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3.10.20 COVID-19 Initial Message

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Savannah Technical College continues to actively monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. People in numerous countries, including the United States, have been affected.

The College remains in contact with the Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia public health officials to ensure that we are following the latest information, trends, and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We are also in close contact with the Chatham County Health Department.  Local COVID-19 information is available at through the Georgia Department of Public Health – Coastal Health District.

The safety and well-being of the College community is always our highest priority. We will update this page as needed to keep our campus community informed.

Preventing the illness

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also offers specific guidance for travelers.

What happens if a case is identified?

The CDC, Georgia State Department of Health, area health departments, and local health care experts will be integrally involved if a case is detected in our area. The College remains in close contact with them to understand their protocols and refine our plans as the recommendations from national and state authorities evolve and change.

The College has a robust emergency response plan and contingency plans that can be called into place if needed. Additional updates on these plans will be posted here as needed.