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Monitoring the Health and Safety of the Community

Symptom Monitoring Requirement

We expect college community members to self-monitor symptoms and call Human Resources (for faculty/staff), Student Health Services (for all students in Columbia), or the local campus (for CCG students) if they are sick or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The full list of symptoms is below:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Visit the CDC website Link opens in a new window. for additional information, including an updated list of symptoms, if you feel sick. Call 911 if you are experiencing life threatening symptoms.

Faculty, staff and students are required to stay home (or in their residence hall room) if they believe they have been exposed to the virus and while they are sick or experiencing any symptoms that may possibly be consistent with COVID-19. Any employee who experiences an onset of symptoms while at work must leave campus or CCG location immediately after contacting the appropriate office. (Staff should contact their supervisor to request leave and contact HR immediately. Faculty should contact their dean or department chair and HR immediately CCG instructors should contact their location director, Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) or lead faculty member.) Students who experience an onset of symptoms while in class or other on-campus activities should leave and return to dorm room or home, then call Student Health Services for further instructions.

Employees who are unable to work due to personal illness should use available sick time. If an employee’s available sick time has already been exhausted, they should work with Human Resources to discuss their individual situation. Residential students instructed to quarantine must contact the Office of Residential Life to receive guidance.


When necessary, testing through individual health providers or through testing facilities will be recommended. General information about testing for COVID-19 infection is available on the CDC website Link opens in a new window..

Positive Tests

College community members who test positive should receive guidance regarding self-isolation, monitoring of symptoms and general health from their health care provider. Those confirmed positive for COVID-19 are required to cooperate fully with designated contact tracers to help determine if others may have been exposed in the workplace or learning environment. Individuals who may have had meaningful exposure to a COVID-19-positive person should be notified. The identity of the positive person will be protected. The exposed individual will be advised to self-quarantine for a period determined by the time of the initial exposure. CCG military and community college locations will need to follow installation and community college COVID-19 protocols.

All faculty and staff are required to report the following to Human Resources immediately (students in Columbia must report to Student Health Services; CCG students to the appropriate campus director):

  • Any positive tests for COVID-19
  • Voluntary self-quarantine due to a suspected exposure to COVID-19 or the presence of symptoms of COVID-19
  • Quarantine status required by the local health department

Residential students who are symptomatic of COVID-19 and awaiting test results will be required to quarantine and report test results to Student Health Services. They will receive telehealth monitoring, meal deliveries, and be provided with appropriate supplies. Those who are COVID-19 positive may be moved to Banks Hall where they will have private rooms and be physically separated from other people. Specific questions about Residential Life at Columbia College should be sent to or call (573) 875-7400.

Cleaning following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposure

Additional measures for cleaning may be implemented in areas where a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or suspected positive for COVID-19 has been. Plant and Facilities Operations (PFO) will oversee cleaning protocols, following CDC guidelines Link opens in a new window..

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