CCC takes a stand against coronavirusBy SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,
Coahoma Community College officials have announced that the institution is taking elevated precautions in light of the recent uptick in the global coronavirus outbreak.
According to the CDC website, there are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
Karen Woods-Done, director of the Division of Student Engagement, is asking that the campus community be aware of the situation and says that the institution is making every effort to ensure Coahoma Community College maintains a healthy and safe learning environment.
“The current outbreak of the 2019-2020 coronavirus, internationally, has caused Coahoma to want to be proactive and keep our campus community safe and healthy,” said Woods-Done. “We are spreading information to our students via email, posting in classrooms, and asking them & telling them to be vigilant in washing their hands and covering their mouths when coughing.”
The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
“Our task is to ensure that we can best prevent our students from transmitting or becoming affected by the coronavirus,” Woods-Done added. “So, please take heed to the information that is sent via social media and email.”
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing
Students of Coahoma Community College have access to CCC Health Services. The unit provides medical care to students enrolled at the college and is located in the Student Affairs Multi-Complex Center. Students are encouraged to contact CCC Health Services immediately if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
For more information about CCC Health Services, contact Karmesha Duke, campus nurse, at (662) 621-4197 or email@example.com.