Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
January 21, 2021
With spring classes now underway, I want to wish our students and the rest of the CCAC family a safe and successful semester. To that end, it is important that we all continue to do everything we can to keep the college community healthy by reducing the risk of anyone at CCAC contracting COVID–19.
While Allegheny County’s recent drop in new COVID cases is welcome news, this is no time for complacency, especially with new, more contagious strains of the virus reported to now be present in the U.S. So until everyone is able to be vaccinated and the nation as a whole has reached herd immunity, I am asking faculty, staff and students to follow all mitigation measures as outlined by the CDC and Pennsylvania and Allegheny County health officials. Wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, and maintaining physical distancing must continue to be part of our regular routine while on campus grounds. These are critical actions that all of us should also practice when out in the community and in the proximity of others if we want to get back to some level of normalcy.
In addition to following all mitigation measures, I urge everyone to take a few minutes to download the free COVID Alert PA app. This app is helping to reduce the spread of the disease by quickly notifying individuals who may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID–19. To protect privacy, the app never collects or reveals the identity of any person using the app, and never reveals who has been diagnosed as positive for COVID–19. It also does not enable any location or tracking devices. For more information, please refer to the college’s COVID Alert PA webpage or watch this video.
Additional safety protocols may be found in CCAC’s COVID–19 Health & Safety Plan. As CCAC’s plan details, the college’s principal responsibility continues to be the health, safety and well-being of the college and wider community. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to COVID–19, testing is available to all Allegheny County residents, and no insurance, prescriptions or doctor referrals are required. Information on how to access COVID testing locations is available via this link.
With vigilance on our part and mass vaccinations beginning to take place, better days are right around the corner—we all need to hang in there just a little while longer. Until that day comes, continue to fight pandemic fatigue so that all of us—including our region’s many heroic front-line health care professionals—may experience a healthy and robust 2021.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable spring semester,