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Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
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Guam Community College continually monitors developments resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and all stakeholders. 

This webpage is intended to provide updated information on COVID-19 as well as its impact on our community and our campus. Please use this as a resource of information to prepare and protect yourself and your family from the COVID-19 virus.

 
View the Latest  Press Releases & Helpful Information





 

Campus Announcements




Posted Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:46 PM
COVID-19 Call Numbers


Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center
GBHWC Crisis Hotline continues to be available 24/7 at 647-8833. GBHWC continues to provide services Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 100% health check screening in effect.

Medical Triage Hotline Numbers for COVID-19
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider. If a patient does not have a regular health care provider, they can call any of the Community Health Centers or the DPHSS Medical Triage Hotline Phone Numbers listed below to report symptoms and obtain guidance from clinicians:


(671) 480-7859
(671) 480-6760/3
(671) 480-7883
(671) 687-6170
(ADA Dedicated Number)

These numbers are operational daily, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are limited to medical-related inquiries only. 


DPHSS Counseling Hotline Numbers for COVID-19
PHSS recommends that those feeling distressed or anxious due to the pandemic call the Counseling Hotlines, which provide live crisis counseling. The phone lines are multilingual, text capable, and confidential:


​(​671) 988-5375
(671) 683-8802
(671) 686-6032 

These numbers are operational daily, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


(​For all official GCC Announcements, please visit MyGCC webpage.  GCC has also provided a place where you can find updates and information on COVID-19 at https://guamcc.edu/COVID19. We will also provide updated information on the GCC Mobile App, Facebook and Instagram. Please practice social isolation during this time, and when you need to go out practice responsible social distancing.)


 


Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 5:49 PM
GCC Status Update


Hafa Adai!

Today we come to another crossroads in the effort to curtail and contain the COVID-19 virus and its deadly impact on our island community. To this end, the Governor has extended the mandatory self-isolation of our island. This is necessary to ensure that those who are most in need of medical care to overcome the virus are provided that care. As well, it is necessary in order for us to prevent unnecessary and unchecked spread to the entire island community.

Please note that the GCC family remains at the forefront of our thoughts and concern. That is why the GCC faculty have worked to get online courses up and running as quickly as possible, so our students would be able to complete the semester with little disruption. We also recognize that there are some students that will require some additional support when we return to regular operations.

A special thanks to our GCC Nursing & Allied Health Department and our Student Health Center for donating GCC’s medical supplies to be used in the fight against COVID-19. Their tireless efforts are also to be applauded as they continue to assist and support our community.

The GCC campus will remain closed through April 13, in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order. I ask that we all do our part by staying home and allowing the medical community to contain the spread. Take this seriously, as it will save lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are now fighting daily to protect our community from this deadly virus.


 

Posted Sunday, March 22, 2020, 12:00 PM
A Message from President Okada regarding COVID-19


Hafa adai. Today’s news of the first death related to the COVID-19 virus has placed a heavy burden on our hearts. We extend our sincerest condolences to the family from our GCC family. 
 
As we move ahead in the coming days, I ask that we all reflect on the seriousness of this time and the responsibility we all must bear to keep our families and community safe. Please heed the advice of the Governor and her team of medical and public health experts as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 
 
We have also provided a place where you can find updates and information on COVID-19 at https://guamcc.edu/COVID19. We will also provide updated information on MyGCC, the GCC Mobile App, Facebook and Instagram. Please practice social isolation during this time, and when you need to go out practice responsible social distancing. 

 

Posted Friday, March 20, 2020, 2:00 PM
Update from President Mary Okada


Watch: Dr Mary Okada speaks on GCC's Online

Watch: Dr. Mary Okada. Focus on what matters

(Video Credit: The Guam Daily Post)

 

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:50 PM
Social Isolation Directive Guidance


Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero has issued Executive Order No. Relative to Mandating Social Isolation, Lifting Restrictions on Health Care Licensure, and Clarifying Status of Non-essential Government of Guam Operations. According to the Executive Order, effective at Noon, on March 20, 2020, there is a mandatory social isolation on Guam. This prohibits social gatherings and mandates the closure of businesses and other places of public accommodation. (Please refer to the list of exceptions in the Executive Order in the link: https://scnv.io/D6Jc ). The Executive Order also waives certain requirements for Health Professionals who may be appointed to serve for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Additionally, the Governor clarified that all Government of Guam employees remain on regular work status and must be ready to report to work with two hours’ notice by their supervisor.


Watch Message from the Governor

Social Isolation Directive Guidance

Executive Order Mandating Social Isolation

 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 3:50 PM
*Online Classes for GCC Students


Hafa Adai GCC students! As you know, the faculty have been working to provide online instruction to continue courses even while the campus is physically closed. Several have already developed their programs and emailed students through the GCC-assigned email.

Please check your guamcc.edu email on a regular basis so that once your courses are online, you can resume your classes remotely.
 
If you are unable to access your courses online on a consistent basis, due to a lack of internet access or whatever other reason, please let your instructors know. 


Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:37 PM
Campus Closure (Friendly Reminder)


GCC Campus will be CLOSED for the next two weeks (March 16–28).
All services and events during this time period are CLOSED and CANCELLED.

Your health and safety are our highest priority
.


Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8:12 AM
Process for Withdrawing from Classes During Campus Closure

 
In light of the current situation, Admissions & Registration will accept course withdrawal requests via email. Please send your request to gcc.registrar@guamcc.edu and provide the following information through your guamcc.edu email.
 
1.     Name
2.     Student ID
3.     Courses you wish to withdraw from
 

Please note we cannot process email requests submitted through personal email for security purposes. A confirmation email will be sent to you once the request is processed. Your security and safety are our biggest priority during this time. Thank you and please stay safe.



Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8:10 AM
Spring 2020 Pell Grant Recipients


Due to the GovGuam 14-day shutdown, the 2020 Spring Pell checks were mailed on March 16, 2020.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at businessoffice@guamcc.edu


Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8:08 AM
Vendor Deliveries

Please be advised that the Guam Community College will be closed effective March 16, 2020 – March 30, 2020 as per the Directive from Governor Lou Leon Guerrero on March 16, 2020. There will be no vendor deliveries accepted for the Guam Community College due to closure. If you have any questions please email to materialsmanagement@guamcc.edu

 


Posted Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:11 PM
GCC Campus will be CLOSED for the next two weeks (March 16–28).

The following events and testing scheduled during those times will be cancelled. 

Events:
College Assembly +
Faculty Union Meeting
Job Fair
Math Festival
Culinary China Buffet
Spring Festival

Testing:
Placement Testing & ASVAB
Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAM) +  GCC Test Center
Foodservice Managers Certification (FSMC) / ServSafe Workshop scheduled on March 17–19




Posted Monday, March 16, 2020, 10:38 AM
Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAM) +  GCC Test Center

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all Techniques of Alcohol Management classes scheduled for the remainder of March are postponed. Participants will be contacted once a new class date is set. There will also be no registration for future classes until further notice.

GCC Test Center will be closed until further notice. Any individual who is scheduled to take an exam at the Test Center should contact the organization they schedule their exam with to reschedule.



Posted Monday, March 16, 2020, 8:50 AM
GCC will remain closed in order to comply with Governor Leon Guerrero’s directive that all non-essential Government of Guam agencies remain closed.  There will be no classes on campus and students should stay home.  
 
Administrators and staff are asked to report to work at 8 are today for a briefing with the President and to secure the campus.  Faculty have the option of attending the training courses (Moodle, Google Classroom and web tools for the classroom). 
This situation is rapidly developing and GCC will provide updates as changes occur. 
 
Read Governor’s Message

Watch Governor’s Message


 



Posted Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:43 PM
UPDATE: College Assembly Cancelled

Governor Leon Guerrero just informed the island that there are now three persons on Guam who tested positive for COVID-19. All three patients are currently in isolation at the Guam Memorial Hospital. We are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that our campus takes all the required precautions to keep our community healthy and safe.

Given this new development and the uncertainty, it is causing our community, we are canceling College Assembly. Administrators and staff will simply report to work as usual. Faculty have the option of attending the training courses (Moodle, Google Classroom and web tools for the classroom). The campus will remain closed to the public until 4 pm.

View the training schedule for Moodle, Google Classroom and Web Tools for the classroom.



Posted Sunday, March 15, 2020, 6:32 PM
As the threat of Coronavirus continues, we want to remind everyone to please actively practice good hygiene. We ask the GCC campus community to refer to MyGCC announcements for campus updates. 


 




Posted Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:18 PM
GCC Closed March 16, 2020

Guam Community College will be holding College Assembly to provide professional development training for all Faculty, Staff and Administrators on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. GCC will be closed to the public during that time. Postsecondary classes will resume as scheduled beginning at 4:00 PM.



Posted Saturday, March 14, 2020, 6:33 PM
A Message from the Governor

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero declared a State of Emergency to Respond to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Executive Order No. 2020-03, for the island of Guam today, March 14, 2020.

At this time, Guam Community College will maintain full operations. We will inform our campus community if this changes. 

Excerpts of Governor's address:
According to the World Health Organization, just 5% of all coronavirus cases are critical. And while we can become infected with coronavirus, the elderly and those already sick with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and other serious chronic medical conditions are most vulnerable.

Coronaviruses are most often spread through tiny droplets released during coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact, or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Knowing this, Guam's pandemic plan has worked to keep Guam safe from day one.

If you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19 infection, stay home and call your doctor. He or she will evaluate you over the phone, and you may be asked to go to the clinic for testing. We have test kits and can deliver results within 24-48 hours. If you test positive and your symptoms are mild, you will be asked to stay home--subject to monitoring by Public Health officials. Those needing isolation and hospitalization will be treated at the Skilled Nursing Facility. 

The Guam Army National Guard will provide security and logistical support. And, we are coordinating all of our efforts with the Department of Homeland Security, CDC, the White House, and others.

I've also ordered that all government travel in the Executive Branch be canceled. And, I ask that our sister branches follow suit. If a government employee does travel on personal leave, I've asked all directors to insist that each employee self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. I urge everyone to do the same.

As COVID-19 moves throughout the world, other facts become more evident. The first is that government alone cannot contain this virus. Countries that lessened the impact of this pandemic implemented additional social distancing early. That means we need your help.

While 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild or show no symptoms at all, our manåmko’ and sick are more vulnerable than others. If you fall into this group, stay home. Again, if you feel sick, regardless of age, don't risk infection or pass a potential infection to others. For this reason, I am asking all employers to allow those with flu-like symptoms to stay at, or work from home without penalty for at least 14 days.

I am also ordering the closure of all public senior centers by close of business Wednesday. If you are hosting a social event for 100 people or more, that event will also be canceled, effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. These mandates will remain in place as necessary.

View the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency

Watch the Governor’s COVID-19 Special Address

 




\\\\\\  PREVENTIVE MEASURES  \\\\\\


 

In order to prevent the spread of illness in our community, the CDC recommends:
 


Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.


 

Follow respiratory etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of it in the trash can immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

 


Hand hygiene: Wash 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.




 

If you have traveled to an area in which there is a coronavirus outbreak within the last 14 days AND feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

 

Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.


 

Avoid contact with others.

 

 
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