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COVID - 19 - coronavirus

covid-19 coronavirus

Please continue to monitor all college communication channels for the most up-to-date information and specifics regarding this evolving situation.

all GCSC campuses are open  

Courses are being offered in a variety of modalities: face-to-face, online, or hybrid. The College is committed to the safety of all students, faculty and staff and continues to follow guidelines provided by the CDC and health officials. The College has also taken additional precautionary safety measures including: installing Plexiglas shields in high traffic areas; distributing reusable masks to full-time employees; fogging classrooms, labs and public spaces with disinfectant; equipping classrooms with disinfectant wipes; and nightly facilities crews for extra cleaning. 

General Guidelines

  • Students share a commitment to reduce the risk of contracting and/or transmitting COVID-19.
  •  All students should follow the following simple rules to avoid getting sick:
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact, maintain 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from others
  • Cover your mouth and nose around others (masks as stated above)
  •  Cover coughs and sneezes
  •  Clean your work areas when possible
  •  Monitor your health daily
  • All students should stay home if experiencing symptoms of illness such as a temperature >100.4 F and/or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, body aches (myalgia), new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, cough, and fatigue.  If you have any trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency room.

exposure quarantine/tested positive quarantine

What is an exposure?

  •  A community-related exposure is defined by the CDC as having close contact with a person who has shown symptoms of COVID-19 and has a positive test result. Exposure can occur whether you are wearing a mask, or not. What counts as close contact?
  • You were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19, or reside with them.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

What do you do if you believe you have been exposed?

  • If you:
    •  Have been boosted OR
    • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
    • Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
      •  Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
      • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

NOTE: 

  • If you:
    • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
    • Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
    • Are unvaccinated
      • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
      • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
      • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home
  • Please contact Mr. Thomasee, Executive Director of Operations (dthomasee@gulfcoast.edu, or at 850-873-3582) for more information. 

What do I do if I test positive?

  •  Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Stay home for 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
  • If your symptoms are severe, consult your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Notify your professor of your condition. Your professor should then direct you to contact Mr. David Thomasee, Executive Director of Operations (dthomasee@gulfcoast.edu, or at 850-873-3582). The information provided to your professor and Mr. Thomasee is considered protected and will not be shared.

.*Please keep in mind the CDC guidelines change frequently. Please contact Mr. Thomasee if you have questions.*

Travel INFORMATION

Please refer to the CDC Guidelines regarding travel precautions and recommendations. 

Helpful information

HELPFUL INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

About COVID-19

  • For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 please visit the CDC website
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