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This page is intended to provide you with resources and information about COVID-19 and the College’s responses and actions.

Read the latest updated Faculty and Staff COVID-Related Guidelines

Read the latest updated Student COVID-Related Guidelines

Read the archived COVID-19 Update Messages

It is recommended that you check your RCC email regularly and that you sign up for emergency communications using our SWIFT911 contact system.

Vaccination Site

The RCC Vaccination site is now closed. Call the NYS call the hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) or go to the NYS vaccination site to find another location.

Additional information can be found on the Rockland County COVID-19 site.

Testing Sites

If you, or a loved one, are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to get tested, below is information on testing resources. Please read the information thoroughly and make sure you know all the requirements needed to be tested. As of January 2023, there is no longer COVID-19 testing available on RCC’s campus.

Resources to Obtain At-Home Testing Kits:

Emergency Planning and Response Team

In response to this evolving public health situation, the College has put together an Emergency Planning and Response Team, headed by William Murphy, Executive Director of Operations & Chief Law Enforcement Officer, to ensure the safety of the College community. This task force will be responsible for maintaining the safety of the College and communicating information to the community. The team continues to maintain close contact with the Rockland County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State University of New York System Administration.

From the Centers for Disease Control

CDC Information About the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

In the United States, the CDC is responding to this serious and developing public health issue and is working with the World Health Organization and state and local public health partners to respond to this situation.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Seven different coronaviruses, that scientists know of, can infect people and make them sick. Generally human coronaviruses cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide; however, there are cases that can become more severe.

A novel (new) coronavirus is causing the outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Health authorities have reported that patients have experienced fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia.

CDC Prevention Tips

The CDC has outlined the following preventative tips to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. See the CDC website for the latest guidelines on how to protect yourself and others.

Stay up to date on CDC travel health notices:

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Resources for General Updates & News

Coronavirus is not specific to any culture, nationality, race or ethnicity.

As indicated in the CDC anti-stigma guidelines, people “who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.”

The New York State Division of Human Rights has released information regarding discrimination relating to COVID-19. Visit the Division’s coronavirus discrimination page which describes your rights pursuant to the New York State Human Rights Law.

Rockland Community College is committed to ensuring that all members of our community are treated with respect and dignity and that no one in our community is bullied or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease.

If any student believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs by email at [email protected] or phone 845-574-4206.

If any faculty, administrator or staff member believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Chief Diversity Officer by email at [email protected] or phone 845-574-4758.