COVID Update 2024


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.

Updated Maine CDC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines Updated Information


Student Vaccine Protocol

The Maine Community College System (MCCS) strongly encourages students to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, but they are not required.

There is one exception:  MCCS students in some programs may require vaccination against COVID-19 due to requirements at third-party locations, such as student placement sites.

Details on the MCCS COVID protocols are available online at


If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Please complete POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST REPORTING FORM or email


You can go back to your normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:

  • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
  • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).


Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

    • When you go back to your normal activities, take added precaution over the next 5 days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors.
      • Keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors like how long you were sick or how sick you were.
      • If you develop a fever or you start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, both are true: your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). Then take added precaution for the next 5 days.

        Stay home and away from others (including people you live with who are not sick) if you have respiratory virus symptoms that aren’t better explained by another cause. These symptoms can include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache, among others.

  • If you never had symptoms but tested positive for a respiratory virus‎

    You may be contagious. For the next 5 days: take added precaution, such as taking additional steps for cleaner airhygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors. This is especially important to protect people with factors that increase their risk of severe illness from respiratory viruses.

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