Delgado's response to the coronavirus disease outbreak

What is the most recent coronavirus information for Delgado Community College students, faculty, and staff?

March 20, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Dear Delgado Community College Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As our week of preparation for transitioning to alternative instructional delivery and working from remote locations ends, I have new information for you regarding Delgado’s operations starting Monday, March 23 until the unforeseeable future.

We are taking additional steps to protect students and employees and their families from COVID-19 illness. Safety remains paramount, even as we continue to serve our students.

As you are aware, the COVID-19 numbers are continuing to rise and Delgado Community College must do its part to reduce the spread. To that end, adhering to the mayor’s stay at home mandate, the following is our course of action beginning Monday, March 23:

  • No students or faculty will be allowed at all seven Delgado locations. All libraries and laboratories at all Delgado locations are closed.
  • All on-site college operations are suspended or drastically curtailed. Functions that can be performed by employees from remote locations will be done that way.
  • Essential personnel only may report to work. These persons will be notified by their supervisor and every effort will be made to reduce the number of essential personnel needed. Essential personnel will practice strict social distancing and hygiene/sanitary procedures while on site.
  • Only two of Delgado’s seven locations will be open to essential personnel: City Park Campus and West Bank Campus.

It is important to recognize that Delgado Community College is doing its part as Mayor Cantrell cautions everyone to stay home and practice social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of this virus. We are doing our part by operating remotely.

Please know that we must provide our students with the necessary means to complete the semester, and we are moving forward with enrolling students for the summer and fall using our new online tools. The college website, www.dcc.edu, provides online tools and access to real-time information for all students, faculty, and staff. Be sure to pay close attention to the college website and social media, read emails from the Chancellor and Delgado Communications and Marketing, and listen to advice and warnings by public officials. Students, stay home. This is a mandate that we must all observe.

As I have told you consistently since this situation first appeared on the horizon, we at Delgado are ready and we are resilient. Faculty, please work with your students to keep them calm, focused, and on track to complete their studies. Staff, please remember to check in with your co-workers and your supervisor while working remotely. This college is still running and still serving our people. However, we are doing this remotely.

Sincerely,

Larissa Littleton-Steib, Ph.D.

Chancellor

How is Delgado Community College sharing information about COVID-19 with students, faculty, staff, and visitors?

Updates about the disease and ongoing efforts to keep our community healthy and our students well-served are being posted as needed on the Delgado website. You are now on the page where this information is presented.

This is a quickly evolving situation and this page will be updated, as well as our social media pages, when new information emerges. Follow Delgado on Facebook, Twitter @delgadocc, YouTube, and on Instagram at delgadonola.

Students with questions may communicate with a Student Services representative through the online chat button located on the right side of this page. If the chat button does not appear, the Student Services representative is unavailable.

In the event that Delgado needs to communicate emergency information, the fastest way to receive that information is by a message from Delgado Alert. Register now for Delgado Alert so that important information can be provided directly to you in times of emergency. 

If you have already registered, log on to Delgado Alert now and make certain your registration is still active. Re-registration is required periodically.

What is Delgado Community College doing in response to the coronavirus disease outbreak?

Delgado Community College has convened a workgroup to manage the impact on community health and activities by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The workgroup is meeting continually to plan for contingencies related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Task forces are working on instructional and business activities, information technology, facilities management, and communications.

Plans are now being implemented to manage effects of the coronavirus disease outbreak on activities for the remainder of the Spring Semester, Summer Session, and beyond. These plans include remote instructional delivery and work-from-home. See the Important Documents and Communications list below for more specific information.

COVID-19 originated in China late last year and has spread around the world. In Louisiana, the number of cases is tracked by the Louisiana Department of Health. There are no known cases involving Delgado faculty, staff, students or associates.

Currently, the immediate health risk to members of the Delgado community is considered low. However, the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 globally is high, so this risk assessment to our community may change.

Information about keeping healthy and Delgado's response to the COVID-19 outbreak is presented below.

What is the coronavirus disease and how do I avoid it?

See the COVID-19 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and answers posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Louisiana Department of Health website contains detailed information about COVID-19 and precautions you can take to avoid becoming sick from this or any other virus, including influenza:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses, at times, can evolve and infect people, then spread through human-to-human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination.

Ways to protect yourself from illnesses such as the cold, flu, and the coronavirus:

  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

Delgado maintenance and housekeeping staff are providing additional quantities of soap and hand sanitizer in restrooms and workplaces, and they are using anti-viral cleaning chemicals. Although hand sanitizer is in short supply due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Delgado officials have made arrangements with suppliers to ensure timely delivery and implementation.

Where can I learn more about the coronavirus disease and its potential effects?

The latest information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S. and worldwide can be found online at the Louisiana Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana Department of Health coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 during business hours, 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

People with legitimate concerns about the possibility of having or being exposed to COVID-19 should not walk into a doctor's office, health department office, hospital emergency department, urgent care, or other health care facility to seek testing or treatment. Instead, they should call their healthcare provider and tell them that you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s staff take steps to prepare for your arrival or to provide further instructions. In an emergency, they should contact Emergency Medical Services at 911 and tell them that you may have COVID-19.

The City of New Orleans is responding to cases of COVID-19. Text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive alerts.  The NOLA Ready website is a useful resource for city residents and visitors.

Important documents and communications about COVID-19 and the Delgado response.

March 2, 2020: Louisiana Division of Administration FAQ Update

March 3, 2020: Letter to State Employees from Gov. Edwards

March 3, 2020: What you need to know about COVID-19 (CDC)

March 6, 2020: Delgado Infectious Diseases Policy

March 6, 2020: Delgado Guidelines for Persons Returning from COVID-19 Alert Areas

March 6, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 9, 2020: New Orleans Health Department COVID-19 Info Sheet

March 9, 2020: Communication from Chancellor Steib

March 11, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 12, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 13, 2020: Information for Students Enrolled in Science Labs

March 13, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 15, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 16, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 17, 2020: Information for Students Enrolled in Science Labs

March 17, 2020: Delgado Employee Telecommuting Policy

March 18, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib