Campus Safety Update

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
 

Fellow Educators,

Since my last notification to the college community on 10/2, two members of the college community have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and one individual has been identified by the health department as a “Close Contact” of someone who has tested positive for the virus.  In all three cases, the local health departments involved quickly determined there was no need for any college related contact tracing and we determined that it is safe to continue our courses and services.

With the recent rise in cases statewide and the coming flu season, I want to remind everyone to take well-established precautions to reduce your risk of exposure to and infection from coronavirus:

  • Wear a mask (CSCU policy states that all individuals on campus must wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose)
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others
  • Be aware of others with whom you come in contact, and limit in-person communications to less than 15 minutes.
  • Wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer when you are not able to wash your hands.
  • Sanitize (wipe down) work stations and surfaces before and after use.  The college has provided sanitizing wipes in areas with "high touch" surfaces and equipment.

As we have shared before, it is important for everyone to do all these things together—one does not substitute for the others—in order to mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus.  With the advent of this year’s flu season upon us, these measures may also be helpful in reducing the risk of contracting the flu.

Please pay attention to your health on a daily basis.  For the protection of the college community, you should stay home and seek medical attention if you experience any of the following COVID-related symptoms:

  • fevers
  • chills (with or without shaking)
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • loss of taste or smell

GCC continues to adhere to our protocols detailed in our Phase 3 reopening plan to mitigate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including daily cleaning of the campus facilities.  GCC is sharing COVID information and resources on our website at https://www.gatewayct.edu/COVID19-info.   Should you have any questions, please contact the COVID Coordinator on campus (Dean Jill McDowell, jmcdowell@gwcc.commnet.edu).  

Be safe and stay well.

Terry