What if It Snows?
In inclement weather, Edmonds Community College typically makes decisions regarding emergency closures or class cancellations by 5 a.m. for day classes and 3 p.m. for evening classes (or as early as circumstances allow). Then we start getting the word out.
Alerts will be posted first to Flash Alert and then to the college website. Email and text alerts will also be sent via our Triton Alert system to students' EdMail email addresses. Make sure to sign up for text alerts by logging into Triton Alert.
The college seeks to stay open to fulfill its mission whenever possible — so, most likely, it will be classes as usual for the college — but individuals should protect their own health and safety. Take care of yourself and be safe!
Students, work with your instructors if you need to make other arrangements in an emergency.
Edmonds CC is committed to ensuring the safety of our campus community. Please be aware of public health concerns regarding the recent outbreaks of Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) and the Ebola Virus Disease.
It is important that we all practice safe health habits such as:
- washing hands,
- covering coughs, and
- staying home when ill.
Use hand sanitizer — especially when sharing computers in the library and computer labs — to prevent the spread of influenza and many other viruses.
According to the Snohomish Health District, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of EV-D68 in Washington state, including in Snohomish and King Counties.
Many people who get sick from EV-D68 have only mild symptoms, like runny nose or coughing with or without fever. However, it is important that anyone sick be especially watchful for any signs of wheezing or worsening asthma and seek medical help promptly if breathing difficulty occurs. Children and adults with asthma should be sure to take their medications as prescribed and have an asthma control plan with their healthcare provider. They should contact their healthcare provider promptly if asthma symptoms worsen even after taking medication.
For more information about EV-D68:
Snohomish Health District: www.snohd.org
Ebola Virus Disease
According to the CDC, symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease include fever (greater than 101.5°F; low grade fever of 99.0F should be investigated), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain, and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days.
There is no FDA‐approved vaccine available for Ebola. According to the CDC, to best protect yourself from Ebola:
- DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer;
- Do NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick;
- Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment; and
- Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.
When in doubt, contact the local health department at www.snohd.org.
For more information about the Ebola Virus Disease:
The CDC has compiled guidelines for colleges and universities dealing with Ebola Virus Disease. See their advice at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa.
Important facts to remember:
- There are no cases of Ebola in Washington state, there are no suspected cases, and no one is being monitored.
- We remain in close contact with local health officers and the Washington State Department of Health.
- In the highly unlikely event anything were to happen, we are prepared to notify students immediately.
- In the meantime, we urge those who might be concerned to visit the Department of Health website for advice: www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/Factsheets/Ebola
- Among other things, the state Health Department is reminding people that Ebola doesn't spread as easily as many other infections; it takes direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person. People can't get Ebola through water, food, or air.
- The health and safety of our students remains our top priority and we will continue to watch this issue closely.