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OHIO COVID Operations

Ohio University’s COVID Operations team manages the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with a variety of campus partners and under the direction of Gillian Ice, special assistant to the president for public health operations. The team’s responsibilities include leading the University’s COVID-19 testing efforts, monitoring public health data, nonclinical case management including case investigation and contact tracing, coordinating isolation and quarantine plans for residential students, communicating COVID-19 information to the University community, and contributing to University planning decisions.

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  • COVID Response Strategy

    Main contact: Gillian Ice

    • Stay up to date on current local, state and national guidance regarding COVID-19 and advise University leaders on related decisions
    • Contribute to University planning decisions regarding face-to-face learning opportunities, sports and other extra-curricular programming, and use of space
    • Meet with county health departments, city leaders, and other public officials in communities that host OHIO campuses to discuss needs and identify opportunities for collaboration
    • Consult with professionals across the University to ensure that students, faculty, and staff can access needed resources if they are impacted by COVID-19
    • In collaboration with the University’s chief medical officer, monitor vaccine availability and prepare a vaccination plan for OHIO faculty, staff and students should vaccine become available for distribution by the University
  • Testing and Public Health Data

    Main contact: Maria Modayil

    • Develop and operationalize COVID-19 testing strategies for OHIO students, faculty, and staff
    • Review and refine asymptomatic testing programs
    • Monitor data regarding positive cases on OHIO campuses, with the goal of preventing outbreaks
    • Track, analyze and share data about COVID-19 trends in the counties where OHIO has campuses and other business operations
  • Contact Tracing and Case Management

    Main contact: Jivanto van Hemert

    • Through a partnership with the Athens City-County Health Department and the State of Ohio, COVID Campus Liaisons (CCLs) conduct case investigations and contact tracing for OHIO-related COVID-19 exposures on the Athens campus
    • CCLs provide non-clinical case management for all OHIO community members affected by COVID-19 on any OHIO campus
    • Implement isolation and quarantine plans, in collaboration with the Athens City-County Health Department and OHIO Housing and Residence Life, to support residential students who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19
    • Monitor and enforce compliance with isolation and quarantine
  • Communications

    Main contact: Meredith Erlewine

    • Develop and produce web content and news stories to support the University’s COVID-19 response
    • Create social media messages and campaigns to support University COVID-19 initiatives and to promote and public health best practices related to COVID-19
    • Develop messaging for use on all OHIO campuses in signage, communications and elsewhere
    • Keep the University community up to date regarding changes in local, state and national protocols for COVID-19
    • Publish a weekly public health update
    • Respond to media inquiries

COVID Operations Leadership Team

Gillian Ice

Gillian Ice
Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations

Jivanto Van Hemert headshot

Jivanto Van Hemert
Director of Case Management & COVID Response Operations

Laura Risler

Laura Risler
Manager, Administrative Operations & Special Projects

Anirudh Ruhil

Anirudh Ruhil
Data Analyst

Meredith Erlewine

Meredith Erlewine
Public Health Communications Specialist

Maria Modayil

Maria Modayil
COVID-19 Epidemiologist

Rebekah Crawford

Rebekah Crawford
Health Communication Strategist

Additional Team Members

Margaret Cabrera
COVID-19 Case Management Support Specialist

Nathan Christian
Administrative Support Specialist

Alex Smith
Administrative Support Specialist

Janna Chimeli
Data Analyst

Guy Riefler
Wastewater Testing

Karen Coschigano
Wastewater Testing


OHIO COVID Campus Liaisons

To address the needs of individuals on OHIO campuses who are acutely affected by COVID-19, OHIO COVID Operations has built a team of COVID campus liaisons.

Contact Us

Phone: (740) 566-8445
Fax: (740) 593-1995
Email: COVIDoperations@ohio.edu