Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world. As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky. However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
MCTC Announces Return to Campus Plan
June 16, 2020
Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) is joining the 15 other Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) schools in announcing its plan to welcome back students and staff to campus amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our goal is to provide as normal as possible experience for our students this fall,” says Russ Ward, Chief Operations Officer for the college. “A blend of on-campus face-to-face classes supplemented with virtual offerings along with heightened health and safety measures is the new normal in this era of higher education,” Ward adds.
The plan outlines actions taken since the decision was made to limit on-campus activity during the spring 2020 semester as well as future planned stages.
Stage 1 – through May 31, 2020
- Technical faculty/students allowed to return to campus to make up lab coursework
- Workforce assessment centers open
- Student Services available virtually
Stage 2 – through June 30, 2020
- Less than 50% of faculty/staff on-site in campus facilities (Mon/Wed, Tues/Thu and virtual Friday rotation)
- Students with appointments may access student services on campus
- Technical faculty/students completing coursework on campus
- All Summer 1 courses offered online only
Stage 3 – July 1 – July 31, 2020
- Up to 50% of faculty/staff on campus (Mon/Wed, Tues/Thu with virtual Friday rotations)
- Students with appointments may continue to access student services
- Summer 2 classes may take place on campus while others will be offered online only
- Meetings of up to 50 people may be allowed with social distancing and proper safety precautions observed
- Skills U (Adult Education) may resume on-campus classes
- Workforce Solutions classes for business and industry may take place on campuses
Stage 4 – August 1 – December 18, 2020 (current stage)
- All student services open on campuses
- Fall classes will begin on August 17, 2020 in a variety of formats including online, hybrid and traditional face-to-face
- Actions in Stage 4 are subject to approval by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and subject to change
- College Workforce Solutions teams will be working to meet business needs and provide training for unemployed individuals. Colleges will continue to offer apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities.
PLANNED COLLEGE EVENTS STATUS
All program Pre-Admission Conferences – Moved on-line. See program pages for info
KEEPING OUR CAMPUSES HEALTHY
We are keeping our campuses healthy by:
- Cleaning and disinfecting all general work areas at least once daily with a highly effective, EPA registered disinfectant.
- Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms at least twice daily, focusing on hard surfaces such as door handles, faucets, etc.
- Distributing germicidal disinfectant wipes at all MCTC campuses.
- Filling hand sanitizer units in MCTC buildings with hospital grade sanitizer designed to reduce the spread of infection.
- Encouraging social distancing in our classrooms and laboratories
- Limiting campus visits to students and invited guests only. (Students may not bring family members, including children to scheduled appointments such as advising sessions, and financial aid or business office meetings.)
TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
- Frequently clean your living area especially commonly-used surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas.
- Monitor your health by checking for fever.
State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725.
Kentucky Department of Public Health
The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth.
Kentucky Health Departments
Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.
- Allen County Health Department
- Anderson County Health Department
- Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
- Barren River District Health Department
- Bell County Health Department
- Bourbon County Health Department
- Boyle County Health Department
- Bracken County Health Department
- Breathitt County Health Department
- Breckinridge County Health Department
- Buffalo Trace District
- Calloway County Health Department
- Christian County Health Department
- Clark County Health Department
- Fleming County Health Department
- Franklin County Health Department
- Garrard County Health Department
- Gateway District Health Department
- Graves County Health Department
- Green River District Health Department
- Greenup County Health Department
- Hopkins County Health Department
- Jefferson County Health Department
- Jessamine County Health Department
- Johnson County Health Department
- Kentucky River District Health Department
- Knox County Health Department
- Lake Cumberland District Health Department
- Laurel County Health Department
- Lewis County Health Department
- Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
- Lincoln Trail District Health Department
- Madison County Health Department
- Marshall County Health Department
- Martin County Health Department
- Mercer County Health Department
- Monroe County Health Department
- Montgomery County Health Department
- Muhlenberg County Health Department
- North Central Health Department
- Northern Kentucky Independent Health Department
- Oldham County Health Department
- Pennyrile District Health Department
- Pike County Health Department
- Powell County Health Department
- Purchase District Health Department
- Three Rivers District Health Department
- Todd County Health Department
- Wedco District Health Department
- Whitley County Health Department
- Woodford County Health Department
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19. You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.