COVID-19 Update

Since March 2020, Pasco-Hernando State College has proactively instituted COVID-19 safety measures to protect the health of students, faculty, staff and the community. Over the past year, College protocols have been revised as conditions have changed. Presently, most protocols remain in place while some have been updated to meet changing circumstances. PHSC’s goal is to safeguard the health and safety of the college community while sustaining, as much as possible, a normal collegiate and work experience.

August 13, 2021 Updated Protocols

General Health and Safety

PHSC Expects Face Masks / Face Coverings to be worn indoors by faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors at all PHSC locations. Face coverings should also be worn by all participants at all indoor College hosted off-campus events, meetings and activities. When working alone in offices, classrooms, or other rooms on campus, it is not necessary to wear masks. However, masks should be readily available and worn as soon as anyone enters the room or workspace. 

  • Vaccinated individuals – Optional while outdoors.
  • Unvaccinated individuals – Encouraged while outdoors.

Social Distancing Practices will be implemented at all PHSC locations whenever possible, indoors and outdoors and at any College-hosted off-campus events and activities.   

Practice good personal hygiene. Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer. 

Self-Screening is essential. Faculty, staff and students should not report to work, attend classes, or visit any PHSC location if experiencing fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. (see list of symptoms.*) Communicate with instructors or supervisor immediately to report absences. 

Remote/virtual access to meetings, events, and activities should be provided, when possible, to support de-densifying strategies and social distancing.

Following Positive Test:

  • Complete the 10-calendar day quarantine period 
  • Be asymptomatic with no fever (or use of medications to suppress fever) for at least 24 hours prior to return to campus.
  • In accordance with IMM 1-45, medical clearance should be submitted to the appropriate office.
  • Sick leave must be used if symptomatic during quarantine. If asymptomatic, working remotely is an acceptable alternative.

Following Significant Exposure:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should:
    • Test 3-5 days following the date of exposure.
    • Self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following exposure.
    • Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until a negative test result is received
    • Isolate upon positive COVID-19 test results.  
    • Consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure to COVID-19 or if residing with an individual who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children 12 years of age or younger)
    • Most fully vaccinated people without COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 if they follow the testing and masking recommendations above.
  • Non-vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should:
    • Quarantine for 10 days.
    • Remain asymptomatic through quarantine.
    • Follow the same protocol as those who test COVID-19 positive, restarting quarantine at the onset of symptoms.
    • Request permission to consider working remotely.
    • Remote work must be recommended by supervisors and reviewed and approved by an executive administrator and the President.

Events

Events and activities held at any PHSC location or hosted by PHSC at offsite be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If the event is approved, attendees -- whether employees, students, or community members -- are expected to follow PHSC protocols.

Facilities Cleaning/Scope of Work/Sanitization Details

  • The original Scope of Work will continue daily with the supplement of the additional cleaning/disinfecting due to the COVID -19 pandemic.
  • Cleaning of high touch points within buildings during scheduled times, i.e. door handles, desks, tables, chair arms, handicap access bottoms, restroom fixtures.
  • Disinfection of horizontal surfaces and touch points within used classrooms between or after classes.
  • Disinfection of common areas such as lobbies, intake desks, plexiglass dividers.
  • Disinfection of restrooms during scheduled cleaning times scheduled for buildings.
  • Other Cleaning/Disinfecting as requested within the conditions of the Agreement.
  • Addition of Disinfection Custodians to continuously disinfect high touch points around the campuses.
  • In the event of a Positive COVID -19 by individuals on campus – any affected areas (office, classroom, etc.) will be secured and entry denied for 24 to 48 hours. The area will be cleaned and disinfected, before reentry.
  • Disinfecting solutions – better suited for COVID use (in use since April 2020).
  • Additional Daily Disinfection Custodians- The sole function of the additional custodians will be to disinfect touch points within buildings at times specified in the schedule. These additional Team Members will disinfect high touch points in classrooms, remove trash, straighten and disinfect chairs and make the room ready for the next class to safely enter. The disinfection specialist will wear a distinguishable uniform shirt in a different color from the other ABM staff.

Hand sanitizer stations/Quantity by Locations

West Campus: 109

East Campus:  58

North Campus: 53

Spring Hill Campus: 64

Porter Campus: 71

Instructional Performing Arts Center: 15

Total: 370

*Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/

The information is current as of August 13, 2021. Circumstances regarding COVID-19 and variants of the virus are continuously changing. PHSC protocols and guidance may be adapted as conditions change and some administrative actions and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Updates will be announced and posted on the COVID-19 page of the College website www.phsc.edu.

PHSC COVID-19 Positive Cases in Academic Year 2021-2022

The following report includes a weekly COVID positive cases report and cumulative COVID positive cases beginning August 1, 2021.

Week of October 10, 2021:

Staff 0
Students 2

Cumulative Report:

Staff Cumulative 31
Student Cumulative 112
COVID Positive Cases for the Weeks beginning August 1, 2021
 
Week of Staff Student
Oct.  3 2 5
Sept. 26 2 10
Sept. 19 1 6
Sept. 12 4 13
Sept. 5 2 15
Aug. 29 3 13
Aug. 22 6 33
Aug. 15 4 13
Aug. 8 6 1
Aug. 1 1 1

COVID-19 Positive Cases Academic Year 2020-2021

COVID Positive Cases for the Weeks of January 3 - July 25, 2021
 
Week of Staff Student
July 25 4 0
July 18 0 0
July 11 0 0
June 20 0 0
June 13 0 0
June 6 1 0
May 30 0 0
May 23 0 0
May 16 0 0
May 9 0 0
May 2 0 0
Apr. 25 0 0
Apr. 18 1 1
Apr. 11 3 2
Apr. 4 1 3
Mar. 28 1 1
Mar. 21 1 0
Mar. 14 0 0
Mar. 7** 0 1
Feb. 21 1 4
Feb. 14 1 3
Feb. 7 1 0
Jan. 31 1 6
Jan. 24 1 2
Jan. 17 3 1
Jan. 10 3 4
Jan. 3* 5 0
*Winter break for staff included weeks of Dec. 20 and 27, 2020; student winter break also included week of Jan. 3, 2021. **Spring break for staff and students included week of March 1-5, 2021.
COVID Positive Cases for the Weeks of August 3 - December 13, 2020

 

Week of Staff Student
Dec. 13 0 1
Dec. 6 0 3
Nov. 29 1 2
Nov. 22 2 2
Nov. 15 1 1
Nov. 8 1 6
Nov. 1 1 6
Oct. 25 0 0
Oct. 18 0 1
Oct. 11 1 2
Oct. 4 0 1
Sept. 27 0 0
Sept. 20 0 1
Sept. 13 0 0
Sept. 6 0 1
Aug. 30 2 1
Aug. 23 2 0
Aug. 16 1 0
Aug. 9 0 0
Aug. 3 0 0
Cumulative COVID Positive Cases All Weeks Since Reporting Began August 3, 2020
Staff Cumulative 71
Student Cumulative 168

For reliable, up-to-date, local, regional, statewide and national information on COVID-19, go to the Links On this Page for the following websites:

  • Florida Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

College Operations

PHSC President COVID-19 Video Series

PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., frequently produces video messages providing updates on College operations related to COVID-19 activity. View the latest video in the series on the COVID-19 Updates playlist on Youtube.

Protecting Yourself

While it’s unclear exactly how it’s transmitted, COVID-19 is thought to spread through person-to-person contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms range from mild to serious and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Here are some tips from the CDC to reduce your chances of becoming ill:

Wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the Coronavirus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact a healthcare professional to determine whether testing or treatment is needed.

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.