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Central College continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. The college remains committed to monitoring health and safety conditions, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health guidelines. At this time, the college plans for an academic year with a return to the normal before the pandemic. Adjustments will be made as conditions warrant.

See the latest health updates for the Central College community from President Mark Putnam and others, or view the weekly coronavirus report.

Information on this page is subject to change as circumstances warrant. Please check back often.

Guidelines

Central College does not require a COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty or staff, although it is strongly encouraged. Central has committed to the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge issued by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to keep our campus and community safe.

In addition, Central encourages visitors, students and employees to follow these measures and courtesies:

  • Please refrain from visiting, attending class in-person or working on campus if you are not feeling well.
  • Masks are optional. We are a mask-friendly campus. If you are personally concerned for your health and well-being, please continue to wear a mask.
  • We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for vaccination to do so at the earliest possible time. Please find a vaccine clinic near you.
  • Wash your hands frequently, use the hand sanitizing stations positioned throughout the campus, and maintain physical distance when appropriate.
  • Consider scheduling meetings in larger indoor spaces, in outdoor settings or use Zoom when possible.
  • Be courteous and concerned for the health and safety of those around you and continue to create a safe and welcoming environment for all on campus.
  • All members of campus should continue to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, etc., via covid19@central.edu or 641-628-5530.

The college will offer flu shot clinics and COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the year. Please watch for communications about this.

Last updated Aug. 16, 2021

If You Experience Symptoms or Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or other symptoms please email covid19@central.edu or call 641-628-5530 immediately.

In addition:

  • Please stay in your residence hall room or at home until directed by the COVID-19 response team.
  • Please follow all instructions regarding housing, quarantine time, testing, and more as directed by your provider, student development or the human resources office.
  • You will be asked to explain your symptoms and any exposures you may have had with others.
  • Notify your professors and class dean or supervisor of your absence.

Last updated Jan. 6, 2022

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to adhere to the following protocols:

  • Isolate for five days. If you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving, then you will no longer need to isolate but will be asked to wear a mask for five more days when around others.
  • If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are fully boosted or fully vaccinated with Moderna (within five months), Pfizer (within five months) or Johnson & Johnson (within two months), you will be asked to wear a mask for 10 days around others. If possible, you should get tested for COVID-19 on day five.
  • If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are not boosted or are outside the recommended timeline for a particular vaccine, you will be asked to quarantine for five days and then mask for five days. If possible, you should get tested for COVID-19 on day five.

Be advised that Central does not have the ability to test all students, faculty and staff after their five-day time period.

Last updated Jan. 6, 2022

Share Your Vaccination Status

The COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged for all community members. Vaccinations are available in the community — find a vaccination site here.

Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 as long as they remain symptom-free.

Student Vaccination: Students may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination here.

Employee Vaccination: Employees may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination here.

Last updated Nov. 17, 2021

Protocols for Student-Athletes

Central College is following COVID-19 protocol recommendations from the NCAA.

Testing Protocol

As of Jan. 31, 2022, you will not be tested if:

  • You have the vaccine and booster.
  • You are within the 90-day window of having contracted COVID-19.
  • You are within the five-month window of receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • You are within the two-month window of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As of Jan. 31, 2022, the testing pool will include:

  • All unvaccinated athletes and staff.
  • Any athlete/staff member who is eligible for a booster* but does not have a booster.
  • Any athlete/staff member who has symptoms.

* You are eligible for the booster if you are:

  • Outside of five months, if you have completed the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccination.
  • Outside of two months, if you have completed the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination.
Quarantine Protocol
  1. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for five days. We will test again on day five or six if you have no symptoms. If you are negative, you will no longer need to isolate but will be asked to wear a mask for five more days when around others, but not during practice/competition. If you are still positive, we will re-test the next day. There will be a return-to-play protocol for athletes, which begins after day five and symptoms have subsided. This protocol will be based on NCAA guidelines for a safe return-to-play period.
  2. If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are boosted, or if you were vaccinated with Moderna or Pfizer (within the past five months) or Johnson & Johnson (within the past two months), you will be asked to wear a mask for 10 days around others and get tested for COVID-19 on day five. Athletes will not have a return-to-play period if they did not test positive for COVID-19.
  3. If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are not boosted or are outside the recommended timeline for a particular vaccine, you will quarantine for five days and get tested for COVID-19 on day five. If negative, you will be required to mask for an additional five days, except during practice/competition. Athletes will not have a return-to-play period if they did not test positive for COVID-19. If this test is positive, you will be in isolation for five days and start the return-to-play following the five-day isolation.

Last updated Jan. 13, 2022