Letter to Students | COVID-19 and Monkeypox

08/12/2022

Dear Students:
 
We are excited that you have chosen FCC to assist you in achieving your academic goals. As we prepare for the start of the fall semester, we wanted to share health and wellness information with you specifically about infectious diseases. In addition to the ongoing measures, we have taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, we are also now monitoring the recent rise of monkeypox cases in the United States.
 
To help mitigate the spread of these communicable diseases, we continue deep cleaning of highly used public spaces and have placed cleaning stations in classrooms. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of building entrances, and masks are available at the Welcome and Information Center in the Student Center. The following are recommendations for how you, too, can help with mitigation:
 
COVID-19:
• Frequent handwashing
• Wear face coverings
• Get vaccinated
• Test frequently
• Access treatments early
 
Monkeypox:
• Frequent handwashing
• Avoid close skin-to-skin contact
• Avoid contacts with objects and materials that a person who had Monkeypox used
 
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or monkeypox, please notify Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Benita Rashaw, at [email protected] Dr. Rashaw can help you understand next steps to take and answer any questions you may have.
 
We continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Frederick County Department of Health (FCDH). We monitor local and national health metrics related to COVID-19 and receive weekly updates from FCHD on national, state, and county trends for COVID-19 and monkeypox.
Be sure to check for updates on our webpage https://www.frederick.edu/covid-19-protocols.aspx
 
While information about COVID-19 is well known by now, we know many people are hearing about monkeypox for the first time. Below are additional links to specific information about monkeypox, including signs & symptoms, modes of transmission, and prevention strategies:
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/faq.html
 
Maryland Department of Health https://health.maryland.gov/phpa/OIDEOR/Pages/monkeypox.aspx
 
Frederick County Health Department
https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/693/Monkeypox
We are committed to doing our part to care for the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. We will continue working with our partners to monitor and respond to public health concerns that may impact our school communities. We will provide updates as necessary and as new information becomes available. Thank you for doing your part to help keep us all safe.
 

 

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