Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Hawkeye will continue in an online format for course instruction and services for the remainder of the semester. See the full announcement.

Buildings are closed. Faculty and staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or phone.

We are updating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information web page as soon as new information is available. Students, faculty, and staff will also receive notifications via their Hawkeye email and the Hawkeye Alert. If you have any questions, please email

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Most Recent Update

Message from the President, Monday, March 30, 2020

After careful consideration, and a conscientious effort to be timely, we have decided to continue in an online format for course instruction and services for the remainder of the semester.

This is not a decision we take lightly. These are unprecedented times, and responding to the pandemic means continuing to adapt to protect your health and well-being, as well as that of our communities.

Programs with more hands-on learning components will find alternative delivery methods with individualized instruction, competency-based training, and simulation as potential options as well as considering adjustments to the academic calendar.

All college events have been postponed or cancelled for the remainder of the semester, including commencement. I know how disappointing this will be for our graduates and their families and we will have an alternative that will be shared in the coming weeks. We believe that it is important to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments.

The spring semester is scheduled to end Wednesday, May 13. We have not made any decisions regarding the summer term and will continue to monitor the situation.

We will continue to communicate updates through email and continue to post information and resources here on this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information web page.

Questions regarding our response to COVID-19 can be sent to

Thank you for your patience, perseverance, and continued support. I wish you and your families continued wellness.

Dr. Todd Holcomb

College Updates, Monday, March 30, 2020

Course Instruction

Class instruction will continue online where possible through the end of the spring semester.

Practical components of courses/programs will be delivered in alternative formats with individualized instruction, competency-based training, and simulation as potential options.

Your instructor(s) will continue to give you detailed information


Online Tutoring. Look under “Student Resources” in Canvas.


Commencement is canceled and we are looking at other options for alternative celebration.

Fall and Summer Registration

Online registration for summer and spring is now underway. Advisors are available to answer your questions by phone or Zoom.

Stressed? Anxious?

Call 1-800-464-6056 to connect with a counselor. This service is free and confidential. Counselors are available to talk 24/7.

Or visit with our mental health counselor, Deanna, at the Student Health Clinic. Call 319-296-4224 to schedule an appointment.

Not Feeling Well?

Hawkeye’s Student Health Clinic is open in the Health Education and Services Center on Main Campus. Please call ahead, 319-296-4224.

Food Pantry

Hawkeye’s Food Pantry is continuing to supply food for students with a need. The next pick up will be Tuesday, March 31 from 10:00am–2:00pm in Hawkeye Center on Main Campus.

MET Transit Bus Route

Beginning Monday, March 30, MET Transit will be suspending bus service on Route 10 (the Hawkeye transit route) due to low ridership. When bus service is resumed, the campus community will be informed.


Hawkeye will continue to communicate updates through email and on this web page.


Questions regarding our response to COVID-19 can be sent to

See previous Communication

Hawkeye Resources

External Resources

Coronavirus Presentation by the Black Hawk County Health Department

Joshua Pikora from the Black Hawk County Health Department discusses COVID-19.

Communications to Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Update
  • Monday, March 16, 2020: Hawkeye Is Moving Instruction Online Hawkeye Alert
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020: COVID-19 Update Hawkeye Alert
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Students
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Hawkeye Faculty and Staff
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: COVID-19 Information — Tuesday, March 3 Hawkeye Alert

Travel Restrictions

Hawkeye has cancelled all college-sponsored international travel, including the spring break study abroad trip to Brazil. Non-essential college-sponsored domestic travel should be postponed or canceled through March 31.

The Pandemic Preparedness and Response Team will monitor travel conditions and re-evaluate as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China.

Q: How does the virus spread?

Many of the initial patients in the outbreak had a link to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, the virus is now being spread person-to-person.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet), mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged COVID-19 from the CDC.

Q: Is COVID-19 the same as other coronaviruses?

It is important to understand that there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of the seven coronaviruses are very common, cause milder symptoms (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of these in their lifetime. The other three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness; this includes the COVID-19.

Q: How can I prevent COVID-19?

Take the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for other respiratory illnesses like flu:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill

Q: How can I prepare for COVID-19?

It is important to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way you prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt your normal routine.

Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to think about.

Q: Is it normal to be concerned about a new virus?

Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death

It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Q: Is there a vaccine to protect against COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Q: Is there a risk for COVID-19 from products shipped from China?

People receiving imported goods from China are not at risk of contracting COVID-19. Coronaviruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.

Q: What if I recently traveled to China and got sick?

If you traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.

Q: What is the risk of the COVID-19 to Iowans? Are certain groups of people more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than others?

Currently, the risk for COVID-19 is associated with recent travel to China, not race or country of origin. Overall, the COVID-19 risk to Iowans remains low at this time.

Learn more about the COVID-19 virus from CDC.

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