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Corona Virus Information for Students, Faculty, and Staff: Home

What's Happening at Atlantic Cape

Since early spring of 2020, Atlantic Cape Community College has been remodeling our program so that we can continue to offer the best educational opportunities possible while protecting our community.

This guide offers information on the Coronavirus outbreak, and support for students and faculty as we make this transition from on-campus to online teaching and learning.

For more help and information working and learning in the online environment, check out the Atlantic Cape Coronavirus Information site. For extended information about Atlantic Cape's plans please check out the Atlantic Cape Coronavirus Task Force Update.

Immediate Assistance


(COVID-19) Hotlines:

Call: 2-1-1

Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Text: your zip code to 898-211  for live text assistance

AtlantiCare Coronavirus Hotline

News and Developments

Login required for off campus access  Off Campus access username and password can be found in Blackboard on the Institution Page section for Student Tools to Stay Connected at Atlantic Cape or you can Contact the library for username and password.

Staying Well: Advice from the CDC and more. Updated 1/7/2021

Know How It Spreads

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising.
  • Respiratory droplets can also land on surfaces and objects. It is possible that a person could get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads.
  • It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. However, At this time, the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low.
  • People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others.
  • Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported, but remain rare​.

Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread

Everyone Should Clean Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact with Other People

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, oorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Get instructions for cleaning different types of surfaces.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Who's Most At Risk?

  • Health care workers and first responders.
  • People over 65 years of age.
  • People in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  • People with underlying health conditions, especially (but not limited to)
    • Respiratory disorders
    • Heart conditions
    • Compromised immune system
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney disorders
    • Liver disorders

For more details, visit the CDC page on risk factors.

Vaccination in the United States

Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

Both vaccines require two injections, 3-4 weeks apart.

Distribution of vaccines began in mid-December of 2020.

Register to get vaccinated in New Jersey.

You'll be notified when a vaccine is ready for you.

Who Goes First?

CDC makes the following recommendations for allocating the vaccines as doses become available.

  • 1a: Healthcare personnel and Long-term care facility residents
  • 1b: Frontline essential workers and People age 75 years and older
  • 1c: People aged 65 through 74 years and People aged 16 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions and Other essential workers

Each state will be allocated vaccines and will control the distribution. Find out about the plan  in New Jersey.

Is it Safe?

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.

What Does it Cost?

Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund

Does it Hurt?

Vaccines are administered by injection, so there will be a small pinch.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

How to Get Ready

When you get the vaccine, you and your healthcare worker will both need to wear masks that cover your nose and mouth. Stay 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.

When You Get Vaccinated

  • You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
  • You should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are being offered. Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine.
  • All people who get a COVID-19 vaccine should be monitored on-site. 

After Vaccination

  • With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need two shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
  • Ask your healthcare provider about getting started with v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose if you need one. Learn more at
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.

How Soon is it Safe to Gather Indoors? How Long Should People continue Wearing Masks?

We don't know yet. It depends on how long it takes for most people in the community to achieve immunity. Until we know more, continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when near other people.

Ongoing updates from the CDC

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This guide was developed by Leslie Murtha, Atlantic Cape Community College Libraries.
Published 2020.last updated 6/21/2021.