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Coronavirus (COVID 19) Questions

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another.
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

Recent studies show that the virus can be spread by people before they develop symptoms or who never develop symptoms. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Although the virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces, it is unlikely to be spread from products or packaging. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Clark State emergency response teams meet to discuss federal, state, and local guidance on this evolving situation. We are working day and night to provide a clean and sanitary environment. This means increased levels of cleaning, new tools to combat an array of communicable diseases, increased levels and durations of cleaning, updated policies, plans and procedures to prepare for events that may change the way we operate, and more.

Most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. CDC has directions for people who are recovering at home and their caregivers, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Use a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.

If someone around you appears to have symptoms, please understand that there are a variety of reasons that someone may be coughing or sneezing. Many people may have allergies or other causes for what may appear to be symptoms.

You can be around others after the following three criteria are met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID-19.

Per the CDC, it is advised that if you had close contact with someone with COVID-19 you should stay home for 14 days after your last exposure to that person.

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who:

  • developed COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • has recovered and
  • remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

does not need to stay home.

If you test positive for COVID-19 (or present with several of the most common symptoms), you should contact Nina Wiley, Dean, Student Engagement and Support Services. If you received positive test results, Nina Wiley will notify the Health Department in your county of your residence and, if different, the county where your classes are located. Following College protocol, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Vice President of Information Technology and Emergency Management will be notified. Decisions will be made regarding necessary actions to communicate to individuals and/or spaces on campus that need to be quarantined.  

What if I've traveled recently?

If you have traveled within the past fourteen (14) days to a high traffic, domestic tourism area within the United States or to any area outside of the United States, please notify Clark State by sending an email to us at studenttravel@clarkstate.edu. We will assist you in determining the proper course of action to ensure your and your family’s safety as well as the safety of your fellow students, faculty, staff and community members at Clark State.

Current guidance suggests that everyone should avoid all non-essential out-of-state travel and consider cancelling new travel plans. Settings such as large meetings or conferences and any place that has declared a state of emergency due to the virus should be avoided. Travel guidance from the U.S. Department of State and public health agencies continues to change, and there is no way to anticipate if, or when, additional travel restrictions may be issued that could impact your ability to return to campus. 

What if I am scheduled to travel to a state or city with a known case or if I am planning on traveling out of the country?

One of the best resources available to you is using the CDC guidance for travel. This site provides details on the various travel advisories to locations.