Message from the ACC President
May 6, 2022
Dear College Community,
Let me begin by saying to all of you who participated in the new Student Services Center Beam Signing, and Ribbon Cutting for our six major renovations to help modernize our college, thank you very much! Those events made for an exciting day last Friday. Now we turn our sights toward ACC’s first in-person commencement ceremony in two years to be held on June 3, 2022, at Elon University.
As we look at this week’s COVID-19 numbers, Alamance County is displaying some changes. As of May 5th, the community transmission level has moved to “medium” after several weeks at the “low” rating, and below are the latest COVID-19 statics:
- Alamance County’s positivity rate increased from 7% last week to 10%.
- 447 new positive cases over the past 14 days.
- 19 currently hospitalized.
- An average of 38 cases per day were reported in Alamance County, a 98 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 4 residents have been infected, a total of 47,390 reported cases.
- 59.3% of all ages in Alamance County are fully vaccinated; 63% of ages 5 and up are fully vaccinated, and 91% of ages 65 and up are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, on-campus we have had 7 positive cases; of those, all were vaccinated individuals. As has been our history with the pandemic, ACC has been fortunate with no reported clusters.
We are closely following reports about the two variants, BA.4 and BA.5, which thus far are not considered a significant threat to North Carolinians but they are on the rise. We shall assess our ongoing safety efforts if that scenario changes. The area is still seeing the original Covid-19 strain in unvaccinated individuals. Therefore, I again urge one and all to vaccinate if you haven’t already, and schedule an appointment to receive a booster if you are vaccinated.
As a reminder, at-home test kits are free and still available in the office of our Health Educator Elma Kendrick (Main Building, A01). Also, self-reporting is an important step and you are strongly encouraged to self-report a positive Covid test or if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
To Self-Report, use one of the options below:
- If you have the ACC SAFE app:
- Click on the picture of the key “COVID-19 Resources”
- Select “ACC Hotline & Self Reporting Form”
- Select “COVID-19 Self–Reporting Form”
- Answer the question at the bottom of the page to begin filling out the form, and then
- Click submit.
- Go to the following link: alamancecc.edu/safety-and-security-site/student-covid-19-self-reporting-form
- You will receive a reply from the ACC Public Safety Health Educator.
Remember that while masking on campus continues to be optional, you are encouraged to mask up, especially if you are around a large group of people. We continue to maintain five sanitation stations around our campus with hand sanitizers and free masks.
We continue to work closely with the Alamance County Health Department in monitoring the situation at all levels and, if we deem it necessary, we will change our campus safety protocol to reduce the chance of transmission.
Stay positive. Test Negative. Show Compassion.
Dr. Algie C. Gatewood
Alamance Community College President