Coronavirus Information

The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service, expired as of May 11, 2023.

Central Piedmont will continue to stay abreast of local, state, and federal guidance regarding communicable disease matters. 

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 5 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. You should also 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 Recently Tested Positive for COVID-19: 

  • 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.

Testing and Treatment Options

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness (COVID or otherwise), please use the Atrium Health community clinic located on Central Campus. The clinic operates from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All testing is conducted onsite with a health professional, with results and treatment plans provided to you directly.

The onsite clinic is open to all Central Piedmont students, staff, and family members.

Atrium Health Community Clinic on Central Campus

Leon Levine Health Science Center

1st Floor, Room 104

1224 Charlottetowne Ave.


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 6 months and older. If you are eligible, you should get a booster now.”

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 877.490.6642, or contact your physician or healthcare provider.

Learn More

  • Charging of Central Piedmont Fees During Coronavirus

    College leadership has carefully evaluated all fees associated with attending Central Piedmont. Even though many students are taking online courses, we still need to charge fees in order to provide increased online instruction, remote student support, other technological needs, and security and infrastructure support at all our locations.

    • Technology fees: In order to offer so many more courses online, the college had to invest in technology equipment and increased broadband capability. Such an investment is covered by the technology fee.
    • Lab fees: There are costs associated with providing lab instruction online. The cost of providing labs supplies has actually increased during the pandemic because materials cannot be shared. The college must cover the cost of this increase.
    • Student activity fees: Student fees are continuing to be charged to help with support students need related to the pandemic. Learn more about student support services and about student coronavirus resources.
    • CAPS fee: You will be charged the Campus Access and Security fee if any of your classes have an in-person/on-campus component. These fees cover security of our buildings and parking facility maintenance to ensure our students faculty and staff can come to campus safely to continue instructional delivery. You will not be charged the CAPS fee if none of your courses have an in-person component (if all of your courses are 100% online).

    All fees are examined continually, as we want to ensure all students are treated fairly and equitably. Learn more about tuition and fees.

  • Prevent and Prepare

    What Central Piedmont is Doing

    In an effort to protect our students, employees, and visitors from the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease, teams from ABM (the college’s contracted company for cleaning and janitorial services) are taking extra care to clean and disinfect the usual virus and germ “transmission points,” such as doorknobs, light switches, water fountains, phones, counter tops, etc.

    Prevent the Spread

    We've created a flier with tips to help prevent the spread of coronavirus — download and print out the coronavirus prevention tips flier (PDF) to put in your home, office, or building.

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

    • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
    • through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

    These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”

    To reduce your chances of contracting any kind of illness, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (social distancing).
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    Review the CDC's additional tips to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

    The Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force and Committee on Infectious Diseases have created a chart that ranks activities on their risk level for contracting COVID-19. Understand which activities place you the most at risk.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses.

    The Environmental Health and Safety department currently provides PPE such as disposable face masks, N-95 face masks as well as disposable gloves as a COVID-19 prevention measure (upon request). Request PPE by emailing Environmental Health and Safety and include the following information:

    • type of PPE needed
    • amount needed
    • drop-off location

    For additional information or questions regarding PPE requests, email Environmental Health and Safety.