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COVI-19 Update 10/01/20

October 1, 2020: A Message from President DeHay

 

Dear Students,

We are almost halfway through the fall semester, and I am proud of all that you have done and continue to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in the community.

 

Since the start of fall term, we have seen a small but steady increase in the number of confirmed student cases of COVID-19. This increase mirrors the high incidence of COVID-19 in the Anderson, Oconee and Pickens region and was expected after the Labor Day holiday and a return to in-person instruction for a subset of our student population. However, as a college community, we can and must do more to reduce the spread. 

 

For our campuses to remain open and in-person instruction to continue, we must remain vigilant in our daily health and safety practices. This includes wearing a face covering/mask, practicing physical distancing and washing hands. As we enter flu season, these practices play a critical role in not only slowing the spread of COVID-19 but also the spread of influenza.

 

Both COVID-19 and influenza can spread from person-to-person and often before the infected person begins experiencing symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. I encourage you to get a flu shot early and to read more about the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19. Please also remember to review the COVID-19 health screening form on a weekly basis. If you answer yes to any of these questions, stay home and notify the Student Support Office using the COVID-19 Student Issues and Help Form on our website.

 

Maintaining a safe environment is a shared responsibility. I appreciate your commitment to the health and well-being of our college community, and I look forward to the completion of an uninterrupted fall semester.  

 

Stay safe and be well.

 

In your service,

Galen DeHay, Ph.D.
President

 


 

Dear Colleagues,

 

We are almost halfway through the fall semester, and I am proud of all that you have done and continue to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in the community.

 

Since the start of fall term, we have seen a small but steady increase in the number of confirmed student cases of COVID-19. This increase mirrors the high incidence of COVID-19 in the Anderson, Oconee and Pickens region and was expected after the Labor Day holiday and a return to in-person instruction for a subset of our student population. However, as a college community, we can and must do more to reduce the spread. 

 

For our campuses to remain open and in-person instruction to continue, we must remain vigilant in our daily health and safety practices. This includes wearing a face covering/mask, practicing physical distancing and washing hands. As we enter flu season, these practices play a critical role in not only slowing the spread of COVID-19 but also the spread of influenza.

 

Both COVID-19 and influenza can spread from person-to-person and often before the infected person begins experiencing symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. I encourage you to get a flu shot early and to read more about the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19. Employees who participate in the State Health Plan can get a free flu shot at their local Walgreens, CVS, Publix, Walmart or Ingles pharmacy. Look for more information in next week’s edition of The Weekly Edge. Please also remember to complete the weekly health screening survey that is emailed every Friday and contact Human Resources if you have symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

 

Maintaining a safe environment is a shared responsibility. I appreciate your commitment to the health and well-being of our college community, and I look forward to the completion of an uninterrupted fall semester.  

 

Stay safe and be well.

 

In your service,

Galen DeHay, Ph.D.
President