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Coronavirus Update March 11, 4:35 p.m.

Health Emergency Guidelines

March 11, 2020 4:35 p.m.

Good Afternoon,

We know that many of you have been following news reports regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we want to reassure you that the OJC leadership team has been closely monitoring the situation. Any changes in College operations including, but not limited to travel restrictions, the cancellation of in-person classes, quarantines, or a campus closure, will be communicated to the campus community through a variety of mechanisms and mediums, including emails, phone calls, and/or text messages through AppArmor and door-to-door notification in the residence halls. To receive mobile phone and text message (SMS) notifications and alerts through AppArmor, users must opt-in to this service on their MyOJC dashboard by clicking on the “Update OJC Alert” link in the MyOJC box.

In accordance with Clery Act requirements, please review our Health Emergency Guidelines:

Health Emergency Overview

The College’s response to an infectious disease is rapid and can be accelerated, dependent upon whether the disease is communicable or life threatening. The College, in collaboration with the System office, local and state health officials will determine the need to activate our Health and Medical Services Annex and/or the College’s Emergency Operations Plan and contents within to support a public health incident.

An infectious disease is any medical illness that is caused by microscopic organisms or their toxins. Invading microorganisms include viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites. Sources for these organisms include the environment, animals, insects, and other mammals, including humans. Transmission usually occurs by:

• Inhalation
• Ingestion
• Direct contact, or by bites by a contaminated vector

Many infectious diseases can cause outbreaks and epidemics. For this reason, identification, evaluation, and mitigation of infectious diseases are essential to protect public health. Infectious diseases can occur naturally, through human error (e.g. airborne or foodborne illness), or through deliberate acts of bioterrorism.

Threat and Vulnerability

An infectious disease knows no boundaries; therefore, an outbreak associated with an infectious disease could present a serious risk on a college campus, where there is a large number of students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the large concentration of individuals, College faculty members may be engaged in research to study various biological agents, while other activities may present infectious disease threats such as food preparation service, or athletics.

An infectious disease outbreak can range from involving a relatively small number of individuals in a limited area, mild disease with little morbidity and mortality, and simple epidemiological investigation to involving a large number of people over a wide geographical area, severe disease with high mortality, and complicated epidemiology. Infectious disease outbreaks may differ from other types of emergencies because they can last for days to months – requiring ongoing local, state, and federal resources before resolution.

Preventing a Health Emergency

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking the following daily precautions to protect yourself from illnesses:

• Wash your hands with soap and water often and at least for 20 seconds each time. Key times are after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Apply alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol only if water and soap are unavailable.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Maintain a distance of at least six feet from people who are ill.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, discard the used tissue in a trashcan.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, including telephones, keyboards, doorknobs, etc.
• Contact your health provider if you develop flu-like symptoms including: sudden onset of a high fever, chills, cough or sore throat, runny nose, body aches, shortness of breath, headache, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
• Stay home if you are sick. Students should contact their instructors and campus employees should contact their immediate supervisor.

Process for Reporting a Health Emergency

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors should call 911 to report any incident, emergency, or disaster that is severe in nature and presents an immediate or ongoing threat to campus community (e.g. act of violence, medical emergency, fire). 911 may be directly dialed from any campus phone without having to dial “9” for an outside line. The reporting party should then call the Student Affairs Campus Emergency number at 6911 to report the incident, emergency or disaster to the Dean of Students, Law Academy Director, and/or Campus Security.

For non-emergency incidents that occur during regular business hours, students, staff, and faculty should contact the Student Affairs Campus Emergency number at 6911. For non-emergency issues that occur after 5pm, students, staff, and faculty should contact the OJC Security Team at (719) 469-2613, or utilize the 6911 emergency number to be connected with Security.

During regular business hours, the Dean of Students and/or the Law Academy Director take the lead on responding to non-emergency incidents. They may contact other appropriate individuals on or off campus to investigate the report. The nature of the report, including the type and location of the incident, dictates which internal and external resources are contacted, and whether or not an emergency notification or timely warning is issued.

During evening hours, the OJC Security Team takes the lead on responding to non-emergency incidents. They may contact other appropriate individuals on or off campus to investigate the report. The nature of the report, including the type and location of the incident, dictates which internal and external resources are contacted, and whether or not an emergency notification or timely warning is issued.

Thank you for your cooperation, and please let us know if you have questions.

Chelsea Herasingh, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research and Initiatives

We will continue to share information and updates with the campus community as they become available.

Dr. Timothy Alvarez – President
Dr. Calandra – Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Chelsea Herasingh - Director of Institutional Research and Initiatives
Gary Addington –Dean of Student Affairs

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