Coronavirus (COVID-19) and CC’s Updates

Casper College is committed to the safety and well-being of our community and is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. We will directly update the campus community periodically via email. As we do, this page will be updated with the most recent information.

COVID-19 guidance for 2021-22 academic year

Updated: January 25, 2022

Everyone should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, as they see appropriate.  Other precautions you can personally take to protect yourself are to social distance from others, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated spaces, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, wear a mask, and follow CDC travel guidance.

Definition of a direct contact is anyone with cumulative contact of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period while less than 6 feet from a positive person.

  • Example 1: If you have 5 different 3-minute interactions with a positive person less than 6 feet from them over the course of a 24-hour period you are considered a direct contact.
  • Example 2: You interact with a positive person one time for 15 minutes in a 24-hour period, you are considered a direct contact.

Below is the guidance that Casper College is following from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department:

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19
  • Isolation is 5 days regardless of vaccination or non-vaccination status. Return to in-person activities and classes only if properly wearing a mask 100% of the time while around others for an additional 5 days. If unable to mask, isolation continues for 10 days.
  • Your 5-day isolation begins at symptom onset date or date of test, if you’re symptomless.  Must isolate for the full 5 days and can return to in-person classes and activities on day 6 as long as you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours prior without the use of fever reducing medicines.
  • Example: Symptoms began on February 2 (Wednesday) or you were tested and were symptom free but your test result later yielded a positive result. Your full 5 days of isolation is February 7 (Monday); you may return to in-person classes and activities on the next Tuesday if fever-free for 24 hours prior and if symptoms have improved and you wear a mask through Saturday, February 12.
Exposure to COVID-19 positive person if not fully vaccinated

To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be less than 5 months from your initial series of vaccination(s) or more than 5 months from your initial series AND you’ve received a COVID-19 booster. Unvaccinated persons considered a direct contact with an exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID19 must:

  • Must stay home for 5 days following the day of exposure
  • If you would like to test, you can opt for a modified quarantine which consists of a PCR test on Day 5 following your exposure. If those results come back negative, you may end quarantine after Day 7.
  • If you do not wish to test and you remain asymptomatic, resume normal activities as soon as Day 11 after exposure.
  • If the exposure is someone in your household or you have prolonged and continual contact with, you must quarantine until the positive case is fully recovered and has exceeded the positive’s 5-day isolation.
Exposure to COVID-19 positive person if fully vaccinated

Vaccinated persons considered a direct contact with an exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Less than 5 months from vaccination(s) (it has been at least 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or has been at least 2 weeks following receipt of the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
  • If it’s been more than 5 months from complete series of vaccinations listed above AND received a COVID-19 booster
  • May attend in-person classes and activities without quarantining at home but must wear a mask 100% of the time while around others for 10 days post-exposure
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
  • Individuals who meet the above criteria should still monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after exposure and isolate and seek medical attention if symptoms develop
  • Recommended to schedule a free PCR test on Day 5 following exposure to ensure you’re not passing the virus to others, even if you’re not experiencing symptoms

*NOTE:  If your exposure situation does not meet the definition of a direct contact, then you are not required to do anything except monitor for symptoms.

A note for students:

If you are attending classes, and do become ill, please contact us at 268-2201, or covid@caspercollege.edu. We will ensure your instructors are notified of your absence, and will then get you in contact with them to facilitate keeping you up-to-date on your studies.