Kellogg Community College is closely monitoring news and governmental reports regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that is evolving worldwide. First detected in China, the virus has spread rapidly and is now confirmed to be present in at least 50 countries, including the United States. Symptoms of this new respiratory illness include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As always, KCC is committed to providing a learning environment that is safe for students and employees and compliant with practices advised or ordered by local, state and federal health agencies. As of Thursday, Feb. 27, and updated as recently as Tuesday, March 3, the CDC published information about COVID-19, including an assessment that, for the general American public, “the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”
As of Friday, Feb. 28, the Calhoun County Public Health Department reported there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Calhoun County or in Michigan. KCC representatives participated in a conference call with the CCPHD that afternoon along with representatives from numerous schools and local governments who are preparing communications and contingencies. Click here for a copy of the most recent guidance from CCPHD regarding COVID-19.
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As the outbreak evolves, KCC will act rapidly and as necessary to address any threats to public health at any of its facilities in Barry, Branch and Calhoun counties. A KCC team is already discussing possible steps that may or may not be needed.
Today, the College encourages students and employees to assist in worldwide prevention efforts by following the CDC guidelines and to:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home if you are ill.
- Avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are ill.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If KCC employees would like additional hand sanitizer or sanitary wipes for their work areas, they can make their request to KCC’s Institutional Facilities Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future communication will be provided as warranted.