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Posted March 27, 2020
Campus Notification

Dear Lakeland Campus Community:

We have been made aware that a second employee has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, as the virus spreads throughout our community, these are not likely to be the only employees who are diagnosed with the virus.

Federal health privacy law does not allow us to share the identity of any individual patient, nor are any employees required to inform us if they have the virus. As such, it is impossible and misleading for us to attempt to accurately report the number of employee confirmed cases on an ongoing basis.

As we know from the first employee testing positive, the county health district attempts to contact individuals considered close contacts to the employee. The health district offers the following guidance to everyone: practice social distancing, wash hands, follow all other CDC guidelines, and self-monitor for symptoms. For those who are told by an employee that they may have been in direct contact with the employee, the health district recommends to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

If you have additional concerns, the Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions about COVID-19. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

These are unprecedented times, and we are all concerned for the health and well-being of our colleagues and other members of the Lakeland family. We would ask that you treat those suffering illness with kindness and compassion, and that you respect their privacy.

We wish our employees, and others effected by this pandemic, a full recovery. We will get through this together. Stay informed of the latest campus updates at http://lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus 

Posted March 27, 2020
Remote learning is off to a strong start!

Thank you to our students, faculty and staff for making the transition to remote learning a success. During this first week, we're hearing about good engagement by students and faculty in the virtual learning environment. Go, Lakers! Check out this video message Lakeland President Morris W. Beverage Jr. shared with students.

Tuition Payment Plan deadline extended

For students participating in the Tuition Payment Plan for spring semester, we are extending the third and final payment due date to May 8. Payments may be made any time before May 8 online through myLakeland or mailed to the Cashier's Office (7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094). For more information, contact the Student Service Center at 440.525.7050 or sscenter@lakelandcc.edu.

Online book buyback available

The Lakeland Bookstore has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation's largest textbook wholesaler, to offer you the best prices for your used books. Students can get a quote through the bookstore website, print a free shipping label to send their books to MBS, and get a check in the mail. Learn more at: http://onlinebuyback.mbsbooks.com/index.php?jde=4502

Are you concerned about making the grade this semester due to unexpected challenges? See if Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is right for you.

We realize that some students are facing personal, family and financial challenges as a result of this unprecedented pandemic. Therefore, we are giving students the opportunity to choose to take some courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis by April 24. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to determine if taking a course as an S/U is a good option for them. To schedule an appointment with a counselor via telephone or web conference, call 440.525.7200. To learn more about this option, click here .

Immediate Needs Fund available

The Immediate Needs Grant may be available to Lakeland students who have encountered an unexpected financial hardship that is preventing them from completing the semester. Learn more and apply for a grant at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/needs

Chromebooks still available for students to borrow 

The college still has a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

Career Services available

The Career Services Center is delivering services remotely Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A listing of employers that have immediate hiring needs is available here. The Lakeland Career Board will continue to function normally. We are working to ensure that all listings are current and up to date.

Handouts and documents relative to the job seeking process are now located in an easy to access cloud folder. They are available for download here.

Career coaching appointments such as resume critiques and interview preparation are continuing to be offered remotely using WebEx or telephone. To schedule an appointment, students and job seekers should contact the Career Services front desk at 440.525.7222 or email careerservices@lakelandcc.edu and provide 3 days and times of availability along with the communication preference of either telephone or video chat. Accommodations will be made upon request for individuals needing services outside of our departmental hours of operation.

More Information

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together. Check for the latest campus updates at https://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus

 

Posted March 23, 2020
Campus Notification

Dear Lakeland Campus Community:

As you know, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Ohio and Lake County continues to increase, and unfortunately it was only a matter of time before the Lakeland family was impacted. An employee has reported to us that they have tested positive for the Coronavirus by the Cleveland Clinic.

We appreciate that this employee notified the college of this information. When a person is informed that they have the virus, they are instructed by healthcare professionals to self-report to those they may have had contact with over a certain period of time. They are also instructed to self-isolate for 14 days, which the employee is doing.

We are sharing this with you because the employee was last on campus on March 16 and began to feel ill late that day. The size of our campus and the extent to which each of us interacts with others makes it difficult to be certain of everyone that may have interacted with the employee, but the employee indicated having little, if any, interaction outside of the H-Building. 

Students were on spring break March 7 to 13, and classes were suspended March 14 to 20 to transition to remote delivery.

We have contacted the Lake County Health District, and they offered some guidance to pass along to everyone who has been on campus: practice social distancing, wash hands, all other CDC guidelines, and self-monitor for symptoms. If you have additional concerns, the Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions about COVID-19. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

For those who were told by the employee that they may have been in direct contact with the employee, the Health District recommends to self-quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, all employees working in H-Building may be well advised to self-quarantine and pay close attention to physical symptoms.

We wish our employee, and others effected by this pandemic, a full recovery. Stay informed of the latest campus updates at http://lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus . We will get through this together.

 

Posted March 22, 2020
Campus Facilities Closed Effective Tuesday, March 24

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued a Stay at Home order effective Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. until April 6. Lakeland's campus facilities will be closed during that time. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, students and the public should not come to campus until further notice.

All Lakeland classes will continue through remote delivery for the remainder of the spring semester.

Employee Access to Offices

As mandated under the shutdown order, only a limited number of employees will be regularly allowed on campus as part of their job responsibilities. Employees should contact their supervisor for more information.

Employees should get any remaining technology and other items needed to work at home out of their offices by Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Please e-mail your supervisor with a list of the equipment and items you took home. Also, please consider which computer applications you need in order to perform your responsibilities for the foreseeable future and request equipment, software, or access from your supervisor accordingly.

The Help Desk will be on campus Monday, March 23 until 7 p.m. for equipment needs. Beginning March 24, the Help Desk will be staffed 24 hours a day, with Lakeland staff working remotely Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 440.525.7570 (available 24 hours) or visit lakelandcc.edu/help. Live Chat is available during Lakeland staffed hours.

Faculty and staff needing to access their offices after Monday, March 23 must get approval from their vice president (who will alert Campus Police), enter campus by the Handicapped parking lot outside B-Building, and use the phone marked "police" on the wall to notify Campus Police.

Further information on mail delivery/pickup and production center requests will be provided shortly.

Computer Lab Closed Beginning March 24

The computer lab in A-1046 will be closed effective Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. To reserve a computer station on Monday, March 23, log in to myLakeland and use Schedule It.

The lab is limited to 10 people at a time and reservations are required. We're taking extra safety precautions in the lab and signs have been posted.

Do not use the computer lab if you experience these symptoms: fever (take your temperature before coming to campus), shortness of breath, cough.

Laptops Available to Borrow at No Cost

The college has purchased a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

  • Complete the Chromebook Reservation form and agree to the terms of use at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/chromebook.
  • Select a date/time for drive-thru pickup:
    • Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • At your scheduled time, come to our drive-thru pickup location at the back of the Athletic & Fitness Center. Signs will be posted.
  • Remain in your car, show your Lakeland ID (or driver's license/state ID card), and a gloved assistant will place the laptop in your car.

Any student needing to borrow a laptop after Monday, March 23 should contact the Help Desk at 440.525.7570 or email lcchelpdesk@lakelandcc.edu.

 

Posted March 20, 2020
Classes Resume Remotely March 21

All classes previously scheduled on campus and in-person will resume on Saturday, March 21 by remote delivery. Students should see their Lakeland email and/or contact their instructor for more information.

Current Hours of Operation

Nearly all campus departments are open but operating remotely. An up-to-date list of department hours and operations is posted on the college website under "Current Hours of Operation." This list will be updated daily.

Building Closures

The following buildings will be closed, with the exterior doors locked, beginning Monday, March 23:

  • Holden University Center
  • Athletic & Fitness Center
  • T-Building
  • E-Building
  • D-Building
  • S-Building

Faculty and staff needing to access these buildings should notify at Campus Police at 440.525.7241.

As a precaution, Facilities Management will be cleaning and sanitizing these rooms and then preventing access. Signs will be posted.

Reserving a Computer Lab Station

The main computer lab on campus in A-1046 will be open to students beginning Saturday, March 21. The computer stations will follow recommended social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. There are 32 Windows stations and 2 Mac stations. To reserve a computer station, log in to myLakeland and use Schedule It.

Do not use the computer lab if you experience these symptoms: fever (take your temperature before coming to campus), shortness of breath, cough.

The computer lab hours have been updated:

  • Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Laptops Available to Borrow at No Cost

The college has purchased a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

  • Complete the Chromebook Reservation form and agree to the terms of use at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/chromebook.
  • Select a date/time for drive-thru pickup:
    • Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
    • Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • At your scheduled time, come to our drive-thru pickup location at the back of the Athletic & Fitness Center. Signs will be posted.
  • Remain in your car, show your Lakeland ID (or driver's license/state ID card), and a gloved assistant will place the laptop in your car.

 

Posted March 18, 2020

We are committed to helping students adapt to online learning and complete the spring semester successfully. We also realize that not all students have access to a personal computer/laptop or the Internet/WiFi at home. Here's what we're doing to help those students get set up for online classes:

Laptops

The college has purchased a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

  • Complete the Chromebook Reservation form and agree to the terms of use at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/chromebook.
  • Select a date/time for drive-thru pickup:
    • Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
    • Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • At your scheduled time, come to our drive-thru pickup location at the back of the Athletic & Fitness Center. Signs will be posted.
  • Remain in your car, show your Lakeland ID (or driver's license/state ID card), and a gloved assistant will place the laptop in your car.
Internet/WiFi

Students without Internet at home may be able to qualify for free or discounted internet service through various Internet providers. We've pulled together a list of resources about how to get Internet service View those resources and more information on available Internet services here.

During the pandemic, this extra service would qualify as an "immediate need" and may be paid through the college's Immediate Needs Fund. Read about and apply for the Immediate Needs Fund here.

On-Campus Computer Lab

The main computer lab on campus in A-1046 will be open to students. The computer stations will follow recommended social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. The computer lab hours are:

  • Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These hours are subject to change. Check the website for updates.

Help Desk

For assistance or more information, please contact the Help Desk at 440-525-7570 or email lcchelpdesk@lakelandcc.edu.

 

Posted March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Coronavirus public health crisis is continuing to evolve rapidly. We're working hard to keep you informed as new information becomes available and college decisions are made. Here are a few updates.

In-person Meetings and Events Cancelled through May 10

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance to postpone or cancel all mass gatherings and public events of 50 or more for the next 8 weeks. Lakeland is cancelling or postponing all in-person events and meetings scheduled through Sunday, May 10. Unfortunately, this means that Commencement (May 9) and all year-end ceremonies, including the Employee Service Awards, Part-time Faculty Reception, and all student recognition ceremonies will be cancelled. We share in the disappointment this announcement brings and will arrange to mail diplomas, certificates and awards to recipients, as well as caps, gowns and tassels to those who request them. More information will be provided.

Student Service Center Moves to Cashier's Office and Changes Hours

The Student Service Center has moved to the Cashier's Office to allow proper social distancing and will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday (updated March 19, 2020).

During this period, we will not be accepting payments at the Cashier windows or collecting deposits. If you do not have a safety deposit box or secure location for cash, please contact Mike Bottesch at 440-525-7720 to coordinate for a deposit. The business services office will be reaching out to areas impacted by this change in process.

Library Closed

The Lakeland Library is closed for face-to-face service and circulation of print and technology items until further notice. Digital services will be available through the remainder of the spring semester. If you have materials currently checked out, please keep them until the end of the semester. No fines will be assessed during this time. If you have questions, contact Circulation at lakelandlibrary@lakelandcc.edu or 440-525-7424.

For all other inquiries and full access to the library's electronic resources off campus (databases, e-books, research guides), login to myLakeland and go to the library homepage.

Bookstore Change in Hours

The Bookstore will be shortening its hours to 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, effective Friday, March 20.

Athletic & Fitness Center Closed, Spring Sports Cancelled

The Athletic & Fitness Center is closed. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has cancelled all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately. As a result, the men's basketball team's trip to Nationals and Lakeland's baseball and softball team's practices, scrimmages and games are cancelled for the spring season. The Athletic Department administration will notify faculty about any changes in procedure for ongoing attendance reporting for the college's athletes.

Teaching Learning Center & Campus Kids Closed

Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed the college's Teaching Learning Center and Campus Kids until further notice. Our TLC staff is committed to providing parents with teaching and learning options that they can do at home and will be maintaining regular communications with families.

Breakers Dining Hall Open for Carry Out Only

In compliance with Governor DeWine's order to close all restaurants, with the exception of carryout and delivery business, Breakers Dining Hall will be open for carry out only. Breakers will be open for "grab and go" type foods through March 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seating area has been closed to prevent food from being consumed in that space, but you may take it back to your work areas. We will continue to assess the feasibility and necessity of keeping Breakers open in the coming weeks.

Delivery of Mail and Production Center Requests

To support social distancing, the college mailroom will suspend individual office-to-office delivery and pick up of mail delivery and Production Center requests until further notice. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, employees may pick up and drop off mail and Production Center requests daily at the Production Center/Mailroom (C-10) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. These hours may be adjusted as needed. Departments working remotely may opt to have someone pick up their mail during these hours or contact the mailroom at ext. 7013 to make other arrangements, including having their mail held. Nearby parking is available in the lot outside the Production Center (between the AFC and the Handicapped Lot).

Department Office Hour Changes

In addition to the closings and changes to office hours noted above, many departments are reducing their on-campus, in-person hours of operation. We are gathering this information and will make it available on the website.

Rental of Work Computers and Remote Access to Applications

Employees who are approved to work from home, but lack a suitable personal computer, may take their college desktop computer out on loan. Contact Lakeland's Help Desk (440-525-7570) to request an authorization form or if you need remote access to applications that you use.

More Information

As this situation continues to evolve rapidly, we will keep you informed and make other decisions as necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Check for the latest campus updates at https://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together.

 

Posted March 13, 2020

Hopefully by now you have seen our email and text alert that Lakeland is moving in-person classes to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Status of Classes

Saturday, March 14 through Friday, March 20
On campus (in-person) classes are postponed. Fully online classes will continue as scheduled.

Saturday, March 21
On campus (in-person) classes will resume online or through an alternative method of delivery that incorporates appropriate social distancing protocols.

Adapting to Online Learning

We realize that those of you who are suddenly entering the world of online learning may be nervous or hesitant. Please know we are here to help you complete the spring semester successfully.

Your instructor will contact you by email to explain how your class will be set up, how you can connect to it, how lectures and labs will work, how to communicate with your instructor and classmates, how you will take tests, how office hours will be held, and more. 

Online classes offer an incredible amount of flexibility and convenience. While online learning may feel "different" at first, you'll still be engaged with your instructor and classmates, just as you would in a face-to-face class. Typically, online courses require the same amount of time as a traditional course and are just as rigorous and challenging.

You'll only need some basic technical skills for online learning, like how to connect to the internet or navigate a browser. Lakeland's 24-hour Help Desk (440-525-7570) is available to assist you with any technology issues.

We understand that not all students have access to a personal computer or laptop and/or the Internet. We plan to keep some computer labs open on campus, with appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. We are also planning to loan students laptops, tablets and mobile hotspots to use at no cost. 

Online Learning Comfort Level and Needs Survey

Please tell us how we can make this transition to online learning easier for you, by completing our Online Learning Comfort Level and Needs Survey. The short survey should only take a minute.

Check your Lakeland email frequently for more updates as information becomes available. Again, we're here to help you be successful!

 

Posted March 11, 2020

Lakeland is committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and visitors. There are currently three confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio, all in Cuyahoga County. Following the recommendations of Governor Mike DeWine, the college is working quickly to develop plans to ensure that students stay successful in their classes and are able to meet their educational goals, while ensuring the health and safety of our campus.

We have already made several decisions consistent with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials to protect the campus community:

Classroom Teaching
  • Fully online classes will continue as scheduled, resuming Saturday, March 14, after spring break.
  • On-campus classroom instruction has been suspended for the period Saturday, March 14, through Friday, March 20. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other manner of delivery that incorporates appropriate social distancing measures.
    • All classes that were previously conducted on-campus and in-person will be converted to an alternative mode of delivery and will resume Saturday, March 21. Faculty are expected to contact their students by email or Blackboard to identify how classes will continue.
    • While the start of on-campus and in-person classes will be delayed one week, we expect that spring semester classes will end as scheduled by May, 8, 2020.
    • For students who do not have access to computers or internet, the college will be providing accommodations. More information will be provided.
    • The Testing Center will be closed for academic testing after Friday, March 13.
    • Health Care Clinicals:
      • Impacted individuals should contact the Program Director or Dean for up to date information.
    • College Credit Plus:
      • If a course is taught in the high school by a teacher employed by the high school, there is no change.
      • If the course is taught by a Lakeland paid faculty member (not a high school teacher), it will be suspended March 16-20 and resume March 21 with remote learning.
    • Holden University Center:
      • HUC partnership students with in-person classes held at Lakeland should check with the partner university or instructor for information about the status of their class.
College Operations

At this time, the plan is for all college offices to remain open (including during the week of March 16) with the goal of continuing essential services in a manner that is both effective and safe for our employees and students. This means that:

  • Individual college departments may work modified or limited schedules, adopt alternative means of service delivery, or even support employees working from home during this time. Please be assured that departmental webpages as well as the college's dedicated coronavirus page will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the most current information.
  • Our Facilities team will continue to clean the campus and disinfect public areas on an ongoing basis.
  • The Teaching Learning Center will remain open and follow the guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In the event of a closure, TLC parents will be notified as soon as possible via their regular process.
  • College partners located on campus (e.g., Cardinal Credit Union, LEAF, etc.) with questions should contact their college liaison.
Travel
  • Employees and students who return from a cruise or a country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice during their visit are asked to contact their physician to be screened for the virus, stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left the area at risk, and practice social distancing. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for the CDC travel guidelines.
  • All college-sponsored/paid travel by employees and students requires the approval of the appropriate vice president and/or president who will evaluate it for necessity and safety.
Public Events
  • The college is currently reviewing large gatherings and public events hosted on campus and will provide guidance shortly.
  • A few college events have already been canceled or postponed, including the President's Coffees, Woman of Achievement Awards ceremony (March 22), Wellness Days (week of March 23), and Brain Awareness Week.
Persons at Risk
  • If you are sick, or are caring for a person who is ill or quarantined, stay home.
  • We are developing plans to follow CDC guidelines for individuals who the CDC considers to be at higher risk.

As this situation continues to evolve rapidly, we will keep you informed and make other decisions as necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Visit www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus for the latest campus updates.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health challenge together.

 

Posted March 6, 2020

Lakeland Community College is committed to your safety and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice) and practice social distancing. Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice currently include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

If you plan to travel outside of the area in the immediate future, you should first refer to the CDC website for the most updated country-specific risk levels for COVID-19 at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Employees returning from countries at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice during their visit should contact Human Resources, who will consult with their supervisor to determine if the employee is responsible for essential functions that only he or she can perform; if these functions can be performed securely from their home; and/or if they have access to the systems and equipment necessary to perform these functions, in which case the supervisor can assign the tasks and indicate the number of work hours per day the employee is authorized to work from home. Employees whose work does not lend itself to working remotely should contact Human Resources for a discussion of the options available to them.

Students returning from these countries should notify their instructors. The Office of Academic Affairs is leading efforts to provide academic accommodations during the period when students are in isolation.

The college will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of State and may enhance travel restrictions if necessary.

 

Posted March 5, 2020
About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S. There are no confirmed cases in Ohio at this time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV (2014) and SARS-CoV (2003), have caused severe illness.

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and Transmission

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it's unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

When and How to Seek Treatment

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days traveled to China or had close contact with someone who had traveled to China, you should seek medical care right away. Call ahead before arriving at the health center, emergency room, etc.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • 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.
  • Get a flu vaccine.

These are every day habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. In the U.S., flu is currently a far bigger threat than coronavirus. CDC also has specific guidance for travelers at cdc.gov.

Campus Response

The college is following guidance offered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as local and state health departments.

The college community will be informed with the latest health and campus information at http://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus

Lakeland has a Pandemic Response Team to plan for the impact of a pandemic on the college, employees and students. The team will address various scenarios and resources required to maintain business operations and academic instruction in the event of a pandemic emergency.

Currently, there is no basis for changing business as usual regarding campus events and other circumstances under which large groups of people will be gathering. There is no indication for use of masks by the general public at this time.

Facilities Management purchased and installed 20 Purell automated hand sanitizing stations throughout the college.

Managing Fear and Anxiety

As information about Coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. Below is some helpful information and resources to manage fears and anxieties.

  • Get the facts. Stay informed with the latest health and campus information at http://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus. For further information, see the dedicated CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
  • Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage. Although you'll want to keep informed, remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
  • Be mindful of your assumptions about others. We cannot assume that someone who appears to be of Asian descent is from China or has been exposed to the virus. Also, someone who has a cough or a fever does not necessarily have coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatizing others in our community.
  • Stay healthy. Adopt healthy hygienic habits such as washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, frequently. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick, being certain to follow protocols established by your instructor or supervisor for providing notice of your absence due to illness, making up exams or in-class work, and meeting deadlines for submission of work.
  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
  • Seek additional help. Students may contact the Counseling Department to make an appointment with any of the licensed counselors or campus psychologist, Dr. Ken Browner.
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Posted Jan. 30, 2020

On Monday, January 27, 2020, Miami University of Ohio announced two possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in two students who had recently returned from China. The students have been isolated and tested and are awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are no confirmed cases in Ohio at this time.

There are currently no suspected cases at Lakeland Community College. The threat to the general public, including students at Lakeland is still considered low.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in coordination with the CDC, is closely monitoring 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The first case in the United States was announced January 21, 2020, in Washington state, and cases have been confirmed in multiple states since then. There are ongoing investigations by the CDC and ODH to learn more. ODH is providing guidance to local health districts, healthcare providers, and state partners.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Middle East respiratory syndrome ( MERS) in 2014 and severe acute respiratory syndrome ( SARS) in 2003, and now with 2019-nCoV.

The United States started screening travelers arriving from Wuhan on January 17, 2020. Currently, CDC staff are conducting screening of travelers from China at 20 U.S. airports with quarantine stations.

If you are a student, faculty, or staff member planning to travel overseas (to China but also to other places), please follow the CDC Traveler's Health guidance here.

If you have recently been to Wuhan, or other areas affected by the outbreak, or have come into contact with an infected individual, please contact a healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cough.

Call the center before visiting to tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

If you are sick, always avoid contact with others to stop the spread of the virus and do not travel.

The best preventive steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a healthcare professional), and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Administrators throughout Lakeland Community College will continue to work closely with partners at both the Ohio Department of Health and our local health department to prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe. If the situation warrants, we will follow up with additional communication.

As we learn more, please remember to always treat other students and community members with respect and compassion if they are suffering illness, whatever the cause.


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