Southern Crescent Technical College continues to actively monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Information surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving and changing. We are closely monitoring information and advisories from national, state, and local health authorities. We have a team in place to ensure that Southern Crescent Technical College has an effective, yet strategic plan to implement a rapid and proactive response should the need arise. We are following guidance from the State of Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
According to the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low. The DPH and CDC strongly recommend the following measures as the best way to prevent infection of a respiratory virus:
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also offers specific guidance for travelers.
We will continue to follow our protocols to disinfect high contact surfaces in our common areas. We have increased the number of hand sanitizer dispensers on our campuses.
If you are ill, let your instructor know and please stay home to recover. Please practice the above outlined infection control measures. Additionally, if you have traveled to an affected area, or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days please make your instructor aware immediately. Planned travel to any destination with major travel warnings or restrictions should also be communicated with your instructor.
As we receive new school-based guidance from the DPH, CDC, and our local agencies, we will incorporate that information into our response plans. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found at the Department of Public Health website, https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus, and at the Center for Disease Control website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Rest assured, the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff and students are always our highest priorities. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as the need arises. In the meantime, please follow the above recommendations for infection control.
Information on confirmed cases will be reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health on their website at https://dph.georgia.gov. Please refer to this site for updated information.
The CDC, Georgia State Department of Health, and local health care experts will be integrally involved if a case is confirmed in our area. The College remains in close contact with them to understand their protocols and refine our plans as the recommendations from national and state authorities evolve and change. Southern Crescent Technical College has a robust emergency response plan and contingency plans that can be called into place if needed.
In addition, if needed, related emergency alerts will be made to our students, faculty, and staff through the SchoolCast system.