COVID-19 Information

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MCC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) updates and announcements.

MCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
The health and well‑being of our campus community is our highest priority. As this public health situation continues to develop, the College will update this page regularly with official announcements and helpful resources. 

May 14: Board of Governors May 19, 2020 Meeting

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-03 issued by the Governor of Nebraska on March 17, 2020 providing a limited waiver of certain requirements of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act (see copy of Executive Order attached to the Meeting Agenda) and in order to comply with government orders restricting public gatherings in response to the COVID-19 situation, notice is hereby given that the meeting of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College Area scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2020, commencing at 6:30 o’clock P.M. will be accessible by members of the Board, College administration, the general public and members of the media via Zoom online conferencing service via https://zoom.us/j/96227438857 - Meeting ID: 962 2743 8857 or phone conferencing services at: 312-626-6799 with Meeting ID: 962 2743 8857.

Members of the public wishing to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting may do so by participating via the Zoom online conferencing service and speaking when called for by the Board Chair in Agenda Item 2a. They will be asked to state their name and organization, presenting their comments and then stating, “complete” when finished speaking. The Board Chair will then ask if Board members have comments or questions for the public comment speaker.

May 4: MCC Continuing Education classes canceled through August 31, online alternates available

Metropolitan Community College continues implementing the recommendations of the Douglas County Health Department and the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To continue ensuring the public’s safety, MCC has canceled noncredit Continuing Education face-to-face classes through Monday, August 31. Alternate delivery programs have been developed, visit mccneb.edu/ce/online to view online class offerings.

Those registered for a summer class, will be contacted via email and phone about the class cancelation and notified whether online options are available for the canceled class. Refunds will be issued 12-15 business days on the card used at the time of registration once the refund is processed through the College’s registration system.

This cancelation applies to all face-to-face summer noncredit courses held at College facilities and to the following programs:

  • College for Kids and Teen Culinary summer programs
  • College for Kids at the following sites:
    • La Vista Community Center
    • Deerfield Primary School
    • Aldrich Elementary School
    • Anchor Pointe Elementary School
    • Aspen Creek Middle School
    • Hickory Hill Elementary School
    • Oakdale Elementary School
    • MCC North Express
    • Bancroft Elementary School
    • MCC at Do Space
    • MCC Fort Omaha Campus
    • MCC Fremont Area Center
    • MCC South Express
  • College for Teens at the following sites:
    • Blair Public Library and Technology Center
    • La Vista Community Center
    • MCC Applied Technology Center
    • MCC at Do Space
    • MCC Elkhorn Valley Campus
    • MCC Fort Omaha Campus
    • MCC Fremont Area Center
    • MCC North Express
    • MCC Sarpy Center
    • MCC South Express
    • MCC South Omaha Campus
    • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
    • Silver of Oz

The College will not publish a digital or print mailer/catalog for its summer quarter. Visit mccneb.edu/ce/online to view current online class offerings.

Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page.

April 27: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

Metropolitan Community College is currently monitoring news of the coronavirus outbreak. MCC is in close contact with the Douglas County Health Department and other local health experts, and will adhere to their guidance. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will serve as our primary source of information. As has been the case with past infectious disease outbreaks, the College will follow proven procedures to limit the spread of illness and prepare for contingencies.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Things you can do:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • ​Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home when sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Do not touch eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm instead of your hands

COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs

Helpful links for more information:

For further questions, contact the MCC Health Advisory Committee at collegehealthadvisory@mccneb.edu.

April 22: Board of Governors April 28, 2020 Meeting

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-03 issued by the Governor of Nebraska on March 17, 2020 providing a limited waiver of certain requirements of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act and in order to comply with government orders restricting public gatherings in response to the COVID-19 situation, notice is hereby given that the meeting of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Community College Area scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020, commencing at 6:30 o’clock P.M. will be accessible by members of the Board, College administration, the general public and members of the media via Zoom online conferencing service at https://zoom.us/j/755563997 Meeting ID: 755 563 997 or phone conferencing services at: 312-626-6799 with Meeting ID: 755 563 997.

Members of the public wishing to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting may do so by participating via the Zoom online conferencing service and speaking when called for by the Board Chair in Agenda Item 2a. They will be asked to state their name and organization, presenting their comments and then stating, “complete” when finished speaking. The Board Chair will then ask if Board members have comments or questions for the public comment speaker.

April 21: Suspension of community events at College facilities extended

Metropolitan Community College is taking sensible steps to keep our College and its four-county area protected as status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) changes.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on meetings and travel, MCC is extending its original suspension of community events at College facilities through May 31.

This suspension applies to all College campuses and locations and its timeframe impacts:

  • Community-hosted meetings or events at MCC facilities.
  • College-hosted meetings or events involving community guests at MCC facilities.
  • Existing and future approvals of tables in common areas until further notice.
  • New facility-use requests and reservations until further notice.

We encourage community event planners impacted by this suspension to contact the MCC Events Office at events@mccneb.edu for guidance on postponement or cancellation.

Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the following College channels:
MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page
MCC Community Events Page

Additional helpful resources:
Coronavirus community information from Nebraska Medicine
Coronavirus summary from the CDC

April 16: Metropolitan Community College further restricts facilities access, suspends Student Service Spots

Metropolitan Community College continues implementing the recommendations of the Douglas County Health Department and the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To this end, MCC will be taking additional steps to protect students and employees as the peak point of transmission for the pandemic is expected to reach the College’s service area. Safety remains paramount, even as the College continues to serve students.

The College will implement the following actions beginning Monday, April 20:

  • Suspending Student Service Spots until further notice. During this time, student services will only be delivered remotely.
  • Limiting access to College facilities only to approved staff members.

Students needing support during this time can contact Academic Advisors or call 531-MCC-2400. Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page.

April 2: MCC activates dedicated Student Service Spots starting April 3

MCC continues implementing the recommendations of the Douglas County Health Department and the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By reducing physical presence at its locations, the College is practicing social distancing, minimizing personal contact and virus transmission, while continuing its educational services through e-learning and alternate delivery methods.

Effective Friday, April 3, 5:00 p.m., MCC will limit student and public access to select campus areas. Social distancing and advanced sanitation procedures will be enforced.

Designated staff and police will continue serving students at three Student Service Spots:

  • Fort Omaha Campus – Career and Academic Skills Center (Building 23), first floor
  • Elkhorn Valley Campus – Commons and student services areas
  • South Omaha Campus – Commons and student services areas
    Hours for above: M-Th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and F, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Student Service Spot locations will offer financial aid support; Zoom service access to advisors, counselors and navigators; ePantry pick-up; select bookstore services, and referrals to College supports via remote access.

Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page.

March 17: Social distancing: what to expect if visiting campus during COVID-19 pandemic

Metropolitan Community College campuses and locations remain open to continue supporting students through the College's learning, tutoring, testing, writing and math centers, College bookstores, Elkhorn and Fort Omaha Campus libraries, and for advisement with previous appointment.

To enforce social distancing, the College asks that:

  • Individuals limit coming to campus if not seeking an aforementioned service or if they don't have a scheduled meeting or appointment.
  • Individuals don't congregate in common areas of campuses or locations.
  • Follow social distancing recommendations of staying 3-6 feet from another individual.
  • Those seeking WiFi connectivity are encouraged to contact Cox Communications to take advantage of Connect2Compete, a free 30-day WiFi connection to enable reduced contact with others.
March 15: MCC cancels on-campus credit classes Monday and Tuesday, moves to e-learning 3/18

As announced, MCC classes will be delivered via e-learning and alternate modes of delivery starting Wednesday 3/18. Students should not report to campus Monday or Tuesday. Instructors will contact students to ensure their courses continue with minimal interruption. This update applies to all campuses and locations. 

The decision comes in response to Saturday’s announcement by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts of the state’s first case of community spread and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on events and public gatherings. There are currently no COVID-19 cases related to MCC, but suspending face-to-face instruction assists the community in helping stop the spread of the virus.

MCC is committed to helping every student reach their goal, including finishing this spring quarter strong. Student Support Services, Academic Advising, IT support and more can be found by visiting MCC student tools and resources on the College website. Every instructor and dean is working to ensure that quarter disruption is minimal. 

Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page.

March 13: MCC moves credit classes to e-learning starting March 18

Effective Wednesday, March 18, Metropolitan Community College will move credit classes to e-learning and alternate class delivery methods through the end of the Spring quarter (May 22). Between now and Wednesday, March 18, credit classes and all services will continue as normal. Starting Wednesday, Faculty will communicate specific instructions to their students for each individual class.

There are currently no COVID-19 cases related to MCC, but suspending face-to-face instruction assists the community in helping stop the spread of the virus.

College administration is working closely with the Douglas County Health Department and other local health officials, while following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The College believes it is in a position to positively impact the Omaha community by slowing the spread of the virus. By suspending on-campus classes, the College is practicing social distancing, minimizing personal contact and virus transmission.

Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the following College channels:
MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page
MCC Community Events Page

Additional helpful resources:
Coronavirus community information from Nebraska Medicine
Coronavirus summary from the CDC

March 12: Suspension of community events at College facilities

Metropolitan Community College is taking sensible steps to keep our College and its four-county area protected as status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) changes.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on meetings and travel, MCC is suspending use of its facilities to external community groups starting March 21 through April 30.

This suspension applies to all College campuses and locations and its timeframe impacts:

  • Community-hosted meetings or events at MCC facilities.
  • College-hosted meetings or events involving community guests at MCC facilities.
  • Existing and future approvals of tables in common areas until further notice.
  • New facility-use requests and reservations until further notice.

We encourage community event planners impacted by this suspension to contact the MCC Events Office at events@mccneb.edu for guidance on postponement or cancellation.

Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the following College channels:
MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page
MCC Community Events Page

Additional helpful resources:
Coronavirus community information from Nebraska Medicine
Coronavirus summary from the CDC

March 11: MCC suspends domestic travel

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Metropolitan Community College is suspending College-sponsored long-distance/out-of-state domestic travel through May 31. This suspension applies to students, faculty and staff with currently approved travel authorizations through this date. Future long-distance/out-of-state domestic travel planning will resume only after this suspension is lifted.

Any local or in-state College business requiring travel should be cautiously considered and minimized to the extent feasible.

The use of virtual meeting settings such as Skype, Zoom, Go-To Meeting and others to limit face-to-face interaction is highly encouraged.

We continue monitoring COVID-19, ongoing updates and announcements can be found at mccneb.edu/coronavirus.

March 10: International travel suspension

As spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, Metropolitan Community College is taking sensible steps to keep our College community protected.

Accordingly, MCC is suspending all College-sponsored student, faculty and staff international travel through December 31, 2020. This suspension includes:

  • Education Abroad programs (also known as Credit Courses Abroad) involving travel outside the continental U.S. and Hawaii, including:
    • Costa Rica – April 15-25, 2020
    • Italy – June 5-16, 2020
    • Ireland – June 8-18, 2020
    • Guatemala – June 22-July 7, 2020
    • Italy – July 15-26, 2020
    • Ghana – July 15-28, 2020
  • Non-Credit Traveling Classrooms programs involving travel outside the continental U.S. and Hawaii, including:
    • Open Kitchen Travel: Cuba – departing April 19, 2020
    • Open Kitchen Travel: Cuba – departing May 15, 2020
    • Greece: The Classical World – departing August 18, 2020
  • Any international travel by faculty or staff for professional development or College business.

We continue closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and may extend this suspension. Future international travel planning will resume only after this suspension is lifted. Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the following College channels:

MCC Continuing Education Official Page
https://www.mccneb.edu/Community-Business/Community-Programs/Continuing-Education.aspx

MCC COVID-19 Official Resource Page
https://www.mccneb.edu/coronavirus

March 10: Ways to manage fears and anxiety

As information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) is revealed, there can be a wide range of thoughts, emotions and reactions. Here is some helpful information and resources for you.

Common reactions over the next few weeks, you may experience a wide range of emotions. This is not uncommon when an epidemic occurs. You may experience some or all of the following:

  • Anxiety, worry, panic
  • An overwhelming sense of helplessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Anger
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping

Ways to manage fears and anxiety. Although Coronavirus is a health issue that is being taken very seriously by public health authorities worldwide, do not let your worry about this virus control your life. There are many simple ways to manage your fears and anxiety. Many of these are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle, and can improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

  1. Get the facts. Stay informed. For the most current information on Coronavirus (COVID— 19), stay updated through direct websites like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  2. Keep things in perspective. Limit worry by spending less time watching media coverage. Stay in charge of your exposure by doing your own research online, and set a time limit for you to do that research.

  3. Stay healthy. Be more diligent than ever by adopting healthy habits such as washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, frequently throughout the day and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face.

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

    • Avoid contact with others who are sick.

    • Stay home while sick.

  4. Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings or relieving stress.

  5. Seek additional help. If you feel overwhelmed with worry or anxiety, remember you can seek professional support through a counselor at Best Care Employee Assistance Program.

Schedule your confidential appointment by calling (402) 354-8000 or (800) 801-4182 or send an email to eap@bestcareeap.org.

March 8: MCC Fremont Area Center suspends operations

In response to the coronavirus developments in Fremont, the MCC Fremont Area Center will temporarily suspend operations through March 15.

MCC representatives have been working closely with the City of Fremont, the Three Rivers Public Health Department, and other local officials to develop a coordinated effort to mitigate, suppress and delay the spread of coronavirus. While there are NO suspected cases of COVID-19 involving MCC students, faculty or staff, the Fremont community is applying an abundance of caution through coordinated action such as this.

During the temporary suspension of operations, faculty and staff are not required to report to the Fremont Area Center as no credit or noncredit classes will be held. Spring credit courses will be modified to fit the condensed timeframe. Any scheduled events at the Fremont Area Center will be changed or cancelled.

The College will continue to closely monitor this emerging situation, and update you as conditions warrant. Ongoing updates and decisions can be found on the MCC coronavirus resource page at mccneb.edu/coronavirus.

Thank you for your continued support. For questions, email the College Health Advisory committee at collegehealthadvisory@mccneb.edu. Further updates will be made via the Inside Story.

The MCC Health Advisory Committee

March 6: Seasonal Flu and Coronavirus Supply Use

Dr. Stacey Ocander gives a tutorial on how to properly clean classrooms and computer labs in this video below. The College is committed to keeping the MCC community healthy, and with your help we can succeed. These cleaning measures are proven and effective ways to stop the spread of viruses. Cleaning supplies should be available at each student services location. We appreciate your help!

VIDEO: Seasonal Flu and Coronavirus Supply Use

March 5: MCC preparedness talk from Dr. Ocander

Dr. Stacey Ocander gave an update about the College’s preparedness during Faculty Development Day, held at the South Omaha Campus. If you missed it, or want to listen again, visit the video below.

VIDEO: MCC preparedness talk from Dr. Ocander

Feb. 28: Monitoring coronavirus outbreak

Metropolitan Community College is currently monitoring news of the coronavirus outbreak. MCC is in close contact with the Douglas County Health Department and other local health experts, and will adhere to any guidelines issued by them. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will serve as our primary source of information. As has been the case with past infectious disease outbreaks, the College will be following proven safety procedures to limit the spread of illness and prepare for contingencies (see PM VI-25 below).

As with any contagious illness, you are encouraged to practice good hygiene and common sense measures, such as frequently washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and staying home when sick.

Some helpful resources:

For further questions, contact the MCC Health Advisory Committee at collegehealthadvisory@mccneb.edu. Thank you for your support as we work through this evolving situation together.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

Metropolitan Community College is currently monitoring news of the coronavirus outbreak. MCC is in close contact with the Douglas County Health Department and other local health experts, and will adhere to their guidance. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will serve as our primary source of information. As has been the case with past infectious disease outbreaks, the College will follow proven procedures to limit the spread of illness and prepare for contingencies.

Coronavirus symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing

Things you can do:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use hand sanitizer

  • Stay home when sick

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Do not touch eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm instead of your hands

COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs

Helpful links for more information:

For further questions, contact the MCC Health Advisory Committee at collegehealthadvisory@mccneb.edu.