Good Evening BCCC Faculty and Staff:
The President’s Cabinet and Deans met today to review and refine continuity of operation plans to ensure BCCC will continue to maintain instruction and student services, as well as business and IT functions in the event that remote operations become necessary. I am also in communication with the Maryland two year college Presidents to exchange information about the precautions they are implementing; we are all similar in the actions being taken.
At the same time, I want to make you aware that an outside guest lecturer was on Campus today speaking to a single class of approximately 30 students. The speaker attended the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. from March 1st through March 3rd. Of the 18,000 conference attendees, two attendees from New York State tested positive for coronavirus. The Washington D.C. Health Department said in a statement on Friday, March 6th “there is no identified risk to conference attendees at this time.” - https://www.haaretz.com/us-news The class of students also received communication from VP Jones to inform them of the matter. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed.
Advancing Campus Cleaning Protocols
- Beginning this Friday through Sunday, our Housekeeping team will provide a deep cleaning to student service and academic areas, thoroughly disinfecting classroom desks, chairs, floors, hallways, bathrooms, receptacles and other high-touch surfaces.
- Cabinet will identify departments with high student and community traffic, so cleaning supplies can be distributed including disinfectant wipes and spray, hand sanitizer, paper towels, tissues and latex gloves. Such supplies will also be available to departments with lower traffic volume.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed around Campus. Extra dispensers, refills and bottles of hand sanitizer have been ordered, most vendors are indicating that hand sanitizer is high demand and on back order.
- The College continues to operate as normal. Please visit BCCC’s webpage on the coronavirus for updates.
- Any decisions about cancellations or closure will be made with guidance from state, local and national authorities as we continue to monitor this health concern.
Update for Maryland
- Today, the Baltimore Sun reported three more confirmed cases of Marylanders who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). They are a Montgomery County woman in her 60s who is home and doing well, and a Prince George’s County couple. All three are said to have taken the same Egyptian cruise.
- This announcement now brings Maryland’s number of cases to nine residents confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus: five in Montgomery County, three in Prince George’s County and one in Harford County.
- There are no confirmed cases in Baltimore.
- Initial investigations from the Maryland Department of Health report “there are no major concerns for exposure risk to the community and that there is no connection to other positive cases.”
Continue to Stay Informed
- Visit BCCC’s webpage on the Coronavirus for updates and other important information and resources.
- Remember to sign up for BCCC Mobile Alerts, the College’s free messaging service via Omnilert to receive alerts in real-time.
By all means, talk directly with your supervisor if you have other questions. Thank you for your continued cooperation. Stay well and safe!
Debra L. McCurdy, PhD