Response Procedure

UPDATED August 16, 2022

All questions and concerns related to COVID-19 should be directed to the COVID-19 Coordinator, Susan Morris, by phone (937) 509-7828 or email covid19@sscc.edu.

Use the Process maps below to assist with determining the process to resolve transmission threats to our SSCC community:

Symptom Monitoring

It is imperative that employees or students presenting symptoms must not come to campus. If students or employees do report to campus they are to leave campus with the recommendation to seek medical advice.

  • Actively encourage sick employees and students to stay home until they have recovered. Current CDC guidelines report that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of COVID-19 signs and symptoms - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
Testing for COVID-19

Ultimate determinations for testing recommendations for the COVID-19 virus rests with the individual in consultation with their medical provider and with the college in consultation with the respective county health officials. Any COVID-19 testing should be conducted based on the availability, safety, prioritization, and effectiveness of each testing strategy. Generally, testing will be considered under the following circumstances:

Testing individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19

Testing asymptomatic individuals with recent known or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19

  • Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons diagnosed with COVID-19 once they become symptomatic and on day #6 following exposure:
  • All COVID-19 illnesses and exposures are to be reported by clicking here. Any additional questions and concerns related to COVID-19 that are not covered by the questionnaire should be directed to the COVID-19 Coordinator, Susan Morris, by phone (937) 509-7828 or email covid19@sscc.edu.
  • Because of the potential for asymptomatic and/or pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 be quickly identified and tested. County health officials will assist the College by consulting on appropriate action (quarantining individuals, temporarily suspending face-to-face course offering, etc.)

In some settings, broader testing, beyond close contacts, is recommended as a part of a strategy to control transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Actions will be taken as advised by the Health Department. Decisions about the level of risk and the scope of testing should be made in coordination with state, territorial, Tribal, and local health officials.

Response for Confirmed or Suspected cases of COVID-19

First initiated July 17, 2020, the current guidelines (last updated 3/22/22) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 include:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Get Tested as soon as symptoms develop so as not to delay possible treatment
  • Report your positive test results to online at https://www.sscc.edu/covid-19/reporting-questionnaires.shtml
  • Monitor symptoms and seek emergency medical care as recommended
  • Wear a mask and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequent handwashing and surface cleaning.
  • Increase ventilation
  • Follow 5-10 day isolation with total 10 days of masking guidelines regardless of vaccination or recent covid-19 illness status.

It is recommended to follow the steps found here to care for oneself and to help protect other people in their home and community.

Contact Tracing Response

Contact Tracing - If a positive case is identified, the COVID-19 Coordinator will work under the authority of SSCC administration with public health officials to identify close contacts inside and outside of the College.

According to the CDC, "for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more in 24 hours. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19."

Report your Covid-19 exposures online at https://www.sscc.edu/covid-19/reporting-questionnaires.shtml

Contact tracing is a tool that Public Health officials use in the fight against infectious diseases. The SSCC COVID-19 Coordinator will assist Public health staff work with a patient who has tested positive to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. All SSCC Staff and Students will participate in the process of reporting all SSCC contacts through a reporting questionnaire form. The results will be utilized for appropriate and required public health reporting and to make determination about campus health and safety issues.

Response to Covid-19 Exposure

First initiated July 17, 2020, the current guidelines (updated 8/11/22) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for close contacts of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0)
  • Get tested if you develop symptoms and on day #6 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you test negative, continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you test positive, you should isolate for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test (if you do not have symptoms). If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days from the date your symptoms began (the date the symptoms started is day 0). Follow recommendations for isolation.