Safety First: coronavirus information and resources at HFC
Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness, often with symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other issues. In some cases, it can result in disability and can be fatal. More than 1,000,000 Americans have died from this disease since the spring of 2020.
The disease is prevalent throughout the world and remains dangerous to those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or who are otherwise susceptible to its damaging health effects. There is no way to know whether you would be susceptible to a severe case of the original virus or a variant. Vaccination is highly recommended as the most scientifically proven method of protection, aside from 100% quarantine.
Faculty, staff, and students taking or supporting face-to-face classes and operations are permitted on campus. Guests should not come to campus unless you have a specific appointment.
NOTE: For information about vaccine distribution in our area, we recommend you check the State of Michigan vaccine website.
Safety procedures on HFC campuses
Face masks are required in classrooms and classroom labs. Masks are strongly encouraged everywhere else
Due to CDC guidelines stating that several counties in Southeast Michigan, including Wayne County, are "high community level" areas, HFC has reinstated its classroom/lab face covering requirement as of May 2022.
Well-fitting face coverings are required in all on-campus classrooms and classroom labs.
Keeping each other safe: what HFC has done, and what you can do
Some things the College has done to help you stay safe on campus
For the Welcome Center, our primary student welcoming area
- After consultation with facilities, utilized our Office Depot department supply account to order cleaning and sanitation supplies for the front line areas, including Sanitizing wipes, gloves, hand sanitizer, Lysol.
- Obtained a supply of disposable masks from Campus Safety/Facilities for students and guests who are not prepared for the mask policy.
- Obtained a supply of cloth masks from Facilities and supplied every Welcome Center first and second-floor team member with 3 masks.
- Prepared extra supplies for the Testing Center. This includes providing only clean writing instruments to students and eliminating staff's need to handle cell phones, IDs, and other personal items.
- Eliminated drop-in services in the Enrollment Lab, Advising and Testing and changed to appointment-only service to better control and manage the number of guests in the building at a time. In addition, limited the number of visitors a student can bring with them for service and further advertised the benefit of virtual service over in-person.
- Coordinated with IT to add webcams and headsets to all employee workstations to allow for virtual participation in meetings and for virtual service to students.
- Maintained a hybrid staff schedule to allow teams to social distance in their workspaces. Very thoughtfully and intentionally scheduled staff to have their own workspace when possible.
- Produced signs for the front doors of the Welcome Center with information about masks and health screening requirements.
- Created flyers advertising all service options for students. Created an outside mailbox for students to obtain this information, even when the Welcome Center is closed. Also created smaller ¼ page handouts containing a QR code link directing students to service information and a QR link to the health screening form.
- Added plexiglass barriers throughout the first floor of the Welcome Center and next to high traffic areas on the second floor of the Welcome Center. Front line spaces where plexiglass has been added include: Concierge, Testing, Advising, Solution Center, Enrollment Labs, Orientation Office.
- The following is not complete yet, but we have also requested the same for: Veterans office, Managers' front line offices on the first floor, and between individual Enrollment Lab staff workspaces.
- Hired screeners to monitor visitors at the front door of the Welcome Center.
- Added a laptop station at the front doors for students to use to complete a screening form.
- Adjusted training such as Hot Topics to allow virtual attendance, allowing additional staff from around campus to attend training.
- Designed Dynamic Form processes to reduce the need for students to drop off forms in person.
- Created a virtual Welcome Center and virtual testing options, virtual advising, maintained a virtual Orientation for students, and implemented a new virtual call/contact center to provide continuous, convenient service to students.
- Held a listen and learn session in October for staff to provide feedback to Cabinet members, Facilities, and HR. This led to many of the above changes, and continues to be evaluated if other changes are warranted.
Additionally, across both campuses
- Implemented safety requirements, including masks, screening forms, vaccination/testing, social distancing, hand sanitizing, screening checkpoints (checkpoints discontinued in summer 2021 due to decreased efficacy)
- Implemented procedures to address possible COVID cases or exposures; trained HR, Student Services, and Campus Safety officers in supporting these procedures
- Implemented remote pick-up and shipping options for books from the College Store.
- Implemented new safety regulations for Fifty-One O One restaurant patrons.
- Implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in all occupied campus spaces, including the use of CDC-recommended materials, supplies, and procedures; adding the cleaning of switchplates, doorknobs, and surfaces, and more.
- Provided cleaning and sanitizing materials in classrooms that are being used.
- Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout common areas in buildings.
- Installed plexiglass dividers in many areas where people gather or work in close spaces.
- Installed social distancing floor tape in common areas.
- Limited available seating in common areas to encourage social distancing.
- Replaced a number of traditional drinking fountains with water bottle filling stations.
- Refurbished and cleaned many of our HVAC systems for improved ventilation.
- We are following CDC guidance for building ventilation.
- Posted safety requirements signage all over campus.
- New campus-entrance safety requirements signage (to be installed Winter 2022).
- Adopted new CDC quarantine and isolation requirements, Winter 2022.
- Provided safety posters and handout materials for students and employees.
What you can do to help
- Keep student success at the forefront of your mind. Everything we do is to support each other and our students.
- Stay vigilant and committed to your own and others' safety.
- Even when you are tired or frustrated, uphold high standards for masking, screening, distancing, and sanitizing.
- Encourage your coworkers and students to remain hopeful and positive.
- Encourage others to keep their masks on properly.
- Bring any safety concerns to your supervisor or instructor in a constructive way.
- Participate in public conversations and stay engaged!
Some things you can do to help: social distancing, sanitizing, and following campus regulations
All of us should practice social distancing to the maximum extent possible on our campuses. Classrooms are set up to maximize social distancing wherever possible (and it is not always possible). We recommend you attempt to remain 3 or more feet from other people while on campus, and more if you are unvaccinated. When you are in hallways or entering restrooms, this may mean you need to wait for someone else to leave the area.
We will provide hand sanitizer in campus buildings that are open for classes, and cleaning supplies in classrooms. If you are an instructor and your classroom does not have cleaning supplies, please submit a SchoolDude ticket, and we will get those supplies to you ASAP. (SchoolDude login is required)
Please wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
Wearing your mask and filling out the required on-campus screening forms are absolutes. Everyone must comply with campus regulations. Thank you!
2022 COVID quarantine and isolation requirements
As of Winter 2022, the College has adopted the updated CDC guidelines for COVID-related quarantine and isolation. These guidelines are based on evidence about the spread of COVID and infection rates from those who have contracted or been exposed to COVID.
Please note that existing HFC COVID safety requirements listed on this webpage remain in full effect for everyone on our campuses.
For the purposes of the updated guidelines below, “fully vaccinated or immunized” is defined by Wayne County as two weeks after the final dose of your vaccine, or you have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID in the last 90 days. (Final dose includes the J&J first dose, Pfizer or Moderna second dose, or any of the three boosters).
Quarantine (no symptoms)
Quarantine applies if you may have been exposed to the virus and therefore need to stay away from others to reduce the risk of spread.
If you were exposed and have no symptoms and are fully vaccinated or immunized, you do not need to quarantine. You should monitor for the emergence of any symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from your initial exposure, whenever you are around other people.
If you were exposed and have no symptoms and are NOT fully vaccinated, you must quarantine through day 5 after your initial exposure. On day 6, you may return to classes or work if you meet ALL of the following conditions:
- You have not developed any symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID, AND
- Test negative for COVID on day 5, AND
- Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for the next five days whenever you are around other people.
If you develop symptoms, follow the isolation guidelines below.
Isolation (symptoms or positive test)
Isolation applies if you have tested positive for COVID or have symptoms and have not yet received a negative test result or other diagnosis. For isolation, day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of your positive test, whichever occurs first.
You may return to classes or work as early as Day 6, if you meet all of the following conditions.
- Fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications, AND
- Significant improvement in symptoms or are without symptoms, AND
- Continue to wear a well-fitting mask through day 10.
The CDC defines a well-fitting mask as:
a. It has two or more layers of breathable fabric – washable or disposable
b. It completely covers your nose and mouth, and comes under your chin.
c. It fits snugly against the sides of your face and does not have gaps.
Students and employees should continue to stay home past day 6 if you do not feel well.
Questions about these guidelines should be referred to Tiffany Webster in HR (employees) or Munira Kassim in Student Affairs (students). If you test positive for COVID or know you have been exposed, continue to report this information to Tiffany and Munira.
Follow directions on signage where provided
You will see signs posted on doors, near elevators, and in other locations on campus. Everyone on our campuses is required to observe and comply with the notifications on these signs.
- Face covering policies
- Observe social distancing
- Wash your hands
- Additional location-specific signage
Do not come to campus if you are sick
If you feel unwell, do not come to the HFC campuses. Anyone experiencing symptoms of any respiratory or other infectious illness should not be on campus, as you risk exposing others and possibly exacerbating your symptoms.
If your illness is serious, if you have a high fever or are experiencing shortness of breath, consult a health care professional immediately. Call before going to a hospital, if possible.
If your illness is not acute, call your doctor's office to request guidance.
If you are a student, contact your instructor(s) to discuss your class participation and deadlines. If you test positive for COVID, notify the College according to the guidelines on this webpage.
If you are an employee, reach out to your supervisor as you normally would regarding sick time. If you test positive for COVID, notify HR according to the guidelines on this webpage.
How to report COVID cases to the College, and how we will notify you of potential exposure
Faculty, staff, and students should not come to Henry Ford College campuses, clinical sites, or work/apprenticeship sites if they are sick or know they have been exposed to COVID. They should notify HFC officials if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. (Health care workers who are exposed to COVID-19 patients in the course of their jobs and who use appropriate PPE and health care safety do not need to follow the reporting and isolation procedures.)
If employees are sick or have been exposed, they should notify their supervisor and Tiffany Webster at email@example.com or 313-845-9692.
If students are sick or have been exposed, they should notify their instructors and Munira Kassim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-845-6301.
If notified of illness of someone who is on campus, Campus Safety and the HFC officials identified above will follow the CDC guidance to isolate and transport them, will share home isolation criteria and testing information, and encourage them to contact their healthcare provider.
If notified of an illness of someone who is not currently on campus, the HFC officials identified above will share the home isolation criteria and testing information with the individual, and will also encourage the individual to contact their healthcare provider.
How you will be notified if you have potentially been exposed on campus
In cases where we learn that employees or students may have been at risk of potential exposure, HR will notify these employees or students of a potential exposure and recommend they get tested. Any requirements for quarantine will be shared on a case-by-case basis.
To follow HIPAA requirements and respect individuals' privacy, the College will not share details of individuals' illnesses. If we learn of employees' or students' COVID exposures or illnesses that take place off-campus, and those individuals were not on campus to potentially expose others, we will not notify coworkers or classmates. Individuals will not be able to return to campus until they have followed all quarantine procedures and are symptom-free.
Further details are provided in the 14-page PDF document: HFC protocols for when someone gets sick
The College does not provide medical advice. This information is not intended to be medical advice. This information in this document and on this website follows the CDC guidelines. Please always consult your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Risk and safety at HFC: with or without being vaccinated
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, being present in public spaces, including Henry Ford College campuses and work sites, carries a risk that you may be infected with the virus.
You can significantly reduce your risk of a serious COVID infection by getting vaccinated. Vaccination information is available on this webpage.
While Henry Ford College is doing what it can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our campuses, the College cannot guarantee your safety. Please follow all policies, regulations, signage, and guidance from College officials while you are on our campuses, such as pre-screening, wearing face masks, sanitizing, and social distancing.
While the vaccines currently being administered will reduce risk for most, they do not eliminate the risk. This graphic describes the relative risks to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who follow (or do not follow) recommended safety procedures.
Further information about how to manage your risks is included on this website. The information on this website should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Consult your physician or other licensed professional for information pertaining to your personal health and wellness.
Coronavirus information and resources
COVID-19 dashboard for HFC
The Henry Ford College COVID dashboard contains information, updated weekly, about all COVID cases reported to the College by students and employees. It is not an indication of where or how an individual may have contracted COVID.
If you test positive for COVID or are exposed to someone with COVID, please follow the Henry Ford College COVID reporting and quarantine requirements on this webpage. Contact Munira Kassim (students) or Tiffany Webster (employees) for further direction. Munira and Tiffany are responsible for contact tracing in relation to College campus reported COVID cases. They will contact those students and employees at risk of being exposed based on a reported campus COVID case.
Please follow the on-campus requirements listed above for screening, face coverings, and social distancing. This will help promote safety among our campus community. Thank you.
Free at-home COVID tests (from the federal government)
COVID-19 testing (out-of-home)
If you believe you have been exposed to Coronavirus, or you or a family member are experiencing symptoms and would like to be tested for coronavirus, please refer to Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest to find a site near you that offers free testing.
To obtain this information by phone, Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 and select 1.
You may also contact your health care professional to discuss testing.
How to get vaccinated for COVID-19, or help your community get vaccinated
All State of Michigan residents over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which is widely available. The vaccine has been determined by public health officials, the FDA, and the CDC to be safe and effective. See suggested locations to obtain the vaccine below.
The State of Michigan provides a website with information about the coronavirus vaccine, including eligibility, county-by-county information, appointment scheduling, a dashboard, and more.
Vaccinations are now widely available for anyone over age 16. Most of the outlets listed below will take walk-ins, no appointment necessary.
Vaccines are free -- there is no cost
You will not have to pay to receive a vaccine, regardless of whether you have health insurance coverage. If you do have insurance coverage, the vaccine provider might charge your insurance an administrative fee, but you will not have to pay anything. If you are uninsured, this fee will come from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider’s Relief Fund. You will not be charged.
Suggested locations / options to receive vaccines
- Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
- CVS Pharmacy / RiteAid
- Beaumont Health
- Rite-Aid Pharmacy
- Some area colleges, community centers, and popup clinics also provide vaccinations. Visit the link above or check community websites for details.
Much more information, and ways you can help:
- Volunteer to assist at the Dearborn Clinic (intake and data entry volunteers)
COVID-19 vaccine questions
- Vaccine FAQs
- Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Prioritization Guidance
- Michigan Interim Vaccination Strategy
- Visit the COVID-19 vaccine website
Other ways to get involved
- Help us meet our goal of 70% of Michiganders vaccinated. Visit the Protect MI Commission to learn more.
- Want communication materials to share? Download and distribute Spread Hope, Not COVID resources which are available online.
- Know an employer who wants to host vaccination clinics for their employees? Have them reach out to their local health department.
- Want to administer vaccines? For information visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine under “provider guidance and educational resources” tab.
- Want to volunteer? Sign up at MI Volunteer Registry.
What you can do to avoid getting sick
While there is no way to guarantee you will not catch an infectious disease, you can take significant steps to increase your chances of staying healthy. This reminder of healthy habits and prevention emphasizes proven techniques that might be helpful to you. Winter, in particular, tends to be a time when respiratory and intestinal illnesses like cold and flu are prevalent.
NOTE: There are many online sources for information about avoiding infection with coronavirus. Some include:
- CDC "Stop the Spread of Germs" poster
- CDC "What to do if you are sick with COVID-19" poster
- CDC fact sheet
- CDC resource site
You will find many other sources that provide similar tips to the list below.
First, and most important, wash your hands regularly, and thoroughly with soap and water. This is especially important after you handle food, use the restroom, use public transportation, spend time in a public place, or find yourself in close proximity to people who are sick.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. The preferred method is to use the crook of your elbow if you need to sneeze. Face away from others, and use a tissue if possible. Wash your hands afterward!
Some people keep a container of hand sanitizer near their desk or in their backpack or purse. If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol as a good option for killing germs.
Try to avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose when you are in public places. This will help you avoid transferring germs from surfaces and implements into your respiratory and digestive tract.
Wash sheets, towels, hats, scarves, and similar items regularly – and immediately if you’ve been sick.
Touching people and things:
Cell phones and germs: cell phones are notoriously covered with germs. Avoid picking up or handling someone else’s cell phone. Don’t let others handle your cell phone. And clean your cell phone’s surfaces frequently!
Clean and disinfect surfaces, such as countertops, desktops, and doorknobs, that are likely to be contaminated with germs.
Office and classroom implements like pens, pencils, staplers, tape dispensers, computer keyboards / mice, and phones are all items that carry germs. Wash your hands if you are sharing these items with others or using labs.
Avoid close contact with sick people. Do not shake hands with people if you or they are sick. If your intimate partner has a cold or flu, keep your distance until they have fully recovered.
Don’t put your backpack, coat, or other outerwear on your bed or pillow. These items can pick up all kinds of germs (and dirt) that you don’t want on your face.
Do not share toiletries or makeup with roommates.
If you are sick, you should stay home.
Avoid physical social contact, such as shaking hands or hugging people you don't know well. You can use a warm verbal greeting or a nod and smile as alternatives to touching.
Food and food implements:
Maintain a healthy diet if you can. Eat mostly fresh foods, and minimal processed or junk foods.
Do not partake of food items that others may have touched with bare hands. Bowls of unwrapped mints, candies, or chocolates are high risk spots for germs.
Do not eat perishable food that has been sitting out for a long period of time.
Do not share beverage containers, dishes, or utensils with others. Wash your dishes in hot, soapy water and rinse before re-using them.
If you are visiting a food buffet, consider using a napkin or wearing a glove so you are not touching the serving implements that others have touched with bare hands.
Do not place food or snacks directly on surfaces. Use a plate or napkin to protect yourself from transferring germs to your food before consuming it.
Other tips for staying healthy:
Get a flu shot when they are available.
If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others. Notify your supervisor, instructor, or students if you can’t make it to class or work because you are sick.
Maintain a healthy diet.
Get enough sleep.
Limit your alcohol intake.
Spend time with people who care about you. This can help with physical, mental, and emotional health.
Keep your stress levels manageable (some of the above tips can help. Counseling is also available on campus if you need it.)
Wear a protective mask when you are in public places.
If you do get sick, especially if your symptoms are severe or you’re not recovering, seek immediate medical attention.
Video: what is Coronavirus and how does it spread?
The World Health Organization provides this 4-and-a-half-minute video that explains what Coronavirus is and what the risks are.
Recommended external coronavirus resources
The following resources are free and are reliable for information and assistance to our community.