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COVID Update 2022
HEALTH AND SAFETY
EMCC’s public health protocols are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation in Maine continues to evolve and as advised by President Russell and/or the Maine Community College System.
At this time, indoor masking is recommended but not required, based on the latest CDC guidance. However, those individuals who are returning from isolation status or have been exposed to a positive case must continue to follow CDC masking guidelines as described below.
Due to the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant, all students, including those who are fully vaccinated, should have a plan for isolation housing off-campus. Isolation housing on campus is reserved for those residential students who are fully vaccinated and are unable to travel home due to distance.
Please note that decisions relating to EMCC’s health and safety protocols are dependent on caseloads in the state and are developed in consultation with the Maine Community College System, the Maine CDC and our medical advisors. Masking requirements are subject to change and may evolve rapidly over time.
As of August 29, 2022, the Maine Community College System (MCCS) will require COVID vaccinations for all on-campus students. Boosters are strongly recommended, but not required.
The vaccination protocol does not apply to students taking classes online and who will not be entering campus buildings for any purpose.
This protocol will remain in effect until June 30, 2023.
Details on the MCCS COVID protocols are available online at www.mccs.me.edu/covid-19.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
- Stay home for 5 days.
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
- Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. This means eating by yourself and wearing a mask around your roommate(s).
If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)
and are asymptomatic:
- Wear a mask around others for 10 days
- Test on day 6
Eastern Maine Community College COVID-19 Dashboard
Current CDC Community Level Risk of COVID: Medium
2022 Fall Semester Active Cases
Total Known Active Cases* 6
For comprehensive regional data, please visit please visit the Maine CDC’s coronavirus dashboard.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Will I have to be tested for COVID-19?
Any student who experiences symptoms should test at home or at a local health center
Will we have to wear masks indoors?
In response to updated mask guidance from the CDC, indoor masking is recommended but not required at this time, with the exception of those who are returning from isolation or have been exposed to a positive case. This is subject to change at anytime, and we will update you should the policy change based on current conditions.
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID, even if I’m vaccinated?
If you are on campus during the week, please contact your physician or Penobscot Community Health Care’s (PCHC) Brewer Medical Center, 989-1567. PCHC services are free of charge to all Eastern Maine Community College students who bring their Student ID to PCHC. Students do not have to make an appointment. If you are a campus resident, we have rapid tests available through Security. Please request that they leave a test outside your room door so you do not come in contact until you have your test results. If you are away from campus, please visit a local urgent care facility or pick up a rapid test at a local drug store. Please complete POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST REPORTING FORM or email firstname.lastname@example.org if your test is positive
You may want to have a few at-home antigen test kits with you.
Will we be able to have non-EMCC guests in the residence hall?
EMCC is currently allowing guests in the residence halls again. All guests must be registered, and vaccinated for Covid-19. Please see Kris Kelley with any questions you may have.