COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

COVID-19 Health and Safety

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Face Coverings

One of COCC's Principles of Community is to Promote a Healthy and Safe Learning Environment. As part of our reopening plans, COCC campuses require face coverings in all indoor spaces, as well as outdoor spaces where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be easily maintained.  

Need a mask? Just ask! The college will provide free disposable face coverings to any student or visitor to campus who needs one. The college will also provide a free, reusable cloth mask to every faculty and staff member.

A "face covering" must completely cover your mouth and nose, and is defined as cloth, paper, or disposable; plastic face shields are also acceptable for those individuals who cannot wear other kinds of face coverings.

Accommodations to the face coverings requirement are available per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance. For those requesting accommodations: COCC students should contact Disability Services; COCC employees should contact Human Resources.

Together Bobcats, we can wear our face masks and make a difference in the transmission rates of the coronavirus.

Face Coverings

Frequently Asked Questions About Face Coverings

Where can students get a free face covering if they need one?

For Summer Term: All students should please contact their instructor.

For Fall Term: COCC is currently working on a multi-location distribution plan across our four campuses to make it easy for all students who need a free disposable face covering to get one. Check this space frequently for updates. The Bookstore will also have reusable cloth masks and face shields for sale.

Where can faculty and staff get a face covering if they need one?

For Summer Term: On the Bend campus, please contact the Bookstore (Lori Benefiel – On all other campuses, please contact the appropriate Campus Director (Redmond/Madras: Jeremy Green; Prineville: Suzie Kristensen).

For Fall Term: All COCC faculty and staff will receive a reusable cloth mask prior to the start of Fall Term (distribution to be determined, check this space and your inbox frequently for updates). Additional disposable masks for employees who may need one will be available at the Bookstore on our Bend campus, Building 3 on the Redmond Campus, and at the reception desks on both the Madras and Prineville campuses.

How is College enforcing its face coverings requirement? Who is enforcing it?

One of COCC's Principles of Community is to Promote a Healthy and Safe Learning Environment. This principle informs our approach to face coverings. The college will work to prevent potential issues surrounding face coverings enforcement through the following means:

  1. Provide free and widely available reusable and disposable face coverings to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus.
  2. Educate our campus community on the need for and preventative purpose of face coverings through public information sessions, inclusion in orientation classes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) signage and informational materials
  3. Educate our faculty, staff, and student leaders on the appropriate, education-oriented means through which to report and/or address a face coverings violation.
  4. Refer persons to our disability accommodation process, if appropriate.

These steps are what most public and private entities are taking, and they are in keeping with advice from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), OHA, and the CDC.

Should students or employees persist in not following our guidance, they would be referred to Student Conduct or Human Resources, respectively, as with all other conduct matters. If a person were belligerent and refused to leave—which would be highly unusual—we would follow our usual processes for such a situation, and call Campus Public Safety. Campus Public Safety's philosophy of enforcing this and other requirements will be first through education and seeking voluntary compliance, and then by issuing warnings.

I am being harassed for wearing my mask. What should I do?

COCC's commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that everyone has a right to a learning and work environment free of discrimination. Unfortunately, situations across the United States indicate that people of color are frequently harassed for wearing face coverings. COCC takes any situation of harassment or discrimination seriously and will not tolerate such actions. If you experience or witness this type of harassment, please report them immediately. 

Students are also welcome to contact Christy Walker, Director of Diversity, and/or Andrew Davis, Director of Campus and Student Life for support. Employees can also contact their supervisor, and/or Human Resources.

Do I have to wear a mask if I'm alone in my office?

If you can close the door to your office and you are alone in the enclosed space, you can remove your face covering.

Do I have to wear a mask indoors if I can maintain 6ft of physical distance from another person?

Yes, per COCC requirements, face coverings are required indoors when two or more people are together, regardless of physical distance. Face coverings can be temporarily removed while eating and drinking indoors, per latest Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance. Accommodations are available, also per OHA guidance.

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COVID-19 Health Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I think I have COVID-19?

Each day before coming to campus, please perform COCC's symptom self-check. If you believe you may have COVID-19 or the related symptoms and you are not on campus, please remain at your place of residence and contact your local heath provider.

If you are on campus, immediately return to your place of residence or, if you cannot leave right away, you will be guided to one of COCC's designated isolation areas until you can safely return to your place of residence or be transported to a health care facility.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

You should remain in your place of residence for at least 10 days after the illness onset and 72 hours after your fever is gone (without use of fever-reducing medicine) and follow the guidance from your health care provider.

What if I've been exposed to someone who has COVID-19?

Remain in your place of residence, contact both your primary care provider and your local public health authority.

  • Deschutes County Public Health: 541-322-7418
  • Jefferson County Public Health: 541-475-4456
  • Crook County Public Health: 541-447-5165

Who will contact me if I've been exposed to the virus, and how will they contact me?

COCC will notify the local public health authority of any known confirmed cases on the COCC campus. The local health authority manages contact tracing and they will reach out if it is believed that you have been exposed to the virus.

How do I get tested and what if I can't afford testing or treatment?

Follow the guidance provide by the Oregon Health Authority under 'Community Resources by Topic'.

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