Infectious Disease Reporting
Lone Star College is committed to maintaining the health and safety of the College community. It is important that all students, faculty, staff, and community members take proactive measures to create a safe learning and working environment that supports the well-being and growth of our students and employees.
What is an Infectious Disease?
An infectious disease, also called a communicable disease, is an illness or condition caused by bacteria or viruses that spread directly or indirectly from person to person. Infectious diseases include but are not limited to:
- Hepatitis A
Lone Star College is required to report student and employee cases of notifiable conditions to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in a timely manner. College employees and students shall report a confirmed diagnosis of an infectious disease to LSC's Compliance Management Infectious Disease Reporting System. The Texas Department of State Health Services maintains a list of Notifiable Conditions that indicates the conditions and illnesses that must be reported. Help control and prevent the spread of infectious diseases by privately reporting a confirmed medical diagnosis of a notifiable condition.
Lone Star College’s Responsibility
The College works to do its part by timely reporting student and employee cases of a notifiable condition to the Texas Department of State Health Services as set forth by Texas law. The College maintains all medical information in accordance with applicable privacy laws, such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Tips to Stay Healthy and Keep Others Safe
Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds
Keep a safe distance from others in public areas
Stay home when sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
Wear a mask when entering public places
Monitor your health and symptoms