Central Piedmont is continually 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 ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Visit the Mecklenburg County health department’s website for the latest information.
- Review NC Community College System COVID-19 response.
Questions about COVID-19 Exposure and Symptoms
Email the Central Piedmont Cares team immediately if you have questions or concerns regarding a positive COVID-19 test or exposure.
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.).
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 feel free to 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.
Free COVID-19 Test Kits
Order Free at-Home COVID-19 Tests from USPS.com
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 1.877.490.6642, or contact your physician or healthcare provider.