Campus Safety Update

Friday, October 2, 2020
 

Fellow Educators,

I am writing to inform the college community that another individual has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but the New Haven Health Department has already completed contact tracing and determined that there has been no additional exposure at Gateway Community College.  We have therefore determined that it is safe to continue our courses and services.  As with each of these cases, we cannot share the individual’s name due to privacy requirements, but we want to again remind everyone that Gateway Community College follows CDC and the CT Department of Public Health guidelines to mitigate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and we will continue to work diligently to safeguard our campuses and to keep the college community informed.

We are also again reminding everyone in the GCC community to stay vigilant and continue to practice appropriate precautions to mitigate exposure to and spread of the COVID virus:

  • 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.

In addition, we are strongly encouraging all members of the GCC community to take these additional steps to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus:

  • 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.

Please be aware that practicing these measures simultaneously has the greatest effect for preventing spread of the virus, and that one measure does not substitute for another.  For example, if you vigilantly and correctly wear your mask (covering both your mouth and nose) AND keep a social distance of at least six feet, whether inside buildings or outdoors, in accordance with the CDC and CT Public Health guidelines, you will have significantly reduced your risk of exposure to the coronavirus.  

It is important that we all work to keep each other safe.  If you experience any of the following COVID-related symptoms, stay home and seek medical attention:

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

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