Pandemic Preparedness Plan Status: Level 2
Campuses are open. RSCC is following CDC guidelines. The latest information and resources can be found below.
RSCC Pandemic Preparedness Plan (*Update pending)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a new tool – called COVID-19 Community Levels – that will help guide prevention steps based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Users are able to search county-by-county in their state to check the status.
For example, Roane County, Tennessee, is listed as low (as of March 21, 2022). The page provides public safety recommendations based on the current level as well as COVID-19 prevention resources. The community levels are available for review on the COVID by County page of the CDC website.
At last check (and with the most recent data reported on March 17, 2022), the majority of counties in the State of Tennessee were designated in the low category. The CDC urges everyone to monitor your local COVID-19 community level and take precautions to protect yourself and others.
The CDC has also released updated guidance for quarantine and isolation periods. These guidelines are dependent on vaccine status and exposure/contact circumstances. To review the most up-to-date public safety recommendations, visit the CDC's Quarantine and Isolation information page.
Remember, there is a difference between quarantine and isolation. You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected. You isolate when you are sick or you have been infected with the virus, even if you don't have symptoms.
At this time, face masks are still strongly recommended indoors for everyone on campus. As we work to maintain a safe environment and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Roane State is also continuing its internal case reporting and contact tracing processes. Social distancing recommendations remain in effect as well along with enhanced cleaning protocols and remote work opportunities for some employees. Wellness screenings are not currently required to access campus. If pandemic conditions change, the college’s response will adjust accordingly.
Roane State students, employees and visitors should continue to practice frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of illnesses. If you experience any symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should not come to campus.
Students, faculty and staff should monitor college email for additional updates. Questions or concerns from any member of the campus community can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CDC guidance, “When You've Been Fully Vaccinated,” contains other important information and is available here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. Questions can be directed to the college by emailing email@example.com.
*Note: Being fully vaccinated means you are at least two weeks out from your second dose of a two-dose vaccine (like Moderna or Pfizer) or it has been two weeks since you received a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson).
As part of continued efforts to share important pandemic information with the campus community, Roane State launched an online COVID-19 case reporting dashboard during the Fall 2020 semester. The tool, available at roanestate.edu/COVIDreport, is updated as needed to include active and recovered cases reported through the college’s online portal. The case data is broken down by campus location.
Cases shown on this dashboard will only include positive cases that have been on a Roane State campus during a period of time when the individual might have been contagious. Positive reports from students, faculty and staff who are learning or working remotely will not be included on the dashboard unless they have visited a campus. Remote cases are still tracked for internal reporting.
Any member of the Roane State community can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have an immediate need during the coronavirus pandemic such as food, transportation, childcare, and internet/computer access. While Roane State may not be able to assist directly with every request, we will connect students, staff, faculty and their families with local resources whenever possible.
We will continue to pass along additional information, so please check your Roane State email regularly and monitor this webpage. Please also sign up for RaiderAlerts and follow our social media accounts @RoaneState on Twitter and Facebook.
Visit the links below for up-to-date information from the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health about the virus.
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