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Coronavirus Response Plan

As CCAC pursues its mission, we do so with the security of our students, faculty, staff, and campus as our top priority. College officials continue to monitor the news and expert recommendations regarding the Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person just like the flu or a cold through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. 

International Travel
If you are considering international travel, the College encourages you to monitor travel advisories/restrictions.  Depending on your destination, you may need to change or cancel your travel plans. Depending on where you travel, entry and exit control measures could change with little notice. Please check with the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory prior to making your travel plans.

Campus Planning
In the event COVID-19 emerges on CCAC’s campuses and/or centers, staff will follow protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Allegheny County Health Department. The protocol for managing the COVID-19 virus is determined by the associated risk level as defined below. These risk category definitions are subject to change due to the level of the threat within the geographical areas of concern. 

Risk Category



High Risk

  • Travel from Hubei Province, China
  • Living with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 without precautions
  • Immediate medical evaluation with pre-notification to allow for isolation
  • Travel only in private vehicle (with face mask) or medical transport (with full infection control precautions)

Medium Risk

  • Close contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19
  • Sitting within two rows of a laboratory-confirmed case on an aircraft
  • Living with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 with precautions
  • Travel from China other than Hubei Province
  • Medical evaluation if symptomatic, with pre-notification to allow for isolation
  • Travel only in private vehicle (with face mask) or medical transport (with full infection-control precautions)

Low Risk

  • Same indoor environment (like a waiting room) as a laboratory-confirmed case
  • In an aircraft with a laboratory-confirmed case but more than six feet away
  • Medical evaluation if symptomatic, with pre-notification to allow for isolation
  • No travel on local public transit or commercial bus, plane or train

No Identifiable Risk

  • Not meeting low, medium or high risk
  • Includes those who might have had passing exposure to a laboratory-confirmed case
  • Routine medical care
  • No restrictions on activities or travel

The college priority is the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.  We will remain vigilant with the ongoing situation and will notify the college community of any additional changes to the plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other illnesses. 

Facilities & Housekeeping
We have protocols in place to minimize the spread of illness to our students, faculty, and staff and we will work closely with Allegheny County Health Department to implement plans and protocol quickly in the event of a widespread outbreak that requires more action.  Currently, custodial and facilities personnel are working diligently to perform additional cleanings of classrooms, tables/desktops, and handles.  We are doing our very best to prevent the spread of illness.

Safety and Security
Safety and Security staff are working closely with the Executive Director of Safety and Security and the Campus Directors of Safety and Security to keep college campuses and centers safe.

Crisis Management Teams
A Crisis Management Team (CMT) has been established for each campus and center. Each CMT is led by the Director of Safety and Security.  These teams will assist in coordinating emergency activities, as directed by the Emergency Response Team (ERT).  In the event of an incident, the CMT will utilize and follow the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines.

All communication regarding the Coronavirus will be maintained on the college’s website and electronic monitors located on the college campuses and centers.  The information below, along with the CDC informational flyer, will be posted and maintained on the college’s website and the campus/center monitors.  In addition, the Coronavirus Response Plan will be posted on the college website as an informational link.

All students, staff, and faculty are advised to follow the same practices that help prevent the spread of influenza and other illnesses:  

  • Attend and participate in informational sessions and training activities related to the prevention of the spread of the flu and other illnesses.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and seek medical treatment.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. The main way that the flu spreads is from person to person is in the droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. Therefore, it is important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough/sneeze in your elbow or shoulder.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners that are at least 60 – 95% alcohol are also effective. 

 For more information about COVID-19, visit the following links.