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COVID-19 Update - March 19, 2020

Published Mar 19, 2020

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College of Lake County learned late yesterday of its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19. A CLC employee who works in the L building on the Grayslake Campus tested positive and is currently at home in self-quarantine actively assisting the college with next steps. The employee’s last day on campus was Thursday, March 12.

We are currently in consultation and coordination with the CLC Health Center and the Lake County Health Department (LCHD). We will follow LCHD guidelines for communication with individuals potentially impacted and next steps to support them.

We have verified the spaces in the L building have been deep cleaned twice since March 16 and have been under daily touchpoint cleaning since Feb. 29. But we also are aware you may feel increased stress and anxiety about this news.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) continues to provide clinical services by licensed mental health professionals. Beginning March 19, 2020, CAPS is providing phone consultations to actively enrolled students. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/CAPS or call (847) 543-2032 for more information on services available to you.

It's our hope that everyone upholds the CLC values of integrity and compassion as we navigate this situation. It is our responsibility, as directed by the CDC, to maintain the privacy and anonymity of those individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and those who may be part of any contact investigation. Our support for this employee and others will include doing all we can, including respecting their privacy. Please remember to honor this commitment to privacy for those who contract the virus. Those who need to be involved will be contacted.

We also want to remind everyone that the proactive strategies currently under way to contain the spread of the virus will help minimize the impact of exposure for everyone. However, “slowing the curve” and containing the virus require everyone’s participation in the guidance from national, state and local health agencies to stay home, limit travel to only essential tasks, limit participation to small groups and use proper hygiene.

Please join us in wishing this member of our CLC community a quick and full recovery.

Thank you for your support and compassion.

Lori

Dr. Lori Suddick, President
College of Lake County