COVID-19

COVID-19 novel coronavirus update

As the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to expand, we felt it important to update the Coe community. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff members are top priorities, and Coe College is continuing to monitor the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

We are regularly reviewing information from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus. We will continue to follow the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Linn County Public Health.

Update April 4, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 786 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 139 reported cases in Linn County.

Update April 3, 2020 at 3:20 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 699 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 118 reported cases in Linn County.

Update April 2, 2020 at 3:50 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 614 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 104 reported cases in Linn County.
  • Coe’s outdoor athletic facilities, including Clark Field, the track and tennis courts, are closed indefinitely.

Update April 1, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 549 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 94 reported cases in Linn County.
  • Coe’s work-from-home policy has been extended. Faculty and staff who can work remotely should do so through April 30.
  • After reviewing current public health guidelines and expected conditions for May, Coe is moving all of its May Term courses online. A list of May Term courses is available on My Coe.

Update March 31, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 497 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 90 reported cases in Linn County.

Update March 30, 2020 at 3:25 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 424 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 71 reported cases in Linn County.
  • Beginning today, classrooms and work spaces on the lower two floors of Stuart and Hickok halls will be open to on-campus students for studying from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Marquis Hall will have one instrument practice room available to students in the music program during minimal hours and with permission of the department chair.

Update March 29, 2020 at 3:10 PM: 

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 336 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 42 reported cases in Linn County.

Update March 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 298 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 36 reported cases in Linn County.

Update March 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 235 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 22 reported cases in Linn County.
  • After today, the Stewart Memorial Library building will be closed for all use until further notice. Library staff will work from home and continue to provide services through online requests.

Update March 26, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 179 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 12 reported cases in Linn County.
  • A member of the Coe community has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The Coe community member has not tested positive and is in self-isolation. The Coe individual was on campus Tuesday in Eby Fieldhouse only and now is in self-isolation. Those working in this building and the entire campus community have been notified of this situation. Eby Fieldhouse as well as the ARC are currently locked down.

Update March 25, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 145 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with seven reported cases in Linn County and zero reported cases on Coe’s campus.
  • Graduation events honoring the Coe College Class of 2020 will be held October 17-18 at Homecoming. Visit the graduation webpage for more information.  

Update March 24, 2020 at 3:30 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 124 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with six reported cases in Linn County and zero reported cases on Coe’s campus.

Update March 23, 2020 at 3:15 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 105 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with six reported cases in Linn County and zero reported cases on Coe’s campus.

Update March 22, 2020 at 3:25 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 90 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with four reported cases in Linn County and zero reported cases on Coe’s campus.

Update March 21, 2020 at 3:20 PM:

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 68 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with three reported cases in Linn County and zero reported cases on Coe’s campus.

Update March 20, 2020 at 3:30 PM: 

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 45 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County. 

  • The We are Moundview event on April 5, 2020, has been canceled. 


Update March 19, 2020 at 3:20 PM: 

  • According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of now, there are 39 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County. 

  • The Kids on Course event on March 31, 2020, has been canceled. 


Update March 18, 2020 at 8:45 PM: 

  • In light of the trajectory of the virus and government guidelines regarding public gatherings, beginning March 30 Coe will shift to online instruction for the remainder of the spring term. This transition will take place at the conclusion of the college’s extended spring break, which ends March 29. 
  • The college is encouraging students to return home by Sunday, April 5. Accommodations will be made for students with extenuating circumstances to remain on campus in the residence halls. 
  • All nonessential faculty and staff are scheduled to work from home until at least April 10. The college remains operational. 
  • As a result of the newly imposed restriction limiting the size of gatherings, this year’s graduation events have been canceled. The college is in the process of making alternative arrangements to proudly celebrate the accomplishments of the Coe College Class of 2020.
  • March 18 Message to Campus from President Dave McInally

Update March 18, 2020 at 3:45 PM: 

  • As of now, there are 29 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County.

Update March 17, 2020 at 3:35 PM: 

  • As of now, there are 23 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County.

Update March 16, 2020, at 3:35 PM: 

  • As of now, there are 22 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County. 
  • Coe’s athletic and recreational facilities are closed until further notice. This includes the Athletics & Recreation Complex and Clark Racquet Center. For questions, please call 319.399.8041
  • The Coe College honor band events on March 29, April 4 and April 5, 2020, have been canceled.
  • The New Horizons concert on March 31, 2020, has been canceled. 
  • The college remains open. However, faculty and staff who are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. They should see their supervisors with questions. 
  • Stewart Memorial Library will be closed to the public as of 4:00 PM today. Moving forward the library will be open to students, faculty and staff only; this includes counter service, but the stacks will be closed.
  • Domestic travel May Terms have been canceled, and students have been notified.

Update March 15, 2020, at 3:30 PM: 

  • As of now, there are 18 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County.
  • Coe’s athletic and recreational facilities are open to individuals over the next two weeks, but all non-Coe student group activities like youth swim lessons, youth wrestling club and volleyball clinics have been canceled until March 30. For questions on Coe’s athletic facilities, please call 319.399.8041.

Update March 14, 2020, at 3:05 PM: 

  • As of now, there are 17 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County. 
  • The Engle reading on March 24, 2020 has been canceled. 

Update March 13, 2020, at 3:30 PM: 

  • The NCAA has announced that all 2020 winter and spring championships are canceled due to concern over the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The American Rivers Conference also has canceled all competition. Therefore, all winter and spring athletic activity is suspended at Coe College. 

  • The C3 externship to St. Louis on March 15-18, 2020, has been canceled.

  • The Kent Herron Aspen reunion on March 15-18, 2020, has been postponed to March 13-21, 2021.

  • The pre-law panel on March 25, 2020, has been canceled. 

  • The WWII celebration event on March 31, 2020, has been canceled. 

  • The Phi Kappa Phi annual meeting on April 1, 2020, has been canceled. 

Update March 12, 2020, at 6:30 PM: As of now, there are 16 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with zero reported cases on Coe’s campus or in Linn County. Due to the increased occurrence of COVID-19 in the state of New York, Coe’s New York Term has been suspended for the remainder of the semester. All remaining Coe students studying abroad are returning home. The Provost’s Office is working with these students to ensure their safe return. In addition, Thursday Forum has been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.

Update March 11, 2020:

Update March 9, 2020: As you may have seen in the media, there are now three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. The individuals involved recently traveled internationally. They are recovering at home in isolation. At this time, these presumptive positive cases do not impact Coe College operations including our teaching and learning mission.

Update March 6, 2020: After consultation among President McInally, senior staff, faculty governance bodies and others, Coe made the tough decision to cancel all international group travel for May Term 2020. Please see the FAQs below for more information.  

Update March 6, 2020: All Coe students on off-campus semester study programs in those countries with a CDC Level 3 warning (China, Italy, Iran and South Korea) have returned to the U.S. Other Coe students who are studying abroad this term also have been offered the opportunity to return to the United States early. At this time, as long as the host countries for those students remain below a CDC Level 3 warning, Coe is not requiring those individual students to return home. Please see the study abroad section (linked below) for information related to academic credit, financial aid and more. 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to practice the following good infection control strategies to limit risk for COVID-19 and seasonal influenza.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, etc.) and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose; coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Improve your immune system by getting enough rest (eight hours is ideal), exercising regularly and eating healthy.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The use of face masks is crucial for health care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Coe students needing health services may utilize the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI) walk-in clinic.

A list of frequently asked questions has been prepared for Coe community members. Updates will be posted as they are available.