Coronavirus

Coronavirus Dashboard

Last Updated: 1/14/21

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Current Student Cases

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Student Cases in Spring 2021 Semester

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Current Employee Cases

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Employee Cases in Spring 2021 Semester

Montreat College Spring 2021 Plans

Looking ahead to spring semester, some changes have been made to the academic calendar to protect the health and safety of our campus community. The adjusted academic calendar outlined below minimizes opportunities for students, as well as faculty and staff, to travel away from campus on extended breaks. This strategy should reduce exposure to and spread of coronavirus. For spring 2021, there will be NO spring break for traditional undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences. With the removal of spring break, the last day of spring class will be April 30, finals will occur on May 3-7, and Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 8.

As originally scheduled, classes will not be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/18); Good Friday (4/2); and the Monday after Easter (4/5).

  • January 13 (Wednesday): Classes begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • January 18 (Monday): Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (college closed)
  • April 1 (Thursday): Easter break begins after last class
  • April 2 (Friday): Good Friday (college closed)
  • April 6 (Tuesday): Classes resume at 8:00 a.m.
  • April 26 (Monday): Honors Convocation
  • April 30 (Friday): Last day of class for spring
  • May 3-7 (Monday-Thursday): Finals week
  • May 8 (Saturday): Spring Commencement at 2:00 p.m.

The full academic calendar for traditional undergraduate students is available online.

On-Campus COVID Testing

In collaboration with MAHEC’s Rapid Response Team, we will be offering COVID-19 testing in Health Services as needed from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Please register online before testing, and complete this intake form in advance to speed up your check-in and allow us to test more people. The next testing dates will be posted soon.

Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services has asked that students and employees enter the Montreat College Address: 310 Gaither Circle (P.O. Box 1267), Montreat, NC 28757 on their intake forms in order to gain rapid access to test results. This is extremely important for contact tracing efforts.

This is open to anyone on campus. Please bring a copy of your health insurance card. If someone is uninsured, they may be tested at no cost to them. Results are typically back in 24-48 hours.

Daily Symptom Checker – #CampusClear

Community expectations for all students, faculty, staff and visitors include the daily use of a symptom checker app. We’ll be using a free tool called CampusClear.

You can use #CampusClear on any smartphone, and there is also a web-based version for those who don’t have a smartphone or aren’t comfortable installing the app. You can access the app and web-based version at www.CampusClear.com.

Before students and their guests arrive on campus for move-in, everyone should complete the symptom checker app and verify that they’re cleared for campus. Residence Life Staff may ask to see the “All Clear” notification from students and guests during move-in.

 

Response to Positive Test or Symptomatic Student

In the event that a member of the Montreat College community becomes symptomatic or tests positive for the virus, Buncombe County Public Health will be contacted, and contact tracing will begin immediately to notify anyone who had close contact with a COVID-positive individual.

All contacts of positive cases will be placed in quarantine for 14-days and receive testing on days 5-7 per public health recommendations. Symptomatic students will be placed in isolation and receive testing.

Any residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will enter mandatory isolation in an off-campus housing location. Even if the test is negative, they will remain in quarantine for the full 14 days to ensure symptoms don’t develop. Students will be cared for by the college’s health services staff and outside healthcare workers as needed. Anyone who, while not displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19, has been in close contact with an infected individual in the past 14 days will enter mandatory quarantine.

While in quarantine or isolation, students will be able to continue participating in their courses through remote learning options. Students in isolation or quarantine will receive daily health checks, meal delivery, online access to classes, counseling & spiritual support, and laundry service.

It is important to be mindful of the highly contagious nature of the virus. A single case of COVID-19 on campus will activate the prescribed procedures, however, a higher infection rate on campus may necessitate the transition to remote learning for the safety of the community. As a reminder, the best way to prevent COVID-19 spreading on campus is a continual adherence to the 3 Ws:

  1. Wear a face covering in public – both on- and off-campus
  2. Wait 6 feet apart
  3. Wash your hands frequently

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19 | Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services | Montreat College Faculty and Staff directory

Montreat College is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Below, you’ll find resources and information about COVID-19 as well as any communications that have been sent to the Montreat community regarding the outbreak (in chronological order, beginning with the most recent).

Everybody should continue to practice everyday preventive action to help deter the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

CARES Act Acknowledgement and Update

Montreat College signed and submitted the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement, Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and received $367,997. Of our enrolled students, 526 students were eligible to participate in Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The grant being offered is designated to returning students that encountered campus disruption and/or have shown some form of impact caused by COVID-19. To date, the college has distributed $296,100 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 354 students. Montreat College plans to continue distributing funds on an ongoing basis.

Current CARES Quarterly Report

Past CARES Quarterly Reports: