Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update (2)

Posted on Mar 12, 2020 at 17:47 PM

Ogeechee Technical College continues to actively monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to infection with novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). People in numerous countries, including the United States, have been affected. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Ogeechee Technical College or in the College’s three-county service area.

The College remains in contact with the Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia public health officials to ensure that we are following the latest information, trends, and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are also in close contact with the Georgia Department of Public Health Southeast District. SEHD has established a toll-free information line that you can call to receive the most current information on the virus: 1-866-PUBHLTH.

As of now, there are no plans to cancel classes or close the College. Students will not be in class next week, March 16-20, as it is Spring Break. The safety and well-being of the College community is always our highest priority. We will update this page as needed to keep our campus community informed.

All Adult Education classes in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties have been canceled for the week of March 16 - 19, 2020. This includes classes taught at the college's instructional centers and offsite locations. Also, New Student Orientations scheduled for March 16 and 17 have been canceled. This applies to orientations in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties.
During this time, students are encouraged to continue their studies using the college's Adult Education online learning platform. Instructors will be available next week to assist students with online learning, and the Adult Education office will be open to receive phone calls and to provide assistance as needed.

Preventing the illness

Prevention of COVID-19 is paramount, and we urge everyone to take appropriate measures such as:

• Wash hands regularly.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Be responsible and courteous to others and stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
• Respect personal space when greeting others and during conversations.
• Be mindful of those in high-risk populations such as those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
• Follow CDC and DPH guidance on personal and business travel to avoid increasing your risk and that of others.

Guidance from DPH identifies those with the highest risk to contract COVID-19 are travelers to countries with widespread outbreaks, as well as those travelers’ close contacts. Additionally, those most likely to develop serious illness after contracting COVID-19 include persons who are older than 60, as well as persons with chronic health conditions.

Health officials advise that the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2-14 days, with an average period of 5 days. Symptoms include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. Most people experience mild to moderate symptoms. Those who experience flu-like symptoms are urged to contact the Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH.

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