West Georgia Technical College Released the following statement March 19, 2020:
The health and safety of West Georgia Technical College’s students, faculty, and staff is always our first priority. Today, West Georgia Technical College was notified that a member of the college community has self-reported a positive COVID-19 test. This person was last on our Douglas Campus March 5, 2020, with no evidence of visiting any other campus.
The overall risk of COVID-19 to students, faculty, and staff at WGTC remains low. Health officials are taking precautionary measures to quickly identify cases of COVID-19, take appropriate public health action to reduce its spread, and protect the general public in identifying potential contacts.
For members of the WGTC community, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19, are:
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm 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.
We advise the WGTC community to watch for signs and symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and to contact their primary care physician if they experience any symptoms. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center.
For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19, visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
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