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COVID-19: Lifting Restrictions

Fall 2021 Message from Dr. David Shockley

Updated: 07/22/2021

New Face Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines

On Friday, May 14, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others. The following changes are in place for North Carolina with some limited exceptions:

  • No statewide mask (face covering) mandate
  • No mandatory mass gathering limits
  • No mandatory capacity limits
  • No mandatory social distancing requirements

Effective immediately, Surry Community College will not impose any additional restrictions beyond those in the executive order. Face coverings and other social distancing protocols, while still encouraged for unvaccinated people, will not be required.

Please keep in mind that individuals should not be asked to disclose their vaccination status or why they aren’t wearing a face covering. Nothing prevents employees, students, or guests from continuing to wear face coverings.

Please be patient as employees, students, and guests make their own decisions about how to protect themselves while on the Surry Community College campuses. Following current CDC recommendations, face masks and other social distancing protocols are still encouraged for unvaccinated people.

Everyone should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. It will continue to be important for employees and students to not come to campus if they are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. The college expects that students and employees report positive cases or possible exposure to COVID-19 using the COVID Report form or one of the following methods:

  • Employees: Contact Melonie Weathers, Director of Human Resources, at or 336.386.3207.
  • Students: Contact Sabrina Terry, Dean of Student Services, at or 336.386.3530.

When a positive case is identified at a SCC location, the Dean of Student Services and Director of Human Resources conduct contact tracing and notify all impacted parties. The affected classroom or building space is closed until the area is deep cleaned and fully sanitized.

Active cases as of 07/22/2021

Student Cases Employee Cases Total Active Cases
2 0 2

Summer 2021 semester total cases

Student Cases Employee Cases Total Cases
2 0 2
Total case count for Fall 2020 semester:
  • Student Cases: 86
  • Employee Cases: 11
  • Total Cases: 97

Total case count for Spring 2021 semester:
  • Student Cases: 110
  • Employee Cases: 13
  • Total Cases: 123

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