Coronavirus Information

Central Piedmont is closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and the Mecklenburg County Health Department regarding the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

We will continue to update students and employees as new information is available.

Questions about COVID-19 Exposure and Symptoms

Email the Central Piedmont Cares team immediately at wecare@cpcc.edu if you have:

  • exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have a positive COVID-19 test
  • information about an exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19, or a confirmed case involving an employee or student

A member of the Central Piedmont Cares team will reply within 48 hours during hours of operation for the college (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). The Central Piedmont Cares team has partnered with Novant Health to provide COVID-19 Response support to the Central Piedmont community. Medical professionals from Novant may provide responses to COVID-19 instances, reports, and other inquiries. 

If You are Symptomatic:

  • You must stay off campus until you receive medical advice that you may return or you have received a negative PCR test (rapid tests will not be accepted as proof of negative test results).  However, you may return to campus 5 days from when your symptoms began without a negative PCR test, so long as your symptoms are improving and you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
  • Please follow any medical guidance that you receive to the contrary. You should wear a mask for 5 additional days.

If You Have Been Directly Exposed (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) to Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 and Are:

  • Unvaccinated or more than 6 months have passed since last Pfizer or Moderna shot or more than 2 months have passed since Johnson & Johnson shot: you must remain off campus for 5 days from the last date of possible exposure to COVID. You may return to campus after 5 days and the CDC recommends wearing a mask for an additional 5 days, so long as you are not symptomatic.
  • Vaccinated (either boosted, completed initial round of Pfizer or Moderna within past 6 months, or completed the Johnson & Johnson within the past 2 months): You may return to campus so long as you are not symptomatic. The CDC suggests wearing a mask for 10 days and obtaining a PCR test within 3 to 5 days, but you may return to campus in the meantime. 

For additional information, visit CDC Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

 If You Have Recently Tested Positive for COVID-19: 

  • Please remain off campus until you have been cleared by a medical professional to return to campus. 
  • If you did not receive any medical advice about when you may return, you are allowed to return 5 days from when your symptoms began or when you tested positive, so long as your symptoms are improving and you have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Please follow any medical guidance that you receive to the contrary.  You should wear a mask for 5 additional days.
  • You should notify those who you were in close contact with (within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes) within 5 days before the date you took the test or 5 days before when your symptoms began.  Those individuals should follow the guidance above (and that of the CDC or their medical provider) to determine how to proceed.

    How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster in North Carolina

    The COVID-19 vaccine is still readily available in North Carolina. 

    To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website. The college cannot advise on the vaccine but encourages you to get vaccinated, if you are so inclined, at your earliest opportunity. 

    According to the NCDHHS, “To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians 16 and older. If you are eligible, you should get a booster now.”

    Vaccines for Children Ages 5 and Older

    In addition, everyone ages 5 and older are eligible to receive a free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Children 12 and up can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and children 5 through 11 can receive a lower dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit NC Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 vaccines for children 5 to 11 years of age

    To learn more about the vaccine's safety and effectiveness, and where to get the vaccine, review the following COVID-19 information links, call the NCDHHS at 1.877.490.6642, or contact your physician or healthcare provider.

    Free COVID-19 Test Kits

    Order Free at-Home COVID-19 Tests from USPS.com

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