Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) | HCC

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world.  As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky.  However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing.  We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.  The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

See the Student Resources Guide for your access to learning materials and answers to important questions!

COVID-19 UPDATES

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:00 pm

Henderson Community College (HCC) has made the decision to extend remote instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes final exams. Spring commencement has also been postponed to a later date to be announced.

As HCC continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19, based on direction from state and national health experts, the college will continue to provide only online/remote classroom instruction through May 2. Final exams, which take place May 4-10, will be delivered online or remotely as well.

HCC will provide lab/technical/clinical instruction as soon as the governor authorizes a return to a face-to-face learning environment. Allied health students will be placed in clinical sites as soon as the site allows students into the healthcare facility.

Campus will remain open only to essential college employees during this time. Employees who have moved to work-from-home options will continue to do so through April 30 or until the college reopens on a regular schedule.

“The health and welfare of our HCC family and community remains our priority,” said Dr. Jason Warren, President & CEO of HCC. He continued, “I am so proud of our faculty, staff, and students. I appreciate their hard work and spirit of cooperation as we navigate challenges we have never faced.”

HCC continues to encourage students to check their KCTCS student email and Blackboard daily for course updates from instructors. Student services will continue to be offered virtually during this time period.


Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:30 am

Effective Thursday, March 19, at 1PM, HCC will transition to all virtual services through March 29. Campus buildings will no longer be accessible to students or the public. Classes and support services are accessible remotely through Blackboard, email, website, etc. More information on remote services are available on the Student Resources Guide.

We ask that students continue to check their KCTCS email account for up-to-date details and instructions. We thank our students, faculty, staff and community for their patience and understanding at this time.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:00 pm

In addition to moving all instruction online starting Wednesday, March 18, Henderson Community College (HCC) has made the decision to cancel all in-person classes and instruction (including labs) beginning the same day. Along with the existing virtual services available, student services will be provided on a limited basis (following social distancing protocols) in the Sullivan Technology Center (STC) Building. At this time, our plan is to resume face-to-face course instruction on Monday, March 30. We ask that students please check their KCTCS email account for more details and instructions. We thank our students, faculty, staff and community for their patience and understanding at this time.

 


Friday, March 13, 2020 1:00 pm

Henderson Community College (HCC) has made the decision to move all instruction online starting Wednesday, March 18. At this time, our plan is to resume face-to-face course instruction on Monday, March 30.

Classes on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, will be cancelled. During this transition, faculty and staff will make preparations and clearly communicate with students.

During this period, the HCC campus will remain open and in-operation, while taking the following precautionary measures:

  • All services will be concentrated in the Sullivan Technology Center (STC) Building.
  • Testing and computer labs will be open by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 270-827-6158.
  • All other buildings on our campus will be closed to the public.
  • Tutoring will be available by phone at 270-831-9760 and email at hencclibrary@kctcs.edu.
  • Library services will be available electronically via the college’s website and by phone at 270-831-9760.
  • Faculty will be available to students and advisees through email and phone communication.
  • HCC Skills U will also be moving all classes online. If you have any questions specifically about Skills U, please contact them directly at 270-831-9648.

HCC will also be minimizing public gatherings. Between now and March 30, all campus events, including in-person orientations and those held at the Preston Arts Center, will be cancelled or postponed until a future date. We will be working with our individual partners to meet their needs.

RESOURCES

State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725. 

Kentucky Department of Public Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth. See also the available Henderson County Health & Human Services.

Kentucky Health Departments 

Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19.  You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

 

updated 3/13/2020