March 11, COVID19 Update from Santa Fe College

March 11, 2020, 11:59 a.m. – The health, wellness and safety of Santa Fe College students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance to the college. Administration officials and the SF emergency Management team have been meeting regularly with the local and state Departments of Health and have been receiving advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As of 11:48 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, the Florida Department of Health is reporting a total of 21 cases of COVID-19 in Florida, including one who is currently being isolated in Alachua County.

The CDC stresses that the following symptoms – fever, cough and/or shortness of breath may occur two days to two weeks after exposure. You should stay home and avoid public areas. Do not go to work or school and call your health care provider immediately if you have any of those symptoms.

The college announced this week that any student, faculty or staff member who traveled to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Japan will not be permitted on any SF campus or center, and must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Any student, faculty or staff member who has been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to those countries, or is showing potential symptoms of COVID-19 and has been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to those countries must also self-quarantine.

If anyone is made aware of a student, faculty or staff member who is on any SF property when they should be in self-quarantine should instruct that individual to leave the property immediately. The individual who received the information about a potentially infected individual should call Lela Frye, Director of Human Resources at 352-395-5420 if it is a staff member; or contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 352-395-5955 if it is a student.

For updated information, visit the CDC COVID-19 webpage.

The Florida Department of Health also has a comprehensive website concerning COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself.