COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

COVID-19, Updates and FAQs

Protect yourself and others and stay home if you are sick.

If you're experiencing a health emergency, call 911.


Masks are not required. Students, visitors and staff are welcome to wear masks. 
Thank you for showing kindness and respect for others’ personal circumstances.

A guide to COVID symptoms

(source: CDC)

COVID-19 symptoms are fever or chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headahes, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breat or difficulty breathing
INFLUENZA symptoms are fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting, diarrhea
COLD symptoms are fever or feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: September 25, 2023


How do I sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Visit the Oakland County Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hub to find a vaccination clinic or appointment near you. The State of Michigan also has a helpful web resource that can be used to find a COVID-19 vaccination site in your area.

Are vaccines required?

No. While the COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory, the College encourages everyone to get vaccinated. Students enrolled in Health Professions programs involving clinical placements may be required to be vaccinated, depending upon the requirements of the clinical location. Students with questions regarding clinical requirements should contact their individual program directors for additional information.

Will I be quarantined?

You will not need to quarantine from campus due to having had close contact with a COVID-19 case. However, consistent with MDHHS guidelines, you should monitor your symptoms for 10 days after exposure, get tested if you develop symptoms, and consider wearing a mask around others during this period.

If I feel sick, but have not tested positive for COVID-19, may I come to campus?

Absolutely not. While you may not have COVID-19, we do not want anyone you may come in contact with to become ill from any disease, including a cold or the flu. Stay home whether you are vaccinated or not vaccinated.

What do I do if I start to feel ill while on campus?

Go home. 

If I notify OCC that I am positive for COVID-19, will any of my personal information be shared with others?

All personal information is kept private by OCC to the extent allowed by law. Personal information will not be shared with any unauthorized employee at OCC. In addition, the College always tries not to provide non-personal information that might allow someone to determine the identity of the COVID-19 case.

Masks/Face Coverings

Do I need to wear a mask while on OCC campuses?

Masks are optional. 

Campus Safety and Operations

What safety precautions are in place on OCC campuses?

Although there are currently no active Emergency Orders or Rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College will continue to implement the following housekeeping and safety protocols to reduce the risk of disease transmission on campus:

  • Periodic cleaning and disinfecting of common areas.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers in common areas and near restrooms.
  • If you are sick, stay home. Follow current isolation and quarantine guidelines published by the CDC, MDHHS, and OCHD.