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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please do not come to campus. The college is not offering in-person services or in-person classes.

Quinsigamond Community College is committed to the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff. As a strong Wyvern nation that is dedicated to its students and their academic successes, we are here for each and everyone in our QCC family. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, please know we will keep the lines of communication open. We will update the Cornoavirus/COVID-19 Information Center regularly and make information available as quickly as possible.

Information for Current Students  Information for New Students

Mandatory Safety Training on Health and Safety Requirements Before Returning to Campus

June 4, Update to Students

To ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff, Quinsigamond Community College will continue remote instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. The College has developed a Four-Phase Plan to safely return to campus. Each phase is designed for optimum safety and security of the QCC community, while ensuring our ability to deliver high-quality educational instruction and support services.

By choosing to make this decision now, students, faculty and staff can plan for the Fall and there will be little to no disruption of services. We will continue to monitor the situation, and follow the medical advice of local, state, and national organizations and adapt accordingly.  

Currently the College is in Phase One of its Four-Phase Plan.  During this phase, there will be minimal activity on campus. The College anticipates moving to Phase Two for the Summer II session, with the goal of offering a limited number of courses, such as labs or clinical experiences that require direct hands-on participation and cannot be delivered remotely. Support services will be provided as needed for optimum remote instruction learning.

To keep everyone up-to-date, engaged and informed, we will communicate via email. This will give you a brief snapshot of the latest information as it becomes available. Communications will also be posted on www.QCC.edu as well as QCC’s social media channels. We encourage everyone to stay abreast of these communications as they become available.

We want to thank the entire QCC community for their adaptability during these uncertain times.

Key Takeaways:

  • The College will continue with remote instruction for the Fall 2020 semester for the majority of classes and programs.
  • Courses such as labs or clinical experiences that require hands-on participation will be offered on campus, provided it is safe to do so.
  • QCC has instituted a Four-Phase Plan to return to campus.
  • QCC is currently in the first phase of its plan.
  • Updates will be sent as warranted, via email, and will be posted to social media and QCC.edu.

Coronavirus FAQ

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. 

Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the world. Risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html#geogra.... The current list of global locations with cases of COVID-19 is available on CDC’s web page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/locations-confirmed-cases.html.

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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
  • Diarrhea

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. 

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Tips on how to social distance

The CDC defines a close contact as anyone who has been within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or has had direct contact with the infected person’s secretions. (Source: CDC)

Do not come to campus. Please follow the CDC guidelines and your health care provider and local board of health instructions for self-care and self-isolation. In order to ensure that the college take proper precautions in the event of COVID-19 exposure, we ask anyone who has been tested or who has been in physical contact with a person being tested for COVID-19 to complete a Health and Safety Intake form here. Health & Safety Intake Form

QCC is working with local, state, and federal health agencies and will continue to communicate with the campus community via website, email or other communication tools regarding confirmed COVID-19 in our community based on the advice of those health agencies. For any cases of COVID-19 in our community, public health authorities will assume responsibility for the situation. We will collaborate with them to support their protocols concerning identification of individuals who may have come in close contact with an infected individual. If you have been identified as a “close contact” by public health authorities, you will be contacted by them. If  you are not contacted, there is no concern at that time for you.