COVID-19 Updates

Effective August 12, 2022

As we return to a new semester, we continue to be mindful that while the COVID pandemic is not over, we have moved to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives. With that said, SCC will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local health officials as it relates to COVID protocols. Remember to report all incidents to HR so cases can be tracked, and protocols can be issued to those who have been exposed to someone with COVID or have tested positive themselves.

Key Points to Remember

  • Do NOT come to campus if you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The college continues to encourage all individuals on campus to practice mitigation strategies established earlier related to distancing, hand hygiene, and sanitation practices.
  • SCC will continue to monitor local COVID-19 community levels and make adjustments to our guidance as necessary · SCC continues to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Screening testing of asymptomatic people without know exposures is no longer recommended.

Please continue to report COVID-19 exposure and diagnosis to SCC Human Resources by calling (910) 788-6310.


YOUR DAILY HEALTH CHECKUP

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to complete their own daily self-checkups to help monitor their own health.

Further guidance for health monitoring and resources will be distributed to the campus community prior to the start of fall semester. 

Expectations of Employees/Students with COVID-19 Symptoms, Awaiting Test Results or with a Sick Family Member at Home with COVID-19

  • Employees/students who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor/instructor, contact their healthcare provider, and stay home.
  • Employees/students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should use emergency leave (and sick leave after emergency leave ends), and should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. Students should not return to class until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employees/students who are well but who have a family member at home sick with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should notify their supervisor/instructor, follow CDC recommended precautions, stay at home, until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employees and students who have tested and are awaiting test results should notify their supervisor/instructor and stay at home until test results have been received.

COVID-19 VACCINE AND BOOSTER IN NORTH CAROLINA

The COVID-19 vaccine is still readily available in North Carolina. 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website. The college cannot advise on the vaccine but encourages you to get vaccinated, if you are so inclined, at your earliest opportunity.

According to the NCDHHS, “To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians 16 and older. If you are eligible, you should get a booster now.”

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Anyone who has tested positive should continue to report their positive results to their instructor (students) and supervisor (employees).  Exposures or positive test results should then be reported to HR for tracking purposes, and they will receive an auto-response about how to proceed.  However, if anyone has questions about COVID, they should refer to the CDC’s guidelines around COVID.

As a reminder, if you test positive, you should refrain from coming to campus for five days from when you tested positive or symptom onset, so long as your symptoms are improving (you are NOT required to obtain a negative test before returning). If you are symptomatic, you should obtain a negative PCR test before returning to campus. Additional information about COVID protocols for positive cases, exposures, and symptoms can be found on the CDC’s website.


COVID-19 Campus Exposure Procedure


COVID-19 Dashboard

SCC will communicate COVID-19 cases related to campus to our campus community which includes students, faculty, and staff. These are cases reported to the Human Resources Office and verified by a laboratory test. In cases where a student or employee fails to disclose to the college that they have tested positive, the college will have no way of knowing and communicating that information. This type of communication will include only positive cases of which the college has been made aware. 

Confidentiality laws prohibit the college from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals. Any individual who has tested positive will be isolated, and anyone believed to be at risk for exposure will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine. 

SCC Covid-19 Dashboard


The North Carolina Dashboard

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily. The NCDHHS also provides information about how it defines and collects data for the dashboard. 

Notification of COVID-19 Cases

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the college will follow contact tracing and notification protocols as directed by local and state health authorities. Identified contacts will receive guidance about monitoring and testing at the direction of the Columbus County Health Department. 

Contact tracing may include notification of: 

  • Close personal contacts identified by the confirmed positive individual 
  • Classmates, college staff and faculty members with whom the student/staff or faculty member may have come in contact while contagious 
  • Employees providing on-campus services to visitors/clients with whom they may have come in contact while contagious 

Contacts

Bill Maultsby

Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator

(910) 788-6310

A Building, Rm 107

bill.maultsby@sccnc.edu