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MCC COVID19 (Coronavirus) Response
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Related Information and FAQs
Mott Community College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, and is working in conjunction with public health officials and medical professionals to ensure the safety -- and well-being -- of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
History & Governmental Information
The virus was first detected in China and has now spread to more than 80 countries, including the United States. This situation is evolving rapidly, and updated information can be found from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus or the Genesee County Health Department at https://gchd.us/coronavirus/.
General: This policy is developed to ensure the good health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors. ‘Communicable diseases’ as defined in this policy refers to any infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law, including but not limited to, the Genesee County Health Department, Michigan Department of Community Health or the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The following basic policy statements apply:
- A person who knows, or has a reason to believe, that they, or someone else, attending or employed at the College is infected with a communicable disease must report this to Human Resources.
- The College will take reasonable precautions to protect health information, pursuant to all applicable laws and statutes, including, but not limited to, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
- Any faculty or staff member inappropriately disclosing confidential health information is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.
- The College will, in conjunction with medical professionals and/or public health officials, gather information regarding the specific communicable disease reported, and its threat for transmission. The Board reserves the right to require a written statement from the employee’s physician indicating that the employee’s condition does not pose a health hazard to others, and to conduct, at its own expense, medical evaluations to prevent the risk of exposure to an infectious disease which may affect the health, safety, and welfare of others.
- The College will collaborate with the employee’s supervisor to determine if reasonable accommodations can be made to allow the employee to continue working, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws.
- Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS Related Complex (ARC), Chickenpox, Conjunctivitis, Hepatitis A, B, and D, Infectious Mononucleosis, Influenza, Measles, Meningitis, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and Tuberculosis. The College will analyze and respond to each case of a communicable disease by its own particular facts.
LEGAL REF: MCL 389.103, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1232g et seq., 42 U.S.C. 1201 et seq. and 42 U.S.C. 1320d et seq., as amendedReviewed: September 21, 2009
Reviewed: October 19, 2009
Approved: October 26, 2009
International travel on behalf of the College has been suspended until the end of April. Travel on behalf of the College within the United States is restricted to essential travel only. Employees must check with their supervisor to determine if travel is essential or not.
MCC is asking employees who have traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 Notice country within the past 14 days (Japan, China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy) to self-report to their Executive Cabinet member, and to self-quarantine for a recommended period of 14 days consistent with CDC and State of Michigan guidelines.
MCC is also asking students who have traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 Notice country within the past 14 days (Japan, China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy) to self-report to Jason Wilson, Vice President for Student Success Services, and to self-quarantine for a recommended period of 14 days consistent with CDC and State of Michigan guidelines.
Additionally, if you have an immediate family member who has traveled to any of the Level 3 or Level 2 countries listed by the CDC here, please self-report to your supervisor or instructor to determine the best course of action, which may include self-quarantine. If you plan personal travel to a Level 2 or Level 3, or to a state that has declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19, you are asked to self-report this travel to your supervisor or instructor in order to coordinate any impact.
What is Coronavirus COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:
- It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
- Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
- No vaccine currently exists.
The CDC considers COVID-19 a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC has identified the following individuals as at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19:
- Older adults.
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease.
- Lung disease.
If you have traveled recently to a CDC-identified Level 2 or Level 3 country, or to a state that has declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19 you may be at risk. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for up-to-date information on geographic risk assessment.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
- Difficulty breathing.
Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how COVID-19 is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people. Current thinking is that it is easily spread, mostly by droplet form in exhaled breath vapor, sneezing, and coughing; it can survive on surfaces for varying periods of time; it can also be spread by those who are not yet sick.
There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.
Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
- Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.
Visit the Center For Disease Control and Prevention web site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html for more detailed information.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate. The CDC offers the following guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
Additionally, if you or a household member believe you have been exposed to anyone who has traveled to any of the countries listed above (Japan, China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy), you should self-report to your Executive Cabinet member (for employees) or VPSSS Jason Wilson (for students) to determine the best course of action, which may include self-quarantine.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-quarantine recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries. Self-monitor for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms.
Those returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
Again, symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
- Difficulty breathing.
CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning selfquarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-quarantine recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries.
To self-quarantine, you should:
- Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
- Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
- When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
- Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.