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General Questions 
COVID-19 Information and Resources

View answers to frequently asked general questions about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on PCOM operations. This information is applicable to all locations.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. A coronavirus can cause a wide range of illnesses, from the common cold to severe pneumonia. The novel coronavirus (sometimes referred to as Wuhan coronavirus for the place where it was first detected) at the center of the current epidemic has been named SARS-CoV-19, and the illness it causes has been named COVID-19 (abbreviation for coronavirus disease 2019). This is a new strain of coronavirus.

What do I do if I come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

Please follow the CDC precautions if you have come in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have, are being evaluated for COVID-19, or tested positive for COVID-19.  Anyone that has symptoms typical of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID-19 or that test positive for COVID-19 must report this to

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.*

*Taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Will the College require faculty, students and staff to self screen for COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes. The College requires all individuals coming to campus to conduct daily symptom screening. Anyone displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19 should report their symptoms to and refrain from coming to campus.