COVID-19 / Coronavirus Info

Get updates and information on CC's response to COVID-19/coronavirus here.

Frequently asked questions

Information is changing and there are a lot of questions. To help students through this time and provide concise and consistent information, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions page. Check this page regularly as information is constantly changing.

Update - Nov. 23, 2020

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security was notified Friday evening, Nov. 20, that a staff member from the Child Development Center (CDC) at Centralia College tested positive for COVID -19. The staff member was last in the CDC was on Tuesday, Nov. 17. All affected students and staff who may have had contact with the staff member have been notified. Lewis County Public Health has been notified and, as a result of the information provided, nine students and two staff members have been asked to quarantine for 14 days due to their exposure to the affected person.

The Child Development Center has been closed and will remain closed through the week. The building will re-open on Monday, Nov. 30, following a deep cleaning by campus staff.

If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, please refer to CDC guidelines for possible exposure (pdf) or contact Campus Safety & Security at 360-280-8278.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance, and diligence during this difficult situation. We hope the staff member recovers quickly and those who had close contact with the staff member remain healthy and can return to the learning centers as soon as possible following Lewis County Public Health Guidelines.

Remember, wearing facemasks/face coverings, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas, and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet) are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

As a center for higher education, we are bound by strict rules to conduct any classes on campus or meet students for counseling, enrollment and financial aid assistance. The information below will help you understand some of the mandates we must follow and the precautions we have instituted to help ensure the safety of all students, staff, and faculty.

FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES - INDOORS AND OUTDOORS - AT ALL CENTRALIA COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND FACILITIES.

  • All Centralia College buildings and satellite properties on the main campus and Centralia College East are being deep-cleaned according to CENTRALIA COLLEGE COVID-19 PREVENTION: CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROCEDURES, following CDC guidelines.
  • Custodial crews have been trained in the use of specific products and personal protection equipment for COVID-19. These products and equipment are used to clean all areas of use each day, each evening, or the following morning/afternoon before arrival of anyone to those specific areas. 
  • Face masks are mandatory in all campus buildings and for any college-facilitated events, even outdoors.
  • Social distancing (6 feet or more) is in effect throughout the campus, including classrooms, hallways, and stairwells.
  • Access to the college remains limited to essential personnel, faculty, and students attending classes on campus. Online/remote learning continues for many classes.
  • All buildings remain locked. Access is limited to faculty teaching classes. Students attending classes on campus should contact their faculty member to determine which access door the faculty member will meet them at, in order to gain access to the building and their specific classroom.
  • Everyone arriving on campus must sign in and sign out for accountability and tracking.
  • Staff and employees must sign into MyCC daily.
  • Students will be recorded by their faculty member, who will send a roster with current contact information for each student to Safety & Security. This will enhance our ability to contact students should a positive case of COVID-19 occur on campus.
  • Everyone entering a building or campus facility will need to attest they HAVE NOT experienced the symptoms listed below within the previous 72 hours before entering a campus building:
  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Chills and/or repeated shaking with chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • For more information or if you have questions or comments, please contact:
    • Campus Safety & Security call 360-623-8741
    • Facilities Operations and Maintenance call 360-623-8947

Centralia College uses Singlewire Informacast to deliver mass emergency notifications to students, employees, and volunteers.

Emergency notifications include weather and emergency notices and campus closure information.

Students and College Employees

  • To get text alerts visit ccalerts.centralia.edu and use your employee or student email address and password. 
  • To get alerts for CCEast only, text #cceastupdates to 360-347-2908 or subscribe online.


Community Members

  • To get text alerts for Centralia College, text #ccalerts to 360-347-2347 or subscribe online.
  • To get alerts for CCEast only, text #cceastupdates to 360-347-2908 or subscribe online.

How to Stay Informed

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Or, visit the Coronavirus Resources Page for updated information.

The Coronovirus Fact Sheet from the Washington State Department of Health is available in multiple languages.

Social media is not a reliable source of information, so everyone is encouraged to rely on established information sources, such as the state department of health and the CDC.

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
  • in rare cases, contact with feces

Coronavirus Symptoms

Symptoms typically develop two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Coronavirus Prevention

The novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

How to Stay Informed

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Or, visit the Coronavirus Resources Page for updated information.

The Coronovirus Fact Sheet from the Washington State Department of Health is available in multiple languages.

Source: Washington State and Lewis County health departments

UPDATE - NOV. 6, 2020

A staff member from the Early Learning Coordinator's Office at Centralia College has tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the staff member was in the office was on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All affected staff who may have had contact with the staff member have been notified.  

The Early Learning Coordinator's Office has been closed and will remain closed through Monday, Nov. 9.  A decision will be made Monday, when the building can reopen following deep cleaning.

Everyone who has had direct contact with the staff member are being asked to quarantine for 14 days before returning to work.

If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, please refer to CDC guidelines for possible exposure (pdf) or contact Campus Safety & Security at 360-280-8278.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance, and diligence during this difficult situation. We hope the staff member recovers quickly and those who had close contact with the staff member remain healthy and can return to the learning centers as soon as possible following Lewis County Public Health Guidelines.

Remember, wearing facemasks/face coverings, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas, and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet) are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

UPDATE - NOV. 4, 2020

Facilities, Operations and Maintenance (FOM) and Campus Safety & Security reopened the Child Development and Early Learning centers for students and staff this morning. Both buildings and a school bus have been deep cleaned according to the protocol and procedures written in the college's COVID-19 plans.

At this point, 34 students and staff have been asked to quarantine as a result of their close contact with the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 1. The staff of the CDC and ELC did a tremendous job identifying those who needed to be quarantined and those who needed to be informed of a possible exposure. It was not an easy job, especially on a weekend.

Teh college has been extremely lucky to have contact with Lewis County Public Health to assist in its response and confirming that college plans and protocol are consistent with Public Health and CDC guidelines.

There is no apparent end to the pandemic in the immediate future. COVID-19 is still on the rise in the country, Lewis County, and surrounding counties. Campus Safety & Security continually follows changes to the COVID response by DOH and the CDC and incorporates them into its planning and response actions, attempting to keep everyone on the college campuses as safe as possible.

Please remember to wear a facemask/covering while on campus and especially in any Centralia College building. Physical distancing should always be adhered to indoors and out.

Update - Nov. 2, 2020

 A staff member from the Child Development and Early Learning Centers (CDC and ELC) at Centralia College has tested positive for COVID -19. The last time the staff member was at either location was on Wednesday, Oct. 28. All affected staff and CDC/ELC children and their families who may have had contact with the staff member are being notified.  

The CDC/ELC have been closed and will remain closed on Monday, Nov. 2. A decision will be made Monday as to when the buildings can reopen following deep cleaning.

Parents of children who have had direct contact with the staff member are being asked to quarantine their child for 14 days before returning to the CDC or ELC. Even if a COVID-19 test is obtained for your child, you are still being asked to quarantine for a full 14 days (beginning Oct. 28) before having your child return to either program.

If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, please refer to the Department of Health coronaviris information (pdf) or contact Campus Safety & Security at 360-280-8278.

Centralia College Campus Safety and Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance, and diligence during this difficult situation. We hope our staff member recovers quickly and that all children who had close contact with the staff member remain healthy and can return to the learning centers as soon as possible following Lewis County Public Health Guidelines.

Remember, wearing facemasks/face coverings, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas, and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet) are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

UPDATE - OCT. 26, 2020

A Centralia College student tested positive for COVID -19 on Friday, Oct. 23. The student was last in class on the third floor of the Walton Science Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21. All students and staff who may have had contact with the student have been notified.  

The Walton Science Center is closed on Monday, Oct. 26 for deep cleaning. It will re-open Tuesday, Oct. 27.

If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, please refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf) or contact Campus Safety & Security at 360-280-8278.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance, and diligence during this difficult situation.

Remember, wearing facemasks/face coverings, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas, and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet), are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

Face masks/coverings are required indoors and outdoors at all times at Centralia College facilities.

UPDATE - OCT. 2, 2020

A Second Centralia College Student Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security has received word a second student has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus this week (the first was reported here Sept. 30 - see the archive below for additional details on that case). The last time the student was on campus was on Sept. 22. Symptoms of the virus didn’t appear until Sept. 29. Even though we have no contact tracing or deep cleaning to do in this particular instance, we want to be explicitly transparent with our Centralia College Community about the positive COVID-19 notification.

If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf).

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance, and diligence during this difficult situation. Remember, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet), are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

UPDATE - SEPT. 30 , 2020

A Centralia College Student Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security has received word a student has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. After communication with the student and Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, we were able to identify areas and people they may have been in contact with.Those people have been contacted by Campus Safety & Security. If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf).

Certain areas of the TEC building will remain closed for deep cleaning until Monday, Oct. 5. No other areas on campus are affected. All cleaning will be done according to the strict standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically for COVID-19.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance, and diligence during this difficult situation. Remember, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet), are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

UPDATE - SEPT. 10, 2020

A Centralia College Employee Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security has received word today, Thursday, Sept. 10, that a Centralia College employee from the main Centralia campus has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The last day the person was on campus was Wednesday, Sept. 2. 

After communication with the person and Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, we were able to identify areas and people they may have been in contact with. Those people are being contacted by Centralia College personnel. If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, please refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf).

Custodial crews will be performing a deep cleaning of the Hanson Building this afternoon. No other areas on campus are affected. All cleaning will be conducted according to the strict standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically for COVID-19.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance and diligence during this difficult situation. Employees have been using an online sign-in form for several months and this was critical in helping us identify those who have had contact with COVID 19 positive people on campus. 

Please remember, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas, and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet) are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

Update - July 23, 2020

A Centralia College Student Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security has received word today, Thursday, July 23, that a Centralia College student has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The last day the student was on campus was Monday, July 13.  After communication with the student, the WA State Department of Health (DOH), and Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, we were able to identify areas and people they may have been in contact with. Those people are being contacted by Centralia College Campus Safety & Security. If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf).

We have closed certain areas of Washington Hall. The areas will remain closed for deep cleaning until Wednesday, July 29th. No other areas on campus are affected. All cleaning will be conducted according to the strict standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically for COVID-19.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance and diligence during this difficult situation. This is the second notification by Lewis County Public Health and Social Services informing us about a member of our Centralia College family testing positive this week. As we wish them a speedy recovery, please remember, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet), are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

Update - July 20, 2020

Centralia College Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security has received word a staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. After communication with the affected staff member, the WA State Department of Health (DOH), and Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, we were able to identify areas and people they may have been in contact with. Those people have been contacted by Centralia College Campus Safety & Security. If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf).

We have closed certain areas of the TEC building and of the Michael Smith Gymnasium (MSG). They will remain closed for deep cleaning until Wednesday, July 22. No other areas on campus are affected. All cleaning will be conducted according to the strict standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically for COVID-19.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance and diligence during this difficult situation. Remember, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas and maintaining physical/social distancing (6+ feet), are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

DAILY UPDATE - APRIL 6

Safety & Security Status of Centralia College

  • All Centralia College Buildings and satellite properties on the main campus and Centralia College East have been deep cleaned.
  • Custodial crews have been trained in the use of specific products and personal protection equipment to use for COVID-19 and clean any areas of use that day, each evening, or the following morning/afternoon before arrival of anyone to those specific areas.  
  • Access to the college has been limited to essential personnel with online/remote learning underway for all classes.
  • NO students are allowed on campus.
  • Two days per week (Thursday and Friday), faculty and staff can access their offices within a 2.5-hour timeframe to pick up paperwork , computer laptops, etc., which are necessary to support the online/remote learning experience for the students.  
  • All buildings are locked.  
  • Beginning April 7, everyone on campus must sign in and sign out for accountability. Employees must contact their supervisor for details.
  • Lewis County Public Health and Social Services did not recommend taking temperatures or asking for self-assessments prior to allowing access to the campus.
  • Anyone who has experienced the symptoms listed below within the previous 72 hours is asked not to enter a campus building.

    • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (tiredness)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

CAMPUS UPDATE - APRIL 3

For a few weeks now, we’ve been operating under the assumption that spring quarter would return to normal eventually. On Thursday April 2, Governor Inslee extended the Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order through May 4. That means we are unlikely to get back to normal operations any time soon.

In order to assist with planning and to give you as much stability as possible, we’ve decided to extend remote/limited operations until the end of spring quarter.

What This Means

  • Classes will operate online or remotely for the entire quarter, including finals.
  • A very limited number of lab or technical classes may meet on campus if the learning outcomes cannot be accomplished remotely and if it is possible to arrange sufficient social distancing. Your instructor will inform you of the plan for your class.
  • Most campus offices and services will only be available remotely via phone, email, or videochat.
  • All spring quarter events are canceled. We’ll be in talks this weekend about commencement. If you have already applied to graduate in June, you will be contacted early next week for feedback on how best to proceed. 

I hope this decision gives you greater ability to plan and organize your responsibilities, both in class and out, establish new routines, and continue to work toward your goals. We will be here to help you. Many people across the college are working daily to develop new ways to meet your needs and answer your questions. We are all in this together and even in these unusual times, we are still committed to your success.

Bob Mohrbacher
Centralia College President

UPDATE - APRIL 1

To Our Centralia College Family

The COVID-19 virus has spread to every state and to most other countries of the world. Everything we have taken for granted about our lifestyles has changed. We can no longer go out to our favorite restaurant, or gather to celebrate life events with friends and family and worst yet, we have to limit how we greet, or even say goodnight to loved ones, for fear of spreading the virus.

As depressing as everything seems at this particular moment, I can offer this faint glimmer of hope. This COVID-19 event will end. All disasters have. The 1918 Flu Pandemic ended.  Mount St. Helens stopped erupting. Floods always end. Earthquakes stop rumbling and wildfires smolder out.  

At Centralia College, our faculty, administration and staff are diligently working to provide an impressive online college experience while our students are attempting to connect and navigate their particular classes. Is it hard, stressful, and aggravating? Absolutely. But it’s working!

Persist in your struggle toward achievement.  When this event is over, and life returns to routine, and you finally get to return to your classrooms and offices, and you have a few minutes to reflect upon this historic event and what you will have accomplished, you will be impressed.

We are living in an historic moment. Everything we do will be chronicled upon the walls of time.  Demand more of yourself during this event. Strive to achieve what you only imagined. When you return to campus, you can be assured that every classroom and office on every floor in every building of Centralia College, has been cleaned and ready to support a positive learning environment, where you can flourish and move into your position of leadership in the various communities we live in.

Wishing good health and prosperity to our entire Centralia College family.

Chuck Wallace
Campus Safety & Security Manager

UPDATE - MARCH 31

As the COVID-19 outbreak extends beyond a few weeks, it's normal to feel anxious or have stress. Working or taking classes from home presents a lot of new challenges, and our usual outlets for reducing stress (meeting friends, going out, etc.) aren't available when we're ordered to stay at home and maintain social distance.

The Washington State Employee Assistance Program has some advice for coping with stress during this outbreak.

Signs of Stress

Behaviors:

  • Changes in energy and activity level
  • Increase use of substances (alcohol or other drugs)
  • Trouble relaxing or sleeping
  • Wanting to be along
  • Difficulty listening or communicating
  • Difficulty giving or accepting help
  • Decreased pleasure in things that brought you joy

Emotions:

  • Excessive worry, anxiety, or fear
  • Increased irritability or anger
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Helplessness
  • Apathy (not caring about anything)

Physical Responses:

  • Physical numbness
  • Tightness in Chest
  • Stomachaches or diarrhea
  • Headaches, muscle or joint pain
  • Loss of appetite or overeating, eating poorly
  • Being jumpy or easily startled
  • Fatigue or lethargy

Thoughts:

  • Difficulty with memory
  • Confusion
  • Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Racing or flooding thoughts, rumination
  • Blaming others for things out of their control
  • Feeling heroic or invulnerable

 

Keep yourself healthy:

  • Eat healthy foods, and drink water.
  • Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Do not use tobacco or illegal drugs.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.
  • Get physical exercise.

Use practical ways to relax:

  • Relax your body often by doing things that work for you—take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, wash your face and hands, or engage in pleasurable hobbies.
  • Pace yourself between stressful activities, and do a fun thing after a hard task.
  • Use time off to relax—eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, or talk to family.
  • Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends often.

Pay attention to your body, feelings, and spirit:

  • Recognize and heed early warning signs of stress.
  • Recognize how your own past experiences affect your way of thinking and feeling about this event, and think of how you handled your thoughts, emotions, and behavior around past events.
  • Know that feeling stressed, depressed, guilty, or angry is common after an event like an infectious disease outbreak, even when it does not directly threaten you.
  • Connect with others who may be experiencing stress about the outbreak. Talk about your feelings about the outbreak, share reliable health information, and enjoy conversation unrelated to the outbreak, to remind yourself of the many important and positive things in your lives.
  • Take time to renew your spirit through meditation, prayer, or helping others in need.

Focus on What You Can Do

  • During uncertain times, it is common to feel overwhelmed or helpless. Focus on the things you can do to be prepared and protect yourself:
  • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If this is not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands. If tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into your hands.
  • Routinely clean all frequently-touched surfaces at home and work.
  • Please, stay home if you are sick.

When to Get Help

Professional assistance from a counselor can be helpful if you or a loved one are have having difficulty coping with stress and its getting in the way of your daily life. Help from EAP can be particularly valuable if stress is impacting your functioning at work or is disrupting your work team. Call 877-313-445 or visit the EAP website to get started with support—don’t wait until you are in crisis to learn ways to cope. 

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 26

Our custodial crews are still working extremely hard to clean every area of the Campus. Below is a summary of what they’ve accomplished today and through this past week.

Areas cleaned today:

  • TransAlta Commons (TAC) 2rd floor & Room 129
  • Transitional Services Building (TSB) including WorkSource Area
  • Hanson Building (HAN)
  • Central Services

Previously cleaned areas of the campus:

  • Washington Hall 
  • Center of Excellence - Mellen Street
  • International Programs Office – 402 S. King St.
  • Early Learning Administration – 411 S. King St.
  • Michael Smith Gym 
  • Kirk Library 
  • Centralia College East
  • Technology Center (one area has been re-opened for contractor use)
  • Hanke House
  • TransAlta Commons 3rd floor
  • Walton Science Center  floors 1-3
  • Family Resource Center – 402 S. Oak St
  • Family Admin Office – 409 S. Oak St.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 25

The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Washington and in every other state of our country. Our Centralia College custodians and grounds crew members are painstakingly continuing with our multi-campus cleaning plan, to ensure every building on campus is free from the COVID-19 virus. When word is received that we can return to normal operations, we can be confident our crews have done their utmost to keep all of us safe.

To date, these buildings have been cleaned and are now closed.

Cleaning completed today, Wednesday, March 25

  • Washington Hall (WAH)
  • Center of Excellence - Mellen Street
  • International Programs Office – 402 S. King St.
  • Early Learning Administration – 411 S. King St.

Previously cleaned areas of the campus

  • Michael Smith Gym 
  • Kirk Library 
  • Centralia College East
  • Technology Center (one area has been re-opened for contractor use)
  • Hanke House
  • The TransAlta Commons 3rd floor
  • Walton Science Center floors 1-3
  • Family Resource Center – 402 S. Oak St
  • Family Admin Office – 409 S. Oak St.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 24

On March 23, Governor Inslee signed a proclamation titled Stay Home, Stay Healthy. This proclamation essentially instructs all Washingtonians to stay home from March 25 through April 6. The proclamation allows individuals to leave home for essential functions such as going to the grocery store, running essential errands, or going to medical appointments. There are also exceptions for essential services.

Since Centralia College has already moved into suspended operation status as of today—March 24—we are already in compliance with the new proclamation. However, we will need to extend our original plan for the end of suspended operations from April 1 until the end of the day on April 6. Spring quarter classes will still begin on April 6 as planned, with all classes operating remotely.

Colleges and universities are included as an essential service under the new order; however, we are only allowed to offer distance education and remote services through April 6. Between April 7 and April 24—provided we receive no further restrictions—we will be able to offer some limited access for trades courses and lab classes that cannot be offered online. Faculty should work with their Dean to make specific plans for these kinds of courses.

For now, all employees should continue with any plans you have established with your supervisor for telework or online training, unless you have specifically been instructed to come to campus. Remember that most campus buildings are locked down, undergoing deep cleaning, and will remain out of service until April 7. 

Sheltering in Place Video - University of Chicago Medicine

University of Chicago Medicine infectious diseases expert Dr. Emily Landon spoke during the Illinois governor's COVID-19 press conference on March 20. Hear her explain why the statewide order to stay at home is crucial to protecting everyone. It's a moving and important message. Watch it here.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 23

The Centralia College Board of Trustees met Friday, March 20, for an update on the college’s emergency response efforts. One of the items discussed involved guidelines recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those guidelines recommend that the most effective way to combat the COVID-19 virus on our campus is to close buildings for a period of nine days in order to allow for elimination of the virus on any surfaces. The Board has instructed the college to take this step to assure the health and safety of students and employees. 

  • On Monday, March 23, the college will be open to employees under the same Remote/Limited Operations status that we have employed this week.
  • Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, most campus buildings will be closed and will remain unoccupied for nine days. This includes the TransAlta Commons, Washington Hall, Walton Science Center, the Kirk Library, and the gym. The Transitional Services Building will allow limited access to accommodate Lewis County WorkSource.
  • Employees who need access to offices in the affected buildings should plan to get whatever they need from the building before 5 p.m. March 23. 
  • The college will return to Remote/Limited Operation status on April 1. Faculty and staff will again have access to offices. Classrooms will remain locked to preserve the clean environment.
  • The TEC building is already closed, as it is currently undergoing deep cleaning. Access to office space in TEC will resume on April 1.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 19

Today, the Centralia College Custodial Staff began a deep cleaning of the Technology Center (TEC), working under the direction and guidance of Renae Z’Berg, the campus chemical hygiene officer. The cleaning staff has been given instruction on personal protective equipment and on the proper application of the cleaning solution. It will likely take a few days to deep clean all areas of the building.

When the TEC cleaning is complete, deep cleaning will begin in other areas of the campus, using a regimented, detailed, and thorough process, until both Centralia College and Centralia College East have been cleaned.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 18, 2020

Earlier this week, Centralia College received word a student had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. After communication with the affected student, Lewis County Public Health, and the State Department of Health (DOH), all staff and students who were part of the classes with the affected student were notified by Campus Safety & Security. If you have concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19, refer to the DOH guidelines for COVID-19 (pdf).

We have closed the Technology Center (TEC) for deep cleaning, which will occur later this week. Deep cleaning to select areas in the Walton Science Center were completed at noon today, using CDC protocol and under the direction of Renae Z’berg, the college chemical hygiene officer.

Centralia College Campus Safety & Security appreciates your cooperation, assistance and diligence during this difficult situation. Remember, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow, staying away from crowded areas and maintaining social distancing (6+ feet), are all ways we can assist each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 17, 2020

On March 16, Centralia College learned a CC student tested positive for COVID-19. We contacted the student and were able to identify areas and people this student may have been in contact with. Those students and employees are being notified by email and/or phone.

Since we know this student took classes in the TEC building, the TEC building is closed for deep cleaning until further notice. No other buildings are affected at this time. 

As always, if you have symptoms of illness (fever, shortness of breath, cough), contact your healthcare provider for advice. The Washington Department of Health has published guidelines (pdf) for anyone who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

CC STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

(Last updated 3:20 p.m. March 16)

Centralia College has learned a CC student has tested positive for COVID-19.

We are working diligently to identify areas and people this student may have been in contact with. In the meantime, we know this student took classes in the TEC building. We have started the process of closing only the TEC building for deep cleaning starting Tuesday.

Beginning Tuesday, classes are moving to remote operation, which means very few students will be on campus for at least the next five weeks. We are working closely with staff and faculty in the TEC building to make alternate work arrangements until the cleaning is complete.

Additional areas of campus may be closed as we learn more about the student’s movements on campus.

All cleaning will be done according to the strict standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically for COVID-19. We are following all guidelines from the Washington Department of Health and working closely with Lewis County Health and Social Services on providing direct notifications and necessary information to anyone who may be affected.

Check out the Washington Department of Health's information for people who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 (pdf).

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS - UPDATED MARCH 16

We know  you will have many questions in the coming weeks. As this situation moves forward, we will be getting questions answered and pushing out information to you as quickly as possible. For the most up-to-date information, we wiill be developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on this page. It will be available in the next day or two.  

The information below will provide some guidance about what you can expect Monday and over the next few weeks.

Monday, March 16

  • Monday is the last day that the campus will be open on our regular schedule until at least April 24, 2020. If you need to meet with faculty and staff in person, please make sure to do so on Monday. After that, faculty and staff will continue to be available through email, phone, Canvas, and in some cases, using other communication tools as well. We will continue to work with you through this entire period.
  • Connect with your faculty about the status of your finals. Please look for any communication from them on how they plan to finish Winter quarter.
  • If you need a WP or WF grade, please send an email to your faculty by 11:59 p.m. Monday requesting to withdraw from the course. Be sure to keep the email as proof of your request.
  • To maximize our availability to serve students, several offices will be open until 7 p.m. on Monday.

Offices with extended hours include:

  • Enrollment Services (including admissions and registration)
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Employment
  • TRIO
  • Advising/Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Student Life
  • Bookstore
  • Blazer Central

Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20

  • Faculty will conduct winter finals remotely. Please look for communication from your faculty members on wrapping up the quarter. If you haven’t heard from them, please reach out to them to find out if the finals plans have changed.
  • The college will be closed to the public, but staff are still working – some remotely and some on campus. To better support you, we are adapting many processes so they can be completed via email or phone calls. This means you can still contact staff with questions through email or phone calls.
  • In limited circumstances, you may be able to come to campus for things such as lab completion, textbook returns, laptop check outs, or other reasons that are being developed. Typically, students will not be allowed on campus though, and buildings will be locked. Look for further messages from the college about how some of these services will be provided.
  • If you need to submit a financial aid appeal, the process will be the same as in previous quarters except that you will need to submit your appeal electronically (preferred) or by mail. Download an Appeal Form (pdf), fill out Section A, save and then attach in an email. With your Appeal Form, please include your letter explaining your extenuating circumstance and plans to prevent problems from happening spring quarter. Download an education plan form and include it with your Appeal Form. If you need assistance with your appeal please contact the financial aid office at 360-623-8975 or financialaid@centralia.edu. We will be happy to help you work through the process. 
  • We are working diligently to identify ways for students to return checked out equipment and rented/borrowed textbooks. There will be more information about that in the coming days but please call the appropriate office if you have any questions.

For Spring Quarter and Beyond

  • Spring quarter classes are going to begin April 6, allowing the week of March 30-April 5 to be used for students to prepare for the remote delivery of classes. Additional information will be coming to you as spring quarter approaches.
  • The e-Learning office is preparing to support you as the quarter begins with remote instruction. If you have Canvas, or other issues, you can contact them and they will be available to help. They can be reached at 360-623-8955 or elearning@centralia.edu.
  • If you are a student employee, the closure may impact your ability to work your hours. We are working on identifying appropriate work for student employees to participate in to maintain their hours. We will notify student employees when those options have been finalized. Please contact your supervisor if you have any immediate questions.

Please know that over the next few weeks we will be developing new procedures for many of the items above and other processes that are important to student success. Many of those new processes will be outlined in the FAQ page that will be available on this page in the coming days. Please check the FAQ frequently as it will be updated regularly when new information becomes available.

There are many people at the college who are here to help you. Please remember, we will get through this together!

Daily Update - March 15, 2020

We know  you will have many questions in the coming weeks. As this situation moves forward, we will be getting questions answered and pushing out information to you as quickly as possible. For the most up-to-date information, we wiill be developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on this page. It will be available in the next day or two.  

The information below will provide some guidance about what you can expect Monday and over the next few weeks.

Monday, March 16

  • Monday is the last day that the campus will be open on our regular schedule until at least April 24, 2020. If you need to meet with faculty and staff in person, please make sure to do so on Monday. After that, faculty and staff will continue to be available through email, phone, Canvas, and in some cases, using other communication tools as well. We will continue to work with you through this entire period.
  • Connect with your faculty about the status of your finals. Please look for any communication from them on how they plan to finish Winter quarter.
  • If you need a WP or WF grade, please send an email to your faculty by 11:59 p.m. Monday requesting to withdraw from the course. Be sure to keep the email as proof of your request.
  • To maximize our availability to serve students, several offices will be open until 7 p.m. on Monday.

Offices with extended hours include:

  • Enrollment Services (including admissions and registration)
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Employment
  • TRIO
  • Advising/Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Student Life
  • Bookstore
  • Blazer Central

Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20

  • Faculty will conduct winter finals remotely. Please look for communication from your faculty members on wrapping up the quarter. If you haven’t heard from them, please reach out to them to find out if the finals plans have changed.
  • The college will be closed to the public, but staff are still working – some remotely and some on campus. To better support you, we are adapting many processes so they can be completed via email or phone calls. This means you can still contact staff with questions through email or phone calls.
  • In limited circumstances, you may be able to come to campus for things such as lab completion, textbook returns, laptop check outs, or other reasons that are being developed. Typically, students will not be allowed on campus though, and buildings will be locked. Look for further messages from the college about how some of these services will be provided.
  • If you need to submit a financial aid appeal, the process will be the same as in previous quarters except that you will need to submit your appeal electronically (preferred) or by mail. The current Appeal Form is being updated to allow you to fill out Section A, save and then attach in an email.  With your Appeal Form, please include your letter explaining your extenuating circumstance and plans to prevent problems from happening spring quarter. Download an education plan form and include it with your Appeal Form. If you need assistance with your appeal please contact the financial aid office at 360-623-8975 or financialaid@centralia.edu. We will be happy to help you work through the process. 
  • We are working diligently to identify ways for students to return checked out equipment and rented/borrowed textbooks. There will be more information about that in the coming days but please call the appropriate office if you have any questions.

For Spring Quarter and Beyond

  • Spring quarter classes are going to begin April 6, allowing the week of March 30-April 5 to be used for students to prepare for the remote delivery of classes. Additional information will be coming to you as spring quarter approaches.
  • The e-Learning office is preparing to support you as the quarter begins with remote instruction. If you have Canvas, or other issues, you can contact them and they will be available to help. They can be reached at 360-623-8955 or elearning@centralia.edu.
  • If you are a student employee, the closure may impact your ability to work your hours. We are working on identifying appropriate work for student employees to participate in to maintain their hours. We will notify student employees when those options have been finalized. Please contact your supervisor if you have any immediate questions.

Please know that over the next few weeks we will be developing new procedures for many of the items above and other processes that are important to student success. Many of those new processes will be outlined in the FAQ page that will be available on this page in the coming days. Please check the FAQ frequently as it will be updated regularly when new information becomes available.

There are many people at the college who are here to help you. Please remember, we will get through this together!

Restricted OPerations - March 13, 2020

This afternoon, Governor Inslee held a press conference in which he announced restrictions on college operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Centralia College will move to remote/limited operations on Tuesday, March 17. The purpose of this change is to slow the spread of COVID-19 across our state. While this will be challenging for college employees and for students, we hope that it will accomplish the goal of stopping the spread of the virus.

What does this mean?

  • Monday, March 16, will be the last day for normal operating hours for our campus.
  • Most classes will move online using Canvas or other tools. Faculty members will notify current students with regard to how they will complete winter quarter.
  • For spring quarter, most classes will operate remotely. Under the Governor’s order, we can have a limited number of people on campus, and some lab or clinical classes may meet on campus. Further details will be forthcoming.
  • The schedule for spring quarter may be changed. An announcement about that will be out either over the weekend or on Monday.
  • For employees, we are making arrangements for most people to work remotely, to complete training activities online, or other arrangements. We will be announcing details of a temporary Telework policy as soon as possible.
  • For students, we are making arrangements for distribution of financial aid for spring, for purchasing textbooks, and other activities. More information will be coming out soon.
  • At CC East, the same general rules apply, but look for specific details soon.
  • At Garrett Hynes Education Center and Cedar Creek, we are working with the Department of Corrections to determine how this will effect operations there.
  • These measures are currently scheduled to be in place until April 24; we will keep you updated as new details arise.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and hard work in these trying times. If we work together, we will get through this.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 13, 2020

Centralia College remains committed to student and employee safety and is maintaining a robust schedule of cleaning and disinfecting common and high-traffic areas. As of this morning, the campus remains open and classes are as scheduled.

We continue to encourage students, employees, and visitors to keep up good hygiene habits, maintain a safe distance, and stay home if they’re ill.

The news is constantly changing and more and more people are being tested for coronavirus across the state. As those results come in, many of our neighboring counties are being affected and schools are closing in the short- and long-term. At Centralia College, we continue to monitor the situation closely and will heed the recommendations made by Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, the state Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lewis County info: https://lewiscountywa.gov/…/public-he…/covid-19-information/

Wa Dept. of Health Daily Update: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Any closures will be communicated via the college emergency alert system. Be sure to sign up for those alerts; instructions are listed below.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 12, 2020

As of this morning, there are still no confirmed cases in Lewis County. Lewis County has a new COVID-19 information site. We encourage all students and employees to stay updated since news has been changing quickly statewide.
 
Deputy Director of Lewis County Public Health and Social Services John Abplanalp visited Centralia College on Wednesday and spoke to students, faculty, and staff about the COVID-19 situation. He emphasized that everyone continue to practice good hygiene, keep 6 feet away from others, and stay home if feeling unwell.
 
In addition, the Washington Department of Health noted two new questions have been coming up with increased frequency. Those are listed and answered below.
 
I have a regularly scheduled doctor or dental appointment. Should I go? Yes, if you do not have any symptoms, and you have not had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the best thing for your health is to keep up with your regularly scheduled check-ups—medical, mental health, and dental.
 
Can I get COVID-19 from my pet? There are no confirmed cases of pets spreading COVID-19 or getting sick with COVID-19. Still, until health officials know more, it’s a good idea for people diagnosed with COVID-19 to limit contact with their pets just like they would limit contact with people.
 
You can read today's update from the Washington Department of Health for details on where cases have been reported as of this morning.  
 
Blazers, keep washing those hands and maintaining a safe distance from others. We know you’re doing a great job protecting yourself and others. The situation is constantly changing and Centralia College is working hard to keep all Blazers safe and informed.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 11, 2020

While there are still no cases of COVID-19 in Lewis County, the state Department of Health is warning of an increasing risk to all residents across the state. 
 
You can read today's update from the Washington Department of Health for details on where cases have been reported as of this morning.  
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated steps to prevent illness to help protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Remember, there is currently no vaccine or treatment, so the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. 
 
Note: Older adults and people with severe underlying health conditions (such as heart or lung diseas, or diabetes) seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Consult your health care provider about additional steps you may need to take to protect yourself.
 
To develop a household plan, consider the following:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after visiting a puiblic place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and others if you're in an area that has suspected cases of COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you're sick. Stay home from school, work, stores, and all public places.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow. 
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (including your phone) daily.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 10 2020

As of this morning, Tuesday, March 10, there are NO cases of COVID-19 in Lewis County. 
 
There are eight counties who have reported cases of COVID-19 in Washington State. You can read today's update from the Washington Department of Health for details on where cases have been reported as of this morning.  
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends creating a household plan to help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. 
 
To develop a household plan, consider the following:
  • Meet with household members, relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for complications. If you or someone in your household is at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, consult your health care provider. The CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
  • Create a list of local organizations you can contact if you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
  • Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 9, 2020

There are NO COVID-19 cases reported in Lewis County as of this morning, Monday, March 9, 2020.

Centralia College is continuing its contagious disease planning and striving to be proactive in prevention by:

  • cleaning main touch points (door handles, stair rails, light switches, desktops and restrooms),
  • encouraging frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds,
  • covering coughs and sneezes,
  • avoiding touching your face with your hands,
  • and staying at home if you're sick to prevent the spread of your illness.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 6, 2020

It’s Friday and there’s been a lot of concern about coronavirus and a number of events scheduled at the college this weekend. No events are canceled at this time. Students and community members are invited and encouraged to come to campus to take their scheduled classes, enjoy our family movie night or the Miss Lewis County Pageant, and learn about watershed restoration. It’s a great time to visit CC!

Our only request is that you come to campus only if you’re feeling healthy and well. If you’re experiencing any signs of illness, such as coughing, sneezing, fever, or respiratory distress, please stay home and visit us another day. The calendar is always packed with great events and opportunities to connect, so you won’t be missing out. We’ll still be here when you’re better.  

Friday's Events

  • Free Lectures – Saving Tarboo Creek with Zoologist Scott Freeman, 12 p.m. in Walton Science Center room 121 and 5:30 p.m. in TransAlta Commons room 122. Free and open to all.
  • Frozen and Frozen II – 6 p.m. in the TransAlta Commons. The movies are free, but snacks will be available for purchase. Open to all.

Saturday’s Events

  • Miss Lewis County Pageant – 7 p.m. in Corbet Theatre (inside Washington Hall). Tickets available at the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce until 8 p.m. today and at the door as supplies last.
  • Reiki and Flagger Certification Classes – As scheduled for registered students.

As far as future events go, Centralia College may cancel events or classes if advised to do so by the Washington State Department of Health, Lewis County Public Health and Social Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or local and state officials. Keep checking this page for updates as this situation progresses.

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 5, 2020

It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed about coronavirus. But, there are things you can do to relieve stress and protect your emotional and mental health while you take steps to protect your physical health.

  • Set limits on how much time you spend reading or watching news about the outbreak.
  • Turn to credible sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and the Washington Department of Health.
  • Take proven steps to keep yourself and others healthy. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
    • Stay at home away from others if you are sick.
    • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
    • Stay home from work, school, and errands if you have cold or flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Relax by doing things that work for you—take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, or engage in pleasurable hobbies.
  • Use your time off to relax—eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, or talk to family.
  • Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends often.

Daily Update - March 4, 2020

Centralia College has been buzzing as staff and faculty work together to prevent the spread of germs on campus. Cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and stair rails, has been ongoing, and additional measures are being taken to disinfect electronic equipment, such as laptops and campus computers. Everyone is doing their part to keep students and coworkers safe from coronavirus and flu.

You can help by continuing to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and covering your mouth and nose when you need to sneeze or cough (it is allergy season, after all).

Also, stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms (elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath).

DAILY UPDATE - MARCH 3, 2020

Centralia College has implemented procedures to assist in preventing the spread of germs and disease by performing daily cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches and stair rails) throughout the campus. 

Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and disease. The college is ensuring all soap dispensers are full throughout the campus. The recommendation is to wash your hands frequently, especially prior to and after eating meals, prior to and following the use of public computer labs, and libraries and always following restroom use.

Most people don’t wash their hands properly or long enough. Here is a short handwashing video by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The best ways to reduce the risk of getting this or any viral respiratory infection include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
  • Stay at home away from others if you are sick
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Do not bring your student to school or come to work at school if you have cold or flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Safety Training Videos

Centralia College has created these video presentations to keep employees and students safe through this pandemic. 

COVID-19 Infection Prevention Training

This video is required viewing for all students and employees of Centralia College.

Additional Video Resources

COVID-19 Prevention: Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

This video outlines the college's cleaning procedures and protocols.

 

CONTACT CAMPUS SAFETY/SECURITY

360-623-8888 Reporting Line
360-623-8741 Information Line
8888@centralia.edu