COVID-19 Updates

NCCC Coronavirus Response
 
For Immediate Assistance:
New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline:
1-888-364-3065
Call with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms
 
With the safety of all students, faculty and staff of North Country Community College a paramount priority, the college continues to monitor the COVID-19 crisis. The college's COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet on a regular basis to plan and prepare. This work is being done in consultation with SUNY, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Essex County Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, and Adirondack Health. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Essex and Franklin counties visit the New York COVID-19 Tracker.  More information and links are available to the right.
 

UPDATE: July 3, 2020
 
The college has announced its Fall 2020 Campus Restart Plan
 
 

UPDATE: May 27, 2020
 
The following message was emailed to students today by President Joe Keegan:
 

Greetings to you all -

On behalf of all of us at North Country Community College, I want to extend our warmest regards to you and yours, and I hope this finds you all healthy and well.

I know these last couple months have been challenging, but I am incredibly proud of the persistence and effort that all of our students put in to complete their studies this semester.

Now that we’ve arrived at the end of the semester, I wanted to share with you the status of our planning for Fall 2020. In a nutshell, our planning is intimately tied to the course that the virus takes. At present, that course, along with many other things related to the virus, is unknown. We are working in close coordination with SUNY and the Governor’s office on various scenarios for the fall semester. Our primary and collective concern will always be to ensure our students learn in a safe and healthy environment.

At present, we are looking at and planning for two broad models for Fall 2020 classes: 

  • Mostly on-campus (where most classes are delivered as they were pre COVID-19, face-to-face setting), and,
  • Mostly on-line (where most classes are delivered as they were the second half of the spring semester).

As we learn more, we will share that with you. Our hope is to have a definitive decision in the coming weeks. We thank you for your patience and for choosing North Country as the place for your education.

Thank you, 

Joe 


Feb. 27, 2020 - Members of the college administration, faculty and staff participate in a conference call with Mim Millar, infection prevention specialist with Adirondack Health, on coronavirus planning and precautions.
 
Mar. 2, 2020 - College President Joe Keegan participates in a conference call with the SUNY Chancellor, college and university presidents, and the state Department Of Health.
 
Mar. 2, 2020 - Members of the college administration, faculty and staff participate in a webinar with other SUNY schools, led by the state Department of Health
 
 
Mar. 3, 2020 - Flyer (see below) about COVID-19 distributed to students, faculty and staff on all campuses via email and posted on all campuses
 
Mar. 3, 2020 - Page created on the college website to provide information about the our response efforts, precautionary steps and additional resources.
 
Mar. 4, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts, including the scheduling of information sessions on each campus.
 
 
Mar. 4, 2020 - Malone campus: A series of precautionary measures have been taken across the campus. Click here for more information. 
 
Mar. 4, 2020 - Ticonderoga campus: Email sent to Ticonderoga students and staff about proper handwashing techniques and COVID-19 prevention. Separately, faculty contacted by Michele Pearsall, Wellness Coordinator, about visiting classrooms to provide information on prevention of spread of COVID-19 and proper handwashing techniques
 
Mar. 5, 2020 - Information Session held on the Saranac Lake campus
 
Mar. 9, 2020 - Cleaning supplies are provided to each suite in the college's residence halls.
 
Mar. 9, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts, and to participate in a SUNY conference call on COVID-19.
 
Mar. 10, 2020 - Email update to students, faculty and staff.
 
Mar. 10, 2020 - Information session held on Malone campus
 
Mar. 10, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts, including alternatives to providing in-person instruction. 
 
Mar. 11, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts
 
 
Mar. 12, 2020 - Email to students, faculty and staff from NCCC President Joe Keegan addressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that SUNY will shift to distance learning.
 
Mar. 12, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar 12, 2020 - Email to students, faculty and staff from NCCC President Joe Keegan outlining the college's COVID-19 response plan. The message was also posted on the college's website, including as an alert message, distributed to the news media, and shared via the college's social media.
 
Mar. 13, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts
 
Mar. 13, 2020 - Database of Frequently Asked Questions created on the college's website. The page was shared via the website, email and social media.
 
Mar. 15, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts
 
Mar. 16, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts. Faculty and departments are also meeting to discuss the transition to online instruction.
 
Mar. 17, 2020 -  The college's COVID-19 Task Force and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar. 17, 2020 - Email to faculty and staff announcing shuttering of facilities and directing non-essential personnel to work from home.
 
Mar. 17, 2020 -  The college's COVID-19 Task Force and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
 
 
Mar. 19, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force, Administration and Faculty met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
 
 
Mar. 20, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force and President's Council met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar. 23, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar 24, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force, Faculty and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar. 24, 2020 - Email to students on SUNY resources available for online learning, and Mental Health services.
 
Mar. 25, 2020 - The college's COVID019 Task Force and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
 
Mar. 26, 2020 - Mental Health Services page created on college website.
 
Mar. 26, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force, Faculty and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar. 27, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force and Administration met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
Mar. 27, 2020 - Email to Students from President Keegan updating the college's COVID-19 response.
 
March 30, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
March 30, 2020 - Welcome Back Video Message sent to students.
 
March 31, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 1, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts/
 
April 2, 2020 - The college has launched The Connector, an e-newsletter designed to streamline communications to our students. It will be distributed each week through the end of the semester via student NCCC email accounts and our website.
 
April 2, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 6, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 7, 2020 - The college will host a Town Hall for students on Blackboard Collaborate.
 
April 7, 2020 - Email update from President Keegan on student accounts and financial adjustments.
 
April 8, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 13, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 13, 2020 - The college hosted a Student Town Hall on Blackboard Collaborate 
 
April 15, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 20, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 21, 2020 - The college hosted a Student Town Hall on Blackboard Collaborate.
 
April 22, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
April 27, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts
 
April 29, 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss ongoing planning efforts
 
May 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force is meeting twice a week to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
 
June 2020 - The college's COVID-19 Task Force is meeting regularly to discuss ongoing planning efforts.
 
July 2, 2020 - The college has announced its Fall 2020 Campus Restart Plan.
 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
 
 

Flyer distributed to students, faculty and staff:

NCCC Coronavirus Flyer