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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

June 30, 2020

CCAC Colleagues,

In light of Sunday’s joint announcement from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen regarding additional mitigation measures being taken in Allegheny County in response to a spike in new COVID–19 cases, CCAC has updated the college’s health and safety protocols as well as the Self-Screening Questionnaire to include questions pertaining to out-of-state travel to known “hot spots.”

Effectively immediately and in accordance with the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) COVID–19 Guidance, CCAC is strongly recommending that individuals who travel out of state self-quarantine for 14 days or get tested and have two negative test results at least 48 hours apart. This is especially important for high-risk travel. Further information is available in the ACHD’s Guidance for Travelers. Additional safety protocols may be found in CCAC’s COVID–19 Health & Safety Plan. As CCAC’s plan details, the college’s principle responsibility continues to be the health, safety and well-being of the college and wider community. A map of testing locations in Allegheny County is available at https://bit.ly/ACTestingSiteMap.

As a reminder, all CCAC employees will be required to complete mandatory Return-to-Work COVID–19 Training prior to setting foot on college grounds. Furthermore, all CCAC students, employees, contractors, visitors and guests will be required to complete the CCAC Self-Screening Questionnaire prior to entering CCAC buildings and facilities. Together, these measures will help protect the college community from exposure to COVID–19.

We are now entering the peak of the summer travel season. If you are planning to travel or go on vacation, the ACHD recommends the following measures to minimize the risks of contracting COVID–19:

  • Consider rescheduling, changing or postponing plans if the destination is seeing a recent surge in COVID–19 cases
  • Avoid crowded locations and close contact with others
  • Wear a mask even if they aren’t required
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. This is especially important after being in public places, touching high-use surfaces such as door knobs and counters, and before and after eating, drinking or smoking

Additionally, everyone should practice the following:

  • Get tested if you’re sick and stay home
  • Limit trips out of the house
  • Wear a mask if you do go out. Masks are required in all businesses.
  • Avoid large groups and keep six feet away from others
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently

As was reported this past weekend, Allegheny County is now leading the state in the number of new COVID–19 cases. This is a statistic that impacts us all, and therefore, it is up to all of us to help keep one another and ourselves safe from this insidious pathogen. I’m very proud of the work that CCAC has done and continues to do to protect our students and others in the college and the wider community. I look forward to once again seeing our campuses and centers full of students enjoying college life and going about their daily lives. 

Stay safe!

Quintin Bullock
President