COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) FAQs

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Information for BBCC Students

How Can I access Big Bend's resources (Financial Aid, Counseling, Library, etc) while the college is operating remotely?

For an up-to-date list of how to access Big Bend Community College resources, please click here!

What should I do if I get sick?
According to the Grant County Health District, if you have traveled from China or another country where coronavirus has been spreading (see CDC travel notices) or been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please take the following steps: 

Call your healthcare provider BEFORE going to get care and tell them about your symptoms and travel. They can provide you instructions for seeking care so that you do not expose others. Samaritan Healthcare has setup a 24-hour hotline for those who think they may have been exposed (509) 764-3331. There are many causes of fevers, coughs, and other respiratory symptoms. Most clinics have surgical masks that you may be asked to wear while in the clinic. Please protect others and wear a mask if asked. Wash your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze. If you are ill, stay at home.

The Washington Department of Health has also established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Can I pay my tuition and fees online?

Yes, you can pay online or call us in the Business Office 509.793.2024 and we can take payment over the phone (this includes even the STEPP program). 

Will Campus Safety continue to operate?

Campus Safety will continue to patrol the campus to protect the safety and welfare of residence hall students and employees who are expected to be on campus. 

Will the Residence Halls remain open?

Yes, the Residence Halls will remain open for students who live on campus. 

Will tutoring still be available?

Tutoring in the Writing Center and STEM Center is still available but will be conducted remotely. Please see our list of CAMPUS RESOURCES for how to access.

Can I order my textbooks online?
Yes, you can order books online through the BBCC Bookstore on their website and we would encourage you to do so if at all possible as we try and limit the possible spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions, contact the bookstore at (509) 793-2036.
Will the Big Bend cafeteria be open?

No, Sodexo, the company that operates the BBCC Cafeteria will not operate until further notice.

Will the Viking Food Pantry still be open?

The Viking Food Pantry will still be available to the Big Bend Campus Community, but only by appointment. For more information on the Viking Food Pantry, please email vikingfoodpantry@bigbend.edu or call (509) 793-2081.

What is going to happen with fall athletics?

All fall sports have been postponed by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Is the entire Big Bend campus closed? Is the Library closed? What resources are available?

The Library will be closed to the public until further notice. The library is available online during regularly scheduled hours (see below) at http://libguides.bigbend.edu/home. Use the chat widget located in the “Ask A Librarian” tab on the right that is manned by library personnel. All databases are available for off-campus login and access, webinars on how to use the library are available via Zoom each Friday. 24/7 online chat reference available. For more information, call (509) 793-2350 or email librarymail@bigbend.edu. Please see our list of CAMPUS RESOURCES to see how to access resources from the STEm Center, Writing Center, and Student Support Services. 

Hours of Operation: for the Library:

  • Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon to 6 p.m.
  • CLOSED on Sundays
Is the gymnasium open? Are the weight rooms open?

The Peter C. DeVries Center (gym) is closed until further notice. The weight rooms have also been closed.

General Information

Where can I find this information in different languages?
The Washington State Department of Health has information in 11 languages. Visit this site for more information in those languages. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/FactSheet
What is the current status of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) at Big Bend Community College?
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Grant County, visit the Grant County Health District website HERE.

How is COVID-19 spread and what are the symptoms?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, or close person-to-person contact. It can also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, and cough.
What preventative measures can I take to prevent illness?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:

  • Everyone get a seasonal flu vaccination if possible. While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
How is BBCC working to reduce the risk of COVID-19?

Big Bend has canceled all public events on campus based on a recommendation from the Grant County Health District until further notice.

Will BBCC cancel classes?
All classes that can be taught online will continue to be taught online for the Fall 2020 quarter as well. Claases that cannot be taught online will be conducted using PPE and social distancing requirements mandated by the state.
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