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College officials continue to monitor the latest news and recommendations regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in concert with local public health officials. The health and safety of our college community is a priority, and we have a preparedness plan in place for contagious illnesses. At this time, there have been no cases connected to Columbia State. 

The CDC is reporting increased concerns of spread in the United States. We encourage you to be aware of the symptoms of the coronavirus, which are similar to the flu and include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

As a reminder, if you experience any flu-like symptoms, we ask you to stay home and let your professors or supervisor know. 

We will continue to closely monitor the virus and provide any additional updates to you via email. Any changes in normal operating hours will also be updated on the Columbia State homepage and at 931.540.2515.

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.  

How is it spread?

The virus is a respiratory illness and is thought to spread person to person through coughing or sneezing. It may be possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.  

Help prevent the spread of illness by taking steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others:

  • Do not go to school or work if you are sick. Stay home, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 


Tennessee Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
CDC Fact Sheet: What the Public Should Do