coronavirus

As Maine’s community colleges prepare for a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities and on our campuses, it is essential that everyone stays informed. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide information as it develops and changes. Please check back regularly for updates.

The Maine Community College System is also posting regular updates and information about COVID-19. For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the community colleges’ response, please visit the MCCS COVID-19 information page.

The College has partnered with MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta to help answer any general flu or coronavirus-specific questions or concerns you might have. Members of the KVCC community should contact the Safety and Security Department at 453-5811 (KV11) to be put in touch with MaineGeneral’s Infection Preventionist.

The College’s Emergency Response Team is leading the college’s response to the COVID-19 virus.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Casey, Dean of Technology and Chief Security Officer, by emailing kcasey@kvcc.me.edu.

April 22 Update

The letter below was emailed to all members of the KVCC Community on April 22nd, and the original PDF can be downloaded at this link: 2020 KVCC Letter to Students RH 042220

2020 KVCC Letter RH-042220
March 31 Update

The letter below was emailed to all members of the KVCC Community on March 31st, and the original PDF can be downloaded at this link: 2020 KVCC COVID-19  Message 033120

2020 KVCC COVID-19 Commencement Letter 033120
March 24 Update

The letter below was emailed to all members of the KVCC Community on March 24th, and the original PDF can be downloaded at this link: 2020 KVCC COVID-19  Message 032420

March 18 Update

The letter below was emailed to all members of the KVCC Community on March 18th, and the original PDF can be downloaded at this link: 2020 KVCC Status RE COVID-19 031820 RH

March 12 Update

The letter below was emailed to all members of the KVCC Community on March 12th, and the original PDF can be downloaded at this link: 2020 KVCC Status RE COVID-19 031220 RH

General COVID-19 & Flu Information

KVCC is in close, regular contact with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) concerning the recent coronavirus outbreak that originated in central China. It’s important to note that Maine has no confirmed or suspected cases associated with the 2019 coronavirus.

These sites contain a wealth of up-to-date information about the coronavirus:

Maine CDC Coronavirus Guidance: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus

U.S. CDC Coronavirus site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Social Stigma and COVID-19
As the College continues to manage its way through the challenges associated with this outbreak, it’s important that we remain true to our values, and continue to support each other. Below is a guide from the World Health Organization that provides information on avoiding social stigma related to the pandemic:

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf

General Flu Information and Prevention:

Although the coronavirus does constitute a special area of concern, more common strains of flu and related illnesses are serious enough that we should all take the following flu tips and facts to heart.

What is influenza (flu)?

The flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Illness is usually mild or moderate, not requiring hospitalization. However, at times flu can be severe, even leading to death. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”

What are the symptoms?

Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and might be severe enough to stop your daily activities.

How is the flu different from a cold?

Colds are generally less serious than the flu. With a cold, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, while the flu causes body aches, fever, and extreme tiredness. A person with a cold can usually conduct their normal activities, but someone with the flu can’t. Flu can result in serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

  • Consider a flu vaccination
  • Avoid being around others who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer
  • What do I do if I think I have the flu?
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Rest and drink lots of fluids
  • Go to the doctor or the emergency room if you are having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, experiencing sudden dizziness, or having severe or persistent vomiting

Additional hand sanitizer stations and free, personal sanitizers are available throughout both campuses, for your safety and convenience.

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