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COVID-19 Protocol

Effective Friday, January 7, 2022, MTCC’s COVID protocol is as follows:

  1. Face masks or face coverings must be worn by individuals inside all classrooms, labs, and in all college buildings. A mask or face covering is not required while working alone in a confined on-campus office space.

  2. Employees and students may seek reasonable accommodations from face covering requirements on the basis of disabilities that impair or prevent wearing face coverings or for any other lawful reason. Students may contact the Disabilities Coordinator at 828.652.0678. Employees may request an exception by contacting the Human Resources Office. These requests and requests by students shall be considered under the College’s standard reasonable accommodation process. 

  3. For all lab times and when mandated by clinical agencies, KN95 masks are required to be consistently and properly worn where less than six feet cannot be maintained.

  4. All employees are expected to work from their on-campus workstations unless experiencing symptoms at which time they should communicate with their direct supervisor and consult with their healthcare provider.

  5. All on-campus meetings with groups larger than 30 must receive approval from the Office of the President and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  6. On-campus meetings for groups less than 30 people can meet in-person but may allow employees the option to attend virtually from their on-campus workstation on a case-by-case basis with their supervisor’s approval. Social distancing should remain a priority in these situations.

  7. Third-party and outside group meetings will be monitored on a case-by-case basis.

  8. Masks and hand-sanitizing stations will be available at all key entrance locations on campus.

  9. These rules above apply regardless of vaccination status.

All MTCC employees and students must adhere to the COVID Exposure and COVID Positive Test protocols below: 


MTCC COVID Exposure and COVID Positive Test Protocols:  

  • In-line with COVID protocols, if you have been fully vaccinated and have been exposed to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine from campus, unless you start experiencing symptoms, or if you test positive for COVID. 

  • Per CDC recommendations,
  1. If You Test Positive for COVID-19:

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

  1. If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 
  1. If you:
  • Have been boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months  OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

  1. If you:
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
  • Are unvaccinated
    • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. The 5 days of quarantine begin on the day after the last known close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.
    • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a positive diagnosis, you should immediately report the diagnosis to your direct supervisor and dean (if you are an employee) or instructor (if you are a student). The CDC guidelines recommend that you isolate yourself from all other people, including those in your household.

  • Teleworking will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, depending on job duties and requirements. If you have to quarantine and are unable to telework due to illness or because your job duties/requirements are not conducive to a teleworking situation, you will be required to utilize sick leave during the quarantine period.  


At this time, we will not be checking vaccination records of individuals and we ask that employees refrain from asking other employees or students about their vaccination status due to HIPAA regulations.  We will continue to require faculty and staff reporting of positive tests or exposure to their supervisors and Breana Wilson in Human Resources.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will follow any Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor as needed and will rely on the guidance of our local healthcare providers to make amendments when necessary.

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to move through this difficult situation for all of us.  These decisions are based on our ability to remain operational without jeopardizing the health of our stakeholders.