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Halifax Community College (HCC) Allied Health department faculty and administrators have done their best to respond to the COVID-19 crisis as it impacts the Roanoke Valley.

On Tuesday, members of the nursing department donated four packs of isolation gowns, 25 masks with face shields and 40 face masks with ear loops to Vidant North. 

They went through the inventory they had within the department to pull together all of the resources they had available.

“As nurses, it was important to us to help as much as possible during such a stressful time,” said Kelly Eller, director of the HCC School of Nursing. “We understand the unbelievable strain the healthcare community is under. We are proud to be members of this incredible community of professionals, and we want them to know we stand behind them.”

Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC, was pleased the College could help. “I am so proud of our faculty and staff, especially the way they have responded in this time of crisis,” he said. “Our nursing and dental hygiene faculty recognize the risks and responsibilities from a front-line perspective, so this challenge is even greater to them. That they would pull together for the community is a wonderful thing, and I am most proud of their efforts.”

The HCC Dental Hygiene department wanted to assist those who would be continuing the operation of the College, protecting them from germs while serving the community. The faculty and administration donated masks and gloves to the HCC Learning Resource Center (LRC). This will offer protection as they continue to serve students who need to use the LRC to complete their online curriculum studies.

“We wanted to help our colleagues as they continue the vital work of HCC during this new challenge,” said Verna High, director of the HCC dental hygiene department. “We all are trying to do our part to help as much as we can.”

The HCC campus remains open to students as they try to complete all online learning for their curriculum classes. 

Students can still contact their instructors and advisors via email or telephone. 

In addition, registration for the summer and fall semesters is still taking place, and opened March 30. 

Curriculum students can register by going online to www.halifaxcc.edu and clicking on the WebAdvisor link. 

Finally, all student support services, counseling, and tutoring services are still available online and via telephone for all students.

For more information, please contact the President’s office at 252-536-6399.