Connecticut College is operating on a mostly remote basis as we continue to follow guidance from the State of Connecticut and the CDC related to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. The most recent information regarding the College community can be found on the Fall 2020 Path Forward website.

Information about COVID-19 infection and prevention

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is thought to spread mainly from person to person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet)
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled on the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

For confirmed COVID-19 cases, people have a wide range of reported symptoms–ranging from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or any specific antiviral treatment for the illness. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face covering when they have to go out in public. This cloth face covering 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 six feet apart from others, as a cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home 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 with a 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 a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, stay home and contact a healthcare professional for guidance. Mention any recent travel or close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.


Community Resources


Student Counseling and Health Services 
Office of the Dean of the College and 
Office of the Dean of Students 
Office of Religious and Spiritual Programs
Office of Study Away 
Residential Education and Living 
The Walter Commons

Faculty and Staff

Employee Assistance Program
Office of the Dean of the Faculty