Wed., March 4

Wed., March 4, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Lee College Community

Lee College continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease. We will continue to keep our community informed as developments occur. To date, we have not identified any cases of the virus at Lee College. Furthermore, there are currently zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Houston, Harris County or the Gulf Coast Region. However, as the coronavirus has become much more prominent in the United States and has begun to spread more rapidly through parts of Europe and Asia, it is incumbent upon all of us to remain aware and vigilant of this potentially serious public health threat.

Communications

Lee College remains in regular contact with local, state and federal health officials for the latest information and will continue to provide updates to the Lee College community. All future communications regarding the coronavirus will be posted to the Lee College website. In the case of an emergency, students, faculty and staff will be contacted by text message and e-mail via the Rebel Alerts system as developments unfold.
At this time, we are not planning to suspend campus operations, events or classes at any of our instructional sites. Going forward, we will follow the guidance of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Harris County Public Health. While we never wish to cancel classes, we will follow the directives of local, state and federal entities to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
President Villanueva is working closely with faculty and staff to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan that will ensure Lee College is capable of carrying out its mission under all threats and conditions.

Learn More about the Coronavirus

Prevention continues to be the best protection for this as well as reducing your chance of contracting other respiratory illnesses caused by influenza, parainfluenza and RSV viruses. This includes staying home when you are sick, which cannot be emphasized enough. Lee College will be flexible with students missing instruction or in-class assignments and tests due to illness.

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage available here.

What is the risk to the Lee College community?

We have not identified any cases at our Lee College campus or instructional sites and we do not believe that there is any immediate health risk to our college. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health threat, which has now been detected in more than three dozen locations internationally, including cases in the United States. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. The latest CDC risk assessment is available here.

What precautions should members of the Lee College community take?

  • Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  • Seek care and immediately notify your health care provider if you have recently traveled to any country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning and are experiencing these symptoms.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What should members of the campus community do if they experience symptoms?

Those who have recently visited China or any of the newly identified affected areas (per ongoing travel advisory updates) and are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu, especially if symptoms worsen.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. It is spread via respiratory droplets. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses on the CDC’s transmission page.

What should I do if I recently traveled to China, South Korea or any other country under a CDC Level 3 travel warning and got sick?

If you were in any country under a CDC Level 3 travel warning within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

Lee College Travel Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning to avoid all nonessential travel related to the coronavirus. The CDC applies this warning to countries in which there is widespread community transmission. At this time, the CDC has issued the Level 3 Travel Warning to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Due to rapidly changing conditions, anyone considering international travel is advised to monitor the CDC’s website for the latest updates regarding travel and COVID-19.

As Spring Break approaches, Lee College further recommends that everyone in the Lee College community examine your personal travel plans and make changes or take precautions where necessary. Lee College encourages the community to heed all U.S. Government travel warnings related to the novel coronavirus. In recent days, both the CDC and U.S. Department of State have expanded their warnings. Refer to these links to view the latest warnings:

Resources

For additional information about the coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to the links below. The CDC’s website and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will also issue guidance for those planning to travel or who have recently returned.

Wed., March 4, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Lee College Community

Lee College continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease. We will continue to keep our community informed as developments occur. To date, we have not identified any cases of the virus at Lee College. Furthermore, there are currently zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Houston, Harris County or the Gulf Coast Region. However, as the coronavirus has become much more prominent in the United States and has begun to spread more rapidly through parts of Europe and Asia, it is incumbent upon all of us to remain aware and vigilant of this potentially serious public health threat.

Communications

Lee College remains in regular contact with local, state and federal health officials for the latest information and will continue to provide updates to the Lee College community. All future communications regarding the coronavirus will be posted to the Lee College website. In the case of an emergency, students, faculty and staff will be contacted by text message and e-mail via the Rebel Alerts system as developments unfold.
At this time, we are not planning to suspend campus operations, events or classes at any of our instructional sites. Going forward, we will follow the guidance of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Harris County Public Health. While we never wish to cancel classes, we will follow the directives of local, state and federal entities to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
President Villanueva is working closely with faculty and staff to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan that will ensure Lee College is capable of carrying out its mission under all threats and conditions.

Learn More about the Coronavirus

Prevention continues to be the best protection for this as well as reducing your chance of contracting other respiratory illnesses caused by influenza, parainfluenza and RSV viruses. This includes staying home when you are sick, which cannot be emphasized enough. Lee College will be flexible with students missing instruction or in-class assignments and tests due to illness.

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage available here.

What is the risk to the Lee College community?

We have not identified any cases at our Lee College campus or instructional sites and we do not believe that there is any immediate health risk to our college. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health threat, which has now been detected in more than three dozen locations internationally, including cases in the United States. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. The latest CDC risk assessment is available here.

What precautions should members of the Lee College community take?

  • Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  • Seek care and immediately notify your health care provider if you have recently traveled to any country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning and are experiencing these symptoms.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What should members of the campus community do if they experience symptoms?

Those who have recently visited China or any of the newly identified affected areas (per ongoing travel advisory updates) and are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu, especially if symptoms worsen.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. It is spread via respiratory droplets. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses on the CDC’s transmission page.

What should I do if I recently traveled to China, South Korea or any other country under a CDC Level 3 travel warning and got sick?

If you were in any country under a CDC Level 3 travel warning within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

Lee College Travel Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning to avoid all nonessential travel related to the coronavirus. The CDC applies this warning to countries in which there is widespread community transmission. At this time, the CDC has issued the Level 3 Travel Warning to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Due to rapidly changing conditions, anyone considering international travel is advised to monitor the CDC’s website for the latest updates regarding travel and COVID-19.

As Spring Break approaches, Lee College further recommends that everyone in the Lee College community examine your personal travel plans and make changes or take precautions where necessary. Lee College encourages the community to heed all U.S. Government travel warnings related to the novel coronavirus. In recent days, both the CDC and U.S. Department of State have expanded their warnings. Refer to these links to view the latest warnings:

Resources

For additional information about the coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to the links below. The CDC’s website and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will also issue guidance for those planning to travel or who have recently returned.

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