The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading authority in the United States on understanding and providing guidance around COVID-19. The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State change daily. PCA&D community members are encouraged to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites. The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention, and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.
Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. PCA&D students, faculty, and staff should consult their primary care doctor, or contact the Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Center and/or the Lancaster Health Center.
If you or a person you are living with do not need medical attention or are sent home after being hospitalized from COVID-19, the CDC also recommends action steps for Home Care.
PCA&D Community Reporting Guidance
To support the health and wellbeing of the PCA&D community, PCA&D asks students, faculty, and staff who have been exposed and/or who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, to report their situation to Dean of Students Jessica Edonick or their supervisor respectively. Students or family members of students in the Continuing Education and young artist programs should report exposure or COVID-19 infection to Director of Continuing Education Natalie Lascek.
Reporting Guidelines for Students
Reporting Guidelines for Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor if they or a family member they live with experiences symptoms as described by the CDC for COVID-19. These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, respiratory distress, and fatigue.
PCAD follows Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. PCAD is not able to disclose names and certain information regarding employee medical records.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Here is a video on preventing the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC: https://youtu.be/7-lW0s2yJA0.
In addition to typical efforts to maintain clean and healthy schools, additional precautionary measures are being implemented as follows:
The health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost importance to us. We will track and follow all virus updates and comply with any additional recommendations provided to higher education institutions in the state of Pennsylvania from local, state and/or federal health officials. For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Continuing Education Young Artist Programs: We are exploring online and alternative delivery models for some classes. If you are currently enrolled in any of these programs, we will contact you directly. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Continuing Education, Adult evening classes or Pre-College weekend classes: Please check the email you used to register for the class. We need your input regarding resources to complete class online. If you do not see our message in your inbox or junk folder, reach out to us at email@example.com or visit PCAD.edu/classes
Spring and Summer 2020 course registration for CE classes will continue online at pcad.edu/classes.