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At Brazosport College, our top priority is taking care of our students, faculty, and staff.

As we prepare for a phased reopening, we’ve made updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Texas Department of State Health Services, and Brazoria County Health Department. These measures are designed to promote:

  • Cleanliness
  • Physical distancing
  • Reduced contact

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and you study or work at Brazosport College, here is the place to get answers.

Get started by checking out the Frequently Asked Questions below. Can't find the answer you're looking for? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and we'll work to get you the answers you need. Learn more about our Response to COVID-19.

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Questions Regarding What to Expect While on Campus

In an effort to slow the spread and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have implemented strong physical distancing and sanitation procedures across campus to protect the health of our students and staff.

You can learn more about our plan for Fall by visiting the Back to Brazosport College page.

What safety measures are being implemented to promote health and social distancing?

Here are a few highlights of what to expect on campus:

  • We have collaborated with our custodial vendor, MBM, to conduct advanced cleaning protocols following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
  • Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed across campus to encourage employees and students to sanitize their hands as often as possible.
  • The occupancy of restrooms has been limited based on facility size to ensure social distancing.
  • Some events - including business meetings - may be modified or cancelled to allow for physical distancing and limited contact.
  • Campus elevators will be limited to one individual at a time.
  • Water fountains have been shut off.

Will I have to wear a face mask while on campus?

Face masks or facial coverings and temperature screenings are expected before entering campus facilities.

The CDC recommends wearing face masks or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is also advised that the use of simple cloth face coverings be used to slow the spread of the virus. This will also help people who unknowingly may have the virus from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. To review different templates and methods of how to make masks at home, download the CDC’s DIY Face Covering Instructions.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Will there still be events on campus?

Some events - including business meetings - may be modified or canceled to allow for physical distancing and limited contact.

Questions Regarding Fall 2020

As we plan for the Fall semester, we may implement temporary changes, along with some adjustments to our course schedule.

You can learn more about our plan for Fall by visiting the Back to Brazosport College page.

When will the Fall semester begin?

The Fall 2020 semester will begin as scheduled on Monday, August 24.

What will courses look like during the Fall?

After careful consideration, and with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Brazosport College will be offering a variety of course formats for Fall 2020.

Fall courses will be delivered in one of the following formats:

  1. Face-to-Face: Traditional on-campus courses with social distancing and other safety precautions in place.
  2. Blended: Courses with both on-campus and online instruction.
  3. Scheduled Live Online: Online courses with scheduled live interaction with instructors. Student will log-in at their designated class time.
  4. Online: Online courses without scheduled live interaction with instructors.

We will offer limited "Face-to-Face" and "Blended" courses this fall.

For Blended Courses: In order to reduce the number of students in a classroom at one time, students may rotate between receiving on campus and online instruction. This will allow all students in the class to experience both face-to-face and remote instruction.

For example, a course meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays may have half of students attend face-to-face on Tuesdays, and the other half attend face-to-face on Thursdays.

Check out the Fall Schedule to see which courses have been affected or learn more about these changes on our Back to Brazosport College page.

Why does it seem as if some classes don't have as many open spots as last year?

The number of students allowed in each course may be lowered to accommodate social distancing.

What if I find online classes difficult?

Your professors have been working hard, especially in courses with hands-on learning, to prepare lessons, online labs, and do-at-home kits to provide high-quality instruction from a distance.

The Writing Center, Math Center and many other student services will also be available online to support you.

Brazosport College believes that continuing our daily lives, including your college courses, with appropriate safety precautions is a good strategy for managing our way through these uncertain times. We are committed to providing a high-quality college experience.

Can we still access things like the math or writing centers for help?

Yes! Below you'll find a list of all the student services still available to help you during this time.

Please keep in mind that if you have questions regarding your educational records (examples include grades, schedule, or financial aid) you MUST send emails from your official Brazosport College email address. You can access your BC email by visiting webmail.brazosport.edu.

Help with your classes

  1. Writing Center, Math Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction will continue to be available in online formats.
  2. Library services will be available online, and librarians will be available during regular operating hours, including evenings.

Help with your student records

  1. Counseling is available. If you wish to speak with a counselor instead of communicating through email only, you may request that in your email to ecounselor@brazosport.edu.
  2. Admissions and Registrar offices are open and students may access them through the following: admissions@brazosport.edu, registrar@brazosport.edu, or Admissions and Registrar chat.
  3. Financial aid questions are to be directed to finaid@brazosport.edu.

Help at home

  1. Student Life is continuing to seek out resources for students. All resources will be posted on the COVID-19 webpage – please click on the Resources tab.
  2. Student Wellness and Basic Needs resources and information are available to students. Please email Lisa.Unger@brazosport.edu or Kelli.FordeSpiers@brazosport.edu.
  3. CARE team will continue to be active. If you are struggling, please reach out to CARE.

I'm having trouble logging in using my username and password. Who do I go to for help?

If you are having password trouble, please visit: www.brazosport.edu/password.

For other issues, you can reach out to the IT Helpdesk via:

For more information, please visit www.brazosport.edu/it.

What if I'm new to taking online classes?

If you are new to the Virtual Campus, take the introductory tour.

A list of additional resources for learning about the Virtual Campus is available on the Distance Learning webpage.

My parent can't go to their job because of COVID-19, and they don't get paid if they don't work. This means my financial need has increased. Can I get more financial aid?

Emergency aid funding is available to students who experience an unexpected or unforeseen circumstance that may prevent them from achieving their immediate educational and career goals at Brazosport College.

You can learn more about this type of aid at brazosport.edu/emergencyaid.

We also recommend speaking with the Financial Aid office. They have the flexibility to work with students to ensure the students are able to stay in school.

What are my options if I took out a student loan to pay for college?

We recommend speaking with the Financial Aid office. You can contact them via email at finaid@brazosport.edu.

To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment.

We recommend reading the borrower Q&As on the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Office website to learn more about what to do in certain circumstances. They will be adding information for students, borrowers, and parents to this page on a regular basis, so please check it frequently.

What if I was scheduled to take a test such as the TEAS, GED/HiSET, or TSI exams?

The testing department is committed to the health and safety of our Brazosport College Community. The following tests are currently postponed or have been rescheduled. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Remote Testing:

  • ACCUPLACER-TSI: Offering TSI remotely via Examity and Zoom.
  • TEAS: Will no longer be administered by Brazosport College. The TEAS will be replaced by HESI.  
  • HESI: Dates will be available July-August and will be administered via Zoom.

Postponed Testing:

  • Credit by Exam: Departmental Exams
  • CLEP
  • Business Math Test
  • High School Equivalency: GED/HiSET

Please continue to monitor the Assessment Center website for the latest testing updates at www.brazosport.edu/assessmentcenter.

Questions Regarding Employees Returning to Campus

When will employees return to campus?

Reopening will be completed in three phases. Phase One is already in progress.

Phase 1 (Monday, May 18th – Friday, July 24th)

Phase 1 focuses on the return of select key personnel needed to initiate essential functions related to resuming in-person work.

In this initial phase, CTE faculty and other personnel were allowed to return to on-site work and lab classes, either because they can most effectively do their jobs of lab instruction or because their presence is was required on site for management or student support purposes.

This phase also includes additional employees who can begin to offer limited on-campus services made available by appointment only. During this phase, all in-person campus services also will continue to be offered remotely.

Approval for employees to be on campus will follow the current process of approval by the Vice President over the division or department and by the College’s Emergency Policy Group.

Phase 2 (tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, July 27th)

Pending the successful implementation of Phase 1, Brazosport College will return additional employees to on-site work at a level not to exceed half of the combined work time of all the employees in a given area.

In preparation for the Fall semester, the College anticipates returning additional employees to campus operations to provide an expanded selection of on-campus services. These services will be identified based upon the advice of public health officials, the College’s business needs, and the input of individual departments.

In planning for this return, supervisors are urged to consider which employees need to be on-site to perform their work and to schedule employees to be on campus on staggered schedules or rotating days to create social distancing.

Those personnel previously approved for remote work assignments will remain off-site until the College receives further guidance from public health authorities.

Employees selected to return to on-campus operations during this phase will be notified no later than Monday, July 20th.

Phase 3 (tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, August 17th)

Pending the successful implementation of Phase 2, Brazosport College anticipates returning additional employees to campus operations during this phase to provide an expanded selection of on-campus services.

The expansion of these campus services will be identified based upon the advice of public health officials, the College’s business needs, and the input of individual departments.

Those personnel previously approved for remote work assignments will remain off-site until the College receives further guidance from public health authorities.

Employees selected to return to on-campus operations during this phase will be notified no later than Monday, August 10th.

Can I choose to continue to work remotely?

In phases 1 and 2 of Brazosport College’s return-to-campus operations, no employee will be required to work on site if they have valid health concerns. Examples below illustrate the most common situations without representing a complete list:

Example 1: If any employees 65 years of age or older are notified to return to work and they request to work remotely due to elevated risk from COVID-19 exposure, the College may approve the temporary workplace modification, according to CDC guidance.

Example 2: If employees inform Human Resources that they have a disability that puts them at greater risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 and they request to work remotely, the College may provide accommodation if it will not pose an undue hardship on the institution. The College may require verification that this accommodation request is necessary.

Example 3: If employees inform Human Resources that they have a valid health condition that places them at greater risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 and they request to work remotely, the College may approve the temporary workplace modification if it will not impose an undue hardship on the institution. The College may require verification that this accommodation request is necessary.

Example 4: If employees who are notified to return to work on campus inform Human Resources that they are unable to do so because their child’s school is closed or childcare is unavailable due to COVID-19, the College may allow the employee to continue to work remotely. If employees are unable to work their full schedule, they may request leave, including extended Family Medical Leave and/or Emergency Paid Sick Leave available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

How will payroll work?

The College is committed to payroll being processed on the regular distribution schedule. 

For Part-Time Employees: Please record only your actual hours worked on your timesheets. We encourage everyone to communicate with their supervisor about additional, available work that allows the employee to work their typical amount of part-time hours (i.e., 19 hours per week or less). If there is not enough remote work to be performed, all employees are encouraged to find additional opportunities to work, i.e., health screeners and safety monitors.

For Supervisors: Please review all part-time employee schedules. Determine if there is additional work available so the part-time employee can work their typical scheduled hours (i.e., 19 hours per week or less). If any employees need additional hours, there are several opportunities for additional hours, i.e., health screeners and safety monitors.

The majority of the college's payroll is processed electronically directly to employees’ bank accounts, which allows for on-time delivery.

It is strongly encouraged that all employees who are not currently having their payroll deposited directly into their bank account complete the appropriate paperwork to transition to direct deposit.

You may download the direct deposit form to get started.

What does being "Available for Work" mean if I'm working remotely?

Compensation during this altered operations period is intended to provide employees with their normal base compensation as described below. However, in order for that to occur, employees MUST be Available for Work.

The definition of Available for Work is as follows:

  1. Working onsite – These employees will include select areas such as Campus Safety, Facilities, Information Technology, and other core business functions.  These areas will be specifically requested and pre-approved by the Vice President over the work area.
  2. Working remotely – We are working remotely to increase social distancing and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Although we are remote, employees must be responsive to calls, texts, and instant messages within one hour of contact; review and respond to emails; work with their supervisor for assignments and project completion and accountability; and be available for regular check-ins with their supervisor. No internet access may make someone “not available for work” unless remote work has been preauthorized by the supervisor and internet access is not essential. 

Availability to Report Onsite – Employees must be able to arrive onsite within two hours of being contacted to report. Vice President approval is required prior to a supervisor directing an employee to report onsite.

Are there any additional forms we have to fill out while working remotely?

Please complete and submit your remote Work Activity Log to your supervisor on a daily basis:

How will travel work?

Travel has been limited to that deemed essential by the Vice President over the area and the Emergency Policy Group.

What will meetings look like for faculty and staff?

Virtual meetings using tools such as Zoom will be encouraged.

Face-to-face meetings with external parties are not permitted.

Departments should either meet remotely or remove/rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms.

What if I need to come to campus before I am requested to return?

Brazosport College is still in altered operations and access to campus still requires Vice President and EPG approval.

  1. Students, faculty, staff, and vendors entering campus facilities are expected to wear a facial mask or face covering over the nose and mouth. Everyone is encouraged to use their own personal mask, but the College will provide a reusable mask to bring back and use each day if an individual does not have their own. Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  2. Those coming to campus should only enter campus via West Gator Dr. (entrance closest to the railroad)
  3. All individuals entering campus will be required to participate in daily health screenings. These screenings will occur under the covered drive outside of the C-Wing (see map). You will stay in your car and a health screener will use a touchless thermometer to verify you are not running a fever and will run through a quick checklist to determine if it is safe for you to enter campus.
    1. We encourage everyone to arrive early to allow time to go through the screening process.
    2. Please have a photo ID ready when going through health screenings.
    3. Have face covering available to display (if you do not have one, the College will provide a reusable mask to bring back and use each day).
  4. Once health screening is complete, park in the Green and Orange lots. All other parking lots on campus are closed.
  5. You may enter all buildings via entrances in the Science Technology Corridor. Most buildings have one access point, please review the campus access map before arriving to campus.

General Questions Regarding COVID-19 and College Operations

How do I access IT if I need help?

The IT department will continue to provide support.

If you are having password trouble, please visit: www.brazosport.edu/password.

For other issues, you can reach out the the IT Helpdesk via:

For more information, please visit www.brazosport.edu/it.

What if I am having trouble with classes because of my Internet connection?

As we move to more of our services and classes being provided online, we understand that a reliable Internet connection can sometimes be a struggle to maintain. Below are some steps you can take to improve your experience while studying, attending your classes online, and virtually requesting help from different services on campus.

If you don't have Internet at home:

  1. Try a Public Hotspot: Comcast (Xfinity) and AT&T have opened up their public Hotspots for anyone to use. Check your available Wi-Fi networks for provider hotspots. If you don't see one in your neighborhood, you can go online to the Xfinity or AT&T websites and search for a public hotspot. You may find that you have coverage in a public park in your area. Xfinity has an interactive map on their website, but you need the mobile Hotspot Locator app for AT&T.
  2. Tether Your Cell Phone: If your cell phone has data service, you can turn on "tethering" and use it as a private hotspot. Be sure to check with your cell service provider, as sometimes this service may come at an extra cost. For more information, see what the major carriers are offering below.
  3. Share Someone's Internet: If you have a neighbor with Internet, ask them if they would be willing to share. Home services have the ability to set up guest accounts that will keep their network secure but still allow visitors to get Internet access.
  4. Get Service at Home: Service providers are offering discounted packages during this crisis and special offers for homes with students. Talk to the Internet service providers to make sure you can get service in your area, but even the most basic package should work if you limit it to the essentials.

If you have poor performance at home:

  1. Test Your Max Bandwidth: Use a speed test application to check your speeds. Your Internet service provider (ISP) may have one that they recommend. Try to do this when no one at home is using the Internet. This will tell you your maximum possible speed. If your speeds don't match the speeds that your ISP guarantees, then you should report the problem to them and see what they recommend.
  2. Reduce the Load on Your Internet Connection: Your max bandwidth is shared by everyone using the service. If the family is watching video streams, gaming, or video chatting, it will consume bandwidth. Shut down the unnecessary and set priorities. If you run a speed test while you're shutting down unnecessary network use, you can watch the speeds increase.
  3. Lock Down Your Network: If your home network does not require a password, you may find that you are sharing it with the whole neighborhood! Securing it with a password will let you control who has access so you can control how your data connection is being used.
  4. Limit Multitasking: Your laptop or PC can only do so many tasks at a time. If you're trying to study, watching a movie, and browsing the Internet all at the same time on your computer, you may be doing more than your computer or network can handle. Shut down unnecessary applications and turn off processes that are running "in the background." They will affect the performance of your computer and slow down access to your network.
  5. Try a New Location: If you are using a cellular hotspot or tethering, try a different location. The distance from a cell tower and the number of walls between you and the tower's signal can impact performance. Moving to an exterior room or moving to the other side of the house may improve performance.
  6. Try a wired connection:  If all your neighbors are using Wi-Fi, it can cause interference with your service. If you can connect to your home router with a wired connection, you may see improved service.

Help from Service Providers

Many major service providers are now offering different options for those who need assistance connecting to the Internet for work and school. Check out the links below to see what each is doing and how you may be able to benefit.

SOURCE: University of Houston Information Technology

Should I be wearing a face mask?

The CDC recommends wearing face masks or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is also advised that the use of simple cloth face coverings be used to slow the spread of the virus. This will also help people who unknowingly may have the virus from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. To review different templates and methods of how to make masks at home, download the CDC’s DIY Face Covering Instructions.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

Where can I find information regarding COVID-19?

We recommend the following organizations for more information regarding COVID-19:

What are the the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

SOURCE: CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020

How do I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone should:

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Monitor your health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020
SOURCES: CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS

What do I do if I think I am sick?

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.

Monitor your symptoms

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 fever, cough, or other symptoms.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

  • Call ahead. Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
  • If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth

  • You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home)
  • You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing, for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help protect the people around you.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 years, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is not able to remove the covering without help.

Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to make a cloth face covering using a scarf or bandana.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw away used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Handwashing Tips

Avoid sharing personal household items

  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash these items thoroughly after using them with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom; wear disposable gloves. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but you should clean your bedroom and bathroom, if possible.
  • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and disposable gloves prior to cleaning. They should wait as long as possible after the person who is sick has used the bathroom before coming in to clean and use the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Use household cleaners and disinfectants. Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found here.
    • Complete Disinfection Guidance

When it’s Safe to be Around Others After Being Sick with COVID-19

Deciding when it is safe to be around others is different for different situations. Find out when you can safely end home isolation.

For any additional questions about your care, contact your healthcare provider or state or local health department.

SOURCE: CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020

Is there a vaccine, treatment, or drug for COVID-19?

A multi-specialty group of people across the globe are working on developing a viable vaccine and curative treatment for COVID-19.

However, there is not one at this time. The disease is viral, which means antibiotics will not help; the antiviral drugs that work against the flu do not work against coronavirus. Those with a weak immune system and those who already are sick are urged to be especially cautious.

How can I be screened for COVID-19?

Community Health Network (CHN) has taken all necessary steps to ensure that they are responding to the needs of our community by expanding their testing capabilities.  

While CHN is providing COVID 19 testing, patients must undergo a screening process according to CDC guidelines. Individuals wishing to be screened may call the CHN health center. CHN has outlined a detailed process for our community to help you stay informed on how you can be tested if you meet the screening requirements. 

COVID-19 SCREENING AND TESTING

  • Virtual Visits

Community Health Network is practicing social distancing by offering Virtual Visits via telemedicine services for individuals to meet the screening requirements.

To schedule a Virtual Visit, individuals may call the CHN center. They can provide medical visits, psychiatric visits, and counseling services. Their pharmacies can mail out your prescriptions with no additional cost.

  • Testing Centers

To protect CHN's patients and staff, they have implemented screening centers. Adoue Family Health Center in Alvin, Brazoria County Dream Center in Clute and Scarsdale Family Health Center in southeast Harris County (South Belt area) are screening and testing centers.

Please note: COVID-19 testing at these sites is for prescreened and scheduled individuals only. 

  • Cost

Reputable testing sites are following CDC guidelines for COVID testing. Insured patients that meet CDC testing guidelines will have their insurance billed with no copay or deductible. Uninsured patients that meet CDC testing guidelines will not be charged for testing.

  • How to Reach CHN

If an individual is experiencing or "has" any symptoms and would like to be screened for COVID-19, please call 281-824.1480, send a text message to 281-385-8401, or visit www.mychn.org.

TEST CENTER LOCATIONS

  • Adoue Family Health Center

1111 W. Adoue St.
Alvin, Texas 77511 

  • Brazoria County Dream Center

792 Brazosport Blvd S.
Clute, Texas 77531 

  • Scarsdale Family Health Center

10851 Scarsdale Blvd., Suite 160
Houston, Texas 77089

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