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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Guilford College Updates

The Guilford College COVID-19 Task Force continues to closely monitor all relevant developments related to the coronavirus, ensuring the College is well prepared to welcome students back to campus this fall and respond to any emerging impacts. 
The task force continues to provide regular and reliable communications to the Guilford community; coordinate preparation and responses across campus and all divisions of the College; and assess and react to information from public health professionals in ways that will benefit the College community.
The Guilford County Department of Health continues to provide detailed updates on  COVID-19 numbers in the area.


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    Frequently Asked Questions


    What is essential to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect myself, others?

    Guilford College recommends all members of our community get their information on COVID-19 from official public health organizations and health information sources. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a reliable source of information that the College is using to respond to the challenges of the virus. 

    The CDC says that older adults and those with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at the greatest risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19. However, everyone should be diligent in following these best everyday health practices, as recommended by the CDC, to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus, which include:

    • 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. See here for more on frequent and effective hand washing.

    According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If you are experiencing these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should contact a medical provider immediately.


    How is Guilford managing and planning a response to the virus?

    Appointed by President Jane Fernandes, the Guilford College COVID-19 (coronavirus) Task Force is meeting regularly to monitor developments and to develop contingency planning related to College operations and activities, should anything emerge that necessitates adjustments.

    How is Guilford coordinating with other local public health officials, organizations and government agencies?

    For several weeks now, Guilford has been seeking information from official public health and government agencies on best practices associated with preparing our campus for disruptions associated with the virus. Officials from Guilford have been partnering with official local public health professionals, attending meetings to coordinate efforts, and sharing information on our own Task Force.


    Is the College considering suspending or cancelling classes? Will I be able to finish all my courses this semester?

    Guilford College is committed to doing everything we can to support all students in completing their studies in light of the virus and its impacts. We are providing support and resources to faculty to ensure that teaching and learning can continue, even if disruptions occur or restrictions prevent classes from meeting face-to-face in the future.

    Should I consider limiting or canceling travel? What is Guilford recommending?

    “Guilford College is reviewing and assessing all our programming involving travel for risks associated with the virus. We would encourage all our community members to consider the CDC advice for traveling in light of what is known at this time.”

    What happens if I get sick and need to withdraw from a course?

    We are here to support each student in making any alternative plans to complete their coursework or to withdraw from a course. The usual deadline for requesting a W grade in a course has been extended two weeks from March 20 to April 3. We will continue to monitor our student needs in the weeks ahead to ensure our withdrawal policies meet the needs of our students. Should students need to withdraw completely from the college due to medical complications, please contact Dean of Students Steve Mencarini. You can learn more about the process for voluntarily withdrawing in the Guilford College Catalog.

    I’m a faculty member — how can I learn more about preparing my courses should there emerge a need to deliver them online?

    The COVID-19 Task Force is working with partners in Hege Library, IT&S and Faculty Development to support the continuity of instruction in light of possible disruptions and restrictions associated with the virus.


    What contingency planning is happening for the dining hall?

    Our campus food service partner, Meriwether Godsey, has developed a tiered service continuation plan that reflects modified food service practices to address the needs of our community. The Task Force is confident that this plan will meet the needs of our community in the weeks ahead and will work with Meriwether Godsey if we need to modify this plan based on future developments.

    Are athletic events--home and/or away-- likely to be impacted in the weeks ahead?

    The COVID-19 Task Force is working in partnership with our Athletics Director, coaches and others to ensure that we support our athletic schedule in light of guidance from official public health agencies. We are also monitoring the NCAA and other national organizations for their guidance. At this time, we are not recommending any cancellations of athletic events or travel, and we will update the community if this recommendation changes with as much advance notice as possible.

    What contingency planning is happening for campus events (theatre, GUS, Serendipity, etc.)?

    The COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor, coordinate and prepare efforts to ensure that all events at Guilford reflect the best guidance available for mass gatherings from official public health agencies. We are not recommending any cancellations of college-wide programming at this time. If this recommendation changes, we will update the community with as much advance notice as possible.

    I’m concerned about an incident that I have experienced that reflects personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the COVID-19 virus. What should I do?

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    Guilford College supports any member of our community in reporting any bias incident using this resource. Additional support and programming is available through the Intercultural Engagement Center at Guilford College. Please also consult this CDC resource for preventing any stigma associated with the virus.

    I’m an employee--what do I need to know about potential disruptions that could impact my work?

    If you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus or have a confirmed diagnosis of the virus, do not come to work.  If you have a household member who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, do not come to work and you must remain self-isolated for 14 days.