COVID-19 March 11 Update

COVID-19 March 11 Update

Wed Mar 11, 2020 at 06:47 PM

Brazosport College is closely tracking the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we are committed to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We are continuously monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services, and Brazoria County Health Department.

At present, there are no cases at Brazosport College. BC is proceeding with business as usual, with classes and operations to begin as scheduled, on Monday, March 16 following our Spring Break holiday.

Before returning to campus, here are some helpful prevention guidelines and best practices:

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting.
  • Clean hands and wash them regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Disinfect work surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and desks. This is in addition to regularly scheduled cleanings by MBM staff.
  • Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible.
  • If videoconferencing is not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings.
  • Assess the risks of business travel.

Handle food carefully

  • Limit inter-office food sharing

Stay home if…

  • You are feeling sick
  • You have a sick family member at home

 

Who Should Seek Medical Evaluation for COVID-19?

  • Those with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and have traveled to countries that have been designated as Level 2 and 3, by the CDC, in the last 14 days, or
  • Those with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and have been identified by the Public Health Department as a recent close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for COVID-19 infection.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Please visit the CDC website to learn more about how this virus spreads; what the symptoms and complications can be.