The Coronavirus

ACC Message Regarding Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

No cases of the coronavirus have been reported at Alvin Community College. As health officials continue to investigate the spread of the virus, we at ACC want to keep the community up to date regarding this issue.

To date there are no reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus, neither confirmed nor suspected, in Brazoria County.  The Brazoria County Health Department is participating on calls with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay informed on the ongoing outbreak. Healthcare providers should immediately notify Brazoria County Health Department if they suspect a person has been infected with the novel coronavirus.

The CDC has issued prevention and treatment methods to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Details can be found at their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html)

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

If you suspect there is a case of the coronavirus, call 979-864-2168 or after hours, 800-511-1632.