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A Message from the Blackhawk Technical College President

COVID Update, Job Well Done, & Free Flu Shot Clinic

September 11, 2020

First, I want to thank you for doing a wonderful job adhering to the College’s safety protocols.  Well done!  As a result, our semester is off to a great start and it is wonderful to see all of you so actively engaged in teaching and learning. I can’t thank each of you enough for your diligence in wearing facemasks, practicing social distancing, and self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. Our ability to contain the virus is due to your cooperation and steadfast adherence to our safety protocols. Together, we are doing our part to maintain a safe learning environment.

In full transparency, this semester, we have been made aware of seven unrelated cases of COVID-19 on our campuses. None of these originated at BTC and none have resulted in the spread of the virus.

Knowing that cases are on the rise in our College District, it is more important than ever that we reaffirm our commitment to our safety protocols. As a precaution, we are implementing additional changes effective immediately:

Because there is not enough scientific evidence to support the efficacy of face shields and/or neck gaiters, they will no longer be allowed in place of a multi-layer face mask inside campus buildings. Further, the CDC does not recommend face shields or neck gaiters as effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19.  The proper masks are available at every entrance to the College. 

The College continues to work closely with area public health departments to monitor and respond to the pandemic. In fact, a public health nurse recently joined our pandemic response team. We are grateful for the knowledge and expertise she brings to our team.

This fall will be challenging as we enter the flu season. It will be difficult for many to determine whether symptoms are seasonal allergies, a cold, influenza, or coronavirus. Therefore, BTC will be offering free flu shots to students and employees. Be sure to watch your College email for more information.

There is still a lot that we do not know about the transmission and manifestation of COVID-19. Our commitment and top priority remain all of you – your safety and well-being are at the center of our pandemic response.

Stay well,

Dr. Tracy Pierner
President, Blackhawk Technical College
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