COVID-19 and AVTEC Mitigation

What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

How is COVID-19 Disease Spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

Newer strains of the virus have also recently surfaced and are found to spread easier and faster that previous variants of the virus. COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person. How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Where can I get a COVID-19 Test?

Here is a link to find a COVID testing center near you: COVID-19 Testing Centers near me

How can I help prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

  •          WEAR A MASK    Please follow masking recommendation and guidelines
  •           PHYSICAL DISTANCING – Standard is minimum of 6 feet
  •           WASH YOUR HANDS AND COVER YOUR SNEEZES   
  •           STAY HOME IF SICK– Do not come to school or work when sick.  Stay home, rest, get better, return.
  •           GET VACCINATED

Are there Vaccines against COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently three vaccines that are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:                   

  • Pfizer-BioNTech                                      
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

 

FOR MORE DETAILED AND THE MOST
UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 visit www.cdc.gov

Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) Mitigation Plan

The top priority at AVTEC remains focused on the health and safety of students, staff and the community.  AVTEC instructors, staff and students must continue to comply with the State of Alaska mandates regarding COVID-19 mitigation.  Additionally, AVTEC will balance the State of Alaska mandates with adherence to CDC recommended guidelines regarding sanitizing, handwashing, wearing masks, social interactions and physical distancing to further mitigate the risk involved in opening to full capacity.  These mandates and guidelines likely will change throughout the school year and potentially at times conflict.  AVTEC will adjust accordingly, keeping in mind our top priority is the health and safety of all students, staff and the community. 

GENERAL MITIGATION STRATEGIES:

  • Students attending AVTEC are not required to wear masks in state buildings, however, students are welcome to continue to wear face masks in order to protect themselves and others from the spread of highly contagious diseases including COVID-19.  All students will be treated with respect regarding their masking decision. In addition, AVTEC staff may request others to wear masks in their workspace when social distancing is not possible and out of respect for each other, compliance to such a request is expected.
  • Environmental Services will maintain an inventory and make readily available, for use by students, hand sanitizing stations, disposable masks and touchless soap dispensers where possible. 
  • AVTEC services will be open and available to students. Students will have full access to services via appointments and may conduct business on the phone, email or virtual meetings.

 

MITIGATION FOR THE STUDENTS:

    During times of high levels of transmission and active COVID cases in the local community, students will be required to present negative results on a COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.  

 

SPECIFIC MITIGATION STRATEGIES:

DINING SERVICES:

  • To allow for smaller crowds in the dining hall, serving hours are been extended by 30 minutes.
  • Self-serve items will be individually wrapped or prepackaged and put out by the dining services staff; additional cups will be available for single use self-serve beverages.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be readily available to use prior to dining; and disposable face coverings will be available for students who would like to use them while getting their meals.
  • All dining service staff will wear masks while serving meals.

 

RESIDENCE LIFE AND STUDENT RECREATION:

  • Students will be encouraged to minimize close contact with students from other training programs during recreation and personal time.
  • Refillable bottles of hand sanitizer will be provided to all residents at orientation and hand sanitizing stations will be maintained at each entrance and the end of each hallway.
  • Students participating in AVTEC sponsored recreation activities or utilize shared spaces for recreation will sign-in and sanitize any equipment used during the activity.

 

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What are the symptoms of COVID 19?

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19
Seek medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray or blue colored skin, lips or nail beds, depending on skin tone

     

How can I help prevent the Spread of COVID-19
             -WEAR A MASK                                                                                   - PHYSICAL DISTANCING     

                                -WASH YOUR HAND AND COVER YOUR SNEEZES                        -STAY HOME WHEN SICK

                                -GET VACCINATED                         

IF YOU ARE SICK:

1. Call and leave a message at 1-907-362-1645, A staff member will return your call.
2. Call your Instructor and report your absence.