COVID-19 (update) March 24, 2020

Classes will continue online for the remainder of the spring semester.

  • Continue to monitor communication channels (college website, D2L and social media) for information on when students may return to campus for labs and clinicals.  Meanwhile, Program Coordinators will be in touch with students about maximizing available online tools.
  • Graduation and all honor ceremony activities are postponed until additional guidance is received from Governor McMaster.
  • The OCtech bookstore will be open for students to pick up book and supply orders from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.  Please email bookstore orders to hightowerk@octech.edu.
  • All extracurricular and community activities have been suspended through August 1.

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Important Information:

Health officials worldwide are closely monitoring the outbreak of illness caused by the newly identified coronavirus (COVID-19).

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s priority is the health and safety of our college community. The college will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for updates.

What is it?

  • A new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China
  • It has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people

How is it spread?

  • Through the air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes

Who is at risk?

  • Travelers to and from certain areas are at increased risk, as are the close contacts of those who are ill
  • Current risk to the general public is low
  • See travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What are the symptoms?

Illnesses can be mild, or in some cases be severe enough to require hospitalization. Symptoms of this respiratory illness primarily include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How is it prevented?

  • Similar to prevention of other respiratory illnesses, including the flu
  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid others
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

Source: scdhec.gov/COVID19