ALERT: Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC illustration of COVID-19 virus showing red spikes on spherical virion

Lamar State College Port Arthur, as a member of the Texas State University System, is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and is implementing proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of students and employees in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At this time, LSCPA is not aware of any students, faculty, or staff who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Updates and Announcements

05/21/2020 14:46 PM: FREE summer courses at LSCPA

Lamar State College Port Arthur CARES for all of our students and wants to assist every student during this time of uncertainty and economic unrest. Therefore, during the summer 2020 semester we will continue providing LSCPA students with the hope of a productive and secure future by offering them the opportunity to pursue their educational goals and enroll in TWO SUMMER COURSES FOR FREE for ALL students!

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05/01/2020 11:30 AM: LSCPA plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall

The Texas State University System’s seven member institutions, including Lamar State College Port Arthur, have begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall, while implementing enhanced health and safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Institution leaders are working to develop campus-specific operational plans based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health agencies.

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05/01/2020 10:00 AM: All Summer I classes moved online

Lamar State College Port Arthur will conduct its Summer I semester exclusively online as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What are symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • For the vast majority of people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild (like a cold or flu) and they resolved after several days. Flu like symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat.

What happens to students attending LSCPA if there is a confirmed case on campus?

  • If a COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then Centers for Disease Control protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the local health department.

What if I recently traveled and have concerns that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

  • Contact your medical provider.

Where can I find updated information?

What preventive actions can students take during flu season?

  • Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It is highly recommended that students and employees continue to practice preventive actions as flu season continues. If you are feeling ill, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.

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Is COVID-19 the same as the SARS Virus or MERS?

No. COVID-19 is not the same coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, but is similar in that it is causing respiratory illness.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People who are infected with COVID-19 have developed mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and potentially respiratory distress. There are many types of illnesses that can cause these types of respiratory symptoms. Individuals who have these symptoms and have had traveled to Wuhan, China or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be medically evaluated.

Does COVID-19 spread from person to person?

COVID-19 has been shown to spread between people. It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person. Human coronaviruses typically spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.

How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

Diagnosis occurs through laboratory testing of respiratory specimens and serum (blood). Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold and patients tested by their health care provider may test positive for these types. The COVID-19 strain can only be detected at a public health laboratory.

Is there a vaccine?

Currently, there is not a vaccine for COVID-19.

How can I help protect myself?

CDC advises that people follow these tips to help prevent respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces