STATEMENT FROM SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE RE: COVID-19

For more information, contact:
Daphne Thomas
Executive Director
Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
901-333-4368 or 901-277-4681
djthomas@southwest.tn.edu

Diana Fedinec, Director Public Relations and Media
901-333-4247/2939
dfedinec@southwest.tn.edu

March 9, 2020 – The safety of Southwest Tennessee Community College students, faculty, staff and visitors is a priority and the College is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and following protocols as set forth in our emergency response plan.

The Shelby County Health Department yesterday announced the first patient in Shelby County to test positive for the coronavirus. Earlier today, they notified two Southwest Radiologic Technology students that they were exposed to the patient while performing their clinical rotation at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis. The students have been instructed to self-quarantine and not return to rotations or classes until March 18 if they are symptom-free, which is 14 days after their initial exposure to the infected patient.

Unfortunately, these two students were unaware of their exposure last week and attended classes in the Allied Health Building on the Union Avenue Campus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. While the risk of the spread of infection to other students as a result of this is low, out of an abundance of caution, the College is closing the Allied Health Building only through March 18 to provide our custodial services staff an opportunity to perform a deep cleaning of the building, paying particular attention to the radiologic technology classrooms, laboratories and equipment. The cleaning will comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Southwest continues to vigilantly monitor and respond to new information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Our priority is the health and safety of the Southwest community and public at large. Regular updates are provided to all stakeholders and the College has launched a coronavirus website that serves as an information hub to the campus community and beyond.