Bossier Parish Community College continues to closely monitor developments related to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Earlier this evening, the Governor announced 13 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana with one case in Caddo Parish; since that announcement, another case in Caddo has emerged. It remains important that our efforts to plan for any eventuality not devolve into panic; though no cases of the virus have been confirmed for our campus, BPCC leadership at every level is decisively engaged in preparations should the situation worsen.
BPCC will continue to follow the guidance of local, state and national health authorities. We are also working closely with our sister institutions in the LCTCS and our four-year university partners in the region; this involves regularly sharing our plans and seeking to coordinate our response where applicable.
You have no doubt seen that some higher education institutions in southern Louisiana have announced a transition to remote instruction. We too are looking at what such a move would entail for BPCC and our academic leadership is meeting tomorrow to discuss such a plan should normal operations become a public health risk.
As for now, the most important thing we can do is to mitigate the potential for spread of this communicable disease by doing the following:
- Practice good hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Follow appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette;
- Stay home, rest and avoid close contact with others when you are sick or have a fever;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
BPCC will remain vigilant, monitor this situation as it evolves, develop plans that ensure the safety of students and employees, preserve our core mission, be prepared to act in a timely manner, and continue to communicate developments as necessary. For the most recent COVID-19 information, the campus community should consult the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health.
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