Frequently Asked Questions – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

New River Community and Technical College is monitoring the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the impact, the Office of Communications has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the situation from College correspondence and CDC resources.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through 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 into the lungs.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Avoid close contact

New River CTC has taken a number of precautionary measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Offering limited face-to-face lab classes for allied health, EMS and technical programs for spring 2021 along with web enhanced face-to-face classes and online classes.
  • Utilizing Zoom for meetings, such as the Board of Governors meetings held monthly.
  • Doing additional cleaning of College facilities and providing additional supplies such as antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

You should quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Click here for more information on quarantine guidelines and reporting exposure to the College.

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • For more CDC recommendations, visit

New River CTC offices remain open, and you may schedule an appointment to meet with someone at the College.

No, course schedules are posted online at Students have the option for registering for courses online, but will need to call or email their advisor to obtain their PIN number. For more information (including a link to find out who your advisor is), visit Campus appointments are also available.

No, course schedules are posted online at Students have the option for registering for courses online, after talking to the Admissions Office or scheduling an appointment to come to campus.

The coronavirus pandemic is resulting in a need to work and teach from a distance and for us to make this transition quickly. To support that need, we have identified services available to you that can help us through this difficult time and posted them online. We will update this information as needed.

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