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Coronavirus

We’re working with local county, health, and emergency management officials to actively monitor novel coronavirus disease to protect the health and wellness of our campus community.

Been Exposed? Need Help?

See our Campus Exposure Procedure or call our Campus Health Hotline at 910-362-7725 .


New Face Covering and Social Distancing Guidelines

May 17, 2021

In light of Governor Cooper’s announcement on Friday, May 14, 2021, Cape Fear Community College is amending our face covering and social distancing restrictions.

Governor Cooper’s announcement included the following changes for the entire state with some limited expectations:

  • No statewide (face covering) mask mandate
  • No mandatory mass gathering limits
  • No mandatory capacity limits
  • No mandatory social distancing requirements

Effective immediately, Cape Fear Community College will not impose any additional restrictions beyond those in Friday’s executive order. Face coverings and social distancing protocols, while still encouraged for unvaccinated people, will not be required except where noted below.

It’s important to note the following:

  • Child Development Center staff members, students working in the CDC, and visitors to the CDC must continue to wear face coverings until otherwise notified. College employees working in the Child Development Center for any reason must also wear a face covering while inside the facility.
  • If you teach in person at a public school, you should adhere to the requirements of that instructional site.
  • Nothing prevents employees or students from continuing to wear face coverings if they choose to do so.
  • Individuals should not be asked to disclose their vaccination status or why they are wearing a face covering. This is private information and should be respected at all times.
  • During this transition, please be patient as our employees and students make their own decisions about how to continue to protect themselves on campus. For instance, if you meet with someone in a small space, such as a private office, be mindful your students or fellow employees may request you meet in an alternate location that allows more distance.
  • Please continue to report COVID-19 exposure and diagnosis to CFCC by calling the Campus Health Hotline at 910-362-7725
  • Vaccination appointments are widely available, and CFCC encourages faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated if eligible and medically cleared to do so. Vaccinations help keep our community healthy.

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  • Cape Fear Community College is committed to working with local and state health officials to help defend our region from the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage our students, faculty, and staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they can do so based on the phased vaccination plan. We will assist New Hanover and Pender counties as needed and promote their efforts to administer the vaccine. We advise everyone to monitor the New Hanover County Public Health , Pender County Health Department , and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services websites for detailed information regarding vaccine availability, and ask that our campus community remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing appropriate face coverings, washing their hands, and practicing social distancing. Answers to your COVID-19 vaccination questions
  • As part of the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) received $2.3 million, which was distributed as direct payments to students as an emergency financial aid grant for expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. To learn more about how this emergency funding was distributed, visit cfcc.edu/cares-act-criteria .
  • CFCC has received $2,363,220 from the Federal government in order to assist students with costs associated with attending college.

    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSAA) requires that we prioritize the distribution of this funding for students with exceptional financial need. For more information and eligibility requirements, please see the HEERF II Funds Distribution Plan webpage .

Local Resources

Technology Resources

Chromebook/Laptop Check out process

If a student needs a device (Chromebook or Laptop) in order to successfully complete the semester’s course work, a faculty member may refer or the student can reach out to a Counselor by contacting 910-362-7017 or counseling @cfcc.edu . A Counselor will verify enrollment and review a contract with the student. They will then be referred to the LRC to check out the device. The student will sign a contract agreeing to return the device at the end of the semester and accepting liability for damage. Failure to return it to the LRC at the end of the semester or if it is damaged will result in the student being charged a replacement cost. The charge will be placed on their account in the business office and they will not be allowed to register until the fee has been paid. Students can check out a device each semester that they are enrolled in. If you have any questions, please reach out to Counseling.

  1. Emergency Broadband Benefit: The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
  2. NC Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) interactive map of internet availability in North Carolina.
  3. Spectrum For any specials call 866-991-6533
  4. Comcast is offering free Peacock Premium streaming, DVR, and Voice Remote with contract.
  5. AT&T is offering a $300 Visa Gift Card with bundles.
  6. Verizon Visit verizon.com for the latest offers. Special discounts may be available for teachers and military.
  7. T-Mobile Call 1-800T-Mobile for updates and special deals.
  8. Cox Communications Customers late fees are suspended and extending payment relief options for low-income families who are unable to pay due to COVID-19 (in effect until June 30, 2021. Special deals can be seen at www.CoxValue.com
  9. SuddenlinkAltice Mobile starts at $12 per line with free internet for 60 days, and free installation offers when ordered online.
  10. Adobe 20-plus app for $19.95 a month, special pricing available for faculty and students.
  11. EveryoneOn – Search for low-income internet service and computers by zip code
  12. Charter Communications is offering free broadband and WiFi service for 60 days to households with students in college and younger who don’t already have a subscriptions. Installation fees will be waived. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.
  13. Need WiFi? Have a Phone? This article from PC Mag might help.
  14. Complete Guide to Internet Service During the Pandemic: Information on how to sign up for free internet during the pandemic, internet speed/data and services. (National Resource)

Public Wifi Sites

Pender County

Pender County Board of Commissioners reminds Pender County citizens that the Atkinson, Burgaw, and Hampstead libraries will continue to provide FREE public Wi-Fi Internet access.

“Under the recommendations of state health officials, social distancing is a must,” said Erik Harvey, Pender County IT director. “This FREE resource is available for both students and citizens who don’t have Internet access to stay connected and informed of the latest news on COVID-19.”

    Atkinson Municipal Library
    300 W Henry St.
    Atkinson, NC 28421

    Pender County Burgaw Library
    103 S. Cowan St.
    Burgaw, NC 28425
    910-259-1234

    Pender County Hampstead Library
    75 Library Dr.
    Hampstead, NC 28443
    910-270-4603

    Duplin County

    The following locations currently have free public wifi available for drive-up use, meaning that users can sit in their cars at these locations and download or upload school assignments, check email, or conduct brief business. This list will be updated as more locations become known.

    In the interest of public safety, we make the following recommendations:

    1. Users should remain in their vehicles while using the site.
    2. Users should be cognizant of the amount of time they are parked at the location to allow access to others.
    3. Utilize sites during daylight hours only. Some providers will also disconnect services at night.
    4. Notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity. Local law enforcement agencies will be made aware of the following public site locations to monitor activity.

    • Duplin County-Dorothy Wightman Library in Kenansville – 107 Bowden Dr, Kenansville – 910-296-2117
    • Duplin County Library in Rose Hill – 113 S Walnut St, Rose Hill – 910-289-2490
    • Duplin County Warsaw-Kornegay Library in Warsaw – 117 W College St, Warsaw – 910-293-4664
    • Calypso Fire Department – 103 SE Center St, Calypso (Do not block fire department operations. Wifi provided by Open Broadband, LLC) – 919-921-0996
    • Faison Recreation and Wellness Center – 184 Park Cir, Faison (Provided by Open Broadband) – 910-267-0115
    • University of Mount Olive Agriculture Building – 408 Garner Chapel Rd, Mt. Olive (On the Duplin/Wayne line. Provided by Open Broadband) – 919-658-2502
    • Alphin Insurance – 2330 Summerlins Crossroad Rd, Mt. Olive (Provided by Open Broadband) – 919-658-9800
    • Snow Hill Free Will Baptist Church – 1224 Red Hill Rd, Mt. Olive (Provided by Eastern Carolina Broadband) – 919-658-7309
    • Flea Market at the corner of Bennetts Bridge Rd and Garner Chapel Rd – Approx. 1810 Garner Chapel Rd, Mt. Olive (Provided by Eastern Carolina Broadband)
    • Beulaville Town Hall – 508 E Main St, Beulaville (Provided by Eastern Carolina Broadband) – 910-298-4647
    • Downtown Magnolia – Approx. at the intersection of Carroll St and Railroad St, Magnolia (Provided by Eastern Carolina Broadband)
    • Old Pink Hill School Media Center – 202 Central Ave, Pink Hill (just across the border in Lenoir County, provided by Eastern Carolina Broadband) – 252-568-3681

    Bladen County
    Star Communications has agreed to provide free wifi internet connectivity access in specific locations in Bladen County for personal devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The free wifi access will be available from 8am until 9pm. Students should practice social distancing (at least six feet away from one another) while accessing this service. Unsafe practices and loitering on these premises after wifi connectivity hours is forbidden. Students would be able to use these access points in parking lots and the vicinity of the following locations:

    • Bladen Community College – 7418 NC Hwy 41 W., Duplin, NC – 910-879-5500
    • Bladen County Public Library – 111 N. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC – 910-862-6990
    • Bladen Lakes Primary – 9554 Johnsontown Rd., Elizabethtown – 910-247-4608
    • Bladenboro Middle School – 910 S. Main St., Bladenboro – 910-863-3232
    • Cape Fear Farmer’s Market – 106 Martin Luther King Dr., Elizabethtown, NC – 910-862-2066
    • Centerville Baptist Church – 18577 NC Hwy 53 E, Kelly – 910-669-2488
    • East Arcadia Elementary School – 21451 NC Hwy 87 E, Riegelwood – 910-669-2934
    • East Bladen High School – 21451 NC Hwy 87 E, Riegelwood – 910-247-4610
    • Elizabethtown Farmers Market – 106 MLK Drive, Elizabethtown – 910-862-2066
    • Tar Heel Middle School – 14888 NC Hwy 87 W, Tar Heel – 910-862-2475
    • West Bladen High School – 1600 NC Hwy 410 S, Bladenboro – 910-862-2130


Childcare Expense Assistance

Additional funding is now available for CFCC students to assist with childcare expenses. The NC Child Care Grant is designed to assist student-parents with the financial responsibilities for child care expenses so they may stay enrolled and complete their educational goals. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, when many of our K-12 schools are still using remote learning, help with child care expenses is needed now more than ever. CFCC recognizes this need and has expanded the grant program for 2020-21 to include expenses for the following types of licensed businesses or organizations that provide childcare services. Learn about how to apply.


Library

The Libraries at the Wilmington and North Campuses are open to currently enrolled students (and employees), with normal CFCC Summer Hours – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 to noon on Friday. Librarians and Library e-resources are always available online at cfcc.edu/library . Curbside service is available by calling 910-362-7030 .

The Learning Labs at both campuses are also open for limited face-to-face Math and Writing tutoring from 10:00 to 3:00, Monday through Thursday. Online tutoring for these subjects, and others, will continue throughout the summer and is conducted via Blackboard discussion boards and/or Google Meet. More information is available at cfcc.edu/learning-lab/ .

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Prevention

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Feel Sick?

Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread occurrences of COVID-19 . Please CALL your health care provider before going in to avoid potentially exposing others and do not use public transportation to get to the doctor’s office, if possible.

You can also contact your county’s public health department; they will advise you on the appropriate next steps:

New Hanover: 910-798-3500
Brunswick: 910-253-2250
Pender: 910-259-1230

The North Carolina Division of Public Health also has a call line at 866-462-3821 to address general questions.

Follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on what to do if you are sick.


CFCC consulted local and national resources to generate content on this page. For more information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Homeland Security – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) .

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