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Campus Health Safety Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(March 2, 2020) 

As you may know, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) that was first detected in China and has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States.

In an effort to continually maintain a safe environment for students, employees, and community members, the College is closely monitoring the news around the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC recommends common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of viruses like colds and flu.

In addition to the precautions listed below, the Buildings and Grounds housekeeping staff have been and 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.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

Important Health Precautions

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a disposable tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face (especially eyes, mouth, and nose) with your hands.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home.
  • Please stay home if you are sick. If you have a fever, please alert your instructor and go home immediately and do not return to campus until the fever has subsided for 24 hours.
  • If you’re feeling ill, visit your health provider or the Mercy Health Clinic near Viking Woods. Hours and contact info for the Mercy Clinic are available at https://www.jeffco.edu/mercy

The CDC has emphasized that the risk of transmission to the general population is low. Please continue to monitor your health and contact your healthcare provider if you are feeling ill. We will continue to update you as we receive additional information. 

The well-being of all students, faculty/staff and community visitors will continue to be a priority as Jefferson College remains devoted to providing a safe environment for everyone. Thanks for playing your part to keep the College a healthy place to learn, live and work.

Dr. Ray Cummiskey, President

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