March 3, 2020

Haywood Community College officials are monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Below you will find our strategy for prevention and health safety at Haywood Community College. You can also find information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19)? 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) is a virus strain, identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

How does COVID19 spread, and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus disease 2019 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within 6 feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. Symptoms of COVID‐19 generally appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization.

How can I prevent it?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.  

• Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

• Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue. 

• Avoid exposure to others who are sick.

• Stay home if you are ill (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others. 

• Get adequate sleep and eat well‐balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system. 

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should I be concerned if I have travel plans?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to adjust travel risk levels on an ongoing basis. The different levels will help travelers determine if they should travel to a specific overseas destination for nonessential reasons. These travel guidelines will be especially critical for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. Others with no known medical conditions should review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus if they decide to travel out of the United States. Those considering travel should continue to monitor the U.S. State Department website and commercial airline websites for updates.

While the U.S. State Department continues to monitor the situation, the continued spread of COVID-19 could lead to potential travel restrictions or quarantines for those returning to the U.S. from certain areas.

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?

Please contact our Public Information Officer, Michelle Harris with any questions or concerns. She can be reached at 828-627-4521 or mlharris@haywood.edu.

The health and safety of our employees, students, and community is our top priority.

The Haywood Community College Response Team is receiving updates and reviewing ongoing plans to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our team has also remained in communication with the Haywood County Health Department and plans to communicate any changes to our current policy should the need arise. The Response Team includes leaders from departments across the college, including: College Administration, Campus Development, Safety & Security, Communications, Instruction, and Student Services. We will continue to distribute updates as needed.