March 27, 2020: COVID-19 in the SCCC service area

LIBERAL, Kan. (March 27, 2020) — The Stevens County Health Department has reported  case of coronavirus disease (COVID 19). The case is the first to be reported for a resident in the service area for Seward County Community College, and involves a male “who traveled to an area outside of Stevens County with a high incidence of COVID-19 transmission,” the news release stated. The health department went on to note it is working to identify all close contacts of the person, and providing instruction for those case contacts. No further information about the individual will be released.

Though there is no known connection between this case and SCCC, college president Dr. Ken Trzaska said “this is why we’ve taken a proactive approach on our campus — to protect our students and all our communities as best we can. Our hearts are with our Stevens County Saints, and their family, friends, and neighbors as they face this new development.”

The college’s classes, including Outreach classes for concurrent credit, taught through area high schools, have been moved to an online delivery method. SCCC business offices are open during normal working hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday), although many SCCC team members have been approved to work from home in order to limit social contact. Visitors to campus are encouraged to call ahead and schedule appointments. On-campus custodial staff are following a rigorous disinfecting routine with limited access to entryways and public areas.

“We continue to balance two important goals — providing quality education to our enrolled students, no matter what, and protecting the health and safety of our campus and community,” Trzaska said.

Look for regular updates to SCCC news and COVID-19-related announcements on this site, scccnews.com, and our college Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts, as well as the main webpage, sccc.edu. 

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