About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
March 2, 2020
The health and safety of TCC faculty, staff and students is our top priority. President’s Cabinet and the Office of Safety and Security are monitoring the situation closely and following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.
Reports on the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are certainly concerning. There continue to be no restrictions on academic, operational or extracurricular activities at TCC at this time. We will update this page as the situation evolves.
Here are answers to some of your questions.
We must all take precautions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, especially flu, this time of year:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough/sneeze with your elbow or a tissue
- Wash hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
- Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth
The Virginia Department of Health recommends getting a flu shot if you haven’t already.
Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class or away from work and avoid others for at least 14 days.
Students who are ill should not attend class. You are responsible for understanding your instructors’ attendance requirements. Contact your instructors via email or telephone to discuss appropriate adjustments. Instructors are encouraged to make appropriate adjustments based on their courses.
Faculty and staff who are ill should not report to work. Alert your supervisor and use available leave to cover the absence. Supervisors should consult with Human Resources on case-by-case basis.
Again, alert your supervisor. Use family/personal, family sick or annual leave as appropriate, depending on your leave plan. Supervisors should consult with HR on a case-by-case basis.
According to the VDH, masks decrease the risk of transmission for symptomatic people and their caregivers. However, widespread use isn’t recommended because we tend to touch our faces more often to adjust them.
The college will continue to monitor the situation and share information and updates from authoritative sources, such as the CDC and VDH. Look for posters and infographics on the campuses and LCD screens, reminding us of healthy habits. Facilities is taking extra steps to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas at all campuses. Staff are also ensuring that all of hand sanitizer stations are operating.
Commercially available disinfectant wipes kill the virus. If you share an office with others, use wipes to clean keyboards, desks and phones before starting to work.
The EPA has provided a list of commercially available disinfectants that kill the virus. If you share an office with others, disinfect keyboards, desks and phones before starting to work.
If the first case of COVID-19 is identified at a college or university, VDH will be working closely with the college to make recommendations to isolate the patient, conduct contact tracing, and investigate any potential exposures. VDH would also assist with communications to students, staff and faculty.