Coronavirus | BridgeValley




Updated: July 21st, 2021

Click here to download the BridgeValley COVID-19 Response Plan

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To best protect our campuses, the College has taken the below steps:

Through a notice from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource, under the direction of the Governor’s Office, all West Virginia Public Higher Education Institutions will be required to begin weekly random surveillance testing for the COVID-19 virus of all students, faculty, and staff.  BridgeValley CTC is required to 10% of students, faculty, and staff that are on campus, weekly. Please click here for a FAQ about the saliva-based testing.

We are working on the details to facilitate this testing and further communications will be forthcoming as those details are finalized. As always, we will need your help and cooperation in meeting this requirement. Please monitor your emails for further communications. If you have questions, please contact

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College is closely monitoring news and information related to COVID-19, the worldwide illness known as coronavirus. BridgeValley CTC has no known cases of COVID-19, but the College is working with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services and the West Virginia Community & Technical College System (CTCS) to take precautions to protect our students, faculty, and staff. The administrative team has been working to identify ways to keep our campuses safe and to share resources for protective steps individuals can take. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the novel (or new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, where some patients have had mild illness, while others have been more severe illness, and some have died.

Here’s what you should know regarding the coronavirus:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.
  • If you have not been to China or been in close contact with someone who has been to China and is sick, your risk is very low.

Here’s what you can do to stay healthy:

As always, it is recommended that you follow such standard hygiene practices as:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Covering the nose and mouth with elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

What if I get sick?

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from CDC-designated level three countries, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact.

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