Howard Community College put out the following statement on their website:

Howard Community College is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). The college is currently operating as scheduled, and there are NO cases of COVID-19 associated with Howard Community College

The college continues to monitor this evolving situation, as the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students remain of utmost importance. This page contains resources and information to raise awareness about prevention and preparedness efforts.

STUDENTS

As the situation with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) evolves, the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students is always of utmost concern. While there are no confirmed cases associated with Howard Community College, the situation in Maryland and this region has been rapidly changing.

Important Operational Update

The college will cancel classes on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, to prepare the college for the possibility of moving classes online. The college will remain open, with all operations and services available.

During these two days, faculty will prepare for moving classes online, if needed. Student guidance for learning remotely is available online.

The college continues to follow guidance from the Howard County Health DepartmentMaryland Department of Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in making its decisions. Additionally, the college is monitoring what is taking place at the public schools and area colleges and universities.

Preventative Care

The college is asking the entire college community to support one another during this time of uncertainty. Faculty have been encouraged to support students who may need alternate means of accessing course content and completing assessments. The college is advising anyone who is sick to stay home.

If any student is alerted to a possible exposure of COVID-19, they must contact eop@howardcc.edu.

The college urges faculty, staff, and students to practice preventive health measures on campus. Most importantly, wash hands often with soap and water.

Travel Guidance

Anticipate frequent updates, and reach out to eop@howardcc.edu with any questions about travel. The college requests your cooperation with the following guidelines:

  • Disclose any out-of-state and international travel plans through the end of the spring semester to the college administration by emailing eop@howardcc.edu.
  • If you or a member of your household has traveled to any of the areas under a level 2 or 3 travel advisory, the college is asking you to self-quarantine for 14 days. However, if you have traveled anywhere where there is a possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and want to self-quarantine for 14 days, students must notify eop@howardcc.edu, and staff will notify deans.

Keep Informed
To keep the college community informed, regular updates and important resources will be posted at howardcc.edu/healthupdates. Any immediate changes to the college’s operating status will shared immediately through mobile alerts, which delivers urgent notifications through text message. Please continue to check your HCC email regularly, even in the event of a closure.

For questions related to the disease or your health, call the county hotline at 410-313-6284. With questions related to travel or college operations, contact eop@howardcc.edu with any questions related to travel or operations.

Thank you for your support and for your efforts to keep safe and healthy.

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Read the full statement for students and staff here:  https://www.howardcc.edu/services-support/public-safety/emergency-information/covid-19/index.html

Scott E

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