COVID-19: Important mask updates

Good afternoon NMC community,

We have some important updates and reminders on NMC’s masking policy and resources as we continue to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic:

  • NMC now has 19 locations offering FREE N95 respirators across its five campuses.
  • N95 and KN95 respirators provide the best filtration and protection against the virus; the college recommends you wear this option whenever possible; surgical masks offer the next best level of protection and are available at all entrances to our buildings. Cloth masks provide the least protection.
  • Cloth masks, if used, should be washed daily after each use according to CDC recommendations. If cloth masks are visibly soiled, users will be asked to replace it with a clean mask or a college provided N95 respirator or surgical mask.
  • Masks and respirators must cover both the nose and mouth with no gaps, unless you are eating or drinking.
  • Scarves, bandanas, and neck gaiters are no longer considered acceptable. Users will be asked to replace these with a college provided respirator or mask.
  • Please dispose of any surgical masks in one of our many campus trash receptacles to reduce littering on campus grounds. The polypropylene material used for surgical masks is not biodegradable.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping NMC’s learning environments safe. For more information and resources on NMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the case dashboard, please visit the Keep Safe hub.