Prevention of Illness

Updated March 10, 2020

Oconee Fall Line Technical College continues to actively monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to infection with novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). People in numerous countries, including the United States, have been affected. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Oconee Fall Line Technical College or in the College’s eleven-county service area.

The College remains in contact with the Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia public health officials to ensure that we are following the latest information, trends, and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The safety and well-being of the College community is always our highest priority. We will update this page as needed to keep our campus community informed.

Preventing the illness

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • 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.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also offers specific guidance for travelers.

What happens if a case is identified?

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Oconee Fall Line Technical College or in the College’s eleven-county service area. The CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, and local health care experts will be integrally involved if a case is detected in our area. The College remains in close contact with them to understand their protocols and refine our plans as the recommendations from national and state authorities evolve and change.

The College has a robust emergency response plan and contingency plans that can be called into place if needed.