Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
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?
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.
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:
- Shortness of breath
- CDC COVID-19 Symptoms Page
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
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 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
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.
- Weekly Communication - 10/22/2021
- Weekly Communication - 10/15/2021
- Weekly Communication - 10/8/2021
- Weekly Communication - 10/1/2021
- Weekly Communication - 09/23/2021
- Weekly Communication - 09/17/2021
- GC and COVID - One year later; A note from President Midcap
- Garrett College to move credit classes back to online format beginning November 17th
- November 3rd: Positive Case Notification
- October 13th: Garrett College COVID-19 Dashboard
- August 11th: Garrett College to extend main campus operating hours
- July 28th: Face-to-face classes part of Garrett College fall plan
- June 8th: Garrett College to start limited, appointment-only hours June 15th
- June 1st: Physical Campus Closure Extension
- May 21st: Garrett College plans to resume on-campus courses
- April 28th: Physical Campus Closure Extension
- March 24th: Garrett College cancels 2020 commencement
- March 20th: Garrett College to move to full tele-work environment, physical campus locations to close through April 12
- March 20th: GC Board Emergency Physical Locations Action
- March 20th: GC Board Authorizations Requested Due to Coronavirus Pandemic Event
- March 17th: Update memo from Equity & Compliance
- March 17th: Garrett College reduces on-campus access in response to state CODIV-19 recommendations
- March 12th: Garrett College announces coronavirus plan
- March 12th: Coronavirus Response Plan to the College community
- March 9th: Update memo from Equity & Compliance