NCTC Coronavirus Updates


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Community Resources

NCTC has compiled a list of Community Resources to assist during this challenging time. This list will be updated as new resources or services become available.

Shelter-in-place

  • Denton County has issued an Executive order to stay at home effective 11:59 PM on March 25, 2020. In response, access to our Denton Exchange, Flower Mound, and Corinth campuses will not be allowed.
  • Montague County has issued an Order of the County Judge to stay home effective March 26, 2020. In response, access to our Bowie campus will not be allowed.
  • Young County has issued a stay at home directive effective March 30, 2020. In response, access to our Graham campus will not be allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

In response to providing virtual campus resources, NCTC has compiled FAQ’s to address the most common questions from students and staff during this time. For any questions or concerns please contact us – we are here for you!

Page last updated: April 1, 2020, 4:40 p.m. CDT

Chancellors Update

Lions,

With President Trump’s latest extension regarding social distancing to April 30 as the COVID-19 cases surge, we need to understand the growing necessity to keep a distance from other people.

Effective today we will be extending our current EOP (Emergency Operations Plan) until April 30.  This is an abundance of caution, but I would remind you that if things start to improve (as we pray they will) we can always begin to slowly bring staff back on campus at earlier dates.

Faculty, you will not be required to return to campus for the remainder of the Spring Semester.  Because of your hard work online and the great job you are doing, I am confident you can work from home and not need to return to the campuses physically. Again, if you need to be on campus for a brief moment (picking up something, etc.) you will still need to receive approval from the Office of Emergency Management by emailing Patrick Abu at pabu@nctc.edu. Please note this is at the discretion of the Office of Emergency Management and some campus access may not be approved.

Faculty, on another note, you should be receiving your letter of intent for faculty extension this week or next.  They have been mailed.

Staff, thank you so much for the hard work you are doing remotely. Answering text, emails, phones, advising our students the list is too long to provide, but thank you!

When we begin to bring staff back we will do so in a systematic manner, not an all “hands back on deck.”  Our plan will make sure that there is still considerable social distancing as long as the CDC guidelines require and/or recommend these protocols.

I will continue to keep you updated as often as I can and have meaningful information to provide you.

Again, I have extended the physical campus closure to April 30.

Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely,

Brent Wallace, Ph.D.
Chancellor

Previous Updates


North Central Texas College (NCTC) will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus as cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries.

NCTC will continue to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services to aid in decisions involving the college community. North Central Texas College Administration continues to meet, discuss, and plan as the stages of this virus continue to change.

We are prepared and committed to the safety of our staff, students, parents, and community. We encourage you to use the resources produced and communicated by the CDC, HHS and follow the guidance provided as we partner together to keep our NCTC community safe.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of coronaviruses from the CDC's transmission website.

What Is the Risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website.

Symptoms & Transmission of COVID-19

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

How Can I Protect Myself from the Virus?

Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website.

Take care of yourself and others by:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Where Can I Get Updated & Accurate Information On COVID-19?

For updated and accurate information, refer to:

Travel Guidance

Where should I avoid travel? add

The CDC Information for Travel has travel notices and recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These travel notices and are based on potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area.

CDC still recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel.

  • Level 3 (Warning): CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of an increased risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Level 2 (Alert): COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, if you are in these groups, consult with a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
  • Level 1 (Watch): If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
I've been to an affected area on the CDC's COVID-19 travel advisories page. What should I do now? add

If you have traveled from or through any country that is designated as a Level 1, 2 or 3 by CDC for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, follow the recommendations below for Students and Faculty/Staff.

Students/Faculty/Staff: We are asking our students, faculty, and staff to be mindful of our community and self-report any family/self-travel to Level 1, 2 or 3 areas to the NCTC Recent & Planned Travel Survey.

If you do not feel well following travel to a Level 2 or Level 3 area, we ask that you please stay at home. In such an event, please contact a medical professional and follow the medical professional’s advice, including any encouragement to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Additional Resources

NCTC will continue to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services to aid in decisions involving the college community. North Central Texas College Administration continues to meet, discuss, and plan as the stages of this virus continue to change.

For updated and accurate information, refer to: