-being are our top priorities. We’re all in this together, and we each have a part to play in helping each other stay as healthy as possible.”

From a different perspective, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Purdue’s medical plan administrator, also offers COVID-19 information for reference. View Anthem’s “Coronavirus and COVID-19: What You Need to Know” website, which offers a COVID-19 Symptom Assessment tool and details on how Anthem has its members covered.