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Coronavirus Update

If you have any questions pertaining to the College's response to Coronavirus or any updates, please email us at coronavirus@wvncc.edu

March 25, 2020

I hope this finds everyone well! We certainly miss having you on campus, but I hope you are taking the government and health officials warnings to heart and staying at home to protect yourself and your loved ones. We look forward to having everyone back healthy and on campus soon.

As you know, our current online classes resumed this week, and I hope they are going well for all of you. I encourage the rest of you to take time this week to make sure you are prepared and ready when your face-to-face class transitions to online starting on Monday, March 30. I know many faculty have reached out to their students already. If you have not heard from your faculty feel free to reach out to them and let them know you are ready, or, if you have a need or concern, please let them know. Faculty and staff are here to help you!

Just a reminder that computer access is available in the libraries by appointment only this week. If you need access to a computer this week during regular hours and the week of March 30 through April 3 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, please reach out to them. Librarians will schedule a time to meet with you on any of our campuses. Also, we have some Chromebooks available on each campus to checkout and use at home. If you need to use one the rest of the semester, please reach out to the library or our IT department. Both can be reached via the new chatbox on our website or IT can be reached by calling the 24-hour call center (304-214-8826). If you need a Chromebook, have trouble logging onto your portal, or have any technology question, don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

The Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly and today we decided to cancel all on-campus events through April 30. No decision has been made yet on Commencement (May 15), but we are exploring our options. As soon as a decision is made, we will let you know. It certainly is not a decision we are taking lightly because we realize Commencement is a memorable and meaningful celebration of the successful culmination of hard work and many sacrifices.

We have also decided to temporarily suspend all clinicals at area hospitals. If you were attending a clinical site, your faculty member will be reaching out to you. We felt this was the best decision right now to protect those who were attending.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling, via email or the chatbox on our website.  Please know you are not alone in this and we are in this challenging time together.Please let us know how we can help!

Stay well Thundering Chickens!

Dr. Daniel Mosser
President


March 19, 2020

Dear Student(s):

As you enjoy an extended spring break, March 23-27, and prepare for our converted face-to-face classes to commence on March 30th, we wanted to provide some additional information.  Note that our fully online classes currently scheduled to start on March 23 will start on the 23rd, as planned.

In an effort to protect our college community, we have temporarily suspended all on campus student services starting Monday, March 23. Any service that a student might need such as applying for admissions, course registration, financial aid, advising, etc., can now be easily accessed remotely on our website. If you need personal assistance, please refer to the staff listing or the WVNCC Go App to obtain contact information for any college employee or department. Our friendly staff is standing by and ready to help you over the phone or via e-mail.

Also, we have launched a brand-new chat feature on our website. You will notice when you open our home page that a chat box will pop-up in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. You can chat with Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services and more. This is another great way to connect with student support services.

WVNCC libraries remain open by appointment only, March 23-27, exclusively for Northern students. You can access your portal or the Internet, print, and have access to any normal service you would need from the library or our computer labs. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment to use the libraries.

New Martinsville
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
304-510-8766

Weirton
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
304-723-7516

Wheeling
8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 to 4:30 Friday
304-214-8954 

We know that many of you have questions about labs, clinicals etc. Your instructor will be in touch with details soon. Or, please feel free to reach-out to your instructor with any questions or concerns. In addition, no decision has been made regarding our Commencement ceremony at this time. When a decision is reached, we will communicate that to you immediately. It is our desire to hold our Commencement this spring.  However, your safety is our top priority.

Please use your extra time on spring break wisely and make sure you have everything that you need and are ready to learn online by the time that spring semester resumes on March 30th.

We understand that the transition to online learning is a brand-new adventure for many of you. We also realize that you may be unsure or anxious about online learning or feel that it is not quite the same experience. After meeting with faculty and our academic team, I am more confident than ever that they will deliver the same high-quality, engaging learning experience that you have come to expect from WVNCC. I know that this will be a new experience for some of you, but many of our faculty have been teaching online for years and will guide you through this journey. Our employees have been working diligently since we made the decision to transition to online to make sure that you are getting the education and training you need to succeed in your career while remaining safe.

We understand your anxiety, concerns and confusion; we all are experiencing the same uncertainty during this time. However, we are deeply committed to you and our college community. This is a tremendous opportunity for growth for all involved and we will be with you every step of the way!

I want to remind you that this pandemic is serious for all age groups. It is unwise for you to travel and gather in large groups. Staying at home and avoiding groups is crucial to mitigating the spread of the virus. Please heed the warnings that have been issued by doctors and local, state and federal officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Enjoy your spring break and please be safe.


March 18, 2020

If you have college students or are a college student yourself who may be having some anxiety about COVID-19, here are some helpful tips and sites to keep you on track during the time you may be out of work/school, and a few things you can be doing with any free time you may have at home.

  1. FALL 2020 Students:  File your 2020-2021 FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.gov.  You will use your 2018 tax information (taxes filed in 2019). If you are a WV resident, complete the FAFSA by April 15th, 2020 to meet the WV Higher Education Grant Deadline.
  2. If you have questions concerning your FAFSA or Federal Student Aid programs, but your school’s financial aid office is closed or limiting visitors, call 1-800-4FED-AID or access 24/7 online help at:  https://studentaid.gov/help-center/contact.
  3. The College Foundation of West Virginia also has an online 24/7 chat help that can answer basic questions regarding federal and state aid.  Follow this link: https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/_default.aspx and click on “Questions? Ask SAM” in the lower right-hand corner.
  4. Use your time at home wisely. NOW is a great time to apply for scholarships! CFWV is a great place to start. Follow this link to create a scholarship profile and apply for awards that pertain to you: https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships#/Landing .  Also check out your institution’s web page to apply for institutional scholarships. Other useful search engines include Fastweb, CollegeBoard and Unigo.  Just remember: never pay to apply for a scholarship!
  5. If you have already graduated but are currently out of work and having trouble making student loan payments, you will want to contact your loan servicer and ask for a forbearance.  A forbearance allows you to postpone payments on your student loans due to hardship for a period of time. If you aren’t sure how to find your loan servicer information, visit https://studentaid.gov , log in, and click on “view loan servicer details” in the lower right-hand corner of the My Aid box in the middle of the screen. You could have multiple loan servicers, so make sure to check each loan’s servicer.
  6. WVNCC Students:  Don’t forget you can review and follow your Financial Aid status 24/7 online through your NOW account at www.wvncc.edu.   More details on communication from the Financial Aid Office will be posted on our website and/or sent by e-mail to your Northern e-mail address.
  7. Did You Know?  The WVNCC Financial Aid Office has several virtual assistance options available to you.  Please email or call us for more details:

March 16, 2020

Dear Student(s):

As you know, the country is facing an unprecedented challenge from Coronavirus (COVID-19). I am writing to share some decisions we have made at West Virginia Northern Community College in the interest of your safety.

WVNCC is on spring break this week, March 16-20.  We are extending spring break for one additional week through March 27. We are converting all current face-to-face classes to online instruction effective March 30 and continuing through the end of the spring semester. Faculty will communicate directly with students in each class. All online classes will meet at their regularly scheduled day and time.

Current online classes will not be impacted – they meet online as scheduled and will resume on March 23. All campus events, activities and other public gatherings have been suspended until April 10.

Students can reach out to their professor or instructor with questions regarding their online classes. Also, if you have technology needs or concerns please contact your professor or instructor and we will do our best to help you adapt.

All WVNCC student are urged to prepare immediately for online instruction. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Internet service providers are offering free Internet services. Below is a list of providers offering this free support.

AT&T
Comcast
Spectrum
Verizon
Xfinity
We will share details with you in the days ahead.  Thank you for choosing WVNCC.

Dan Mosser

WVNCC President


March 13, 2020

Good afternoon:
Following is the latest information on the COVID-19 situation here at the college.  Please remember that we are posting these updates to our webpage now so you will have a single source for the latest information.   www.wvncc.edu

Employee Travel Restrictions
All out-of-state college-sponsored employee travel is suspended for the next 30 days (thru April 10, 2020). Nonessential travel within WV is likewise suspended. This includes travel that was previously approved.  This does NOT include travel between the three WVNCC campuses.

Personal Travel Concerns
In addition, the Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, has recommended that residents of West Virginia consider cancelling or postponing all nonessential personal travel outside of the state. The college may have to take action to protect students and employees if you travel to an area of sustained growth of the Coronavirus. Currently the areas of concern within the US include the states of Washington, California and New York.

Before you travel, please consult the CDC website and the section on travel - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Restrictions on the Use of College Facilities
All college events, gatherings, receptions, and student activities that would result in large gatherings (i.e., 30 or more people) are suspended for the next 30 days (thru April 10, 2020).  This includes college-sponsored activities and any external use of college facilities.  For smaller gatherings, employees are urged to assess the risk of convening any group at this time, especially gatherings that might include individuals over 60 years old and other high-risk populations.  If in doubt, please ask us for advice.

Face-to-Face Classes
We have discussed and are preparing to move face-to-face instruction to online, if the need arises.  At this point, there has been no decision to do so.

WV COVID-19 Hotline
The State of West Virginia has set-up a free 24/7 information hotline to address COVID-19 concerns at:   800-887-4304

We continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide regular and frequent updates to this information.

Dan Mosser
WVNCC President


March 11, 2020

Dear West Virginia Northern Community College Community –

We are continuing to closely monitor the situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). With your safety as our top priority, we have been meeting, planning and preparing and I want to provide you with an update. We will be posting updates to this page as information becomes available.

Currently, there are zero cases of novel coronavirus in the State of West Virginia. The College is working closely with state and local health officials to monitor the situation and follow recommended protocols. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to categorize the virus as “low risk to Americans.” Unless you have recently traveled overseas or to an area with sustained or widespread transmission or have been around someone who has been to one of those areas and is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, your risk of getting sick is low.

We have taken the following steps to ensure your health and safety thus far.

  • I have appointed a task force of WVNCC employees, including faculty from our Allied Health programs.  They will meet on a weekly basis to guide us and provide specific recommendations.
  • The Task Force and others have met with local and state health officials.  We will continue to maintain contact with them throughout this process.
  • We are cleaning and disinfecting high-contact surfaces more frequently on all of our campuses.
  • We have been preparing and planning in the event it becomes necessary to close the college and/or switch instruction exclusively to online learning.

As always, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent any respiratory illness is to practice routine good hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • When greeting others, avoid hand-shaking, hugging, etc.
  • Stay home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work.
  • Avoid others who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.
  • Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

With Spring Break next week, I wanted to remind you to adhere to any travel alerts and health advisories that could impact your travel, especially those related to the COVID-19. It is important to refer to the CDC website in advance of any planned travel, especially travel outside of the United States. You should also check for any travel advisories or restrictions on the local health department website before you travel.

This situation is evolving quickly, sometimes on a hourly basis. Our top priority is the health and safety of our college and our community. We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation warrants.

Dr. Daniel Mosser, President

What is novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from a coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time. Visit the CDC website for more information.

What are the symptoms?

Similar to the common cold and influenza, common symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.

How is it spread?

Coronavirus disease 2019 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching and shaking hands.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • In rare cases, contact with feces.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

How do I prevent getting the coronavirus?

How can I prevent it?

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC does not recommend the routine use of face masks by the general public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.

What should I do if I feel ill?

If you have traveled to, or through a CDC Level 3 Warning country, we recommend anyone who develops a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) or symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, seek medical advice by calling your local health department. If you cannot reach your local health department, call ahead before going to the emergency room or doctor’s office to notify them in case of recent travel to countries or locations within the United States with elevated levels of COVID-19.

What should I do if I’ve recently traveled to a country with coronavirus cases?

The College is following the CDC recommendations for travelers returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  • If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials.

Mid-Ohio County Health Department
Marshall County Health Department
Brooke County Health Department
Hancock County Health Department
Wetzel/Tyler County Health Department