Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College continues to make efforts to protect the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and visitors. We rely on each employee to do their part to maintain a clean, safe and healthy environment.

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required for all employees while indoors. Face coverings do not have to be worn while in your individual offices or when eating.

Vaccinations

The College strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to get full vaccinated to protect themselves and the community.

Symptom Monitoring

Employees who are sick should stay home. Employees should monitor their temperature and themselves daily for the following symptoms:

  • 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
Isolation and Quarantine

OCtech follows the most recent guidelines for isolation and quarantine recommended by CDC and SCDHEC.

According to the CDC, Fully Vaccinated Employees:

  • Who have direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 should get tested within three-five days following exposure (even if asymptomatic) and wear a mask indoors at work for 14 days after exposure or until employee tests negative.
  • Who have direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine unless the employee tests positive for COVID.
  • Who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days.

According to the CDC, Unvaccinated Employees:

  • Who have direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after exposure.
  • Who are symptomatic and who test positive for COVID-19 can only return to work when ALL conditions are met:
    • 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared
    • Fever-free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication.
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
  • Who are asymptomatic must quarantine for 10 days after a positive test result.

Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate at home to prevent the spread of the illness.

 

Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

OCtech provides an Employee Assistance Program. Our EAP is through The Dawn Center. All employees – full time, part time or temporary – and members of their household may take advantage of this free service. Telehealth options and in-person therapy are available.

Employees should call Carolyn Gamble at 803.536.4900, ext. 134, to access services. If you already receive services through our EAP, contact your counselor directly. The benefit also covers dependent children. If your dependent child under the age of 18 and is in need of services, call Melinda Lamprecht at 803.534.2328, ext. 147.

To ensure that you protect your mental and emotional health:

  • Take care of your body: eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep; and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and participate in activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others.
  • Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your supervisor or dean. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, please contact Human Resources Director Marie Howell at howellm@octech.edu or 803.535.1207.