Good Afternoon students, faculty, and staff,
In the interest of your safety and wellbeing, we wanted to share some information to address some of the concerns you may have regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of Feb. 26, the Pima County Health Department reported no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, and said the public faces a low immediate health risk. We have provided a hyperlink to the State Department travel advisories page as employees and students plan their vacations, spring break or other non-college business.
The College is formulating contingency plans to allow business to continue in the event of a disruption to normal routine.
In the meanwhile, the Pima County Health Department has provided the following information relating to group gatherings and daily life:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials consider the risk for exposure for COVID-19 in Pima County to be low
- The Health Department has strong partnerships with the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona, and local hospitals and urgent care providers that allow us to easily share important information with one another
- The Health Department is working very closely with healthcare and public health partners to be prepared for public health threats like COVID-19 and is prepared to take action on any guidance or instructions provided by our state and federal partners
- There is a moderate/high risk that people will get influenza, a common cold, or stomach bug, as we know these are circulating in our community. These are readily spread in large groups of people, no matter where those people are from.
Below are best practices in the fight against COVID-19 and other well-known illnesses:
- If you feel ill, stay home
- Cover coughs with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils with others
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food
- If you are sick and/or experiencing a fever, contact your doctor or nearest clinic.
The Facilities Department will be installing hand sanitizers outside the bathroom areas and is looking into ordering individual hand sanitizer bottles. If you notice that supplies are low, please contact Jay Juan in Operations at ext. 1004. Maintenance personnel will be cleaning high traffic areas two to three times a day (please see the attached information on the cleaning products).
Public health does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. While limited person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected, this virus is not currently spreading in the Arizona community or the United States. A facemask should be used by people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from becoming sick. In some cases, use of a facemask may be recommended by your healthcare provider. Please speak with your healthcare provider for specific guidance. If a facemask is needed, they are available at the Receptionist’s desk.
Please note that these are preventive measures. There are no reports of any community members, students, or staff testing positive.
The information provided is not meant to create fear or anxiety among the students, faculty or staff. We would like to stress that our goal is to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 and educate the College community about the disease. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following staff members in your area: