Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Welcome! We look forward to an exciting Fall semester and will do our best to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) site provides guidance on COVID, campus conditions, and current rules on masks and vaccines. Please check this site frequently as conditions, recommendations, and guidelines change quickly.

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Updated 10/27/2021

Beginning November 15, 2021 all employees of Northeastern Junior College will be required to either show proof of the COVID-19 vaccination or participate in weekly random testing. The vaccination and testing protocols for employees have been approved by the Northeastern Junior College Leadership Team and have been shared with all employees.

Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, students of Northeastern Junior College will be required to either show proof of the COVID-19 vaccination or participate in weekly random testing. The vaccination and testing protocols for students are being reviewed by the Northeastern Junior College Leadership Team and will be shared with all students upon final approval.

Updated 8/24/2021

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester at Northeastern! We are excited to have you on campus and announce that all courses at Northeastern are running as normally scheduled.

At this time, wearing masks on campus and getting vaccinated is highly recommended. Individual faculty members may require masks to be worn while in their classroom. Students who require a medical exemption should contact Rochelle Lenox at or 970-521-6727. Documentation from a physician noting the need for an exemption may be required.

Updated, July 30, 2021

Procedure for Administering COVID-19 Tests on Northeastern Junior College Campus
(for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Athletics will continue to administer COVID-19 rapid tests to student athletes in the athletic training room in the Bank of Colorado Event Center. Athletics will determine the schedule for testing based on room availability.

Regarding unvaccinated persons exposed to a positive COVID case:

  1. If a student athlete has been exposed to a positive COVID case, or is symptomatic, athletics will administer the test for the student athlete.
  2. Non-athlete students who reside on campus will be tested by Tim Stahley, either in their room, or in Walker 101.
  3. Non-athlete students who reside off campus will be told that they can either be tested at an off campus testing site, or they can be tested on campus by Trenton Schwarzer in Walker 101 at an appointed time.
  4. If a college employee has been exposed to a positive COVID case, Jeri Estrada will oversee the COVID test in Walker 101.

The rapid test will be used. Athletics has approximately 1000 tests that they are making available for all testing stated above. Any person being tested will need to wear a mask to the testing location. While waiting for the results, a mask will need to be worn. The person administering or overseeing the test will wear a mask and gloves. Results of the rapid test will be submitted to Marci Henry for report purposes. Marci is our Laboratory Director for our CLIA Waiver which allows us to test on campus, thus she must submit testing results to the State.

Unvaccinated persons exposed to a positive COVID case will need to quarantine for 14 days from the date of the exposure if they choose not to be tested.

  • If they are willing to be tested, then they are to be tested on the 5th day from the date of exposure.
  • If they are NEGATIVE, then they can return to work/class on the 8th day from the date of the exposure.
  • If they are POSITIVE, then they must isolate—up to 10 days, from the date of exposure.

At this time, guidance from the Northeast Colorado Health Department states that vaccinated persons who have been exposed to a positive COVID case do not need to quarantine. Persons who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days or less are presumed to have antibodies, and do not need to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated persons who previously tested positive for COVID-19 more than 90 days past should follow the guidelines of the unvaccinated.

Anyone who is symptomatic may be tested, regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, faculty should request that students sit in the same seat in their classrooms. In the event that a student tests positive, only those students or others who are unvaccinated AND in proximity of the positive-tested student 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more will be considered exposed. Continue to distance students as you are able.

If you feel sick, please do not report to work or class.

Jeri Estrada                          (970) 521-6730
Marci Henry                         (970) 521-6617
Ryan Reh                                   (970) 521-6674
Trenton Schwarzer (970) 521-6683
Steven Smith                     (970) 521-6657
Tim Stahley                    (970) 521-6655

Updated, July 13, 2021

For the fall 2021 semester, Northeastern Junior College is requiring on-campus, residential students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Students who opt not to be vaccinated must sign an exemption form, citing medical, religious, or personal reasons. The exemption form is available in the Housing Office, room 113 in the Hays Student Center.

If a residential student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be temporarily transferred to a residence hall floor set aside to isolate positive COVID-19 cases. Students who are or may have been exposed to positive cases will be quarantined in their assigned residence hall rooms. If they become symptomatic, they will be transferred to the isolation floor for a specified period of time, as recommended by the Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

See the statement below for details about the health emergency being rescinded in Colorado. Unvaccinated students are permitted and encouraged to wear facial coverings. Students who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to get the vaccine. See below to find a location to get the vaccine.

Updated, July 1, 2021

Below is a recent information release from the Northeast Colorado Health Department.

June 24, 2021

Health Department Board Rescinds Public Health Emergency Declaration

Sterling, Colo – June 24, 2021:  In April, 2020, the Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD) Board of Health signed a resolution declaring a local public health emergency for the special district of the Northeast Colorado Health Department.  During their board meeting on June 23, 2021, the board rescinded the resolution.

     “The Public Health Emergency Declaration is no longer needed for our ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response,” said Trish McClain, Director of NCHD.

     NCHD’s health district includes Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties.  While cases of COVID-19 have been declining in our six county health district, the Northeast Colorado Health Department is closely monitoring the Delta variant.   

     We do encourage anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to consider getting immunized against the virus.  There are three COVID-19 vaccines that are available.  NCHD is currently offering the Moderna vaccine and the Mobile Vaccination Bus which travels throughout northeast Colorado offers the Pfizer and Janssen vaccines.  To register for either an NCHD vaccination clinic or the mobile vaccination bus you can go to our website to find a clinic near you: There are also other COVID-19 vaccine providers within NCHD’s health district:

     As we continue to monitor COVID-19 variants and their impact on other parts of the state and country, we want to remind everyone to please get tested and self-isolate if you experience any symptoms in order to reduce the spread of the virus.