Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

UPDATED March 26, 2020:  In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, Columbus Technical College will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. Instead of in-person instruction, Columbus Tech has transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the semester. Students will be contacted regarding the limited exceptions where in-person instruction may be allowed if it applies to that program of study. To avoid any interruption in service to students or the public, non-faculty employees are continuing to work remotely. Spring break will be the week of March 30-April 3 as originally scheduled, and online classes will resume on April 6 and continue through the rest of Spring semester.

UPDATED MARCH 25, 2020:

The Columbus Tech campus has been closed to the public and students since March 13 and employees since March 24 to protect the health and safety of all concerned.  Students and faculty are continuing classes in an online environment. To avoid any interruption in service to students or the public, non-faculty employees are continuing to work remotely. Spring break will be the week of March 30-April 3 as originally scheduled, and online classes will resume on April 6 and continue until further notice.

UPDATED MARCH 23, 2020:

The health and safety of Columbus Tech’s students, faculty, and staff is always our first priority. Early this morning, the decision was made to close the campus to all personnel beginning Tuesday, March 24. Shortly afterward, Columbus Tech was notified that a member of the college community has self-reported a positive COVID-19 test. This person was last on our campus March 16, and those who came into direct contact are being individually notified.

Health officials are taking precautionary measures to quickly identify cases of COVID-19, take appropriate public health action to reduce its spread, and protect the general public in identifying potential contacts.

For members of the Columbus Tech community, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19, are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.


We advise the Columbus Tech community to watch for signs and symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and to contact their primary care physician if they experience any symptoms. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center.

For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19, visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

UPDATED MARCH 19, 2020:

In compliance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 3.16.20.01, all TCSG colleges will be closed from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020. This Executive Order affects in-person learning environments. However, please visit Columbus Tech’s website for specific information regarding online classes. Certain faculty and staff may be required to report on campus and should contact their supervisor for guidance.

Compliance with the Governor’s order does not substantially change the procedures that Columbus Tech already has in place so previous guidance you may have received from the college instructors or supervisors is still accurate.

We are monitoring ongoing developments and will update this web page accordingly. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern.  College leaders are working as quickly as possible to respond to all questions, concerns, or issues during this rapidly evolving situation.

As of today, the plans are for summer registration to begin online on April 6.  The next Adult Ed registration and orientation session is tentatively scheduled for April 13.

Columbus Tech will observe Spring Break as scheduled during the week of March 30.

These plans are flexible and may change rapidly as made necessary by changing conditions on campus or in the service area.

Additional updates and reminders have been added to the Columbus Tech website - columbustech.edu.  Emails, text messages, and/or voice messages will be distributed to students, faculty, and staff when significant changes to current procedures or plans are made.  And, you are encouraged to continue monitoring this website closely for more frequent updates.  Additional information may be obtained by calling (706) 649-1800.

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Columbus Tech leaders are continuously reviewing procedures along with frequent guidance from federal, state, and local agencies.  Providing a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff is one major focus as we work through this evolving situation together.

Preventing the illness

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least six feet between yourself and other people.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.  You can also refer to the guidance on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline where you can hear and share more information: (844) 442-2681.

What happens if a case is identified?

The CDC, Georgia State Department of Health, WCHD Columbus Health Department, and local health care experts will be integrally involved in handling cases in our area. The College remains in close contact with them to understand their protocols and refine our plans as the recommendations from national and state authorities evolve and change.  You can also call the  Columbus Health Department toll-free information line to receive the most current information on the virus: 1-855-962-0955.