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Coronavirus Updates

As the situation with the Coronavirus continues to evolve, we want you to know that Pellissippi State is monitoring the developments and is making contingency plans with the best interest of our faculty, staff and students in mind. The health and safety of the Pellissippi State community remain a top priority. 

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Reporting Guidelines

Follow these guidelines for self-reporting your own illness or your exposure to others with COVID-19. 

 

I MAY HAVE COVID-19: 

Pellissippi State employees and students who are experiencing illness, have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results for COVID-19 or suspect they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 should complete this self-reporting form, which is now linked from the top of the College's homepage 

 

I MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19: 

Pellissippi State employees and students should complete the self-reporting form if they have been exposed to a person who has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, is awaiting COVID-19 test results or has tested positive for COVID-19.  

 

WHAT COUNTS AS EXPOSURE? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more;  
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19;  
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them);  
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils; or  
  • They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.  

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

Students who fill out the self-reporting form will receive a follow-up communication from Student Affairs while employees will receive a follow-up communication from Human Resources.  

 

WHEN CAN I RETURN TO CAMPUS IF I HAD COVID-19 AND EXPERIENCED SYMPTOMS? 

Per CDC guidance: if you have had or think you have had COVID-19 and you had symptoms, you may return to work (or class) after:  

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving, although loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.  

 

WHEN CAN I RETURN TO CAMPUS IF I HAD COVID-19 BUT HAD NO SYMPTOMS? 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, you may return to work or class after 10 days have passed since your positive test.  

 

WHEN CAN I RETURN TO CAMPUS IF I WAS EXPOSED TO COVID-19? 

If you have been exposed, the CDC recommends that you:  

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19;  
  • Watch for fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19; and  
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. 

 

 

Resources

Read all updates on our coronavirus news & archive.

CARES Act Information
CDC Coronavirus FAQ

TN Department of Health Resources for Coronavirus
TN Department of Health Latest News

Pellissippi State has been recognized by the Knox County Health Department for our commitment to the safety of our employees and the people we serve through a designated COVID-19 coordinator, visible safety signage and staying up-to-date with Knox County Health Department's COVID-19 efforts.

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Self-Reporting COVID-19 Exposure/Illness/Symptoms

For students:
PantherHelp

For employees:
Human Resources
StayStrong@pstcc.edu

Technical questions:
865.694.6537
Helpdesk@pstcc.edu