Hello Peninsula College student,
We want to let you know that Peninsula College is monitoring the rapidly developing health situation in our state. Our campus community’s health and safety is our highest priority.
We have posted some basic information about the COVID-19 illness caused by a novel coronavirus on the Peninsula College website, and steps that we all can take to reduce our risk of illness. Though we all know them well, they should be practiced daily to minimize risk of common colds and other infectious diseases like flu: washing hands frequently and thoroughly, avoiding touching eyes, nose, etc., and coughing into a tissue or crook of the arm. If you are feeling unwell, particularly if you begin to suffer flu-like symptoms, please stay home from school, notify your instructor, and contact a medical provider if needed.
The immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low, according to the Washington State Department of Health. We don’t know if the virus will spread into our area or how that would impact our college, but we are preparing 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 and we are implementing our health and safety cleaning protocols as a preventative measure. All college activities are continuing as planned at this time.
As new information emerges, please remember that the risk of novel coronavirus 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.
Feeling stressed or anxious in situations that are uncertain and evolving is normal. We recommend the following steps:
- Find credible sources you can trust to avoid any panic that can be caused by misinformation.
- Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about preventing the spread of the virus.
- We'll do our best to share up-to-date facts on our website.
- And, since as a student you are automatically signed up for PC's Alert system you’ll get important messages sent right to your cell phone.
Again, 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.
Thank you, and we will keep you posted on any future developments.