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Information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus


Safety At A Glance

Face masks are required Wash your hands frequently Practice social distancing
Use hand sanitizer Stay home if you are sick Limit face-to-face interactions
Avoid touching your eyes and face Self-quarantine if you have been exposed Sanitize high-traffic areas

  

Before Coming to Campus

  • When should I stay at home?

    • Stay at home flowchart.
  • Check the current stage of NMC’s reopening plan.

    • Stage 1: March–June 14
    • Stage 2: Starting June 15: Limited services on campus. Some small labs, hybrid classes.
    • Stage 3: (Date to be determined) Campus is open with social distancing and PPE required.
    • Stage 4: (Date to be determined) Campus is fully operational.
  • Consider remote solutions first.

  • If coming to campus is permitted and necessary:

  • Bring a face mask.

    • Face masks are required in all common areas, classrooms and hallways (homemade face masks may be worn if preferred).
    • NOTE: Face masks must be worn AND social distancing practiced (staying at least six feet apart). Face shields are NOT an acceptable substitute for face masks but may be worn in addition to face masks.

 

When On Campus

  • Be aware of the current stage of NMC’s reopening plan.

    • Stage 1: March–June 14
    • Stage 2: Starting June 15: Limited services on campus. Some small labs, hybrid classes.
    • Stage 3: (Date to be determined) Campus is open with social distancing and PPE required.
    • Stage 4: (Date to be determined) Campus is fully operational.
  • Wear a face mask at all times except when alone in an office.

    • NOTE: Face masks must be worn AND social distancing practiced (staying at least six feet apart) in all common areas, classrooms and hallways. Face shields are NOT an acceptable substitute for face masks but may be worn in addition to.
  • Practice social distancing at all times by staying at least six feet apart.

    • Observe floor markings in classrooms, hallways and on stairs.
    • Follow one-way directions and capacity limits where posted (e.g. bathrooms).
    • If possible, use stairs instead of elevators. Limit elevators to one occupant.
    • Read the CDC's Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure for more information.
  • Clean classrooms, labs, and offices often — a collaborative effort.

    • Disinfectant spray, towels, wipes and gloves will be placed in all areas. Users should wipe down surface areas before and after use .
    • Example: A classroom is used for a staff meeting. Employees should wipe surfaces prior to sitting down and clean once the meeting has ended.
    • This would be the same for a class. Students should clean the area that they will be sitting in .
    • Employees: Order cleaning supplies through Central Stores .

 

Safety and Cleaning

  • Clean classrooms, labs, and offices often — a collaborative effort.

    • Disinfectant spray, towels, wipes and gloves will be placed in all areas. Users should wipe down surface areas before and after use .
    • Example: A classroom is used for a staff meeting. Employees should wipe surfaces prior to sitting down and clean once the meeting has ended.
    • This would be the same for a class. Students should clean the area that they will be sitting in.
    • Employees: Order cleaning supplies through Central Stores.
  • NMC will clean all public spaces daily following CDC recommendations for disinfecting spaces and high-touch point surfaces.

  • NMC will provide barriers in designated higher-risk areas, such as service counters.

  • NMC will mark the floors, staircases and classrooms to designate appropriate social distancing.

    • Employees, students and visitors can use these markings to maintain the required six-foot minimum distance.
  • Eating on campus is restricted.

    • In order to comply with social distancing and mask wearing requirements, eating will only be allowed in certain areas of the college such as West Hall and then only at appropriate distances.
  • For Notification of positive COVID-19 cases on campus:

    • NMC will work with the Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) on contact tracing. This process is important to comply with all privacy laws and to accurately communicate necessary facts to others. GTCHD will notify the college of any positive test results that involve any students or employees.
    • If an employee or student is not within GTCHD jurisdiction, NMC will work with the appropriate health department to confirm test results and conduct contact tracing.
  • Testing based on potential on-campus exposure is available free of charge.

    • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s May 26 executive order allows for individuals to be tested at community sites at no cost. Traverse City’s community site currently is Northwest Michigan Health Services . Make an appointment by calling (231) 642-5292.
    • You may also work with your individual healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and testing options. Most insurance companies will pay for the cost of testing.

Read NMC's Full Exposure Control Plan here.