Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

College Operations:

COVID-19 Reopening Guide


COM Extends Online Classes through Summer Semesters:

College of the Mainland will continue providing online instruction to students through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, COM has moved all instruction possible to an online format for the Summer 2020 semesters and expects to resume face-to-face classroom instruction in the fall.

As a reminder, College of the Mainland services remain operational as employees continue to work remotely while campuses are closed. Employees will continue working remotely until further notice. Faculty and staff are available through email and phone. While campuses are closed, students are also highly encouraged to access the following helpful digital resources:

Travel:

All travel for COM business is suspended. Employees are responsible for making their own cancellations and securing a refund.

Events:

Out of an abundance of caution, College of the Mainland will be canceling or postponing all events through the middle of May. This may include postponing our graduation ceremony to a later date. Our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Listed below please find a list of canceled campus events. Please keep in mind that while these events are canceled, they may be rescheduled at a later date. (Please Note: This list may not include all canceled events)

  • Employee Recognition Dinner
  • All Student Life activities
  • Man Up Conference
  • Women's History Month event
  • Upward Bound (TRIO) Saturday Trip - March 28
  • Upward Bound (TRIO) tutoring
  • Community of Care Luncheon & Resource Fair
  • Commencement (Postponed Date TBD)
  • Veteran's Health Resource and Employment Fair
  • FAFSA Workshops
  • Music Concerts
  • Theatre Productions
  • GCIC Academic Symposium

As a reminder, any student, faculty, staff or visitor who is experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness, is asked to stay home as a measure to prevent the spread of any virus. Other measures you should take to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus include:

  • Stay at home if at all possible.
  • If you must leave your home, practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet distance from others.
  • Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  • Seek care and immediately notify your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms. Call before you show up at an office.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Self-report any planned international travel to the College, whether it is personal or college-related travel.

With the safety of the COM community at the forefront of our decision-making, College of the Mainland administration will continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to monitor the Coronavirus situation and decide what further actions are needed. Given the evolving nature of this situation, we ask that employees and students monitor COM emails, text alerts, social media channels and website for the most up to date information.

Coronavirus

College of the Mainland continues to closely monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to keep our community informed as developments occur.

What is the risk to the COM campus community?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health threat, which has now been detected in more than 70 countries, including cases in the United States. The latest CDC risk assessment is available here.

What precautions should members of the COM community take?

  • Stay at home if at all possible.
  • If you must leave your home, practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet distance from others.
  • Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  • Seek care and immediately notify your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms. Call before you show up at an office.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Self-report any planned international travel to the College, whether it is personal or college-related travel.

Communications

The College remains in regular contact with local, state and federal health officials for the latest information and will continue to provide updates to the COM Community when warranted. Changes and updates to the situation will be published on this webpage. Urgent messages may be distributed through the COM Alert rapid notification system.

Travel Guidelines

College of the Mainland has cancelled all current College sponsored travel. Decisions about summer and future travel will be made with the most current guidance available. Anyone considering travel at this time should be aware of the rapidly changing health landscape worldwide. Refer to these links to view the latest warnings:

Self-Report International Travel

In addition, any student or employee who has traveled outside of Texas within the last 30 days, or who plans future travel anywhere internationally, is asked to self-report their travel to COM using our Travel Registration Form located here.

The College recommends that everyone in the COM Community examine your personal travel plans and make changes or take precautions where necessary. The College encourages everyone to heed all COM and U.S. Government travel warnings related to the novel COVID-19. In recent days, both the CDC and U.S. Department of State have expanded their warnings. Refer to these links to view the latest warnings:

Learn More about Coronavirus

Prevention continues to be the best protection for this as well as reducing your chance of contracting other respiratory illnesses caused by influenza, parainfluenza and RSV viruses. This includes staying home when you are sick, which cannot be emphasized enough. Anyone with any symptoms of illness is asked to stay home and avoid campus. If you are in need of campus services but should not come on to campus, please contact your supervisor or instructor to arrange an alternative to visiting campus in person.

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage available here. Additionally, Johns Hopkins CSSE is tracking the global spread.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How does COVID-19 spread?

It is spread via respiratory droplets. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses on the CDC’s transmission page.

Is there a vaccine?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Is there a treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

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