Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Seminole State is committed to providing accurate information and will share updates as needed.  We encourage all members of our community to take their personal prevention seriously. 

Updates

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The leadership at Seminole State continues to closely monitor the ever-changing global situation and follow the advice of local, state and federal officials including the Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health and the CDC during the coronavirus pandemic. Our first priority is the health and well-being of our Seminole State family. Below is the latest update from the College.

Based on guidance from the Florida Department of Education on March 17, we have decided to close all Seminole State College campuses and physical facilities to employees and students until further notice with limited exceptions. This action promotes social distancing and containment of the virus for the benefit of our employees, students and our community. 

Seminole State will continue to operate remotely according to our March 17 instructions emailed to students and employees and available at www.seminolestate/alert and www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus.

From March 23 until further notice:

Employees

  • Employees will continue to be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours with no interruption in compensation.
  • All exempt employees are expected to work remotely while campuses are closed.
    • Exempt employees include all faculty (full-time and adjuncts), professional, technical and administrative grades P1 through P7, T1 through T6, and A1 through A6.
  • Non-exempt employees and part-time staff are expected to work remotely. Your supervisor will work with you on work duties and assignments.
    • Non-exempt employees are career services staff, grades C5 through C55 and part-time staff, grades 96-20.
  • Some essential employees will be expected to report to work on College campuses. These employees will be contacted by their supervisor and the College will practice social distancing to care for the health of these employees and their families.
  • Federal Work-Study students will not be expected to work but will be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.
  • Employees can still use their accrued sick leave or annual leave during this time with their supervisor’s approval. 

We know that remote working and virtual or online instruction may present a challenge but feel it is essential to protect our college community and the more vulnerable members of our society. We are asking faculty and staff to pull together to support their colleagues and our students during these unprecedented events. 

  • Employees who do not have technology, critical equipment or files to work remotely should contact their supervisor. Employees should not come to campus to collect equipment or materials unless directed to do so by CTS or their supervisor who will work with you on arrangements.
  • For students who do not have the necessary technology to work remotely the following computer labs will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. 90-minute time slots are available. Students must sign up for computer labs using the link below. A maximum of 10 seats are available in each time slot to promote social distancing:
  • Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call Spectrum on 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. In addition, Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots to the public.

As always, do not come to campus if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive for coronavirus. If you have any questions on any of the information above please contact your supervisor, Dean, AVP or VP. Students should contact their professors with any questions or concerns.

Please check your College email for continued updates in this rapidly changing situation and stay connected to the latest information www.seminolestate/alert and www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus

We encourage you to continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene in your work and personal lives, and we hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy during these challenging times. Thank you for working hard to support your colleagues and students. We will come through this together.

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

Dear Student,

The leadership at Seminole State continues to closely monitor the ever-changing global situation and follow the advice of local, state and federal officials including the Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health and the CDC during the coronavirus pandemic. Our first priority is the health and well-being of our Seminole State family. Below is the latest update from the College.

We have decided to close all Seminole State College campuses and physical facilities until the end of the Spring Term 2020 with limited exceptions.

This action, based on guidance from the Florida Department of Education, promotes social distancing and containment of the virus for the benefit of our employees, students and our community.

Classes and Labs

  • Online classes and those transitioning from meeting on campus to a virtual/online format will resume on March 23.
  • Face-to-face classes or portions of face-to-face classes which cannot transition to a virtual or online format are suspended until further notice.
  • All nursing, allied health and EMS clinicals are suspended until further notice.
  • If you do not have the necessary technology to work remotely, the following computer labs will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. 90-minute time slots are available. You must sign up for computer labs using the link below as a maximum of 10 seats are available in each time slot to promote social distancing:
    • Windows Based Computer Labs: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus (S/LM) Building V (V-107, V-109, V-111C)
    • Mac/Apple Computer Labs: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus (S/LM) Building V (V-111A, V-111B)
    • To sign up for computer labs:  https://www.seminolestate.edu/cts/lab-reservations
    • Please bring your own headset to participate in video conferencing or similar types of instruction as headsets will not be provided.
  • To help students work remotely, Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call Spectrum on 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. In addition, Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots to the public.

We know that remote working and virtual or online instruction may present a challenge but feel it is essential to protect our college community and the more vulnerable members of our society.

Student Services

  • Student services including the Library, Academic Success Centers, Student Services and Advising and Counseling will be closed for face-to-face services. These services will be available virtually while campuses are closed.

Federal Work-Study Students

  • Federal Work-Study students are not expected to work during the closure of Seminole State College campuses but will continue to be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.

Emotional Support

  • Seminole State College has partnered with Aspire Health Partners to provide mental health and counseling services to students. Easily connect with one of Seminole State's Counselors at:  www.seminolestate.edu/counseling/counseling. Our team can connect with you virtually via Zoom, text, phone and email.
  • If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after business hours, please call the College's after hours Crisis Hotline at 407.416.9976.
  • Connect with Heart of Florida United Way’s 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898211 or chatting online at http://bit.ly/2XJDBt7.
  • Additional resources are available to assist with your emotional well-being:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your professor(s).

We will continue to update our community on the latest developments, so please check your College email regularly and stay connected to the latest information www.seminolestate/alert and www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus.

We urge you to continue to practice social distancing in your personal lives and take care of yourselves and your families. The College cares about you and is here to support you as you adapt to this new environment. We will come through this together.

Sincerely:
Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

Seminole State Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As we communicated yesterday, the College has been closely following briefings and guidelines at the local, state and federal level to care for our employees and students and promote the containment of the coronavirus.

In response to the latest developments and to care for and support our College community in these challenging times, Seminole State College is adjusting its campus operations for students and employees as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please read the following detailed information.

As always, if you are sick, you should not return to work or to class and you should not come to campus. We encourage everyone to continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene in their work and personal lives.

Campuses

  • All Seminole State College Campuses and physical facilities will remain closed to students and employees until March 30.

Classes and Labs

  • Online classes and those transitioning from meeting on campus to a virtual/online format will resume on Monday, March 23.
  • For students who do not have the necessary technology to work remotely the following computer labs will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday:
    • Windows Based Computer Labs: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus (S/LM) Building V (V-107, V-109, V-111C)
    • Mac/Apple Computer Labs: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus (S/LM) Building V (V-111A, V-111B)
  • The Library, Academic Success Centers, Student Services, and Advising and Counseling will be closed for face-to-face services. These services will be available virtually while campuses are closed.
  • Face-to-face classes or portions of face-to-face classes which cannot transition to a virtual or online format will be suspended until further notice.
  • All nursing, allied health and EMS clinicals are suspended beginning March 15 until further notice.
  • Disability support services is working with students on a case-by-case basis if they need specific accommodations.

It is critical that faculty and staff clearly communicate these arrangements to students via email, text and/or Canvas and are as responsive as possible in addressing individual student questions. Our students are counting on you for direction.

Events

  • All College-sponsored events are cancelled until at least April 30.
  • Spring commencement scheduled for May 4 is also cancelled. Students and their families will be welcome to attend the December commencement.
  • If students have submitted an Intent to Graduate with the Registrar’s office for Spring 2020, they are able to graduate and receive their diploma if all degree requirements are fulfilled.
  • Registration for Summer classes will begin on Monday, March 23 as planned. Students will be able to register for classes using our online registration system. In addition, the Student Services and Advising and Counseling departments will be available for virtual support.

Employees

  • Exempt employees are expected to work remotely while campuses are closed.
    • Exempt employees include all faculty (full-time and adjuncts), professional, technical and administrative grades P1 through P7, T1 through T6, and A1 through A6.
  • Some essential employees will be expected to report to work on College campuses between March 17 and March 29. These employees will be contacted by their supervisor and the College will practice social distancing to care for the health of these employees and their families.
  • Non-exempt employees and part-time staff who can work remotely are asked to work their regularly scheduled hours during the week of March 23-29. Your supervisor will work with you on work duties and assignments that can be accomplished remotely.
  • Non-exempt employees and part-time staff who are unable to work remotely based on their job duties or access to technology will be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.
    • Non-exempt employees are career services staff, grades C5 through C55.
  • Federal Work-Study students will not be expected to work from March 17-29 but will be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.

Academic Calendar

  • The Spring 2020 Academic Calendar will be updated to reflect the College closing and the modified events and due dates. At this time, we are not changing the end date for the Spring semester or the date that grades are due.

Please contact your dean or supervisor if you have any questions or need clarification on any of this information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check your College email for continued updates in this rapidly changing situation and stay connected to the latest information via www.seminolestate/alert and www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus. You may also want to review the 15 Days to Slow the Spread campaign shared by President Trump and Governor DeSantis at press conferences yesterday.

We hope that you stay safe and healthy and that these adjustments will help you take care of yourselves and your families during these challenging times.

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

Seminole State College has been following briefings by President Trump and Governor DeSantis this afternoon and their guidelines on steps that can be taken to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. We will update our employees and students on College operations regarding this rapidly-changing situation tomorrow. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing and good hygiene and take care of themselves and their families.

In response to the latest developments and to care and support our College community in these challenging times, Seminole State College is adjusting its campus operations for students and employees as follows:

  • All Seminole State College campuses will be closed to students and employees for the week of March 16-22 with the exception of essential personnel who will be contacted by their supervisor and notified of their work requirements.
  • All classes, including online classes, are cancelled from March 16-22 and any assignments or testing scheduled in online classes will be postponed. Faculty will contact their students regarding these changes.
  • All nursing, allied health and EMS clinicals are suspended beginning March 15 until further notice.

When classes resume on Monday, March 23, classes will be offered in an online or remote instructional format. Classes with required in-person experiences, which cannot be effectively taught virtually, will be offered with face-to-face components but with minimized risk to students and faculty. Faculty will communicate with students enrolled in these classes.

Employees

  • Exempt employees are expected to work remotely during the week campuses are closed and will be contacted by their supervisor.
  • Non-exempt employees and part-time staff are not expected to work during the week campuses are closed but will be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check your College email for continued updates in this rapidly changing situation and stay connected to the latest information via www.seminolestate/alert and www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus.

We hope that you stay safe and healthy and that these adjustments will help you take care of yourselves and your families during these challenging times.

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

In response to the latest developments and to care and support our College community in these challenging times, Seminole State College is adjusting its campus operations for students and employees as follows:

  • All classes will be cancelled from March 16-22. Classes will resume on March 23.
  • All nursing, allied health and EMS clinicals are suspended beginning March 15 until further notice.
  • All Seminole State College campuses will be closed to students and employees for the week of March 16-22 with the exception of essential personnel who will be contacted by their supervisor and notified of their work requirements.
  • Exempt employees are expected to work remotely during the week campuses are closed and will be contacted by their supervisor.
  • Non-exempt employees and part-time staff are not expected to work during the week campuses are closed but will be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check your College email for continued updates in this rapidly changing situation and stay connected to the latest information via www.seminolestate/alert and www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus.

We hope that you stay safe and healthy and that these adjustments will help you take care of yourselves and your families during these challenging times.

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

The College continues to evaluate plans in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and this rapidly changing situation. As a result of information received over the last 24 hours from local and state leaders, community developments, and to contribute to containment of the virus and minimize exposure, Seminole State College has made the following decisions:

  • From Monday March 16, 2020, Seminole State College will begin transitioning face-to-face classes to remote or online instructional format.
  • Programs and classes with a required in-person component, such as labs which cannot be effectively taught virtually, will continue to meet so that we do not negatively impact students’ academic progress.

Updated travel guidelines

Following Florida Department of Health guidelines, the College has implemented the following for employees and students:

  • If you visited China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City in the last month, a mandatory 14-day self-isolation after returning to the United States is required. Be sure to inform your supervisor or professors. Practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions.
  • If you have visited Japan or have been on a cruise to any destination in the last month, monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States.
  • If you have traveled to Egypt for a cruise or tour on the Nile River in February or March 2020, self-isolate for 14 days following your date of return to the United States, and if ill, immediately contact your county health department or health care provider.
  • If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.

The College will remain open and all services will be available. In addition, Student Services, Academic Success Centers and the Library will offer services virtually to students.

Students who do not have access to technology needed to access virtual instruction or online courses are welcome to come to one of our campuses to use computers in labs, the Academic Success Center or Library. These locations are equipped to offer social distancing and are increasing their cleaning regimens.

Students and employees should regularly check their college email for status updates. We will provide additional information as early as we are able and encourage you to continue to follow www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus.

The College continues to be a low risk environment. These measures are intended to limit the number of people required to come to our campuses and congregate together. The health and safety of our college community is our top priority.

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

The College continues to evaluate plans in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and this rapidly changing situation. As a result of information received over the last 24 hours from local and state leaders, community developments, and to contribute to containment of the virus and minimize exposure, Seminole State College has made the following decisions:

  • From Monday March 16, 2020, Seminole State College will begin transitioning face-to-face classes to remote or online instructional format.
  • Programs and classes with a required in-person component, such as labs which cannot be effectively taught virtually, will continue to meet so that we do not negatively impact students’ academic progress. 

The College will remain open and all services will be available. In addition, Student Services, Academic Success Centers and the Library will offer services virtually to students.

Students who do not have access to technology needed to access virtual instruction or online courses are welcome to come to one of our campuses to use computers in labs, the Academic Success Center or Library. These locations are equipped to offer social distancing and are increasing their cleaning regimens.

Students and employees should regularly check their college email for status updates. We will provide additional information as early as we are able and encourage you to continue to follow www.seminolestate.edu/coronavirus.

The College continues to be a low risk environment. These measures are intended to limit the number of people required to come to our campuses and congregate together. The health and safety of our college community is our top priority.

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President

On Monday, March 9, Governor DeSantis declared a Public Health Emergency addressing coronavirus (COVID-19). This declaration allows for the activation of additional protocols to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the public. As of March 10, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has identified 18 Florida cases (17 of which are Florida residents). No cases have been identified at Seminole State College of Florida.

Following Florida Department of Health guidelines, the College has implemented the following for employees and students:

  • If you visited China, Iran, Italy or South Korea in the last month, a mandatory 14-day self-isolation is required. Practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you are an employee, notify your supervisor. If you are a student, please inform your faculty members. 
  • If you have visited Japan or have been on a cruise to any destination in the last month, monitor your health and limit close interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. 
  • If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.

For more information regarding the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisories related to coronavirus, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Seminole State is committed to providing accurate information and will share additional updates as soon as we are able. Continue to check seminolestate.edu/alert or the Emergency Hotline at 407.708.2290 frequently for updates. The College has emergency operations plans and a procedure for communicable diseases already in place. 

At this time all Seminole State College classes, events and activities are proceeding as normal. The College will advise faculty, staff and students should this situation change. You will likely hear in the news that the Florida university system has decided to move all classes online for a period of time. I have just gotten off a conference call with the Department of Education. The Commissioner has advised the Florida College System and K-12 schools to continue business as usual while exercising appropriate precautions.    

Protection and Prevention
The health of our community is our highest priority and we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the current known details and follow guidelines for protection and prevention.

Symptoms of the virus may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The virus appears to spread from person-to-person with a likely incubation period of three to five days but may be up to 14 days. 

The College has increased its cleaning and disinfecting measures across all campuses and installed hand sanitizer stations:

  • Within view of entrance/exit doors
  • Near transaction counters
  • Food service/breakroom areas
  • Areas where students use computers
  • Large meeting or event rooms

The following everyday actions are helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick to diminish the chance of spreading infection.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) or may have come in contact with someone who you suspect to have it, contact your health care provider immediately.  

Resources
For more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms, etc., please visit the FDOH dedicated COVID-19 webpage for information and guidance relevant to business and individual health questions, or call the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 call center, which is available 24 hours a day at 866.779.6121. Inquiries may also be emailed to covid19@flhealth.gov. You may also visit the CDC website for information.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in helping to ensure we follow best practices to keep Seminole State healthy as we navigate this complex situation together.  

Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
President, Seminole State College of Florida

Following Florida Department of Health guidelines, the College has implemented the following for employees and students returning from Spring Break:

  • If you visited China, Iran, Italy or South Korea: Mandatory 14-day self-isolation and practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
  • If you have visited Japan or have been on a cruise: Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.

For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Seminole State is committed to providing accurate information and will share additional updates as needed. We encourage all members of our community to take their personal prevention seriously.

Continue to check this page seminolestate.edu/alert or the Emergency Hotline at 407.708.2290 for updates.

Emergency Response Team

Following guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, and the Florida College System, the College has implemented guidelines for employees and students who have traveled to certain countries while the College was closed during Spring Break March 1-8.

The College is requesting that any employees and students who return from travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea to self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days after their return.

Students need to contact their faculty members with regard to class work and assignments.

Employees need to contact their supervisor for guidance.

College officials are continuing to monitor updates related to coronavirus (COVID-19) which is being closely watched by public health officials worldwide. The College is following the recommendations and advice of the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Protection and Prevention
The health of our community is our highest priority and we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the current known details and follow guidelines for protection and prevention.

Symptoms of the virus may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The virus appears to spread from person-to-person with a likely incubation period of 3-5 days but may be up to 14 days.

The following everyday actions are helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick to diminish the chance of spreading infection.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) or may have come in contact with someone who you suspect to have it, contact your health care provider immediately.

Resources
For more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms, etc., please visit www.cdc.gov or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html.

For travel information please visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Seminole State is committed to providing accurate information and will share additional updates as needed. We encourage all members of our community to take their personal prevention seriously.

Continue to check this page seminolestate.edu/alert or the Emergency Hotline at 407.708.2290 for updates.

Emergency Response Team

Dear Faculty and Staff:

As Spring Break approaches, we are aware that faculty, staff and students may be travelling, and wanted to provide you with updated information and resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Like other institutions, Seminole State College officials are continuing to monitor updates related to coronavirus (COVID-19) which is being closely watched by public health officials worldwide. The College is following the recommendations and advice of the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. 

The coronavirus is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Currently there are no reported cases in Florida. 

The College has emergency operations plans and a procedure for communicable diseases already in place and at this time all Seminole State College classes, events and activities are proceeding as normal. The College will advise faculty, staff and students should this situation change.     

Protection and Prevention

The health of our community is our highest priority and we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the current known details and follow guidelines for protection and prevention. 

Symptoms of the virus may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The virus appears to spread from person-to-person with a likely incubation period of 3-5 days but may be up to 14 days. 

The following everyday actions are helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick to diminish the chance of spreading infection.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) or may have come in contact with someone who you suspect to have it, see your health care provider immediately.  

Resources
For more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms, etc., please visit www.cdc.gov or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html. For travel information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Seminole State is committed to providing accurate information and will share additional updates as needed. We encourage all members of our community to take their personal prevention seriously. 

Have a healthy and restful Spring Break. 

Emergency Response Team

Hi, Student:

As Spring Break approaches, Seminole State is aware that you, your friends and family members may be travelling, and wanted to provide you with the latest information and resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Like other institutions, Seminole State College is continuing to monitor updates related to coronavirus (COVID-19) which is being closely watched by public health officials worldwide. The College is following the recommendations and advice of the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

The coronavirus is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Currently there are no reported cases in Florida.

At this time all Seminole State College classes, events and activities are proceeding as normal. The College will advise students should this situation change.

Protection and Prevention
The health of our community is our highest priority and we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the current known details and follow guidelines for protection and prevention.

Symptoms of the virus may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The virus appears to spread from person-to-person with a likely incubation period of 3-5 days but may be up to 14 days.

 The following everyday actions are helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses such as coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick to diminish the chance of spreading infection.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) or may have come in contact with someone who you suspect to have it, see your health care provider immediately.

Resources
For more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms, etc., please visit www.cdc.gov or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html. For travel information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Seminole State is committed to providing accurate information and will share additional updates as needed. We encourage all members of our community to take their personal prevention seriously.

Have a healthy and restful Spring Break.

 Emergency Response Team

Seminole State College officials are closely monitoring updates related to a novel coronavirus, as cases have been confirmed in the U.S. following an outbreak in China. At the time of this note, no cases have been reported in Florida, but we are following the recommendations and advice of the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Protection and Prevention
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the coronavirus.

 There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are concerned that you may have novel coronavirus or may have come in contact with someone who you suspect to have it, see your health care provider immediately.

Travel Information
Travelers should stay informed on CDC updates and travel notifications at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-wuhan-china.

The State Department has issued a Watch Level 3 Alert for travel to China following an ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus. As the virus continues to spread, officials recommend that people avoid all nonessential travel to China. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html.

Resources
For more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms, etc., please visit www.cdc.gov or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html.

Health and safety are top priorities at Seminole State, and we encourage you to follow guidelines for protection and prevention.

Sincerely:

Emergency Response Team

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