Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 31, 2020
In accordance with Governor Wolf’s extended Stay-at-Home order, CCAC will also extend the closure of all college facilities until Thursday, April 30, pending further notification. As mentioned in my previous communications, these are extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves—ones which call for extraordinary measures to help ensure the health, safety and well-being of the college community. During this emergency pandemic response period, the college’s operations will continue to be modified, with all credit classes now taking place through online and other alternative forms of remote instruction, as well as a number of student services provided via the my.ccac.edu student portal and other alternative means of delivery. These modifications are intended to enable the college community to practice social distancing measures, which are critical to helping control the spread of COVID–19.
As CCAC continues to work closely with, and follow the recommendations of, the Allegheny County Health Department, the PA Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID–19, the college is committed to making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, faculty and staff, as well as for our friends and neighbors living in the wider community.
Specifically, CCAC has implemented the following changes and modifications to its operating procedures during this emergency pandemic response period:
- Employees will continue to not be required to report to work, unless otherwise directed by their supervisors. As a reminder, no in-person instruction or labs will take place until further notice.
- Essential student services such as advising, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and tutoring and other supportive services are now available through the MyCCAC student portal.
- All college and third-party events are canceled and/or postponed through the end of May. Plans are underway to hold CCAC’s Commencement Exercises and Nursing Pinning Ceremony at a later, currently unspecified, date.
- All college-sponsored student travel is canceled through the end of the semester.
- All CCAC athletic events are canceled through the end of the semester.
- All noncredit in-person classes will remain canceled until further notice.
As mentioned previously, the best defense against contracting any respiratory virus is prevention. Therefore, all members of the college community are advised to continue taking the following precautions as recommended by the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from anyone who is sneezing, coughing or wheezing.
- Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
If you become ill, stay home and avoid public areas and consult your health care provider promptly. Avoid all nonessential travel.
In addition to the information provided above, the following general resources may be helpful, including:
- The Allegheny County Health Department website
- The CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)website with FAQ’s, situation updates and travel information
- S. Department of State information regarding travel advisories
As we continue to monitor any developments pertaining to COVID–19 and its potential impact on the CCAC community, we will notify you of any changes to our current health and safety protocol and procedures.