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On August 11, 2021, Governor Brown announced a mandatory state-wide mask mandate for indoor activities, beginning Friday August 13, 2021, regardless of vaccination status. 

As of August 27, 2021, Governor Brown has additionally ordered a mandatory state-wide mask mandate for outdoor public places when social distance cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status. However, on November 23, 2021, Governor Brown updated this guidance to no longer require a mask outdoors, regardless of social distance or vaccination status.  

RCC will continue to make disposable masks available to students and employees as needed.

Testing Locations

Testing locations in Josephine County can be found here.

Testing locations in Jackson County can be found here.

Vaccination Locations

Vaccination locations in Josephine County can be found here.

Vaccination locations in Jackson County can be found here.

Vaccination Requirements

RCC joins all community colleges in Oregon in encouraging employees and students to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 to protect themselves, the RCC learning environment, and our communities at large. Likewise, we join the majority of Oregon community colleges in not mandating vaccines for employees or students. As a learning institution, we will continue to share resources and information about the vaccine's availability and efficacy. RCC will be hosting vaccination clinics on September 15, 2021 at TRC and RWC from 9:00am-Noon at the student Welcome Days.

The Governor of Oregon announced on August 19th, 2021 that effective October 18th, 2021, all K-12 teachers, school staff and volunteers may not teach, work, learn, study, assist, observe, or volunteer at a school unless they are fully vaccinated or have provided documentation of a medical or religious exception. The requirement also extends to all RCC employees and students who work in a K-12 setting.

In addition, The Governor of Oregon announced on August 19th, 2021 that effective October 18th, 2021, all health care employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit an exceptions request. The requirement also extends to all RCC employees and students who participate in health care settings, however some health care settings may not allow for exceptions. Students and employees who work in clinical settings should check with the clinical coordinator or program supervisor for your program regarding site specific requirements.

Health care settings would include any place where health care, including physical or behavioral health care is delivered and includes, but is not limited to any health care facility or agency licensed under ORS chapter 441 or 443, such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, birthing centers, special inpatient care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient hospice facilities, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential facilities, residential behavioral health facilities, adult foster homes, group homes, pharmacies, hospice, vehicles or temporary sites where health care is delivered (for example, mobile clinics, ambulances), and outpatient facilities, such as dialysis centers, health care provider offices, behavioral health care offices, urgent care centers, counseling offices, offices that provide complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine, and other specialty centers.

The following RCC programs would be covered under these mandates:

• Early Childhood Education
• TRiO ETS (Educational Talent Search)
• Nursing
• Certified Nursing Assistant
• Phlebotomy
• Pharmacy Technician
• Medical Assistant
• Dental Assistant
• Massage Therapy (In some settings)

Please understand that Rogue Community College is not establishing any rules related to COVID-19 vaccine requirements, these rules are issued by the Oregon Health Authority. For more information, students should contact their specific program. Employees who are covered by this state requirement will be contacted by RCC Human Resources.

Classroom and Space Capacity

Social distancing and classroom/space capacity has been an important factor in return-to-campus planning. Given the updated guidance from OHA, classroom/space capacity will be determined using 3-feet of social distancing. If a student or employee feels that they need to continue with 6-feet of social distance while at RCC, they are encouraged to speak to their immediate supervisor if they are an employee or Access and Disability Resources if they are a student. Students can also fill out this online form for a request.

On-Campus Activities

As of June 30, 2021, the following activities and functions have returned to pre-pandemic levels:

  • On-campus meetings
  • Admissions and Recruitment activities and events
  • Student Support Services
  • Student activities and events
  • Associated Student Government and Club activities and events

Student and Employee Travel

All travel will need to be approved by Senior Leadership who will determine if the travel is mission critical. If approved by Senior Leadership, travel will be handled as outlined in AP 4300 Field Trips and Excursions for students and AP 056 for employees.

Case Reporting and Contact Tracing

We understand that unknowns about the pandemic, specifically those regarding new variants of the virus are a major concern for many. RCC has experienced certain levels of success around COVID-19 and that is due in no small part to the steps that our students and employees have taken to ensure their individual well-being and the well-being of the RCC community as a whole.

As we continue to return to campus, vigilance will continue to be key. Each of us has a personal responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves and those around us. RCC Risk Management will continue to be responsible for all COVID-19 case reporting, contacting tracing, and coordination with Jackson and Josephine County Public Health for any isolation and quarantine requirements.

Isolation and Quarantine Periods

The CDC and OHA have recently adjusted the Isolation and Quarantine period guidelines. Below are the current guidelines.

Up to date on vaccinations – You have received a booster or received your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna within the past six months or received the initial dose of Johnson & Johnson within the past two months.

Not up to date on vaccinations – It’s been more than six months since you completed your initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series or more than two months since you received the initial dose of Johnson & Johnson or you are not vaccinated.

Exposure – Being in close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) with a person who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Symptoms – COVID-19 symptoms can include shortness of breath, cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 or was exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms?

  • Stay at home and away from others for five days regardless of vaccination status.
  • If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolved after five days, you can leave your home. If fever, cough or sneezing remain, you must not come back until these symptoms are gone.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional five days.

What if I am up to date on vaccinations and was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and do not have symptoms?

  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day five, if possible.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, get a test and stay home.

What if I am not up to date on vaccinations and was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and do not have symptoms?

  • Stay home for five days.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days.
  • If you are not able to stay at home, you must wear a well-fitting mask around other people for 10 days.
  • Test on the fifth day after exposure.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, get a test and stay home.


RCC Facilities will continue to clean all campus facilities in accordance with CDC guidance. RCC Facilities will also continue to disinfect any college space following a reported case of COVID-19 in that specific space. For more information, please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance.

Signage and Sanitizing

In order to support the continued commitment to the safety of our entire RCC community, RCC will continue to:

  • Provide hand sanitizing stations positioned at the entrance to most buildings;
  • Post specific signage that is related to hand washing and remaining home if you are feeling ill; and
  • Provide information on how to report a positive COVID-19 test or an exposure to COVID 19.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 precautions on RCC campuses, please reach out to the RCC Risk Management department by contacting Sean Taggart at or Wendy Jones at