Message from the President

The landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift as Hillsborough County (along with most of the country) is now living in what is considered to be an endemic response to COVID-19.  While the virus is still present within our communities, hospitalizations remain low due to active public health strategies that include mask use (when appropriate), vaccination, hand washing and effective COVID-19 treatments.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health Guidelines, contact tracing remains indicated for the following three high-risk transmission settings: Long-Term Care Facilities, Group Homes and Correctional Institutions due to the close living and working conditions. 

With the advancement of both prevention and treatment options, contact tracing is no longer indicated as the primary defense against the spread of COVID-19.   The regional infection control teams at the Hillsborough County Health Department are no longer completing communitywide contact tracing and will only activate contact tracing protocols for outbreaks within one of these three high-risk transmission settings.  As of May 31, HCC will also discontinue our Hawk Tracing Protocol.  

While the Hawk Tracing Protocol is being discontinued, the College will continue to provide COVID-19 prevention resources throughout our campuses.  These include:

  • Maintaining our COVID-19 Campus Resource Persons team to monitor the state of the endemic, assist with policy issues related to COVID-19 and work with individual campus leadership with COVID-related inquiries.
  • Continuing to fully stock our COVID-19 Kiosks.
  • Providing the HCC community with the latest COVID-19 information and community-based resources.
  • Our COVID-19 Campus Resource Persons will remain available to answer your questions.

The Back To The Nest webpages will continue to be the repository for all HCC COVID-19-related information including vaccination and testing sites.

HCC will continue with the “if you are sick, stay home” policy.  Individuals should follow CDC recommendations related to exposure and quarantine for COVID-19 and the flu.    We are also developing further guidelines for faculty, staff and students to follow when this occurs.  If you feel ill, please contact your instructor, supervisor or dean/manager and do not come to campus.

Dr. Ken Atwater