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 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 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 more than 15 Minutes) to Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 and:

  • you are not symptomatic, you no longer need to quarantine, and you should get tested on day 5 and wear a high-quality mask for 10 days.
  • you become symptomatic, you should follow the previously mentioned guidance for symptomatic individuals. Additional information may be found at CDC COVID-19 Guidance.

 If You Have Recently Tested Positive for COVID-19: 

  • please remain off campus for at least 5 days and isolate from others. After 5 days, if you are fever-free without the use of medication and your symptoms are improving, you may return to campus. You should wear a high-quality mask for an additional 5 days. 
  • 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 previously mentioned guidance (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.

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