COVID-19 Protocol

Rev 8.17.2022

NC DHHS COVID-19 Information

CDC COVID-19 guidance effective August 11, 2022

Effective Wednesday, August 17, 2022, MTCC’s COVID protocol is described below.

Masks are optional on the MTCC campus. The following rules apply regardless of vaccination status:

I. Prevention: Vaccination is currently the leading prevention for COVID-19 pandemic, leading to low-risk symptoms and severe illness. The CDC promotes the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization and death. Find vaccination resources in McDowell County and strongly consider being vaccinated before visiting campus. (McDowell County Emergency Services COVID-19 Information)

II. All employees are expected to work from their on-campus workstations unless experiencing symptoms at which time they should communicate with their direct supervisor and consult with their healthcare provider. Please contact the Dean of Curriculum Programs, Valerie Dobson at 828-652-0699 or via email at [email protected] to report positive cases or questions.

III. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available at all key entrance locations on campus.

IV. Individual contact tracing and exclusion from school of asymptomatic people after an identified exposure is no longer recommended.

A. According to NCDHHS, if students, faculty or staff feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms of COVID-19, they are expected to Get Tested, and if you test positive, treatments are available.

B. If you were exposed to COVID-19, wear a high-quality mask and get tested on day 5.

V. Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. Isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

A. Positive COVID:

1. If you test positive you should stay home 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Wear a mask for 5 days upon return to school/work.

2. If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5 and wear a mask through day 10. Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.

a) Asymptomatic: Date of specimen collection is day 0. Symptomatic: Date of first symptoms is day 0.

3. Direct exposure

a) If you are directly exposed to COVID but do not exhibit any symptoms you may continue your normal activities and wear a mask and get tested on day 5.

Please contact the Dean of Curriculum Programs at 828.652.0699 to report COVID Positive cases or for questions.

*Health Science/Public Service Students will be held to their clinical site requirements.