Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Virus Testing, Contact Tracing, and Surveillance

Because PCC is committed to taking every precaution against the introduction or spread of COVID-19 on campus, mitigation efforts including testing, contact tracing, and surveillance will be conducted. We recognize that some preventive measures may be inconvenient; however, they are necessary to protect our community. PCC will continue to work closely with the Florida Department of Health, Baptist Medical Group of Pensacola (our local healthcare provider), and the Graf Clinic for all mitigation efforts.

Proactive measures are based on guidance from federal, state, and local agencies and are subject to change as conditions progress.

  • All faculty, staff, students, vendors, and guests will be screened upon initial arrival to campus.
  • Students and employees are asked to self-screen daily before coming to class or work.
  • Students returning from an overnight pass will be screened upon return to campus.
  • Residence hall and town students must notify Student Life when in contact, as defined by the CDC, with any person testing positive for COVID-19.
  • All faculty and staff must notify Employee Services when in contact, as defined by the CDC, with any person testing positive for COVID-19.
  • The CDC defines contact as any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more.
  • COVID-19 clinical testing is strongly encouraged for faculty, remote staff, and on-campus students through a recognized testing center of their choice before returning to campus.
  • Students may be asked to undergo random testing as part of PCC’s COVID-19 surveillance to detect when community spread may be increasing.
  • Students participating in clinical settings will receive regular testing for COVID-19.

  • Identification
    • Students exhibiting symptoms are instructed to telescreen with the Graf Clinic.
    • If they screen positive, an appointment for a COVID-19 test will be scheduled at the Graf Clinic or one of the area testing locations.
    • If a student is unable to drive himself, PCC provides specialized transport to/from testing center for the student/patient.
  • Isolation
    • PCC provides isolation housing for students.
    • Faculty/staff/non-residential students are to telescreen through their primary care physician (PCP) and test as directed while staying home from work.

  • Isolation
    • Students, faculty, or staff are required to isolate in one of several isolation sites until symptom-free for 24 hours and at least 10 days since symptoms appeared.
  • Quarantine
    • Students, faculty, or staff who have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual will quarantine for 10–14 days after exposure depending on symptoms.
    • According to the CDC, quarantining individuals who never develop any symptoms may be released:
      1. On day 10, without testing
      2. As early as day 7, if a PCR test taken no sooner than day six is negative. (Rapid tests or tests taken before do not count.)
      3. Individuals released from quarantine on day 7 or 10 should:
        1. Attentively watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
        2. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    • If symptoms develop, the individual must quarantine for the full 14 days.
  • Isolation/Quarantine Support
    • Residence hall students/GAs: support, including housing, meals, counseling, remote coursework, health checks and other services, will be provided to students.
    • Faculty, staff, or non-residential students: regular communication and reassurance, including health checks, counseling, remote coursework, and support from PCC, will be provided.
  • Contact Tracing
    • PCC will support contact tracing efforts as directed by Escambia County Health Department to mitigate further spread of the disease.
    • Students, faculty, or staff who have been exposed to the virus or identified through contact tracing will be required to quarantine for 10–14 days depending on symptoms.
  • Remediation
    • An on-campus certified remediation team will thoroughly clean and disinfect potentially affected areas (area-specific as determined by contact tracing: work area, dining hall, residence hall).
  • Communication
    • Regarding a positive COVID-19 case, the College will communicate with
      • Person with a confirmed case
      • Potentially exposed
      • Department coworkers
      • All employees/students
      • Public
    • Personal identity of patients will be protected.