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Reopening and COVID-19

General Questions 
COVID-19 Information and Resources

View answers to frequently asked general questions about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on PCOM operations. This information is applicable to all locations.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. A coronavirus can cause a wide range of illnesses, from the common cold to severe pneumonia. The novel coronavirus (sometimes referred to as Wuhan coronavirus for the place where it was first detected) at the center of the current epidemic has been named SARS-CoV-19, and the illness it causes has been named COVID-19 (abbreviation for coronavirus disease 2019). This is a new strain of coronavirus.

Is PCOM closed due to COVID-19?

While the College has begun reopening across all three campuses, access to campus is limited to those faculty and staff who are deemed essential. Some in-person academic instruction is taking place, though it is limited.

PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia will follow local and state public health recommendations to determine the best plan for reopening.

How is PCOM cleaning and disinfecting spaces on campus?

Classrooms on all three campuses are cleaned and disinfected between uses with an EPA registered disinfectant. All high touch hard surfaces on campus, including restrooms, handrails and elevators are cleaned and disinfected twice each day. Personal desks and telephones and cleaned by the individuals assigned to those resources. Water fountains on each campus have been disabled.

The Activities Center at PCOM and the Fitness Center at PCOM Georgia have been closed.

What do I do if I come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

Please follow the CDC precautions if you have come in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have, or is being evaluated for COVID-19.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, students must report this to the Office of Student Affairs and faculty/staff must report this to the Office of Human Resources.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

*Taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Will the College require faculty, students and staff to self screen for COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, in addition to social distancing, wearing masks and guidelines that have been provided, the College is requiring all those returning to campus to download and install #CampusClear. #CampusClear is a COVID-19 self-screener mobile/web app that will enable daily communication (7 days a week) between you and authorized PCOM administrators responsible for managing campus safety. To learn more about #CampusClear visit my.pcom.edu.

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