In an effort to keep you informed and healthy, this webpage will share information and address concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) but should not be considered as your primary source of information for coronavirus in our region.
CARES ACT and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information
As part of the CARES Act passed by Congress, colleges and universities across the country received nearly $14 billion in emergency funding, in which $6 billion was set aside for cash grants to assist students. Eastern was a recipient of the emergency funds.
In keeping with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Eastern is prioritizing the grants to students with the greatest financial need. Some, but not all, of our enrolled students will receive cash grant funding; for instance, students who enrolled in 100% online programs are not eligible to receive this funding.
For complete information on the CARES Act, click here.
West Virginia small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to COVID-19. There are resources and programs available in West Virginia, please contact the organizations below for the most up to date information and assistance.
SBA - www.sba.gov
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. Funding Options: In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
For Faculty and Staff
Message to Students
Message to Employees
Information is available from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources at https://dhhr.wv.gov/Coronavirus%20Disease-COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.
- West Virginia has set up a free 24/7 information hotline to address COVID-19 concerns: 800-887-4304
- WVDHHR website: coronavirus.wv.gov
- CDC website: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
Effective March 23, 2020, due to COVID-19:
College facilities are closed to the public and to students who have not received prior permission to be in college facilities from their faculty.
All College operations are being managed remotely by employees working from home until further notice.
If you need assistance, call (304) 434-8000 and follow the prompts to leave a message. Your call will be returned.
The Eastern Community thanks you for your patience and understanding.
We are experiencing a moment of uncertainty and anxiety with the spread of COVID-19. Eastern does not have a guidebook to provide a plan of action of how to move forward, but the best strategy is to take one day at a time, communicate accurate information, support each other and recognize this is a learning experience for all of us.
The safety of our students and college community is a priority. Therefore, effective Monday, March 16 all face-to-face classes will transition to an online format. Eastern realizes this effort is not accomplished by flipping a switch. Beginning next week, faculty and students will receive additional information, training, support services and information to make a transition from face-to-face classes to an online format. Online Class assignments and testing will resume the week of March 23.
I know you will have questions, concerns and anxiety regarding this change; that is why we will take next week to breathe, learn and prepare to resume online course work on March 23. I am asking for understanding and patience. We will work through this new experience together.
Eastern will communicate through a variety of media options to keep you informed. We will let you know when live classes will resume on campus.
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is closely monitoring news and information related to COVID-19, the worldwide illness caused by a coronavirus. Our region currently has no known cases of COVID-19, but the college administration is in regular contact with local and state health officials to take precautions to protect our students, faculty, and staff.
While the concerns about a coronavirus outbreak have arrived in the United States, it is too soon to predict the impact the virus may have on our region. Please help us to keep you well by following the standard hygiene practices described below.
What you can do to stay healthy:
As always, it is recommended that you follow such standard hygiene practices as:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. The U.S. Surgeon General suggests this method to prevent the spread of COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnJ1wvlIcbs&t=4s+
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
- Staying home when you are sick. If you become sick, call your medical provider for guidance before you go to a medical office.
- Covering the nose and mouth with elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
What if you have traveled to an area with COVID-19 illness or been around someone who is sick?
Self-quarantine is recommended for people who have come in close contact with individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 illness or who have traveled from areas where transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is widespread or ongoing. EWVCTC strongly recommends that students and employees who are in this category self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they left the area or came in contact with individuals who were diagnosed with at least a presumptive case of COVID-19.
In addition, students and employees who are showing signs of COVID-19 illness (e.g., fever and lower respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath) are required to stay away from campus.