The questions listed below are the ones most often asked at this moment. You may have a question not listed below. The questions and answers below may change as this situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. Please check frequently for updates.
Campus operation staff will routinely deploy electrostatic sprayers to disinfect large areas and high-use areas such as classrooms, meeting spaces, activity spaces, lobbies, locker rooms, common areas, dining hall seating areas, and community restrooms. Cleaning schedules will be adjusted to ensure routine disinfecting and sanitizing of instructional spaces.
Computer keyboards and computer mice should be cleaned with sanitizing wipes before and after each use; however, extremely wet wipes should not be used if they are dripping moisture. Keyboards and monitor screens should NOT be sprayed with disinfectant. Monitor screens should be cleaned with an approved monitor cleaner. Keyboards may be treated by housekeeping personnel with ionic machines. After using a public computer, you should wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If that is not possible, use hand sanitizer until you can wash your hands.
Do not go to class. If you live in a residence hall, contact your RD for guidance. If you are a commuter, stay home and get medical help. Contact your instructors to let them know and then follow their instructions to switch to online, if deemed necessary.
The Hyflex instructional model permits you to move to online instruction during quarantine or isolation. When your quarantine or isolation periods ends, you will come back to in-person, classroom instruction.
Most of the campus community have been informed of the status of athletics this semester. Fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball) have been postponed to spring semester. Certain low and medium risk sports as defined by the NCAA (golf, tennis, etc.) will play their fall semester segments. Some non-NCAA sports (clay target, bass fishing, archery, etc.) may compete in fall segments. All sports must follow protocols in our Plan for practice and competition in order to create a safe environment. A decision regarding winter sports is yet to be made. You can read more details about this on the Conference Carolinas website at the following link:
Yes, but those participating must follow Plan protocols for play.
Dining and Residential Life
Food and necessary personal items will be provided to you by a team of individuals designated for that purpose.
People are quarantined if they have symptoms, fail a screening or have had direct exposure to someone who tested positive.
Isolation is for people who have tested positive or are presumptive positive.
The EC Daily Dashboard Report shows the number of employees and students who are in quarantine or isolation. The number in isolation is the likely number of cases among those in our campus community because it enumerates those who have tested positive or are presumptive positive. The Dashboard can be found at https://ec.edu/community-health/ec-daily-covid-dashboard/ .
Casual interactions are not likely to transmit the virus. The definition of exposure is close contact (closer than 6 feet), without proper Personal Protective Equipment, for an extended period (15 minutes or more) with another person who is positive for COVID-19.
Go to the Franklin County Health Department, 6955 Highway 45 South, Carnesville, GA 706-384-5575. It is only a short drive from campus. Also, any doctor’s office or urgent care can likely provide a test.
Get additional details on the COVID Testing page.
The quarantine period is based on the date of exposure and the estimated incubation period. For COVID-19, the quarantine period is usually 14 days from the date of an exposure and 10 days from the date symptoms first occur.
The isolation period usually ends when all of the following conditions are met.
- When symptoms have subsided, and
- 10 days have passed since the later of
- the date symptoms first appeared, or
- the date the most recent positive COVID-19 test was administered,
- the patient has not had a fever for 24 hours without fever medication.