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COCC's Face Mask Policy

Last updated: January 11, 2022

Per OHA guidance, face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth in all COCC indoor public spaces, regardless of whether one can maintain six feet of social distance. Indoor public spaces at COCC include:

  • All spaces open to employees, students, and/or community members in all buildings across all COCC campuses.
  • All individual offices in which more than one employee is present.

Per CDC and OHA guidelines for public transportation, individuals are also required to wear a face mask whenever they are riding in an official COCC van or vehicle. COCC's face mask policy currently applies to individuals regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Face masks are also required for all residents and guests in any indoor common area of Wickiup Residence Hall. Indoor common areas are defined as any space that is not a part of a student suite.

You can temporarily remove your mask to actively eat or drink.

For employees with questions relating to ADA accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at Students requesting the same should contact Disability Services: or 541-383-7583. Other questions can be emailed to and they will be routed to the appropriate stakeholder for response.

The College’s face mask policy remains subject to change, and will be frequently reassessed based on local, state, and national public health recommendations.

Need a Mask? Just Ask!

The College will provide free disposable masks to any student, employee, or visitor to campus who needs one. Visit the COCC Bookstore or the Information desk on any of our four campuses to receive a free disposable mask.

Recommended Face Masks

A recommended mask for use in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is defined by the OHA as one of the following:

  • High-filtration efficiency options, such as KN95 or KF94 respirators, from a trusted source
  • FDA-cleared disposable surgical mask
  • Multiple-layer cloth mask made of washable, breathable fabric that completely covers your nose and mouth, fits snugly against the sides of your face without gaps, and includes a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask
  • Cloth mask worn over a disposable mask

Per the OHA: Unless you are wearing one of the high-filtration options, wearing two masks is even better than one multi-layer cloth mask or one disposable surgical mask. Start with a disposable surgical mask next to the face, followed by a cloth mask on top that fits snugly so that less breath (and particles) escapes. Do not wear two disposable surgical masks. Do not wear a cloth mask under a disposable surgical mask.

The CDC does not recommend gaiters, plastic shields, or masks with exhalation valves or vents as a substitute for other kinds of recommended masks. The College does not endorse bandanas as a substitute for other types of recommended masks.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Face Masks

Where can students get a free mask if they need one?

On the Bend campus, please visit the Bookstore or the Boyle Education Center front lobby.

On the Redmond campus, please visit the reception desk in the RTEC Building.

On the Madras and Prineville campus, please visit the campus reception desk.

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

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.

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. 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 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.

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COVID-19 Health Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most important health and safety precautions I can take?

Please refer to and bookmark COCC’s "COVID-19 Health and Safety Information for Students" quick reference. 

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, alert your COCC instructor or supervisor, and get tested immediately at one of the free COVID-19 testing sites across Central Oregon

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

Alert your COCC instructor(s) or supervisor immediately and provide them with your phone number for contact tracing purposes. A COCC contact tracer will soon be in touch with next steps, including isolation guidance and timelines. 

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

Alert your COCC instructor(s) or supervisor immediately and provide them with your phone number for contact tracing purposes. A COCC contact tracer will soon be in touch with next steps, including possible quarantine guidance and testing recommendations. Visit one of the free COVID-19 testing locations in Central Oregon to get tested 5-7 days following your (first) date of exposure. 

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 College, in coordination with the local health authority, manages contact tracing and COCC will reach out if it is believed that you have had sustained exposure to the virus. It is important that anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 or is a confirmed case contact their instructor or supervisor as soon as possible.

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

There are several free COVID-19 testing options available across COCC's district. For an updated list of locations, please visit COCC's "Get Tested for COVID-19" resource.

If you are uninsured or underinsured and concerned about the cost of seeking medical care, please email and we can help direct you to available resources.  

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