Public Health Message for the ECC Community

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Published 01/24/2020
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Recent news stories relating to a new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, may be causing you concern. At this time, the Kane County Health Department (KCDH) is reporting no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Kane County.

College administration is closely monitoring the situation and following the latest guidance from public health officials with the Kane County Health DepartmentIllinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We want to take this opportunity to encourage all members of the ECC community to take precautions to prevent contracting or spreading any virus-borne illnesses, including the flu. The CDC recommends the following actions for preventing the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own.

Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain include fever, cough, and shortness of breath with an onset period of two to 14 days.  We encourage anyone who has concerns about symptoms they are experiencing to reach out to their primary care provider with questions. You should also call your healthcare provider before seeking medical attention so quarantine procedures can be put in place. Individuals should inform their medical providers of any recent travel to Wuhan, China, or close contact with someone who recently traveled to China. 

The College will continue to closely monitor the situation as it emerges and share information that directly impacts the ECC community in a timely manner.

For questions about the college’s emergency response and preparedness efforts, contact Emily Kies, senior director of emergency management, at 847-214-7002.

For health-related information or concerns, contact the Kane County Health Department at kanehealth.com.

For media inquiries contact, Toya Webb, chief marketing and communications officer, at 847-214-7769.