This webpage is used to provide the Richland Community College community with up-to-date information and resources regarding the College’s response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please continue to check back for updates.

The COVID-19 SHIELD Testing Center has updated hours

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Richland Community College’s COVID-19 SHIELD Test Site will be closed on the following days:

January 16th, 2023 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Want to keep up to date on Covid-19 numbers and information?

Reminders:

  • Continue to practice safe habits such as: social distancing, wearing masks during prolonged, close contact and hand washing/sanitization.
  • Continue to report positive cases and direct close exposures with the Self-Report form, link here: Self Report Form

Healthcare Professions:

Covid-19 Guidelines for Healthcare Professions Students

Spring 2023 information:

COVID GUIDE SPRING ’23

RTW Flowchart

 

January 6th, 2023

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 116)

Executive Orders 2020-09, 2020-20, 2020-23, 2021-12, 2021-18, 2021-22, and 2021-31, are hereby re-issued

December 8th, 2022

Executive Order 2022-23

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 115)

Executive Orders 2020-09, 2020-20, 2020-23, 2021-12, 2021-18, 2021-22, and 2021-31, are hereby re-issued

November 10th, 2022

Executive Order 2022-22

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 114)

Executive Orders 2020-09, 2020-20, 2020-23, 2021-12, 2021-18, 2021-22, and 2021-31, are hereby re-issued

Oct 14th, 2022

Executive Order 2022-21

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 113)  The following changes have been made:

Executive Order 2021-12 (Phase 5 reopening):

Executive Order 2021-12, as amended by Executive Order 2022-12, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through November 12, 2022.

Executive Order 2021-12 is further amended and revised as follows:

b. Face coverings. Any individual who is not fully vaccinated and who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) should cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.

All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are recommended to wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidance.

Sept 16th, 2022

Executive Order 2022-20

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 112) No changes have been made to the prior COVID-19 Executive Orders.

Executive Orders 2020-09, 2020-20, 2020-23, 2021-12, 2021-18, 2021-22, 2021-31, and 2022-06 re-issued.

August 29, 2022

Ordering free, at-home tests through https://www.covid.gov/tests  will be suspended on Friday, September 2 because Congress hasn’t provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s stockpile of tests. The SHIELD test site on campus will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing and a vaccine clinic will be available on campus Sept 13th, 12pm-3pm.

August 11, 2022

The CDC has made changes to Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19. A new Return to Work Flowchart has been released (see above).

July 12, 2022

Executive Order 2022-16

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 109) Mandatory testing requirements have been rescinded. Testing is no longer mandatory.

(This does –NOT – apply to Healthcare Professions)

June 24, 2022

Executive Order 2022-12

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 105) Testing requirements have been extended. Testing and vaccination requirements are extended until July 24th.

Remember, if you are not up-to-date on your vaccinations you are required to test on a weekly basis.

April 29, 2022

Executive Order 2022-12

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 107) Testing requirements have been extended. Testing and vaccination requirements are extended until May 28th.

Remember, if you are not up-to-date on your vaccinations you are required to test on a weekly basis. The recent change to mask optionality has not changed this.

March 30, 2022

The White House has released a “one-stop shop” website for all things COVID-19 related. There are county specific recommendations, tips on masks, vaccines and testing, along with travel guidance. For more information go to: http://covid.gov

March 29, 2022

FDA Authorizes Second Booster Dose of Two COVID-19 Vaccines for Older and Immunocompromised Individuals. For details visit: FDA News: FDA Authorizes Second Booster

March 11, 2022 UPDATE

Health Profession students continue to have additional requirements in regards to COVID (and other vaccines). RCC continues to follow federal, state, and local rules in regards to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Students who wish to seek an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine must complete a form for either Religious or Medical Exemption (forms below). Please complete the form, answer all questions, sign, and return to espanber@richland.edu or return in person to SHIELD Testing Center during regular testing hours.

Form: Richland RELIGIOUS REQUEST FORM

Form: Richland Request for Medical Exemption

February 25, 2022 UPDATE

The CDC has released new information with a county case tracker for those interested:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

February 10, 2022 Address From President Valdez

Hello Campus Community:

I am writing with an update regarding masks on campus. Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced that the statewide requirement to wear masks indoors will expire February 28, 2022, due to rapidly decreasing COVID-19 hospitalizations and high rates of vaccination.

Throughout the pandemic, Richland Community College has aligned its COVID-19 policies to state guidelines. As a result, we do anticipate adopting a “masks recommended” policy in the coming weeks. However, Richland’s mask and vaccination requirements will remain unchanged through at least February 27. Please continue to come to campus prepared to wear a mask and follow current requirements.

At this stage, we are awaiting more details from the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) about how this policy shift impacts the Governor’s Executive Order requiring not only masks, but vaccination or regular testing to enter campus facilities.

We have also received questions this week regarding the ongoing lawsuit and temporary restraining order that has caused many local school districts to adopt mask optional. This lawsuit applies to K-12 school districts only and does not impact colleges and universities.

Once again, we appreciate your flexibility and partnership as we navigate the twists and turns of the pandemic. Please continue to watch your email for updates regarding the college’s COVID-19 policies so you know what to expect on campus starting March 1.

Sincerely,

Cris