Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) | HCC

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Utilize our COVID-19 Virtual Resources

March 24, 2020

ATTN Fort Campbell Students - the Education Center is now closed to the public. All counseling services for Soldiers will be conducted remotely via email. If you need additional assistance, you may also email hp-enable@kctcs.edu.

We will communicate with you as soon as we have further guidance in the future.

 

Important COVID-19 Update - 03/22/2020

On Sunday, March 22, Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) leadership was made aware that a college employee has received a presumptive positive for COVID-19. According to the Christian County Health Department, the test is categorized as presumptive due to the fact that the test was given at a new testing facility, which requires verification from the State.

HCC moved classes to all online instruction on March 13, then announcing on March 17 that college would make the full transition to complete virtual services beginning Monday, March 23. Some college employees began the transition to remote work as early as March 19. 

During this COVID-19 pandemic, HCC’s maintenance department has increased their general cleaning practices, incorporating more potent cleaning products. In an abundance of caution, HCC will utilize an outside contractor to perform additional sanitizing.

Health and safety is HCC’s primary concern. College administrators have been in contact with the Christian County Health Department (CCHD) for advisement. CCHD will contact anyone who the employee identifies as having been in contact.

COVID-19 resources can be found on the Christian County Health Department’s website www.christiancountyhd.com as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s resource page at www.kycovid19.ky.gov. There is also a state COVID-19 hotline, (800) 722-5725, operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions.

“As we go through this challenging time, our students, faculty, staff and I need the community’s support and patience. We are dealing with an unprecedented event and will do our best to keep everyone informed as we work through this fast-changing situation. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and know that we have the best intentions in everything we’re doing,” stated HCC President Dr. Alissa Young.

 

March 17, 2020

After much deliberation, we have decided that beginning on Monday, March 23, HCC will transition to virtual services. This means that campus buildings including the bookstore, labs, and testing centers will no longer be accessible to students or the public. Classes and library services are still accessible online. We feel this is the best course of action to help keep everyone healthy and safe. 

 

Online Class Instruction

We hope that our online class instruction will be temporary through April 12, but COVID-19 quarantine advisement will dictate our decisions. Please sign onto Blackboard, review your classes and communicate questions with your instructor as soon as possible so that you may be assisted. Blackboard tutorials are available online as well as Blackboard technical support at 713-333-7300.  

 

Student, Business, and Workforce Services

Student, Business, and Workforce Services are still available at HCC. General information can be discussed by phone, SKYPE, or email. 

 

Free Internet Services

During the COVID-19 pandemic, several area internet service providers are offering free internet service to students. For further information

 

Special Circumstances

For those students enrolled in courses that require labs, clinical visits, or practicums, you will be contacted by your instructors with details explaining how the remainder of the semester will be handled. 

 

Because communication is one of the most important pieces in making this a smooth transition, please remember to regularly check your KCTCS student email, our official communication channel. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @HopkinsvilleCC and utilize the KCTCS app.  

 

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as information changes quickly at state and national levels. We appreciate your patience during this time. We understand the stress that comes with uncertainty and change. Please know that we are still here to serve students even though we may be doing it away from our Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell campuses. 

 

March 13, 2020

Our campus community is taking preparations around COVID-19 very seriously. At this time, we continue to monitor the situation and gather information from state and local health agencies.

Hopkinsville Community College will be making the following adjustments:

  • HCC will move to all online course instruction Mon., March 13 – Sun., April 12. Instructors will contact students.
  • At this time, we hope for courses to return to their previous delivery method on Mon., April 13.
  • Blackboard workshops for students who are unfamiliar with online courses will be scheduled with social distancing utilized. Additional details to come.
  • All public, special events scheduled on campus will be canceled.
  • Limited computer lab access will be available. Additional details to come.
  • The Rotary Club of Hopkinsville Learning Resource Center (Library), Tutoring Center,  Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Testing Center will all be open with regular hours at this time with social distancing utilized.

All HCC Campuses will remain open during this period. We understand that this situation can create challenges for our students. All of our business and student support services will continue as usual.

HCC plans to resume all normal operations on Monday, April 13. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination about the rest of the semester by April 10. Please follow us on social media and check your KCTCS email and Blackboard accounts regularly. 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time.

 

 

 

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world.  As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky.  However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing.  We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.  The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

RESOURCES

State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725. 

Kentucky Department of Public Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Health Departments 

Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19.  You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

 

updated 3/13/2020