Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus

 Updates and Information for Students and Employees
Updated April 3, 2020 at 2:45pm


Allegany College of Maryland maintains this webpage as a resource for news and information about the College’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation. As the status of this situation changes, we will provide updates to this page.

 

Please email your questions to the appropriate offices as employees may be working from remote locations at this time.


 


 
Allegany College of Maryland Latest Updates

We appreciate your patience as we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire college community. ACM will continue credit classes online until the end of the semester, with support services currently being delivered remotely. Non-credit classes and training through the ACM Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development have ceased instruction, and relevant questions should be directed to Jeff Kirk. Our campus locations (Cumberland Campus, Bedford County Campus, Gateway Center, Bedford County Technical Center, Garrett County Nursing Site, and Somerset Education Site) are not open to students, faculty, or staff through at least Sunday, April 12, 2020. A decision about the status of campus operations will be announced on or before Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

  • Summer registration opens Monday, April 20. Fall registration opens Monday, May 4. Registration will be offered online. Contact Jennifer Engelbach to set up an email or virtual advising session with an ACM advising specialist. - April 3, 2020
  • Spring 2020 commencement exercises are moved to August. Selected dates and information about awarding of degrees will be provided as soon as possible. - April 3, 2020
  • Student Financial Aid Staff are teleworking at this time. Staff is accessing email and can answer most of your questions via email. If your question cannot be resolved by email, Student Financial Aid staff will make arrangements to speak with you via telephone. Important updates and general information can be found here. – April 2, 2020
  • Introducing The Student Lounge on Brightspace: Your place to get support and information, find fun things to do to de-stress online, and stay connected. - April 2, 2020
  • There are outside wireless access points available on the Cumberland Campus. ACM’s wifi signal now reaches parking lots next to our Technology Building for local students who need internet access to work on their education through distance learning resources. (Students must stay in their vehicles and practice social distancing.) - April 2, 2020
  • Early College students taking courses through Allegany County Public Schools will begin or resume completion of their ACM spring semester courses via online beginning Monday, March 30th. Students residing in Pennsylvania enrolled in Early College courses should direct questions regarding the status of their instruction to Barb Zuchelli. - March 27, 2020
  • Students enrolled in the Nelnet Business Solutions (NBS) payment plan for the Spring semester will receive an extension on their April due date. The College is delaying the due date for the April 5th payment until April 27th. - March 26, 2020
  • The College will not apply any late fees to outstanding balances until the end of the Spring semester. Questions about billing should be directed to businessoffice@allegany.edu. - March 26, 2020
  • Assistance on how to use Brightspace, our online learning management system, is available. Technical support is available 24/7 through Brightspace.
  • Students should check in with their faculty members regarding questions about online coursework or concerns about online access. 
  • Additional information regarding clinical and laboratory programs will be provided at a later date. 
  • All internal and external events hosted by ACM are canceled or postponed until further notice.
  • Student Counseling Program Quick Reference Guide

 
Operations

For the latest information regarding college services, events, and activities please visit our COVID-19 Operations page.


 
Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

More information about symptoms can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.


 
Transmission

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a new disease. The CDC is still learning how it spreads, the severity of the illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person but may also spread by contact with infected surfaces or objects.

Person-to-Person Spread

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from Contact with Infected Surfaces or Objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 
Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and practice good health habits. Students, employees and community members should take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Clean and wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick
  • Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect your home, office and department daily

More information about prevention can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

 
If You Suspect You May Have COVID-19

If you suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider by phone for additional guidance.

For the most current travel information and restrictions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


 

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