TVCC IS OPEN
In accordance with Governor Brown’s Executive Order, TVCC is now allowed to begin planning for reopening to in-person instruction for Fall 2020. The college is open but still has limited on-campus operations and services during Summer 2020. Register early to reserve a seat for in-person classes this fall. Take a look at the latest information on college operations during the COVID19 situation:
June 30, 2020
TVCC STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
A Treasure Valley Community College student who attends an in-person instructional course tested positive for Covid-19 today. The student was last on campus on Thursday, June 25. All classes in the Science Center were be canceled for Tuesday, June 30, to allow for deep-cleaning in the Science Center classroom and laboratory and those students have been notified. Classes in the Science Center will continue virtually through the rest of this week. In-person instruction and labs will resume on Monday, July 6 in the Science Center.
Students have been practicing mandatory social distancing in assigned seats and wearing face coverings when entering and exiting the classroom. Students have also been required to wear face coverings at all times during lab hours. Additional information about continuing in-person instruction will be released later on Tuesday. No changes are anticipated for any other classes including regularly scheduled online or virtual instruction courses.
TVCC is working with the Malheur County Health Department to ensure we are following best practices to continue protecting our students and our community. The recommendation is to continue current protocol as indicated above.
Students and employees should limit contact with anyone who is not six feet away or wear masks when social distancing is not possible. The current guidance is that class cancellation is not required as long as protocols can be maintained. The Resumption Team will review this guidance and make recommendations.
STATEWIDE MANDATORY MASK GUIDANCE DOES NOT APPLY TO HIGHER EDUCATION
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission clarified on a call this morning that colleges and universities are not subject to the mandatory face covering order which begins for other businesses and retail stores on July 1. Since TVCC falls under HECC, we will continue to follow our current process as outlined in yesterday's Update and as below:
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED: All students and staff must wear face coverings while on campus. Employees may remove
the covering once you reach your work station or desk AND you are at least six feet
away from others. Once a student is seated in the classroom, they may remove the face
covering as long as they remain six feet apart from others. Students will be required
to wear face coverings during lab. During the first week of classes, disposable face
coverings will be provided for students.
Guests to the campus will also be required to wear face coverings. Signs will be posted.
FOLLOW THESE TIPS OR SAFELY WEARING/REMOVING FACE COVERINGS
Hold the face covering by the ear loops or ties. Fold the cloth face covering so the contaminated outside is folded inward. Be careful to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth while removing the face covering. Then wash your hands thoroughly.
Storage: Do not place in pocket for later use. Carefully fold the mask so the contaminated
outside is folded inward and against itself. Place
in clean or new paper bag, and perform hand hygiene. Find more information here
Please contact Anne-Marie Kelso if you have questions or concerns.
LOCAL COVID-19 CASES INCREASE
Here's the latest from the Malheur County Health Department:
With 15 new cases last week, the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Malheur County has shot up. The above graph shows the rate of new cases over 12 weeks, since our first lab-confirmed positive case was reported the week of March 29th.
As record numbers of Oregonians, including those in Malheur, have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, many have wondered if that’s simply due to increased testing. Although testing has increased, the positive test rate, which shows the prevalence of the virus, has increased, both statewide and in Malheur County. By offering tests to more and more people at a lower threshold, meaning people with fewer or no symptoms are included in testing, the positive test rate should go down as the number of tests increases. Last week, more COVID-19 tests (149) were reported in Malheur County than any week prior and yet the positive test rate went up to 4.6%. The state rate has gone from 1.6% in mid-May to 4.1% for the week ending last Friday. The takeaway is that COVID-19 is spreading more rampantly.
We are OPEN but are limiting public access to campus buildings. Closed building will be posted as closed. Please do not enter these buildings (even if you have keys - and don't ask anyone else to open these buildings for you) without permission since we are trying to limit access to enable us to prioritize cleaning during this time.