Updated Aug. 18, 2021
The safety and wellbeing of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors is a high priority. As such, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to help our college community feel protected in accordance with safety measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the rising hospitalization rate in Craven County, and a number of infection hotspots that have emerged locally, Craven Community College now requires all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear masks indoors in areas where social distancing is not possible. This requirement will apply to both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. Remember: wearing a mask not only protects you from contracting the virus, it also protects those around you from becoming sick.
Following guidance from the governor, public health officials, and the North Carolina Community College System Office, Craven CC has enacted numerous safety guidelines and protocols to offer face-to-face instruction and services that include registration, advising, and academic support services.
Below is an FAQ that we hope will help you understand some of the protocols and changes you can expect on our New Bern, Havelock, and Volt Center campuses.
Face coverings are to be worn indoors at all times in the presence of any other person, including the classroom. Faculty and instructors have the discretion to allow students to remove masks when necessary to operate specific equipment, or during extreme conditions in which a student’s safety is put at risk by the face covering.
The safety of Craven Community College’s students, faculty, and staff is a priority. The College will make every attempt to accommodate you if you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. In the event accommodations cannot be reasonably made, you will be directed to an advisor to look at alternatives to your course schedule.
A COVID-19 test is the only definitive way to diagnose the presence of the virus. People with COVID-19 have a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include the following:
- Fever or chills
- Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea (CDC.gov)
If you don’t feel well or become sick while at the College, please leave campus and go home or to your doctor right away. If you are in class, let your instructor know that you are not feeling well and he/she will send you home. Your instructor will direct you on how to make up the coursework you miss.
If you seek medical care and your doctor or other health personnel advise you to be tested for COVID-19, do not return to class until the result of that test is communicated to you. If the test is positive, you will be quarantined for 14 days. If the test is negative, monitor your symptoms and do not return to class until you are without symptoms and a fever for 24 hours.
- Vaccinated Individuals: Current CDC Guidance suggests fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone suspected/confirmed of having COVID-19 should wear a mask upon learning of the exposure and be tested 3-5 days after exposure; students, faculty, and staff should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Unvaccinated Individuals: Current CDC Guidance for unvaccinated people remains the same: they must quarantine for 14 days after exposure to COVID-19.
If you test positive for COVID-19, do not return to classes until you are released by your doctor or the Health Department. Those who test positive must quarantine for 14 days, and any contacts that you have had will be contacted by the Health Department (contact tracing) and be quarantined as a safety precaution. You should not return to class until you are fever free for 48 hours and without symptoms.
Below are several links you can use to obtain up-to-date information regarding COVID-19:
Disclaimer: Craven Community College is unaware of whether testing is free at these sites or if it will require payment. Please check with the provider for more information before receiving a testing service.
Goshen Medical Center
4007 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd, New Bern, NC 28562
Med First New Bern
2002 South Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28562
Walmart Pharmacy Drive-Thru
2915 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28563
Craven County Health Department
2818 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28562
2001 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28560
Med First James City
2020 Waterscape Way, James City, NC 28562
103 Catawba Road, Havelock, NC 28532
Walmart Pharmacy Drive-Thru
6645 Highway 70, Newport, NC 28570
Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center
5059 Hwy 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557