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The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Community Colleges of Spokane will update this page when any relevant developments occur. This page was last updated Friday, April 3, 2020.
In compliance with Gov. Jay Inslee's directive, Community College of Spokane will be moving the majority of classes to online instruction beginning Tuesday, March 17. Spring Quarter will also begin a week later on April 13. Instruction will then be online for at least the first two weeks of the quarter.
The new student application deadline for Spring Quarter has been extended to March 27, and 100% refund date extended to April 17.
Some lab, career tech and health education classes can’t move entirely online, so we will be seeing if portions of the courses can be online and whether we can make changes to the teaching area to increase the social distancing (distance between people), increase cleaning of shared surfaces and other steps we can take to reduce the spread of coronavirus and other viruses.
The Spokane Regional Health District reported on Saturday, March 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spokane County. CCS has prepared emergency management plans should there be an outbreak in our college community.
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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain similar to the common cold spreading from person-to-person, with the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms of coronavirus may include:
If you have traveled to/from Wuhan City, China and have symptoms, contact a health care provider.
If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:
Stay home when you are sick. Do not report to work or attend classes if you are ill. Instructors, consider providing students with ways to complete work from home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around.
If you are concerned about your flu-like illness, call your health care provider for advice and share any travel history. Stay home, rest, and stay hydrated.
At this time we have no known cases of Coronavirus at either of our colleges and no planned closures, though classes did move online for the start of Spring Quarter, which itself was delayed a week to April 13. If we do have a temporary closure, you will be notified through our CCS Rave Alerts. All registered students are automatically added to RAVE Alerts and you can check here to see if our notifications to you are set correctly.
We do not know yet if there will be closures of our colleges, rural centers, childcare centers or offices. But we are preparing so that we will be ready to take fast action if needed. Everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority.
Unlike our local decision making with weather-related closures, our Chancellor will follow the advice and direction from our Spokane County Regional Health District, the National Center for Disease Control and prevention and state officials.
If we have suspended operations, you will be notified through our RAVE Alert system that sends out calls, emails and text messages. Now is a great time to go to the RAVE Alert webpages and make sure your notification settings are correct. You can always check our Emergency Operations Hotline (509-533-3303) for information on emergency closures or delays. It is available 24/7 for your convenience.
We are reviewing and updating our emergency management plans so that we can take fast action should there be an outbreak in our area. Our facilities teams have been spending extra time cleaning our buildings and sanitizing surfaces people commonly touch. Our leadership is meeting daily to coordinate our efforts to prepare for this situation.
We are monitoring the virus' spread in Washington and are communicating daily with community and college stakeholders. We are also following direction from the Spokane Regional Health District, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health and other state officials.
We have posted some basic information about the coronavirus and steps you can take to stay healthy on our college web pages that we will keep updating about the coronavirus and its impacts in our area. We also have resources to state and federal health information and ways to get information in many different languages.
Here are links to the college webpages: SFCC Coronavirus Updates and SCC Coronavirus Updates . We will update these webpages if conditions change or if there is more information we need to share.
Stay home when you are sick. Do not report to work or attend classes if you are ill. Let your instructors know if you are out sick so you can arrange to make-up coursework. Every course and program is different, but our faculty are working together to find ways to respond to students who are out sick. Be sure to contact your instructor.
If you are concerned about your flu-like illness, call your health care provider for advice and share any travel history. Stay home, rest, and stay hydrated. If you are sick with a respiratory virus, please stay home rather than risk spreading it to others.
Frequent hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds is your best defense against the flu and coronavirus. Also try to avoid contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
In situations that are uncertain and evolving such as this, it’s understandable to feel stressed or anxious. 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 websites and we will send alerts out to you if we have any closures.
Faculty, staff or students planning to travel abroad are advised to have contingency plans in the event of major disruptions, such as the possibility of being unable to return to the U.S. due to in-country quarantines. Carefully weigh the risks and benefits of international travel by reviewing important CDC information on COVID-19. Check travel advisories and health safety information for your intended destination with the U.S. Department of State.
The Washington Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
The Washington State Department of Health website has information in 11 languages.