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 June 28, 2021, all COVID- requirements have been lifted. The wearing of masks remains optional, and unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask indoors.

Garrett College is preparing for a comprehensive return to campus for the fall semester, 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

Recent Updates

College Status

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

Based upon the rising Garrett County COVID metrics (91 news cases since Friday and a state-high 14.2% rolling, seven-day positivity rate) and an increase in self-reports to the College, Garrett College is moving all credit classes back to an all-online academic platform as of Tuesday, November 17, 2020. All intercollegiate athletics activities will also shut down as of that date.

Residence halls will remain open as planned through Tuesday, November 24th unless a change in the COVID situation requires a change in the College’s housing strategy.

The Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) will continue operating on its current schedule unless a change in the COVID status requires a change in the CARC schedule.

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.

Laker Strong: Spring 2021 Return to Campus Plan

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

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

Health Assessment Form – Required by all Employees, Students and Visitors

As part of the College’s health-and-safety measures, all employees, students and visitors are required to complete a health-assessment online, prior to coming to campus. The link to the health-assessment form can be found here.

Return to Campus Operations Plan 6/8/20

On June 15th, Garrett College will begin implementing Phase 2 (Flexible Operations) of the enclosed Return to Campus Operations Plan.


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 & Treatment

Our first priority is to protect ourselves. Since there is no vaccine available for COVID-19, 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.
  • CDC Prevention & Treatment Page

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People who think they may have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider immediately.


Information on testing availability within Garrett County is available on the Garrett County Health Department’s Testing Information page:

  • WVU Medicine Urgent Care (301-387-8718): Testing on site for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
  • UPMC Urgent Care (240-488-4139):Testing on site (they come out to the car) for symptomatic patients only. Turnaround time 3-5 days.
  • Oakland CVS: To schedule a test, go to
  • Garrett Regional Medical Center: If you have a doctor’s order for testing, call Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Oakland for testing:
    • With symptoms: Monday through Thursday during normal business hours. Once you have your provider’s order for a Rapid test, call 301-533-4670 to schedule an appointment. Hospital staff will meet you at your car under the canopy at the front of the hospital at the designated appointment time. The result will be called to your provider within an hour.
    • Without symptoms: No need to call ahead. Just bring your provider’s order to the hospital and register as you would for any lab work. This test will be sent out and the results normally come back in 2-3 days.
  • Allegany County Fairgrounds: Tests will be available to any person in the region beginning Wednesday, November 11th. This drive-through site at 11400 Moss Avenue in Cumberland, Maryland, will be in operation on Mondays from 2-7 pm, and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 am – 2 pm. There is no out-of-pocket cost to get a test at the site, and appointments and doctors’ orders are not required.
  • For anyone age 18 and younger:
    • Friendsville – Mondays, 9 am -12 pm, Northern Garrett Rescue Squad, Station 3, 320 Chestnut Street. No appointment needed.
    • Grantsville – Wednesdays, 9 am -12 pm, Northern Garrett Rescue Squad, Station 1, 124 Miller Street. No appointment needed
    • Oakland – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9 am -12 pm, Garrett County Health Department, 1025 Memorial Drive. Call 301-334-7770 for an appointment.

GC, GCPS provides internet connection for county, college students in Bumblebee Parking Lot

The Garrett College Information Technology (GCIT) Department, in partnership with Garrett County Public Schools’ IT Department, is providing a public internet connection for Garrett College and Garrett County Public Schools students that is accessible from your vehicle in the Bumblebee Road Parking Lot (Lot B). Please select “GCPSOpenWIFI” on your device (no password needed). The wifi will be available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. For more information, contact

Counseling available for students, faculty and staff

Karl Glocker, licensed professional counselor, is available to assist students, faculty and staff during this time. Karl is also certified in mental health first aid. Contact Karl directly via email

Ruth Enlow Library making internet access available outside all library locations

The Ruth Enlow Library has its wifi turned on 24/7 at all locations. While the connection strength may vary, library officials say those who need to access it should be able to do so outside of its buildings. For more information, please go to the library’s COVID-19 update page:

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.

Travel/Study Abroad Information

At this time, no travel has been canceled. For the immediate future, the College is recommending faculty, staff and students avoid international travel to any countries that the CDC lists as a level 1,2, or 3.