Message from the ACC President
July 16, 2021
Dear College Community,
Earlier this week we held our second vaccination clinic and are encouraged enough by staff and student participation to plan another clinic in August after the fall semester starts. Further, we are in discussions with Cone Health to continue on-site vaccination clinics through the fall.
Thus far, 56 percent of North Carolinians 18 years and older have been fully vaccinated.
I cannot overstate the importance of the vaccine, particularly at a time when a viral variant appears to be spreading. The percent of vaccination in Alamance County is lagging the state average. Please: Find your spot to get your shot.
Locally, COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made at vaccinatealamance.com or by calling 336-290-0650. All appointments are at the Alamance County Health Department.
After nearly three months of decline, the seven-day rolling average of COVID cases in North Carolina increased again this week. Moreover, the test positivity rate statewide is inching past the 5 percent threshold that health officials set as a goal. Health experts are attributing much of this to the viral variant spreading among the unvaccinated.
CDC guidelines for schools strongly recommends that those who are not vaccinated continue to wear masks when inside a building. Our College supports that recommendation. As a reminder, wearing a mask inside campus buildings is optional if you have been fully vaccinated. Notwithstanding, we still encourage everyone to wear masks.
Recent numbers deserve context as far as our College is concerned:
- Monthly COVID cases among our students and employees have fallen significantly and consistently since December 2020.
- There have been no confirmed reports of transmission from one individual to another while on campus.
- ACC has experienced no clusters or outbreaks since the pandemic began in early 2020.
New air filtration units installed earlier this year continue to provide clean air quality levels that are unsurpassed in the College’s history.
- The College will continue deep cleanings, masks, hand sanitizers, temperature kiosks.
- We are monitoring the data and CDC guidelines daily. Should COVID trends reverse course on a sustained basis, we will respond appropriately to ensure the health and safety of our College community.
Since the pandemic struck in this state, 1,020,833 of North Carolina citizens have tested positive for COVID-19. Sadly, 13,512 of our fellow citizens have died from the virus.
Stay positive. Test negative.
Dr. Algie C. Gatewood
Alamance Community College President