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The college’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Stay aware of the latest information and communications using the links below.
Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
- Masks are optional.
- Practice the following guidelines:
- Since HCC is mask optional, any student, faculty, staff, or visitor may choose to wear a mask and should feel comfortable doing so.
- Consider wearing a mask in high-density areas such as classrooms, labs, performance spaces, and small group settings.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements will continue for the following employees and students:
- student athletes as required by the athletic conference
- students and employees participating in health sciences clinical courses
- students and employees participating in study abroad programs where there is a requirement
- students and employees participating in theatre performances where there is a production requirement for vaccination or testing
- For those students who are required to be vaccinated, they will need to provide proof of vaccination to their program coordinator.
What to Do If You Test Positive or Have Symptoms
- Continue to conduct your own daily health assessment.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, isolate for five days. After five days, you may resume normal activity but continue to mask for five additional days.
- Please follow these protocols for the latest COVID-19 guidelines.
Monkeypox: What You Need to Know
- Monkeypox is a rare infection caused by the monkeypox virus and spread through close, personal, or skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox. It can make you sick with a rash, sores, and sometimes a flu-like illness.
How Monkeypox Spreads
- Contact with monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs
- Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, towels), and surfaces used by someone with monkeypox
- Through respiratory droplets or saliva from a person with monkeypox
- Contact can happen during: hugging, kissing, touching, sexual contact, prolonged face-to-face contact
- Rash or sores on the hands, feet, chest, face, genital area, mouth
- Sores look like pimples or blisters, may be painful or itchy, going through several stages before headling
- Flu-like illness: Fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen glands, chills, or fatigue
- Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
What to Do If You Have Symptoms
- See your healthcare provider. If you do not have a provider or health insurance or need further assistance, contact the Howard County Health Department.
- Isolate from others until you have talked to a health care provider.
- Treatment for smallpox appears to be effective for monkeypox.
- Antivirals, such as tecovirimat (TPOXX), may be recommended for people who are severely ill or more likely to get severely ill.
- There are two vaccines - JYNNEOS and ACAM2000 - that can prevent monkeypox in people who have been exposed to the virus. The vaccine may be recommended for people who have been in contact with someone who has monkeypox or for healthcare and public health workers who may have been exposed.
- Contact HCC about COVID-19, Monkeypox, or other health-related concerns at email@example.com.
- More information about the college's latest protocols for maintaining a safe and healthy environment is available here.
- Sign up for mobile alerts for the latest emergency updates.
- For information on the county's vaccinations, please visit their Howard County Covid-19 vaccination clinic page.