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The COVID-19 pandemic is extremely stressful and it is vitally important to not panic. In addition to practicing good hygiene and social distancing, the next best way to prepare for what is to come is to stay informed and to be able to separate fact and fiction. This guide provides resources for the Highline College community and its aim is to bring information and peace in a time of uncertainty and fear.
In order to keep the Highline community informed about the total number of students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, we are providing regular updates to a webpage dashboard. This dashboard will be updated daily and will replace the campus-wide email notifications. The accuracy of this data is dependent upon members of the community reporting their positive test results through the COVID-19 reporting form. If you see a case reported on the dashboard, but were not notified as a close contact, your risk for contracting COVID-19 is considered relatively low.
In partnership with the University of Washington Medical Center, COVID-19 testing is available on campus listed as Kent-Des Moines from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Appointment is required. Remember, the UW test sites are prioritizing those with symptoms and people who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID.
The following locations provide free COVID-19 testing – regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider. Most sites are non-profit Community Health Centers.
COVID-19 Winter Quarter 2022 Guidelines
If you are on campus for the winter quarter, we want to remind you of three things:
Do not come to campus if (a) you are experiencing any COVID-19-like symptoms, (b) you have been exposed to someone who you know or believe has COVID-19 or (c) you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation.
Upgrade your mask. Students and employees should wear a higher-level face mask, such as a KN-95 mask, a disposable surgical mask with a cloth face mask worn on top or a disposable surgical face mask alone. We have disposable surgical masks available in several locations including Buildings 6, 8, 30 and the Library.
Notify the college if you test positive for COVID-19 and were on campus in the week leading up to your positive test. Notification helps keep everyone safe by allowing the college to disinfect the campus and notify anyone who had been in close contact they will need to quarantine. Use the reporting form below.
If you are exposed to someone who tests positive, no need to quarantine if you:
· Are vaccinated for COVID-19 and have received a booster
· Have completed the 2-doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months
· Have completed the 1-dose of J&J within the past two months
We encourage you to get a COVID-19 test on the fifth day since you were exposed to confirm you do not have the virus. A good fitting face mask is required to be worn at all times while on campus.
If you have been exposed to someone who tests positive, quarantine for five days if you:
· Are unvaccinated for COVID-19
· Have completed 2-doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago but are not boosted
· Have completed one dose of J&J over two months ago and are not boosted
We encourage you to get a COVID-19 test on day five to confirm you do not have the virus before returning to campus. Upon returning to campus, a good fitting face mask is required to be worn at all times.
Fill out this form to notify the college if you test positive for COVID-19 and were on campus in the week leading up to your positive test. Notification helps keep everyone safe by allowing the college to disinfect the campus and notify anyone who had been in close contact they will need to quarantine.
The COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund for fall quarter 2021 is now open and closes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17.
Are you a Highline College student with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may qualify for the COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund. Highline College has multiple funding sources available. If you have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, we encourage you to apply. Funding sources include but are not limited to: CARES Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA), American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Highline College Foundation. Each eligible student may receive a maximum award of up to $1,500 for Fall quarter.
Washington State COVID-19 Response is the one-stop, official COVID-19 site, where all state agencies provide their information and emergency actions. You'll find links to the State Department of Health, resources for individuals and families, travelers and commuters, the latest information on unemployment benefits for business and workers and small business support from the Department of Employment Security, local health departments, and for childcare, K-12, and higher education.
Heading into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have become amateur immunologists. Here are five stories from The Conversation’s archives that highlight critical insights, and that will no doubt continue to be an important part of our pandemic lexicon.
Viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus. Some variants emerge and disappear while others persist. New variants will continue to emerge. CDC and other public health organizations monitor all variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the United States and globally.
The CDC is the top health authority for the United States of America. Their COVID-19 website provides resources on symptoms, federal guidelines and important statistics on testing throughout the country.
This is an anxious time for adults, but it can be even be scarier for children. This resource from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides tips on how to talk to your children about COVID-19 and the impact pandemics can have on us locally and globally.
There are lots of great websites out there to fact check articles you find online. The Washington Post is a trusted news source that checks news stories out there for misleading and inaccurate information.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable that many of us are glued to our screens. Social media is now a window into the world, it is understandable that consumers might reach ‘information overload’.
Here is how to make good decisions when wading thru all the COVID information out there.
Access to King County Library System (KCLS) Online Library
The Highline College Library has partnered with the King County Library System (KCLS) to provide free and automatic access to the entire KCLS Online Library to every Highline College employee and student.