Hello PC Faculty & Staff,
We wanted to let you know that Peninsula College is continuing to monitor the rapidly developing health situation in our state. Our campus community’s health and safety is our highest priority.
On the Peninsula College website we are posting some basic information about the COVID-19 illness caused by a novel coronavirus, updates to our community, steps that we all can take to reduce our risk of illness, and links to resources.
We don’t know if the illness (COVID-19) will spread into our area or how that would impact our college. But we are preparing and planning so that we will be ready to take fast action if needed. We are reviewing and updating our emergency management plans so that we understand what actions we would take should there be an outbreak in our area. Here are a few specific items being addressed now:
- Pulling together the college incident response team to review responsibilities and readiness
- Working on communications: faculty/staff and students
- Implementing our health and safety cleaning protocols as a preventative measure
- Beginning conversations about classes, events and teleworking should the college need to close
As new information emerges, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.
All college activities are continuing as planned at this time. The Washington State Department of Health currently states that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. If you have plans to travel, consult the following resources: World Health Organization (WHO) travel advice and/or Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel health notices.
We understand you may have a lot of questions and may be feeling anxious. We will keep you informed as quickly as possible as planning and preparation evolves and increases. The best thing you can do right now is practice good hygiene – wash your hands often, sanitize frequently touched surfaces and stay home when you're sick.