COVID-19 Information

Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing every student and employee with the very latest information when it comes to how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) could impact you. Updates as they are made available, along with useful tools for you to keep on hand, will be found on this page for you to reference. As a college within the Tennessee Board of Regents System, Cleveland State follows the recommendations and guidelines of federal and state agencies closely. Whether it be the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  or the  Tennessee Department of Health  providing information, we will operate all three Cleveland State campuses accordingly.

As we do our part to make sure your collegiate life is safe and secure, we ask that you do what you can to help make a difference. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease and is contagious. The most effective thing you can do is wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash for 20 seconds and rinse thoroughly. If that is not an option, please use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. All Cleveland State facilities will have hand sanitizer stations installed shortly. In addition to the regular cleaning and maintenance of Cleveland State facilities, special attention is being given to the disinfecting of areas and equipment which are used on a frequent basis.

We ask that you use common sense and make sure to listen to your body. If you are sick, please stay home. Also, please avoid contact with people who are sick, as well as any contact with your own eyes, nose, and mouth.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) website  or the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

For Cleveland State Community College related issues involving Coronavirus (COVID-19), contact Cleveland State Director of Communication Don Foley at 423.473.2341 or


Coronavirus updates from CDC / TN Department of health

Coronavirus Situation Summary

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

Protect Yourself and Your Family

CDC Daily Updates

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Updates from the Tennessee Department of Health

Cleveland State has spent Spring Break doing a Spring Cleaning to help keep things safe for you as classes go back in session next Monday. The college’s janitorial services have done extra work making sure to deep clean any and all high-traffic places this week. Everything from desktops to door handles are being sanitized carefully this week.

A second step being taken is the installation of hand sanitizers throughout Cleveland State. Any precautions which the college can take are being taken to help keep your safety and your health as our top priority.

And, of course, we need you to do your part, too! Our own Freddy Cougar says, “Wash Your Paws!” This is the best way to help fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Soap and water (warm or cold) several times a day for at least 20 seconds. When should you wash? Here’s a list of times during the day which you should lather up and cleans those paws.

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

And, regardless of how clean we keep your campus and how clean you keep your hands, if you feel ill, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS! Make sure you take personal responsibility when it comes to your health and the impact on all of those around you.

Now, with so much concern over making sure people wash their hands frequently, as well as to avoid touching their face, mouth, nose, and eyes, there is one area that has really caught many by surprise. It’s the one thing that touches your face and the faces of most people throughout our college more than anything else.

How do you clean your smartphone?

Hundreds of times a day is how often the average person touches their smart device with their hands and their face every single day.

Many have microfiber cloth to clean their smartphones. However, that’s not going to do the trick when it comes to fighting Coronavirus (COVID-19). Tuesday, the world’s largest smartphone corporation, Apple, changed their policy on how to clean the surface of their iPhones stating that alcohol-based wipes or disinfecting wipes are now perfectly fine to use to clean smartphones.

Android and iPhone spokespeople state that you should power down your device, whether it is your smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc…, before cleaning any equipment.

As for cleaning any protective cases for any device, all the major smart device producers agree that you should not use alcohol-based cleaners on those items. According to the CDC, the most effective cleaner for those items are good old soap water. The CDC states that soap and water are better at eliminating germs than any alcohol-based cleaner or sanitizer. *HOWEVER, if you have a case which has a battery built-in for mobile recharging, DO NOT use this method!*


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