To:  NCMC Campus Community
From:  David Roland Finley, Ph.D., president

Unfortunately, COVID-19 infection rates have remained elevated in Emmet County this first month of 2022.  Thus, North Central Michigan College will maintain an indoor mask requirement through Monday, February 28, 2022, out of an abundance of caution.

For the remainder of January and all of February, North Central will continue to require facial coverings in all indoor settings regardless of individuals’ vaccination status, with the exception of team members working in private offices.  Exceptions will be made for individuals granted accommodations through Human Resources.

The table below lists the number of COVID-positive individuals in the college community by week for the month of January.  We’re closely monitoring these values, along with external parameters, to follow a safe path forward as the pandemic continues.

COVID-19 Case Counts
Week of: Student Total: Employee Total:
January 3 1 8
January 10 15 2
January 17 9 1
TOTAL 25 11

I am heartened that COVID-positive numbers have remained in the single digits per week for employees during January, with student infections roughly twice that amount per week.  Thanks to all for your good efforts in masking, social distancing, practicing good hygiene, and staying home when symptomatic.  Your actions and flexibility are helping all at the college during this challenging time.