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Message from the ACC President

October 15, 2021

Dear College Community,

ACC President Algie C. Gatewood

ACC President Dr. Algie C. Gatewood

We’ve had another successful week at ACC with regards to the pandemic. Before I get into the data that shows the decline of positive cases on the campus, allow me to thank our faculty, staff, students, and visitors for complying with our COVID-19 protocols. I especially want to thank you for your continual compliance with mask wearing on campus. Aside from being vaccinated, masking is the single best practice in combating this virus. Although the positivity rates are trending down, having endured this for 18 months is taxing on all of us. And that is why I have included information on ACC support.

ACC Support

If you feel you need to speak with someone and do not know where to turn, ACC is here to help. Students are encouraged to contact the college’s lead counselor and Director of Student Success, Ilona Owens, at 336-506-4146. Appointments are not required but are encouraged. Students may also reach out to the Student Assistance Program for free counseling, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, by calling either 704-529-1428 or 1-800-633-3353 and mentioning you are a student at Alamance Community College.

To learn more about counseling AND SUPPORT services offered at ACC, visit
alamancecc.edu/student-success-center-site/counseling-services.

Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Counseling Program to schedule an appointment at 336-538-7481, 877-800-7481, or email eacp@conehealth.com. You must identify yourself as an ACC employee, but the EACP does not reveal the names of employees who use the service.a supportive hand holding a heart and the text "you are not alone at acc"

Allow me to remind you: You are not alone at Alamance Community College.

COVID-19 Statistics

As of October 14, 2021, the NC Department of Health and Human Services reported the state’s positivity rate as 7%, and 70% of the eligible population is vaccinated with at least one shot (65% is fully vaccinated). In Alamance County, recent statistics from NCDHHS show the positivity rate around 7.96% and 59% of the eligible population vaccinated with at least one shot (50% is fully vaccinated).

For October, ACC reports 11 positive cases. Thankfully, we continue to have no reported clusters on our campus. However, a significant number of those who test positive here on campus are unvaccinated. I encourage you to get vaccinated.

Ready to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine?

Vaccination is the leading strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and effective, widely accessible, and given at no charge.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made at the Alamance County Health Department Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those 12 and older. This service is offered on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

According to the Alamance County Health Department, third doses of the vaccine are available through the health department for eligible groups.

To schedule your appointment or to learn more about coronavirus services, visit vaccinatealamance.com.

If you don’t live in Alamance County and it’s more convenient for you to be vaccinated elsewhere, NCDHHS offers a free service to help you locate the nearest vaccine clinic based on your zip code and allows you to select which brand of vaccine you would prefer. To learn more about this free service and to schedule your vaccine, visit vaccines.gov.

ACC Hosts Flu Shot Clinic

Health professionals are predicting that this flu season will likely be the worst it has been in years. Vaccination against the flu will be vital in reducing the number of people affected. With this in mind, ACC is offering its annual flu shot clinic for faculty and staff on October 19, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As with the coronavirus vaccine, I strongly encourage you to get your flu shot. Although the flu shot does not require any out-of-pocket expense to you, please bring your current insurance card with you when you come to get your shot.

On-Campus Safety Protocol

AGAIN, thank you for wearing your mask, and allow me to remind you that the college has numerous safety protocols in place to keep us safe. Key among these are:

  • The implementation of the ACC Safe Mobile App, to minimize the risk of spread by offering a self-screening option.
  • The installation of a highly effective ionization air filtration system, which filters viruses, black mold, mildew, and bacteria to provide clean air quality levels that are unsurpassed in ACC’s history.
  • The continuation of deep cleaning of high touched areas and provision of masks, hand sanitizers, and temperature kiosks throughout the campus.
  • The Utilization of a COVID hotline (336-269-9599), for those who need information and advice.

What Steps to Take if You Test Positive

  1. Isolate for 10 –14 days from the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive test, whichever is earlier. Do not attend class in person or report to work.
  2. Fill out the Student or Employee COVID-19 Self Reporting Form on ACC Website.
  3. Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor and follow guidance from your diagnosing health care provider.

Stay positive. Test negative. Get your vaccines.

Sincerely,

signature of Algie C Gatewood

Dr. Algie C. Gatewood
Alamance Community College President

 


See previous messages from Dr. Gatewood here.


See the archived Health Alert information (from March 2020 to mid-2021) here.