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.

The wearing of CDC-recommended face masks or face coverings is optional, except for individuals required to wear as part of the isolation or quarantine guidelines.

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

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

Garrett College COVID-19 Dashboard

The COVID-19 Leadership Team is committed to being transparent in sharing the number of individuals within the Garrett College community (students, faculty, and/or staff) who have self-reported that they may have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.

Received Reports


GC Close Contacts and Exposure


GC Confirmed Positive Cases*


GC Currently in Isolation/Quarantine**


Confirmed Garrett County Cases
From March 2020 to present

Updated on a regular basis. Statistics for the College are from August 1, 2022 to now. Last updated 10/17/2022, 10:00 a.m.

*Number includes individuals working or studying remotely

**Number includes individuals who may be in isolation/quarantine both on- and/or off-campus

Positive Case Note:

When a positive case occurs, the Leadership Team will act to notify those individuals potentially exposed. The number of received reports above represent all communication made with a Garrett College Official. In the vast majority of cases, which includes reporting of any possible COVID-19 symptoms, close contact and possible exposure, the individual is not COVID-positive. The report is taken for the safety of others and to ensure full transparency. Out of an abundance of caution, the Garrett College Leadership Team will review the report and take actions such as having any area impacted deep cleaned or temporarily moving or suspending classes or activities.

The College's COVID-19 Exposure Action Plan outlines anticipated actions when the College is aware of a confirmed or possible COVID-19 case 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.

Reporting Mechanisms

Each individual with a positive COVID-19 case, who is identified as a close contact or suspects they have been exposed should notify the College by calling 301-387-3037 or emailing The Office of Equity and Compliance is the designated office handling reports of confirmed or possible COVID-19 cases from a student, faculty/staff, or member of the community who visited the campus, whose presence might compromise the public health of the College.

Individuals are encouraged to use email as the initial point of contact. The Office of Equity and Compliance is the Primary Contact and should be informed first. Secondary contacts have been provided below only if the Primary Contact is unavailable or unresponsive (e.g., illness, off, or inaccessible via email or phone).

All Reports of Exposure

Primary Contact: Shelley Menear, Director of Equity and Compliance
Phone: 301-387-3037

Faculty/Staff Exposure

Secondary Contact: Janis Bush, Director of Human Resources
Phone: 301-387-3049

Student Exposure

Secondary Contact: Robert JR Kerns, Dean of Student Affairs
Phone: 301-387-3049


Secondary Contact: Elizabeth Show, Interim Director of Athletics
Phone: 301-387-3053

Communication with Garrett County Health Department and External Media Communication

Secondary Contact: Stacy Holler, Director of Marketing and Creative Services
Phone: 301-387-3045

If you choose not to report your positive test results, the Maryland Department of Health or Garrett County Health Department may report this to the College on your behalf following a consultation.