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September 2, 2020

MCC Develops COVID-19 Communication Plan

Fort Morgan, CO 9/2/2020. Morgan Community College (MCC) began fall semester classes on August 24, 2020 and has implemented numerous safety protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The college has also instituted a formal plan to communicate known or suspected COVID-19 exposures.

Students, faculty, staff and college visitors who have a suspected or known COVID-19 exposure or have received a positive test result, are asked to report the information through an incident report form at www.morgancc.edu/report. This will allow the college to respond quickly with appropriate actions to help safeguard students and staff. MCC will work in conjunction with the Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) to address confirmed cases.

The college will use a three-tiered alert system to communicate potential or known exposures of students and staff.

COVID Watch: MCC will issue a COVID Watch when the college receives a verbal notice that someone who has been on campus is presumed positive or has tested positive. The COVID Watch status will be communicated to campus individuals who had close contact to the potentially infected person. Areas where the potential exposure occurred will receive additional deep-cleaning, and a determination will be made regarding continuing in-person instruction or office services in that location.

COVID Warning: MCC will issue a COVID Warning when there has been a documented positive case of COVID-19. This warning will typically go to those who may have been exposed to the person testing positive and may trigger that certain classes change to remote-only instruction. Recipients of a COVID Warning may also be contacted by a NCHD contact tracer.

COVID Outbreak: MCC will issue a COVID Outbreak notice if the Northeast Colorado Health Department deems that the college has multiple positive cases that are likely connected. A COVID Outbreak notification may trigger campus-wide notifications and changes in instruction or office working plans based on feedback from the Health Department.

The college continues to take a strong approach to promote the health and safety of its students, staff, and the public. Access to MCC facilities requires full compliance with social distancing and facial mask mandates. Individuals who may not be able to wear a facemask due to a pre-existing medical condition or other disability may request accommodation by contacting Scott Scholes (Scott.Scholes@MorganCC.edu), Vice President of Student Services or Julie Beydler (Julie.Beydler@MorganCC.edu), Director of Human Resources.

For up-to-date information, visit www.MorgancCC.edu/covid-19 or call (800) 622-0126.