Communications to Employees

COVID-19 Employee Newsletters

May 2020

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April 2020

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March 2020

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020  |  Friday, Mar. 27, 2020  |  Monday, Mar. 23, 2020


COVID-19 Emails to Employees

See below for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) communications from Maricopa Community Colleges to faculty and staff. Please continue to check back regularly for the most recent updates and advisories.

Dear Colleagues,

To protect our students and employees against the spread of the Coronavirus, all non-essential business travel by MCCCD employees, students, and Governing Board members to any location with active community transmission of COVID-19 is suspended through May 15, 2020. CDC information for the United States

In addition, we strongly advise all employees, Governing Board members, and students to suspend any non-essential business travel through May 15, 2020, regardless of the status of community transmission of COVID 19 at the destination.

Per the Travel Administrative Regulation, if travel arrangements need to be cancelled outside of the traveler’s control (i.e., cancellation of conference or event, etc.), the traveler must first seek refunds for any costs paid and MCCCD will cover the transactions that cannot be refunded. If a traveler decides to cancel scheduled travel activities due to status changes of COVID-19, refunds must first be sought and MCCCD will cover the cost of items that cannot be refunded. Please work with your Fiscal Office as needed.

Thank you.
Steven

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you prepare for Spring break, I would like to provide the Maricopa County Community College District procedures and information as they relate to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to the rapidly evolving public health concern, MCCCD's Continuity Response Team (CRT), with the help of public health officials, continues to monitor events diligently. We understand that members of our community may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them, the safety, health, and wellness of our community are our primary focus.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at any of Colleges or locations, and the risk in Maricopa County and the United States continues to remain low.

Travel
MCCCD is following travel and self-isolation guidelines as recommended by the U.S. State Department,the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), the Maricopa County Health Department, and Arizona State Department of Health. The CDC has alsomandated that if you travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home for 14 days.

Level 4: China and Iran

Level 3: Italy, Mongolia, and South Korea

MCCCD does not set requirements for personal travel, but we strongly recommend you follow the U.S. State department's travelguidelines.

Potential Exposure to COVID-19
If you believe you may have had exposure and thus will need to self-quarantine, please contact the following people immediately:

If you develop even mild symptoms related and/or similar to COVID-19, you should stay home and notify/consult with your health care provider and/or public health officials.

For those with autoimmune or other underlying conditions that might increase the risk to contract COVID-19, we encourage you to contact your health care providers for recommendations.

We will act in accordance with Arizona and Maricopa County Public Health Officials if we feel we may have a student or employee with 2019 novel coronavirus. Local and state public health staff will determine if the patient meets the criteria for a Person Under Investigation for 2019 novel coronavirus.

Preventive Self-Care and Hygiene
To protect yourself, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.

Since it is still flu season, the CDC also recommends persons getting the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs and diseases.

There is an ongoing effort to sanitize as many public spaces as possible, including classrooms, keyboards, mouse, monitors, etc. to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as well as other diseases, such as the flu. This is difficult to do, given the size, breadth, and scope of this cleaning effort. To assist with sanitizing efforts, please consider regularly wiping down surfaces, telephones, smartphone devices, and computer keyboards in your work and study spaces with disinfectant.

To reiterate, we are all encouraged to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by handwashing, covering when sneezing or coughing, or, in worst-case scenarios, the use of self-quarantine and testing should you suspect you have been exposed.

Forthcoming Guidance
We understand there are still many questions from our community regarding attendance, coursework, travel, College-sponsored, and affiliated events, as well as other areas related to COVID-19. The CRT is currently discussing these issues and will provide updates in the coming days.

Please continue to access updates and advisories on ourwebsite.

We take this matter very seriously. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and develop our System's response.

Sincerely,
Steven

Dear Maricopa Employees,

In light of recent conversations, this email serves to update our community with accurate information obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The coronavirus disease, 2019, COVID-19, is a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The threat of new infectious disease can be frightening and upsetting, particularly with misinformation heard throughout our community or found on the Internet. Currently, as stated by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the risk of obtaining the virus in Maricopa County is extremely low.

A newly formed Crisis Response Team (CRT) has been developed to ensure the well-being and safety of the Maricopa community and establish protocols to identify and quickly respond to potentially dangerous illnesses. The CRT remains in daily communication with health officials working for Maricopa County and the state. To date, there has been one confirmed case in Arizona to have COVID-19. This case has now been cleared by state and county health officials to reintegrate back into the community. This individual has tested negative for novel coronavirus and is no longer infectious according to guidelines from the CDC. This individual has been determined to be completely safe. In addition, all close contacts of the individual have passed the 14-day monitoring period and have not developed novel coronavirus.

MCCCD Officials are committed to the health and wellness of all of Maricopa. We will continue to provide updates on coronavirus at https://www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus-2019-nCoV.

Please continue to check your email; more information will follow from District Risk Management and CRT.

Reporting Contact Information

  1. 1. Notify the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Immediately:
    1. 602-506-6767, Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and ask for a Surveillance Nurse or;
    2. After 5 p.m. and on weekends — call 602-747-7111 and ask for the Provider On-Call.
    3. Further questions – call 602-747-7099 to speak to a public health representative.
  2. Notify the Maricopa Community College Risk Management at 480-731-8947, 480-731-8888 or email dl-dssc-risk-management@domail.maricopa.edu.

If you would like more information, please see the links below:

Sincerely,

Matt Hasson
Chief Communications Officer

Maricopa Employees,

As you may know, flu season activity is higher than normal this year, and the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) recently confirmed a non-severe case of Coronavirus here in Arizona. The current US cases were in people who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that individuals practice good hand hygiene, get the flu vaccine, take preventative action to stop germ spread, and take flu antivirals if prescribed. Additional details may be found on the CDC website.

According to AZDHS, at this time the risk to the general public is believed to be low. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families or schools.

Thank you,
Matt Hasson
Chief Communications Officer