[Garden City, KS] - Sept. 10, 2020 - At Garden City Community College, the welfare and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community are paramount. With that being said, in recent days, two students on campus have tested positive for COVID-19.  

"This is a time to be attentive, adaptive, intentional, and engaged regarding the steps we need to continue taking as a community to care for ourselves and for one another," President, Dr. Ryan Ruda said in a statement. 

The college continues to maintain strict health and safety guidelines, mandating masks, social-distanced classrooms, Plexiglas separators, and increased disinfection protocols. Administrators are also working closely with the Finney County Health Department to contact trace. For more information on how Garden City Community College is keeping its' campus safe, visit the COVID-19 page on the school's website: https://www.gcccks.edu/covid-19/default.aspx. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.  

"Together we will continue to do our part to maintain the health and safety of the GCCC campus community," Dr. Ruda added.  

Garden City Community College encourages all students, faculty, and staff to continually check for symptoms. If you are a confirmed case or have been identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive, please contact the college health department immediately at 620-276-9601.  

"Please continue to monitor yourself, follow protocols and practices that have been enacted at GCCC and know that there are resources for personal and mental health on campus available," Dr. Ruda explained.  

Local health officials urge you to socially distance, wear your mask and stay home if you're not feeling well.  

Garden City Community College exists to produce positive contributors to the economic and social well-being of society.   


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