Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protection & Prevention
Updated: Aug. 14, 2020
We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the current known details and follow guidelines for protection and prevention.
If you exhibit any of the following symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, do not come to campus. Instead stay at home and contact your doctor or public health department.
According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 (which appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus) include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The following measures were developed with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to ensure the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide for a safe campus environment.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Utilize hand sanitizer stations located across the campuses and follow directions on proper use. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at entrance and exit doors with the highest foot traffic, near transaction counters, in food service/break room areas, outside restrooms and in computer labs, the libraries and academic success centers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash.
Masks/cloth face coverings are required when inside any building on campus or when maintaining 6 feet of physical distance is not possible. This includes but is not limited to, offices, hallways, the library, the Academic Success Center, computer labs, science labs, classrooms, testing centers, break rooms and conference rooms.
The College will provide reusable masks/cloth face coverings for on-campus faculty and staff. Students should provide their own masks/cloth face coverings. A limited number of disposable masks will be available for visitors and for students who forget their masks/cloth face coverings when coming to campus.
This applies to students, faculty, staff and visitors with the following exceptions:
- While in your personal office space if you are the only occupant and if there is 6 feet between you and another employee or student. If distance is less than 6 feet between individuals, masks/face coverings must be worn at all times when inside.
- Masks/cloth face coverings are not required when outside with appropriate social distancing.
Masks/cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
For guidance on how to put on and remove a face mask, visit https://youtu.be/QPZc42IgVP8.
Social distancing (staying at least 6 feet from another person) is one of the best ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and others from the virus. Since you can spread the virus if you have no symptoms or in the days before you become sick, it is important to put distance between yourself and your fellow employees or students.
- Everyone on campus must practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and another person.
- If social distancing is not possible in your office space, working or learning environment the College is investigating alternative means of distancing such as plexiglass or transparent screens, alternating/staggering working hours or remote working.
- Adhere to signage installed across campuses to remind faculty, staff, and visitors to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, locations of hand sanitizer stations, and queuing and directional signs.