An Update from Florida College

February 5

After consulting with the Department of Health, the isolation period for our campus will end at 5 p.m. this afternoon. Visitors will be allowed on campus after 5 p.m. today, and overnight visitors will be allowed in the residence halls beginning tomorrow night.

We look forward to having everyone back in chapel and classes tomorrow!

January 29

Following the Department of Health’s recommendation, all Lectures and Parent Weekend events on campus at Florida College have been canceled.

We are all impacted by the decision to cancel and sympathize with many who looked forward to the lectures just as we did.

Here are some alternative activities to enjoy in the Temple Terrace area! Click Here Parents may come to pick up non-isolated students from campus, but the Department of Health has asked that guests do not wander campus or attend chapel until after February 5, 2020. We are thankful to share that as of today, there has not been another measles case reported.

January 24 at 3:25 p.m.

The Florida Health Department has determined that isolating students who do not have proof of immunization is the best course of action to avoid further exposure to the measles virus. They have also determined that students who have proof of immunization may come and go as usual. Though a single case was identified, Florida College is taking the necessary precautions recommended to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, community and guests.

All events related to the Florida College Lectures (February 2–6) and Parent Weekend (January 30–February 1) schedule are now canceled. The 2020 Lectures schedule and topic will be shifted to the 2021 Lectures, held February 1–4, 2021. Information about the Sacred Selection 5K, athletic events and spring musical will be forthcoming.

FAQ

Florida College requires all incoming students to provide information regarding their medical history, including the vaccinations they have had. We follow all Florida State laws and regulations. Like many colleges and universities we allow an informed consent and waiver. The 2019 Florida Statutes Legislation 1006.69 Vaccination against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B.

At this time, there is only one confirmed case of measles in Hillsborough County, Florida. To find out more about the measles, please go the Center for Disease Control website cdc.gov. To see why this is such a public health concern the Department of Health has asked us to share a simulation of infection fred.publichealth.pitt.edu.

The Florida Department of Health has recommended that any student without verified documentation of immunization should be isolated until it is confirmed they are not infected.
  • There will be four meals delivered to each room.
  • A nurse will give a check-up at least once a day.
  • Dorm parents will attend to any miscellaneous needs he/she might have.
  • Accommodations are being made for classes missed during this time of isolation.

No. This is necessary precaution determined by the Florida Department of health in consultation with the Center of Disease Control. There has only been a single case of the measles identified.

The Health Department has determined that immunized students may come and go as usual. There is a very low likelihood that they will contract the virus. One dose of the vaccine has a 93% effective rate against the disease. Two doses are 97% effective at preventing illness according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. 

If you have more questions about the measles virus, please contact the Department of Health at this number (813)307-8010.

Parent/Student Contact

Dr. Jason Longstreth, Dean of Students
longstrethj@floridacollege.edu

Media Contact

Adam Olson, Chief Advancement Officer
olsona@floridacollege.edu

January 23 at 8 p.m.

Within the last 10 days, there has been a single case of the measles on campus at Florida College. Though the student is no longer contagious, he/she was on campus during the time of infection.

Based on the recommendations of the Florida Department of Health in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control, Florida College is isolating all students who do not have evidence of measles immunity. A team of experts from the Department of Health will be on our campus tomorrow morning to visit each of these students and to provide further assistance. We will provide updates as we receive more information. Please rest assured that we are taking all precautions to protect our students, community and guests.

Regarding the 2020 Lectures and Parent Weekend, we will have more information tomorrow. Please be looking for updates as we provide them.

January 23 at 3 p.m.

Attached is a copy of a letter provided by the Florida Department of Health regarding a case of measles on the Florida College campus. This case involved one student and he/she is no longer contagious. We are working closely with the state to ensure that all appropriate precautions are taken and we are monitoring the situation very carefully. The college will share more information as it becomes available. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns.

Dr. Jason Longstreth, Dean of Students
Longstrethj@floridacollege.edu

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