Health Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Preparations at Granite State College

03.19.20

Attention Granite State College Community,

Consolidated, comprehensive information regarding COVID-19 at Granite State College can be found at our new and expanded COVID-19 Updates and Resources page (launched 3/19/2020).

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Communications to students, faculty, and staff made prior to March 19, 2020 can be found on this new page under Latest News & Archive.


COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoVID2) first identified in central China in December 2019 and now present in 73 countries worldwide including the United States. COVID-19 is spread through contact with an infected person either through coughs or sneezes or by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus.

Due to the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, Granite State College will continue to  provide regular status updates to the College community concerning health and preparedness information, relevant changes to College operations and policies, and additional information as necessary.  These status updates will be emailed to the College Community and posted below.


Granite State College Community Updates

See granite.edu/coronavirus for full details.


Prevention Strategies

According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) the most effective ways to limit the spread of this disease are to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Limit social contact like handshakes, hugs, social kissing, etc.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Hand Washing Best Practices

According to the CDC, hand washing is our best tool to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here’s a helpful video on hand hygiene techniques.


Symptoms & Treatment

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are typically the same as a common cold: coughing, sneezing, sometimes a mild fever. In general, GSC recommends that people who are sick to please stay home.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have these symptoms and specific concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19 (recent travel to an area of disease outbreak, recent contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19) the NH Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that you contact your healthcare provider to arrange testing for COVID-19 infection.


For More Information

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is posting regular COVID-19 situation updates as well as information on symptoms, prevention, travel considerations, global status, and other relevant issues related to this outbreak.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is posting notifications and information specifically related to New Hampshire’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers additional information on preparing for COVID-19 on their Ready.