COVID-19 - Garrett College response to coronavirus

Garrett College McHenry campus offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

As of Monday, August 23rd, all individuals must wear a masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Individuals are also required to complete the daily health self-assessment before coming to campus.

Note: the Daily Health Self-Assessment form is located here.

Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated at this time but are strongly encouraged to do so.

Garrett College is preparing for a comprehensive return to campus for the fall semester beginning September 8th, 2021, with the majority of academic classes being offered in-person.

The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at novel coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

College Status

View the Garrett College COVID-19 Dashboard for information on suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Garrett College.

Guiding Documents

Laker Strong: Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan

Stay informed of Garrett College’s comprehensive plan moving forward for the Fall 2021 semester. GC’s Laker Strong: Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan includes information on academic classes and course delivery methods, on-campus housing, dining services, student support services, and more.


To view Garrett College’s complete Laker Strong: Moving Forward for the Fall Semester comprehensive plan, click here.

When Can I Come to Campus?

With the recent increase in cases and based upon reports to the College, many individuals have questioned when it is safe for them to return to campus after an illness, close contact, or suspected and/or confirmed exposure to COVID-19. It is the College’s hope that this document will help clarify any questions and provide clear guidance on the expectations of the college in certain situations. The document also includes information on reporting and best practices/college protocols. When Can I Come to Campus? Updated 8/30/2021

Garrett College COVID-19 Exposure Action Plan

Our COVID-19 Exposure Action Plan provides a clear process and specific action steps that Garrett College (GC) will follow when the College is made aware of confirmed or possible COVID-19 case(s) from a student, faculty/staff, or member of the community who visited the campus and whose presence might compromise the public health of the College. To view GC’s COVID-19 Exposure Action Plan, click here.

Symptoms

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

Prevention

Our first priority is the health and safety of the campus community. It is important that you protect yourself and others against respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good health habits.
  • Prevent Getting Sick | CDC

Vaccinations

COVID vaccines are safe and effective with over 338 million doses given in the United States. There are currently three different COVID vaccines available. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two doses, with the second doses received 21-28 days after the first dose. The Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is one dose. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

On-campus clinics have been organized through the Garrett County Health Department on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 10am-2pm in Room 111 in the GIEC
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 10am-2pm in Room 111 in the GIEC To schedule an appointment, visit https://garretthealth.org/vax-updated/.

Testing

Testing locations include (please call ahead to confirm testing is available at the time of the request):

  • Garrett County Health Department in Oakland- (301) 334-7697
  • Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland- (301) 533-4000 (Physician’s order needed)
  • WVU Medicine Urgent Care in McHenry (301) 387-8718
  • UPMC Urgent Care in McHenry (240) 488-413
  • CVS in Oakland: To schedule a test, go to COVID-19 Testing and Locations | MinuteClinic (cvs.com)
  • Walgreens in Oakland: To schedule a test, visit: COVID-19 Testing | Select Location | Walgreens
  • MedExpress in LaVale: (301) 729-0529
  • Health Matters Urgent Care in Cumberland: (301) 729-327
  • Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland: (301) 759-5000

Emergency Notification

If the college will need to alter operations, the emergency notification service will be utilized, in addition to other means of communication. To enroll in "GCCAlerts", visit the Regroup Sign-up Page or Text "Join GCCAlerts" to 30890.