Coronavirus COVID-19

Updated April 23, 2020

The spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. Illinois Central College continues to monitor developments and to take actions that are warranted as new information emerges in this rapidly changing situation. We are constantly observing guidance from local, state and national public health officials on taking necessary precautions and sharing critical new information. Our plan seeks to protect the safety and health of our students and campus community as well as to ensure continuity of our academic and business operations.

The current status for Illinois Central College is as follows:

  • Courses have resumed in an online format as of Monday, March 30. No in-person class meetings, laboratory sessions or other faculty and student interactions will take place on campus this semester.
  • The College continues to operate and has converted to a virtual delivery mode for our courses, services and operations through the end of the semester.
  • Students have and will continue to receive communication from their instructors on how to proceed, along with communication from the College.
  • ICC employees are working from home and should not engage in face-to-face meetings off-campus to conduct college business or professional development until further notice.
  • All ICC campuses are closed to the public for the remainder of the semester and summer.

Employees will find additional guidance and procedures on ICCnet.

Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey
President of Illinois Central College

Employee and Student Resources

Below is an overview of the Coronavirus resources applicable to all ICC employees and students.

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Instances of the COVID-19 are on the rise in the United States. Students and employees returning from an area of the United States where there has been a reported case of the Coronavirus should monitor themselves for symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Individuals with these symptoms should contact their health provider immediately. The leadership team made the difficult decision to suspend all college sponsored/funded travel outside the state of Illinois until further notice. This includes any out of state travel with or without students funded by ICC. The entire leadership team takes our responsibility for your safety seriously and we are doing all we can to lessen your risk. If you have any questions, please see your department or division leader


All members of ICC should consider carefully any upcoming travel plans in the U.S. or abroad, including personal, non-university travel. All members of the community should take reasonable precautions against transmitting illness, including washing hands thoroughly and often, covering coughs and sneezes, and not attending class or work when feeling unwell.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.

Symptoms of Covid-19 and Tips to Avoid Spread of disease

Symptoms of this infectious illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Based on current information, symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease and can be transmitted from inhaling or touching infected droplets—usually through a cough or sneeze—from an infected person. University community members are advised to exercise everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay isolated when you are sick.
  • 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.
  • 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information on prevention.

All students who need medical attention should immediately contact a medical provider.

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