February 23, 2021
2 individuals experiencing symptoms are awaiting test results from today’s testing event. Close contacts are quarantined out of precaution.
February 17, 2021
One contractor tested positive after working on campus. There were no close college contacts. We are monitoring two symptomatic isolated individuals, and awaiting test results. As “sick season” continues, it is important to stay home when you’re sick -even if you think it is strep throat or the flu- to keep our campus healthy!
February 8, 2021
The quarantines related to the three cases (reported 1/27-1/30) did not result in any new cases on campus.
February 4, 2021
One new positive case, one probable case - awaiting results, and their potential contacts have been investigated today.
February 1, 2021
Two new positive cases on campus were confirmed over the weekend. Some classes and studios are moving to remote instruction temporarily due to possible exposure.
January 27, 2021
203 individuals were tested on campus this past Monday (1/25) resulting in 1 positive, 1 inconclusive, and connecting 3 new quarantines.
January 19, 2021
Welcome back, CCS! During our break we investigated two positive cases and advised one quarantine. As of today, one employee is in isolation and no close campus contacts were identified. Please continue to report campus exposures and confirmed cases. The next on-campus testing is 1/25. Please continue to practice health and safety protocols to preserve our low numbers!
December 15, 2020
Self-reports have declined. Please note, offices will be closed, Dec. 19 - Jan. 3. Limited monitoring for residential students and essential workers will continue where necessary.
December 9, 2020
Today begins a 12-day extension of the emergency order. The same college restrictions apply. Cases within our CCS community remain low, please continue to practice preventative behaviors as we move towards the end-of-semester break!
December 3, 2020
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has adjusted the quarantine recommendations after exposure to COVID-19. Thus, the college is adopting the shorter quarantine guidelines going forward. We still encourage a full 14-day quarantine whenever possible.
November 30, 2020
Dashboard and chart have been updated to reflect changes over the holiday break. While new reporting of cases and quarantines have not directly affected the physical campuses, we continue to monitor and support our campus community.
November 23, 2020
268 individuals were tested on campus this past Friday, resulting in one positive. On-campus testing will resume in January 2021. Please reach out to Emily VanWormer, Health Resource Manager, if you have questions about testing in the interim.
November 18, 2020
Today begins the State of Michigan’s Emergency Order on Gatherings and Face Masks. To curb the dangerous levels of spread, there will be significant changes to classes and workspaces. While this is earlier than planned, we ask that everyone takes the necessary steps to reduce unnecessary interactions and help our state contain this virus.
November 13, 2020
312 tests were conducted on 11/10. 3 positive results were detected, and one inconclusive. This brings us two new cases and a confirmation of two previous cases. Several other students and employees are in quarantine due to on and off-campus exposure, as well as isolating due to symptoms. As a reminder, you will be contacted directly if you need to quarantine or take steps for your classroom/workspace. We are continuing to monitor the cases in our community and the rapidly changing regional concerns closely.
November 9, 2020
New student and employee cases are rising in relation to the rise of cases in the community. At this time we have not identified any links between new cases and campus exposure.
November 5, 2020
Off-campus community spread has significantly increased individuals’ need to quarantine to prevent the spread to campus. In response to this concern, we have added a testing date on 11/10. Please continue to mitigate risk by wearing masks, reducing contact with sick people and large gatherings, and staying home when sick.
October 30, 2020
Off-campus secondary exposures have prompted several CCS members to voluntarily self-quarantine while they wait for their own and/or contact’s results.
October 29, 2020
Another case was identified through the contact tracing process. Two students are isolating due to sickness but have not received results.
October 27, 2020
Two new cases have been reported. We have contacted all necessary parties and implemented isolation and quarantines.
October 26, 2020
Two students have tested positive over the weekend. Two students have been notified of off-campus exposure. At this time, there is no campus impact.
October 21, 2020
The college hosted 348 rapid tests with In-House Physicians. 1 individual tested positive and will continue their isolation period. 2 students have been exposed to COVID-19 off-campus and have started their quarantine period.
October 12, 2020
Recent cases have not been on campus since exposure or symptom development. We will continue to monitor and assist with communications, testing, and resources.
September 28, 2020
433 CCS community members were tested on 9/25/20. We are happy to report that all tests came back negative!
September 16, 2020
We were notified of two individual students that are experiencing symptoms; while we wait for results we will proceed with necessary protocol as suspected cases.
September 3, 2020
We were informed that a student tested positive and has mild symptoms. They were last on campus 8/31. Necessary parties have been informed.
August 31, 2020
No new cases to report since the previous update.
August 24, 2020
We learned that five students have tested positive through the return-to-campus COVID-19 testing process. They are currently isolating at home and have not been to campus. Some students may start the semester remotely until it is safe to return.
March 1, 2021
Monitored cases have resolved symptoms and tested negative. In total, 166 tests were conducted on 2/23 and all were negative.
When notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the College will collaborate with health department officials to begin contact tracing protocols and notification to those who may have had contact, cleaning/disinfecting protocols and quarantine/isolation protocols.
In order to minimize transmission of the virus, please follow all campus health and safety protocols outlined on the Preparedness Plan, including wearing a cloth face covering, practicing social distancing, practicing good hygiene and monitoring symptoms.
Close Contact: A person who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes (cumulative time during a 24 hour period) with or without a mask. Examples of close contacts include individuals who were close to a person who is infected with COVID-19 by providing care to them at home, sharing a living space, having direct physical contact with them (touched, hugged or kissed them), and sharing eating or drinking utensils. People may also be close contacts if they were somehow exposed to droplets from an infected person who is highly symptomatic, coughing, or sneezing.
Coronavirus: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
Contact Tracing: A strategy for slowing the spread of disease in which public health workers communicate with infectious people to identify their contacts. They then follow up with those contacts to provide guidance on how to quarantine themselves and what to do if they develop symptoms of disease.
Self-isolation: Involves a student, faculty, or staff member (hereafter “CCS community member”) isolating from other CCS community members due to symptoms of infectious disease, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, fatigue or tiredness, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, runny nose or new sinus congestion, new GI symptoms, and new loss of taste or smell. Such isolation is achieved, for example, by ill students not attending classes or dining in communal spaces; or by faculty and staff not reporting to work on campus.
Self-isolation is encouraged for ANY infectious symptoms listed above, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Self-isolation should continue until a CCS community member has been asymptomatic for at least 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medication.
Isolation: a mandatory separation of ill CCS community members from other CCS community members due to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case. Community members must isolate for at least 10 days with at least 24 hours fever free and other symptoms improving.
Isolation will be required of CCS community members whenever such intervention is recommended by public health authorities. Criteria involve symptoms and exposure.
Quarantine: Quarantine: involves isolating CCS Community Members who are well, but who may have been exposed to an infectious disease. CCS Community members must quarantine for a minimum of seven days after known exposure and get tested before leaving quarantine. Quarantine should continue until negative results are received. Alternatively, individuals can quarantine for 10-14 days and exit quarantine without a test if no symptoms present.
Quarantine will be required of CCS community members whenever such intervention is recommended to the community member by public health authorities. Criteria involve symptoms and exposure. CCS community members will be required to remain in quarantine for the duration recommended by public health officials.
CCS Community members may receive this recommendation when there is a very low risk of exposure - such as being in the same room with appropriate distancing and mask-wearing, a brief encounter with a positive case, or attending an event where one or more cases were linked- however they were not identified as having close contact and do not need to quarantine themselves. Self-monitoring includes daily symptom checks, twice-daily temperature checks, and avoiding high-risk situations. Should any symptoms develop, self-isolation and notifying campus should begin immediately.
When an individual was not in direct contact with the positive case(s) but one of their close contacts was exposed, an individual may be encouraged to / elect to self-quarantine while waiting for their results and/or through the exposed person’s quarantine period. The reasons for this type of self-quarantine may vary based on the timeline of events, symptom development, living arrangements, and/or personal risk.
Confirmed Case: Confirmed cases include individuals with a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19.
Probable Case: Probable cases include individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and an epidemiologic link to confirmed COVID-19, but no diagnostic test.
Recovered Case: A recovered case is a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who is alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).