Monthly Archives: December 2020Share
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Oh, 2020. We had such high hopes for our new decade. And then just after we put away our New Year’s hats and noisemakers, we learned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
On Monday, January 27, 2020, we shared that the CDC considered this a low health risk to the American public, and there were no reported cases of the virus in Florida. Little did we know what the future held.
This was also the first time we shared the CDC recommendation to frequently wash hands and to see a healthcare professional if experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing and coronavirus exposure. Now most of us can say this in our sleep.
By Tuesday, February 18, 2020, this virus had an official name — COVID-19 — and we alerted employees of a travel ban, effective Sunday, February 2, 2020, to suspend entry of non-United States citizens — who recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau — to the United States. Additionally, a 14-day quarantine was imposed on United States citizens returning from the People’s Republic of China.
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, as we all looked forward to the following week’s Spring Break, the College launched a website to provide COVID-19 updates, Monitoring the Coronavirus. Additionally, we shared — following the guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida College System — that employees or students who traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Iran or Italy self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days upon return from their trip.
And then during our Spring Break, the virus began to spread rapidly in the United States, in Florida and the Orlando area, resulting in closures, mask mandates and recommendations to social distance, all ending in a closure of our campuses. Fortunately, several COVID-19 vaccine trials from multiple companies are taking place with promising results, and one has received Food and Drug Administration approval.