COVID-19

Lees-McRae College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Decisions to alter operations are made with the health and wellbeing of students, employees, and our community as the top priority. The college is working with local health officials and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), in addition to seeking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The below dashboard reflects known test-positive cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff (including contract employees) reported to the Office of Health Services. The college will not disclose the identity of any affected individuals. Students and employees who have tested positive will isolate and those who have in close personal contact with affected individuals will be contacted and asked to quarantine for a minimum of fourteen (14) days.

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3

Cumulative total of known test-positive cases

0 active case
3 recovered cases

Updated July 29, 2020

Cumulative total of known test-positive cases

0 active case
3 recovered cases

Updated July 29, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first documented in Asia Coronaviruses are a common cause of colds or other respiratory infections.. Thousands of cases have been reported in North Carolina and millions have been confirmed in the United States and around the world.

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    How does the virus spread?

    According to the CDC, the virus spreads mainly from person-to-person in the form of respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission of the disease may also occur when individuals touch a contaminated surface or object and then touch their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

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    What are symptoms of the illness?

    Symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus, appear 2–14 days after exposure and may include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
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    What is the risk of infection?

    According to the CDC everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. The coronavirus has been documented in the U.S., including the state of North Carolina. Risk of infection is dependent on where you are in relation to current outbreaks—the disease is actively spreading in some American cities and states. The WHO is still studying how COVID-19 affects people, but notes that older individuals and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or diabetes) develop serious illness more often than others.

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    How can I protect myself and others from infection?

    To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, individuals should follow the same steps that reduce the spread of influenza B (the flu) and the common cold. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to:

    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds each time).
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
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    What should I do if I feel sick?

    Those who feel sick, should isolate themselves in their residence hall room or at home until they have been cleared by a healthcare provider after recovering from the illness. During isolation, individuals who feel sick should separate themselves from other people and monitor for worsening symptoms.

    Students who are isolating due to illness should contact their healthcare provider and notify the Office of Health Services at griewschc@lmc.edu or 828.898.8862. Faculty and staff who isolate should contact their healthcare provider and notify their supervisors and the Office of Human Resources at furstm@lmc.edu or 828.898.8743. Individuals who feel sick should not visit Health Services or any healthcare provider without calling or emailing first.

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    Is Lees-McRae modifying its operations?

    The college is returning to in-in person instruction in fall 2020. Safety measures consistent with the state’s re-opening guidelines and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be in effect throughout the semester. Visit Return to Campus: Fall 2020 webpage for more information.

CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Grants

Congress established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The college received a portion of this funding to assist students who face financial hardships due to the disruption of campus operations associated with COVID-19.

Learn how the CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Grants have been administered

This page is intended to document positive cases and basic information about COVID-19 It is NOT comprehensive nor intended to provide medical or legal advice unique to individual circumstances.