Latest Update from the College About Coronavirus

The coronavirus brings a worldwide concern to our community, and we understand it can be very scary and confusing. Central Piedmont continues to remain in contact with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Mecklenburg County Health Department, for updates and direction.

The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, declared a state of emergency Tuesday (3/10/20), as leaders and public health officials continue to deal with the coronavirus. As of this writing, the Charlotte Observer reports North Carolina now has seven people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health officials said. All of the patients are in isolation while officials identify close contacts.”

Now that cases have been confirmed in North and South Carolina, it’s time to put aside panic and focus on preparation. We can all stop stigma and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided resources on mental health and coping during COVID-19 and also issued information about helping end coronavirus-related stigma and discrimination that is occurring toward groups of people including:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled abroad or to states with coronavirus outbreaks
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

In the meantime, the college’s contracted company for cleaning and janitorial services is taking extra care to clean and disinfect the usual virus and germ “transmission points,” such as doorknobs, light switches, water fountains, phones, countertops, etc.

To reduce your chances of contracting any kind of illness, the CDC recommends the following.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (social distancing).
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We pledge to give you as much updated information as we can. This is an update to let you know we are thinking of every option to keep you safe and healthy. Visit the college’s Emergency Management website for updates from Central Piedmont.

Ebola Update

As the first few cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the US it is important for College personnel to understand the basics of this virus and its transmission.  Currently at most risk are healthcare workers and those who have had Ebolaclose contact with infected individuals.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging U.S. residents to avoid non-essential travel to West Africa – the center of the outbreak. Travel warnings have been issued for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Infection occurs from direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood/bodily fluids or secretions of an infected individual, contact with sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Infection can also occur if broken skin or mucous membranes of a healthy person come into contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids- such as soiled clothing, bed linen, or used needles.

Please keep in mind that Ebola is highly infectious but is not considered to be highly contagious, per the CDC; you can only catch it by direct contact from a symptomatic individual. If any CPCC employees or students must travel to the West Africa region or have questions regarding the Ebola virus please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ext. 6580 or Aashima.Rodkey@cpcc.edu.

EHS will continue working closely with health agencies and keep the College abreast of any pertinent updates.

Please familiarize yourself with the CPCC Communicable Disease Policy

For additional information on the Ebola virus: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

Flu Prevention 101

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States; most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza like illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to recommend the influenza vaccine for people who have not been vaccinatedwashing hands this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications.

What is the flu?
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

How is the flu spread?
Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.  Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. To avoid catching the flu, people should wash their hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

Who Should Get Vaccinated

Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season.

Preventative Actions

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap & water or an alcohol based hand rub.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Get plenty of rest