COVID-19 Information

Students working at computer kiosk in building A by First Stop desk.

Safety protocols ensure the health and safety of our campus.

COVID-19 Quarantine Updates

Last updated: 1/10/2022

Due to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant's significant outbreak, we again have to adapt our processes and safety measures as we begin the spring 2022 semester. As has been the case since March 2020, the safety of our entire campus community is paramount.

In light of the rising COVID-19 infection rates and the state's guidance that infections are expected to peak state-wide on Jan. 18, adjustments have been made to the spring semester calendar. Major changes include:

  • All classes will now start Monday, Jan. 24, instead of Tuesday, Jan. 18.
  • Quarantine time for students and employees has been updated to reflect the CDC's newest recommendation, "the date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least five days. Quarantine: If you were exposed and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Isolate: When you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms."

Vaccinate OR provide a negative test at least once a week

COVID-19 Vaccinations are required for all higher education employees and students. The mandate requires ECC employees and students enrolled in on-campus classes (credit or non-credit), or those participating in on-campus events or activities, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 OR provide a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week. Students enrolled in all fully online classes are not required to comply with this mandate unless they are engaged in other activities that regularly bring them to campus (i.e., student-athletes, student workers, classroom observation hours, etc.)

Illinois Testing Mandate

Per Aug. 26, 2021, Executive Order 2021-20 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 87), Elgin Community College is actively working to put procedures in place for students and employees to provide proof of vaccination, on-site testing on campus to accommodate the governor’s weekly requirement, on-campus and community vaccination clinics, and other compliance-related protocols.


  • We follow current CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitation throughout campus.
  • We provide hand sanitizer stations throughout campus.
  • We require face coverings when indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • 6-ft social distancing and wearing of masks remain in effect. The use of surgical masks is strongly recommended and provides greater protection than cloth or gator-style masks. Masks must be worn at all times unless alone in your workspace where 6-feet of distancing can be maintained. Mask dispensers and self-check stations are located at the Buildings A, H, O, M, and K entrances.

ECC will provide updates periodically on this dashboard via email and the employee newsletter (Spartan Review). Students will receive updates from the Dean of Students via email.

Help for students during the pandemic

Elgin Community College has received additional funding to help students reach their educational goals during the pandemic. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help us determine your eligibility for the upcoming school year. The Alternative Application for state aid is available for qualifying undocumented and transgender students. For assistance, call 847-214-7360. Resources are also available to students who need them through our Student Success Fund from the ECC Foundation.

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Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccination Clinics

ECC is committed to mitigating the spread of this virus and keeping our students, employees, and community members safe. We know that vaccinations save lives, and everyone who can get vaccinated is encouraged to do so.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinics at ECC

Building K, Room 171

Clinics facilitated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. All clinics are free and open to the public. Clinics offer the Moderna and Pfizer booster, as well as first or second doses for those who've yet to get fully vaccinated. All clinics are in Building K, East Lobby. 

  • Friday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

All students, employees, and necessary visitors on campus must wear a face-covering and stay six feet apart. All visitors are required to complete a daily health check before entering a campus building. Those with a temperature of 100.04°F or higher will be asked to leave. If you have tested positive and have been on the ECC campus, please notify the ECC Emergency Management department by calling 847-214-7688.

Reporting Period

Friday, January 7 through Thursday, January 13, 2022
Current Week Cumulative Cases
Students 6 53
Employees 7 43
Cumulative cases since Monday, August 10, 2020. View cumulative case data

Table data updated at 2:04 PM on Friday, January 14, 2022.

What are we counting?

  • Individuals who have been on campus.
  • We define a COVID-19 case on campus as an individual who has tested positive using a molecular or viral test and has physically been to campus 48 hours before or anytime after symptoms started or the test was administered.

Data provided for confirmed COVID-19 cases are captured in consultation with the local health department(s) and/or self-disclosure via established college protocol.

Archived COVID-19 Statements

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Published 05/28/2020

ECC's Partial Opening Phase Information for Employees

ECC is moving forward with our plan to gradually reopen the Spartan Drive campus to select employees and students taking lab courses beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Please be aware that each of ECC’s phases will coincide with guidance outlined in Gov. J.B Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan and is contingent on a number of factors, all of which are subject to change.

Published 04/24/2020

ECC campus to reopen to limited number of employees on Monday, June 1

As a result of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through the end of May, Elgin Community College will reopen its campus, to specific employees, utilizing a phased approach, beginning Monday, June, 1.

Published 04/16/2020

Student Communication Update - April 15, 2020

Elgin Community College (ECC) remains committed to the success of our students. With less than a month remaining to complete the spring 2020 semester for students in remote learning, we encourage students to complete the semester by utilizing all of the strategies, resources and support provided to you by the college. A list is available at In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECC has established policies specific to the spring 2020 term, not only to promote successful com

3D Masks 400x250
Published 04/09/2020

Elgin Community College artists do their part to help flatten the COVID-19 curve

A trio of Elgin Community College faculty, staff, and alums are doing their part to support essential workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 04/09/2020

Student Services Update

As a result of Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through Thursday, April 30, Elgin Community College will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 04. Consequently, the college will continue to provide academic, financial, and student support services remotely. Please see the attached updated Support Services Resource Guide. Most services will utilize phone, email, and/or Google Hangouts* as modes of communication.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 04/02/2020

Return to Campus Date is May 4, 2020

Employees with essential responsibilities, as notified by their supervisors, will work remotely until we return to campus on Monday, May 04. All class instruction will continue to be delivered through alternative delivery formats for the remainder of the spring semester. Students taking lab and specialized courses will be contacted by their instructors on when their classes will resume.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/24/2020

Semester update from Dean Robinson

Although Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order is currently in effect through Tuesday, April 7, please remember instruction resumes on March 30, 2020, in alternative learning formats (remotely) for most courses, with the exception of some lab courses and other specialized courses. No on-campus classes will be in session the week of March 30.

Dr. David Sam, president of Elgin Community College.
Published 03/20/2020

A message of gratitude and support from Dr. Sam

Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our students during these unprecedented times. It is during times of hardship and uncertainty that our Shared Values come alive, guiding our decision-making and solidifying our mission. I am grateful for how our entire ECC family – faculty, staff, administrators, and community - has rallied around our students.

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Published 03/19/2020

ECC Foundation seeks support to keep students on educational path

The Elgin Community College Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis. The ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund has already been seeded with a generous donation of $10,000. We are seeking community support to ensure every impacted student can continue their education in these uncertain economic times.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/16/2020

ECC Schedule Updates for Spring Semester

Even as we write this email, we realize changes could occur that will affect campus operations, teaching, and instruction for the next few months. We also know in these uncertain times that it is important to have information that helps you make important decisions and plan ahead. At the time of this communication, there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on any of the ECC locations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/13/2020

ECC announces updates related to COVID-19

As a result of Governor Pritzker’s announcement to close all K-12 schools in Illinois through the end of March, the college has amended its plan for the overall health and safety of the entire ECC community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/13/2020

ECC announces spring break extension and other updates related to COVID-19

Elgin Community College is aware that information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve. In fact, this worldwide pandemic has undoubtedly led to anxiety and uncertainty while impacting lives and daily business operations in every industry.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/11/2020

ECC acts to limit potential COVID-19 exposure

We are all concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Elgin Community College. Working together as a team, the college continues to diligently monitor the situation. We have put several precautionary measures into place to limit potential exposure while assessing our policies and procedures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/03/2020

Message to Students in the 2020 Italian Language and Culture Study Abroad Program to Italy

Upon careful review of the latest travel advisories issued to Italy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel and the U.S. Department of State Level 3: Reconsider Travel and a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to certain regions, the College has decided to postpone the Language and Culture 2020 study abroad program to Urbania, Italy until summer 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/03/2020

Message to Students in the 2020 Culinary Arts and Hospitality Study Abroad Program to Italy

Elgin Community College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in Italy. Upon careful review of the latest travel advisories issued to Italy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel and the U.S. Department of State Level 3: Reconsider Travel and a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to certain regions, the College has decided to postpone the Culinary Arts and Hospitality study abroad program to Urbania, Italy until May 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/03/2020

ECC message concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19)

As information concerning the coronavirus continues to evolve, we feel it is important to keep you informed of the steps the college is taking and your role in keeping our campus healthy.

Wash Hands
Published 02/24/2020

Emergency management tracks impact of colds/flu on campus

The Elgin Community College Emergency Management Department works closely with the Kane County Health Department (KCHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor and address health concerns that could impact our campus community. Most recently, the College has been closely tracking the COVID-19 virus (previously named Coronavirus).

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 01/24/2020

Public Health Message for the ECC Community

Recent news stories relating to a new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, may be causing you concern. At this time, the Kane County Health Department (KCDH) is reporting no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Kane County.

A positive COVID-19 or an active coronavirus infection of an individual associated with Elgin Community College does not indicate transmission or exposure occurred on campus.

Elgin Community College is committed to transparency. We will update this site each Friday by 12 p.m. All data is voluntarily reported in accordance with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) protocols. Please refer to the COVID-19 notifications for updates.