Coronavirus: Guidance for the CCBC Community

CCBC continues to maintain a fully engaged community of faculty, staff and students while following defined safety protocols and increasing online support services. CCBC campuses are open, with added measures in place to ensure safety of the general public and our students.

As new developments arise, we will provide updates.

Returning to campus

CCBC is taking extensive precautions to keep our community safe. CCBC is also proud to offer on-campus vaccination clinics to the college community during this time.

What to expect when you come to campus »

Student services

We are here for you. As we all come back to campus, safety measures, like social distancing, may create longer wait times. Avoid the wait and access services online.

Accessing student services remotely »

COVID-19 facts

What is COVID-19 and how does it spread?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but it is spreading from person-to-person.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
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What is the college doing to help prevent the spread of viruses?

  • Custodians sanitize all “touch points” each evening – door knobs, telephones, elevator buttons, push plates and classroom desks.
  • There are wall-mounted hand sanitizers throughout all college facilities. There are sanitizing wipes within the testing centers and libraries to clean computer keyboards. All computer classrooms will have sanitizing wipes in the rooms within the week. Please clean your keyboard often and encourage students to do this as well.
  • Sanitizing wipes and small bottles of hand sanitizer will be made available through each Campus Center Director’s office.

What preventive actions can I take to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song twice). Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Obtain a flu shot.
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Anything else that I can do to keep from spreading a respiratory virus?

  • Avoid handshaking. Use a fist bump, slight bow, or elbow bump instead.
  • Use only your knuckle to touch light switches and elevator buttons.
  • When fueling your vehicle, use a paper towel or glove when handling the nozzle.
  • Open doors with your closed fist or hip. Do not grasp the handle with your hand unless there is no other way to open the door.
  • Use disinfectant wipes at stores when they are available to clean grocery cart handles.
  • Keep hand sanitizer available and use it when you touch anything other individuals have touched.
  • If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to as clothing can contain the virus for up to a week.
  • Clean your cell telephone often. Scientists at the University of Arizona found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats.

What happens if I get sick?

  1. Stay home:
  2. If sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, students, faculty and staff should undoubtedly stay home, except when seeking medical attention.

  3. Report your diagnosis:
  4. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, complete our COVID-19 reporting portal. If you have any questions about CCBC's COVID-19 protocol, contact Caroline Scott, Dean of College Life at

  5. Contact us:
    • Employees must contact their supervisor as soon as possible to arrange coverage for classes or work, if necessary.
    • Students must contact their instructor(s) for guidance in completing missed coursework, but will not be penalized for missed classes and assignments.

How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Contact your local and state health departments to find a vaccine clinic near you.

How can I get free COVID-19 testing?

The Baltimore County Department of Health is operating clinics to test patients for COVID-19 at no cost. Learn more »