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5 posts from November 2009

11/19/2009

11/19/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Update

In two recent clinics, the University has provided 1,100 individuals in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) at-risk groups with the opportunity to receive the vaccine. The H1N1 program has marshaled the resources of numerous campus departments including trained faculty from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy who administered the shots. Student volunteers were also crucial to the success of the event through their promotional efforts to encourage their peers to receive the vaccine as well as their assistance on-site.

 

Further information regarding H1N1 vaccination clinic dates, times and locations will be distributed once additional vaccine supplies are released to the University. University representatives continue to work directly with the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) in H1N1 preparedness and facilitating an H1N1 vaccination program for individuals who are considered at higher risk for influenza or influenza-related complications.

 

A separate, but equally important, seasonal flu program was recently completed, leading to 544 individuals (306 students and 238 faculty/staff) being vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

11/10/2009

11/10/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Availability November 13, 2009

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) has provided a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine to the University. Outlined below are the groups recommended by the Center for Disease Control to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine.

·     College students through 24 years of age;

·     Pregnant women;

·     Parents and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age;

·     Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel;

·     Persons age 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza

If you meet the established criteria listed above, you can attend the H1N1 vaccination program scheduled for November 13, 2009, in the ARC Recreation Gym from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Due to the nature of the vaccination process we are asking that individuals be patient and be prepared for an extend wait in line.

 

The vaccine will be offered on a first come, first served basis to those individuals that meet the above criteria.

11/04/2009

11/4/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Update

The Philadelphia Department of Health Division of Disease Control has authorized prioritizing the vaccination of mothers and fathers of infants less than six months of age.  A limited supply of the H1N1 vaccinations will be available on Friday, November 6, 2009, in the ARC classroom from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for students, faculty and staff that meet the above criteria.

11/03/2009

11/3/2009: SEPTA Strike Contingency Plan

SEPTA announced that a service Interruption is in effect as of Tuesday, November 3, 2009 @ 3:00 a.m.

Transport Workers Union, Local 234 has announced a work stoppage as of 3:00 a.m. this morning.

"SEPTA is prepared with an alternate service plan for it's customers, but asks for patience and understanding as some of our services become unavailable and others that are running may experience heavier than usual customer use."

The following important service information contains useful travel tips to assist riders as many Bus, Subway, and Trolley routes are discontinued.

Additional information and SEPTA’s Service Interruption Guide is available at http://www.septa.com/sip/

OBJECTIVES

·     To maintain normal business and academic operations

·     Provide reasonable accommodations and transportation services

·     Discretion in making reasonable allowances for lateness attributable to transportation conditions

 

OUR PLAN

Due to the possibility of a SEPTA strike, all students, faculty, and staff are urged to make alternate transportation plans in advance of the strike.

 

Students, faculty, and staff should allow sufficient travel time and anticipate delays due to increased vehicular traffic and the increase in ridership on available services such as the Regional Rail Lines, LUCY, and Suburban Transit. The Emergency Response Team recommends that individuals use alternate means of transportation such as, walking, biking, and car pools in the event that there is an interruption of commuter transit services.

 

The Emergency Response Team anticipates that there is a need for increased parking on and off campus, and encourages individuals to car pool due to the limited amount of parking available on and off campus. In the event of a strike, the University will continue to enforce parking regulations so individuals with parking permits can park in their assigned parking lots.

 

There are a limited number of temporary parking permits available for carpoolers on a first come basis at a cost of $5.00 a day. The passes will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 2, 2009; individuals can contact Terry Reilly for additional information. You will need to provide the year, make, model, and plate number of the vehicle.

 

Individuals parking vehicles near the campus are encouraged not to leave any items in the vehicle, especially GPS navigation systems, computers, book bags, cell phones, iPods, and money.

 

According to SEPTA’s website, the only services in our area that will be available are the Regional Rail Service, Suburban Transit, CCT Connect, and LUCY. The LUCY provides service to the University City area, but does include stops on our campus. Individuals can take the LUCY from 30th Street Station to a stop within a reasonable walking distance to the campus.

 

Additional Information regarding routes, schedules and cost of the LUCY is available at http://www.ucityphila.org/getting_around/lucy.

 

University PROVIDED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

The Department of Public Safety will be providing a continuous shuttle service from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from the Mall Parking Lot to SW corner of 30th and Market Streets and from the Mall Parking Lot to the SE corner of 69th and Market Street.

 

The service is free to all students, faculty, and staff who present a valid University of the Sciences ID Card.

Public Safety greeters in their familiar brightly colored jackets will be stationed at the SW corner of 30th and Market Streets and SE corner of 69th and Market Streets to provide information and assistance to individuals utilizing the shuttle service.

 

In addition to the above service, the Penn Transit Service contracted by the University will be available, but you can expect delays in service due to an increase in ridership.  

 

UNIVERSITY PROVIDED SERVICE ROUTES

The continuous shuttle service will operate on the following routes making stops at each destination point and current city transportation stops. Since many of the stops will be within walking distance of the University, the Emergency Response Team encourages individuals to walk since we anticipate that there will be a greater demand to transport individuals between the main destination points.

 

30th & MARKET STREET ROUTE

·     Departs Mall Parking Lot

·     Goes North on 43rd Street to Market Street

·     Turns Right on Market Street to the SW Corner of 30th Street

·     Stops at the SW corner of 30th and Market Street

·     Turns Right on 30th Street to Walnut Street

·     Turns Right on Walnut Street to 42nd Street

·     Turns Left on 42nd Street to Woodland Avenue

·     Turns Right on Woodland Avenue to 43rd Street

·     Turns Right on 43rd to the Mall Parking Lot

 

69th & MARKET STREET ROUTE

·     Departs Mall Parking Lot

·     Goes North on 43rd Street to Walnut Street

·     Turns Left on Walnut Street to 63rd Street

·     Turns Left on 63rd Street to Marshall

·     Turns Right on Marshall to Church Lane (69th Street)

·     Turns Right on Church Lane to the SE Corner of Market Street

·     Stops at the SE Corner of Market Street

·     Turns Right on to Market Street to 63rd Street

·     Turns Right on 63rd to Chestnut Street

·     Turns Left on Chestnut Street to 42nd Street

·     Turns Right on 42nd Street to Woodland Avenue

·     Turns Right on Woodland Avenue to 43rd Street

·     Turns Right on 43rd to the Mall Parking Lot

 

 TIPS FOR A SUCESSSFUL COMMUTE

  • Plan Ahead
  • Make Alternate Transportation Plans
  • Allow Sufficient Travel Time and Expect Delays
  • Travel Light – Carry On Items Must Fit On Your Lap
  • Car Pool
  • When Parking Remove All Valuables From The Vehicle
  • Check The Website For Updates

Email questions and comments directly to Transit@usp.edu or call 215-895-1117 and ask to speak to a supervisor.

11/02/2009

11/2/2009: H1N1 Vaccination Date November 6, 2009

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (PDPHDDC) has agreed to allocate a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine to the University.

 

The vaccine will help facilitate the educational process of students who have direct contact with patients, who are on rotation, or who are scheduled to go on rotation to locations that may require an H1N1 vaccination. Additionally, the PDPHDDC is requesting that all pregnant women be included in the first round of vaccinations.

 

Students who meet the above criteria established by the PDPHDDC will be notified directly by a representative of their college/program.

 

If you have been notified that you meet the established criteria or are pregnant, you can attend the first H1N1 vaccination program scheduled for November 6, 2009, in the ARC classroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

We anticipate that additional vaccine will become available in the coming weeks for those individuals who fall into the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) defined priority groups. Once we receive the next round of vaccine, additional information and vaccination dates will provided to the University community.

 

For additional information visit:

 

www.emergency.usp.edu