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COVID-19 INFORMATION
Catawba College is closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and will provide ongoing updates at Catawba.edu/coronavirus.
UPDATED: 3/30/20 - 1:28 p.m.

Coronavirus Information.

Health, Safety, Planning, and Preparedness

Information about COVID-19

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Catawba College has put many protocols in place related to the safety and security of our entire campus community related to COVID-19.  

We are closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and will provide ongoing updates here. 

Last Update: 3/30/20 at 1:28 p.m.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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We would like to remind the campus community of the following information: 

Tips for Prevention

The seasonal flu also is present in many areas. Basic measures remain the best defense against coronavirus, flu, and other communicable diseases:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Communicate electronically with your faculty (students) or supervisor (faculty/staff) if you are displaying flu-like symptoms and seek immediate medical attention at the Catawba College Health Center or an area medical provider for testing. 

Preparedness on Campus 

Hand Sanitizing Stations

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In response to the COVID-19 concern, Environmental Services has inspected and filled all existing hand sanitizing stations on campus; all are in working order and are located in all academic, athletic, and administration buildings as follows:

  • Hedrick Administration Building (3; one on each floor)
  • Shuford Science Building (1)
  • Library (1)
  • Center for the Environment (1)
  • College-Community Center (1)
  • Gymnasium (3; two on 2nd floor, one on 1st floor)
  • Field House (2)
  • Theatre Arts Annex  (1)
  • Cannon Student Center (3)
STOCK AVAILABILITY
We have plenty of the sanitizer liquid in stock.  We encourage all to make use of this service.  

ADDITIONAL STATIONS ADDED
We have installed 50 additional "No Touch" stations in every building across campus. Some stations are located on walls, while others are located on mobile stands. 

MAINTENANCE & REFILLING
The Environmental Services staff will check these stations as part of their daily operations to ensure they continue to be functional and filled with sanitizer. 

CLEANING
Due to limited staffing, Environmental Services will not be able to increase the frequency of cleaning. However, they will provide classrooms with disinfectant surface wipes for students, faculty, and staff to use as needed.  In addition, as part of their normal cleaning schedule, Environmental Services will sanitize surfaces (such as hand rails, door knobs/handles, etc.) while cleaning.

WIPES AVAILABLE
All classrooms across campus have been furnished with hand sanitizing wipes.  Replacement wipes can be requested through Environmental Services.

CDC GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
The CDC has issued interim guidance for administrators of higher education institutions in the areas below, which Catawba College is currently following:
  • Residence Life preparations including potential on-campus quarantine
  • Student Health Center preparations including testing/handling a potential infection
  • Dining preparations
  • Student activities
  • Admissions travel
  • Admissions events protocols including potential event cancellations
  • Admissions communications with prospective students and families
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EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATIONS

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up for CatawbAlerts in CatLink, if you have not already done so. This is the emergency notification system that promptly sends alerts to the list of phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses you have registered. 

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Faculty & Staff

In the event that work or academic functions are disrupted for a prolonged period of time, Catawba College provides a variety of information and services to connect faculty and staff with colleagues and students remotely, so that work and learning can continue uninterrupted.

Information for Faculty & Staff

Dining Hall Information 

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Meals in the Dining Hall Will Look Different.

We want to remove or reduce common touchpoints, such as places at which many people touch serving utensils, condiments or napkin holders:

  • The Dining Hall has converted to disposable, one-time use plates, utensils, and cups.
  • You will find that the stations in the Cannon Dining Hall will have food service staff serve you, rather than you serve yourself.
  • Salt and pepper shakers, ketchup, other condiments have been converted to single servings.
  • Self-service items will be either limited or eliminated for the immediate future to reduce common touchpoints.

NOTE: These steps likely will slow down food service, so please be patient with longer lines and plan accordingly.

Travel Information

Spring Break Travel

During Spring Break, the College actively monitored all international and domestic trips and any student personally traveling abroad.

Any student from a directly impacted outbreak area who was traveling internationally or domestically is not permitted on campus for a minimum of fourteen days.    

Travel Preparation and Current Considerations

Additionally, the College does have additional travel planned throughout the remainder of the semester for students, faculty, and staff and would like to remind the community of the following:
  • The CDC maintains a travel information website for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • CDC Warning Level 3 is in effect for China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea (as March 9).
  • CDC Alert Level 2 is in effect for Japan (as of March 9).
  • CDC Alert Level 1 is effect for Hong Kong (as of March 9).
  • Be familiar with all aspects of the area you are visiting. The State Department’s website, studentsabroad.state.gov, offers planning tips, including links to local laws.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s STEP programand sign up for alerts for your destination(s).
  • Additionally, the State of NC has issued guidance to Colleges and Universities, which we are following.

Ongoing Vigilance

Catawba College is monitoring the outbreak from all administrative aspects. We are actively deploying more coronavirus and influenza prevention and making proactive plans should we have a community member diagnosed with COVID-19.  

In addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, no plan will fully eliminate the potential risk.  However, Catawba has and will continue to respond proactively because the safety, security, health & well-being of our students remains our top priority as a community. 

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Questions

View a list of common questions:
Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions or concerns about contingency plans at Catawba College, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Student Affairs directly at 704-637-4410.

Testing Kits

The Rowan County Health Department has COVID-19 tests available. If a student displays flu-like symptoms and has tested negative for Influenza, they will come to campus to test the student for COVID-19. .

Stigmatization

The CDC has recognized stigmatization may occur around coronavirus, and in response, has developed a webpage offering guidance on countering the stigma. Please help us prevent stigmatization by becoming familiar with the facts about COVID-19.  

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