*Update please read the BCC COVID 19 plan
Dear Community Members,
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in the United States, the Blackfeet Community College is monitoring all tribal, state and national alerts and recommendations. Currently, BCC has heightened disinfection across campus and educational materials have been distributed to staff/students about preventative healthcare. Blackfeet Community College has participated in the White House briefing call, as well as the Indian Health Services call on COVID-19. Additionally, BCC has attended the Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC) meeting to engage in a community response emergency plan and is currently staying abreast of any other emergency notifications. It is imperative that the BCC campus community complies with all recommended practices to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, as recommended by APIC (Association for Professionals in Infections Control and Epidemiology), as well as CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough/sneeze with tissue or sneeze into your elbow. Throw the tissue in the garbage and make sure to clean your hands afterwards.
- Don’t touch your eye, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Clean high-touch surfaces often.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of the illness.
Blackfeet Community College is in compliance with all Blackfeet Tribal Business Council safety measures regarding the health and safety of the public. Therefore all out of state travel for staff/students has been cancelled, pending further notice. Additionally, the AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Consortium) student conference, as well as the AIBL (American Indian Business Leaders) student conference have both been cancelled out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of our tribal students and their families.
Blackfeet Community College is asking all staff and students to self disclose any medical issues that are related to lower immune system functioning. In particular, those with diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or other related medical issues are encouraged to self-disclose, so that BCC can provide school and work related accommodations.
All staff/faculty are to report to William Austin Phillips (406) 338-5441 Ext # 2205 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are to report to Daisy Louis Gilham (406) 338-5441 Ext 2232 or email@example.com if they have any medical concerns.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may cause anxiety, stress, or concerns. If any students/staff are feeling anxious, please know that BCC has counselors on standby in the Student Success Center that are willing to provide confidential support services.
Currently, Blackfeet Community College is on standby and prepared to initiate a higher tiered level safety plan, in the event that there are confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in/or near the state of Montana. If there are new cases identified closer to our community, BCC will restrict in state travel, extracurricular activities, and any type of large gatherings. In a very extreme case, BCC is prepared to initiate delayed education or transition to remote education to finish out the spring semester. Please do not hesitate to call Blackfeet Community College if you have any questions or concerns.
Please see the attached letter from President Dr. Karla Bird
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, you can take simple steps to protect yourself and your family.
- Stay home if you’re sick,
- Avoid contact with sick people when possible,
- Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Find out more at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
- Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
- Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).