WSCC reports COVID-19 case involving several students

VICTORY TWP. — West Shore Community College was notified of a positive COVID-19 case in the college’s technical center, which will impact several students who were attending a class.

A student, who received a positive test on Dec. 2, was considered to have close contact with two other students in the class, according to a news release. Those students, if they become symptomatic, have been notified to seek testing and self-quarantine until Dec. 14.

The college has also notified the remaining students in the course and will continue to encourage all college students to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and practice social distancing and mask wearing in all public places, the news release stated.

“The college is committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, employees and community during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Thom Hawley, executive director of college relations. “We continue to post notifications of confirmed cases on our webpage as they are received, along with other information related to our response to the pandemic.”

While the college has reverted to online classes for a majority of its students, some face-to-face classes will be allowed to continue. Those that require a laboratory setting will still be held in person.

An emergency order by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states that “limitations to gatherings do not apply to training of law enforcement, correctional; medical, or first responder personnel, insofar as those activities cannot be conducted remotely.”

College officials continue to work closely with the District Health Department #10 to identify close contacts of any college associated COVID-19 cases. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified by the health department as a part of the contact tracing investigation process.

Due to medical privacy laws, the college and health department does not release the names of students with COVID-19.

For answers to COVID-19 questions, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 website

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