(March 10, 2020)
As you have probably seen in the news, Missouri is now one of several states where presumptive cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported. The situation remains fluid as new details are emerging daily, impacting a wide range of businesses and organizations in our region. In an effort to keep our campus community up-to-date, we have created a webpage www.jeffco.edu/covid-19 that lists timely resources and safety updates as they become available.
With coronavirus now detected in our region, I wanted to reach out and assure you that Jefferson College is making plans to serve our students and protect all employees in the event a closure or other operations decision becomes necessary. The most significant change for COVID-19 in the U.S. is that we are now seeing person-to-person spread. As mentioned previously, our Buildings and Grounds housekeeping staff continue the daily deep cleaning of classrooms and offices and the wiping down of handrails, doorknobs, elevator buttons, chairs, etc., with a healthcare grade disinfectant throughout the entire campus.
If a member of the Jefferson College community tests positive for coronavirus, we will immediately communicate this and implement measures to reduce further exposure across campus. We will also work directly with any student who tests positive to limit disruption to their academic studies as we work to deliver instruction through alternative platforms as needed. In addition, as a precautionary measure, over Spring Break we will deploy additional cleaning resources consistent with CDC recommendations.
Spring Break Travel
For those who will be traveling over Spring Break, you may come into contact with people from different parts of the country who may unknowingly be carrying coronavirus. If you develop a fever, cough, or breathing issues, please contact your primary healthcare provider immediately for instructions. As with any cold or flu illness, please stay home, alert your instructor or work supervisor, and do not go to class or work until the symptoms no longer persist.
Everyone Doing Their Part
Working together, we can all do our part to minimize the spread of cold/flu or coronavirus. We need to wash our hands often with soap and water and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when a sink isn’t available. We should avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth and cover our coughs and sneezes. Although it may seem strange, also consider waving hello instead of exchanging a handshake.
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we continue to make decisions and develop plans to protect the well-being of all students, faculty/staff and community visitors. Each of us has a key role to play in keeping Jefferson College a healthy place to learn, live and work.
Dr. Ray Cummiskey, President