Delgado's response to the coronavirus disease outbreak

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

March 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Dear Delgado Community College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

On Sunday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay-at-home order that requires us all to shelter at home except to perform essential tasks beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Complying with the governor’s order will help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 illness. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of the virus and keeping our health care system from becoming overwhelmed.

Today, we resumed instruction by remote methods after a one-week planning period. Utmost thanks and gratitude to all of our faculty and staff who are working tirelessly to ensure that we continue to achieve our educational mission.

In accordance with the Governor’s executive order, we are restricting access to all seven Delgado locations to a very limited number of essential personnel. This will last until at least April 13. Of course, we are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for our colleagues who must be onsite to perform essential work.

Please review the governor’s order online and act accordingly. Also, please continue practicing appropriate hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and water at regular intervals, covering your coughs, limiting close contact with others and disinfecting common, shared objects. Reducing your exposure to other people is the only way to control the spread of this virus. Please continue to visit http://www.dcc.edu/coronavirus, watch your email, and follow Delgado’s official social media channels in order to keep up with the latest information and resources.  

I firmly reiterate Delgado’s commitment to fighting COVID-19 and protecting the health of our community. Just this morning, our Allied Health Division and Charity School of Nursing donated essential medical supplies and equipment to several area hospitals. Our Fab Lab is making face shields for use by local medical personnel. My heartfelt thanks to the deans and everyone who are making this effort to assist our friends and neighbors.

The health and safety of our entire Delgado community remains our top priority, followed by ensuring the educational progress of our students. Working together, with creativity, kindness, and consideration, we will take care of our students and ourselves in this unprecedented situation.

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.

Useful online resources for current and potential students, faculty and staff are linked on the left side of this page. Live chat is possible with representatives of academic units including librarians. 

Students with questions may communicate with a Student Services representative through the online chat button located on the right side of the Delgado homepage. 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. 

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

March 19, 2020: Connecting Students to Volunteer Opportunities

March 20, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 23, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

April 3, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

April 6, 2020: What you need to know about economic impact payments

April 6, 2020: TOPS relief signed by Governor John Bel Edwards: Here is what that means for students

April 9, 2020: LCTCS Emergency Telecommuting Policy

April 20, 2020: Writing Center Goes Virtual

April 21, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

April 30, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

May 8, 2020: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds FAQ’s

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

May 13, 2020: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds UPDATED

May 14, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

May 21, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib