I hope this email finds you well as we begin instruction today for Spring term (finally!)
As you are likely aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In addition to maintaining 6-feet social distancing, the CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain.
Cloth face coverings can be made inexpensively from fabric or common materials you have around the house. The attached document from the CDC discusses the use of these masks and includes instructions on how to make them from materials you likely have at home. Video instructions for an easy face covering can be found here. These cloth masks are reusable and can be sanitized by normal washing in a washing machine.
In light of these recommendations from the CDC, we encourage everyone to wear a cloth mask whenever on campus. If you are a critical or essential employee working on campus, we will provide you with a surgical paper mask to wear. These surgical masks are very limited in supply, so they will have to be reused. We expect you to wear a cloth mask over the surgical mask to increase its lifespan. Managers will contact critical and essential employees working on campus with directions for obtaining a surgical mask.
We are constantly looking for ways to mitigate the transmission of the coronavirus to our LCC community. Simple measures like social distancing, wearing a cloth face mask, limiting your time on campus, and frequent hand-washing go a long way in minimizing the impacts. If you do have the need to come to campus, please do not bring family members. We are doing our best to keep you and yours safe during these difficult times.
Stay home, stay safe.