NWC's Coronavirus Response:
Fall 2021 FAQs


COVID-19 Updates


Q: Do I have to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: We are not requiring students, faculty or staff to get a vaccine, but we are strongly encouraging it. Getting vaccinated is the best defense against COVID-19—and the best chance for an uninterrupted semester.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask?

A: At this time, we are not requiring masks on campus. However, we recommend you bring several with you because there may be times you will be asked to wear a mask. In addition, as we monitor health advice from experts, there may be circumstances that would warrant a temporary reinstatement of a campus mask mandate.

Q: What if I get sick? How can I get tested?

A: If you are sick and have COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you get tested. You can make an appointment for testing at Orange City Area Health System, other area healthcare providers, or at select Hy-Vee Pharmacies. A fee may be charged for the appointment.

All free Test Iowa sites across the state have now closed, including the site at Orange City Area Health System. However, Test Iowa now offers free at-home COVID-19 saliva test kits. For information about the test kits and pick-up locations in Sioux County, visit the Community Health Partners website.

Q: What if I test positive for COVID-19?

A: Inform. Tell your RD about your diagnosis (commuters, contact the student life office). Upload a screenshot of your test results to Raider Check. Raider Check will notify faculty, coaches and your academic advisor of your absence.

Isolate. Isolate at home for 10 days from symptom onset (1st day of symptoms is Day 0).

  • Do not attend class, practice, rehearsal, etc., in person. Your professor will provide guidance for how you may make up your missed work. After day 10, you may resume a normal routine.
  • If you cannot go home, contact your RD about moving into isolation housing on campus. (*Note that on-campus isolation housing is very limited and not guaranteed.)
  • Ask a friend or roommate to deliver to-go meals for you. If you encounter any problems in obtaining your meals, contact your RD.

Return to a normal routine after day 10. You may return to class, practice, rehearsal, etc., in person when these 3 conditions are met:

  • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (first day of symptoms is day 0)
  • you are fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours
  • your COVID symptoms have improved/you feel well

Q: What if I am exposed to someone who tested postive for COVID-19?

A: Monitor your health closely for symptoms, and get tested after 5 days if you have symptoms or are concerned.