Prevention and Self-Care

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Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 by following simple, time-tested hygiene habits. Surgical masks or higher-level respirator masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Updated January 20, 2022

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Everyone coming on campus is expected to follow public health guidelines for physical distancing, face coverings, and hygiene, plus the following additional measures:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Employees must perform a daily Symptom Screening online before coming to campus.
  • Enter and exit the building at the entrance closest to your office or classroom.

December 15, 2021

Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g. KF94/KN94/N95) are required when individuals are inside any District facility except when in a room alone, when eating or drinking, or when performing a task that cannot be performed with a face covering (if exception applies, an effective non-restrictive alternative, such as distancing or a clear face shield, must be used).

Get the Most Out of Masking (CDC)

To align with updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), face coverings are no longer required while outdoors on College of Marin campuses as long as six feet of physical distance from others is maintained.

NOTE: Per Marin HHS, people who are not vaccinated, or who are at high risk of getting COVID-19, should still wear a mask outdoors in most situations.

College of Marin is also subject to Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for institutions of higher education, which strongly encourage the broad use of face coverings. Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when near others.

  • An acceptable face covering is one that: Has at least two layers (light must not pass through), fits snugly against the face, covers an individual’s nose and mouth, and is secured under the chin.
  • These are a few examples of coverings that are not acceptable: Those with holes in the covering, including exhalation valves mesh or lace fabrics; those that cannot be secured under the chin, including bandanas and face shields (worn on their own); neck gaiters (also called multi-bands).
  • Face shields may be worn in addition to face coverings, but not in place of face coverings.

Maintain Good Hygiene

  • Don’t shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Watch for Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus.

Seek emergency medical care immediately if you have:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Dial 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are uninsured call Marin County Public Health Department (415) 473-4163.

Are You At Higher Risk for Severe Illness?

Do I need to take extra precautions?

Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill, such as older adults and those with certain medical conditions. Take a look at your individual situation and where you live for factors that mean you might need to take extra precautions against COVID-19.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself:
  • Stay home. It’s the most important thing you can do.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Isolate anyone sick in your home in a separate room, if possible.
  • Get food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks. Wipe off containers with disinfectant wipes.
  • Listen to public health guidance. They may recommend community actions to reduce exposure in times of local outbreak.
Stay Informed

Find Family and Friends Caregiver Resources from the California Department of Aging, including guidelines to protect both you and your loved ones from COVID-19. Read how to Prepare for a Public Health Emergency (PDF) from Listos California.


COVID-19 testing options are available through medical providers, self-referral sites, and at-home testing options. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, immediately contact your medical/healthcare provider, primary physician, or local medical clinic for guidance regarding testing. Determine which Marin County testing options are best for you. ON-SITE TESTING WILL BEGIN SPRING 2022

At Home Care - Quarantine and Isolation Safety

COVID-19 can easily spread between people who are in close contact with one another. To help slow COVID’s spread, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, it is necessary for people who have been infected to isolate, and people who have been exposed to a person who has an active COVID-19 infection will need to quarantine.

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance (English) Cuarantena en Casa y Seguridad de Aislamiento (Español)

What to do if you are sick (CDC website)

Caring for yourself at home: 10 things to manage your health (English) | 10 cosas que puede hacer para manejar sus sintomas de COVID-19 en casa (Español)


A COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. A safe, effective, no-cost COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone in Marin County. Getting vaccinated, and boosted when eligible, can prevent you from getting the virus. It can also protect those around you from getting infected. Vaccinations combined with other daily health habits, like physical distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands, will help us return to a more normal way of life.

Marin County Vaccine Information

Mental Health and Wellbeing

If you are experiencing an emergency call 911.

If you are managing existing mental health conditions, you should prioritize self-care and reach out to your clinician if you have questions or concerns.

COM Psychological Services are available remotely via phone or Zoom for students who are currently enrolled. Services are free and confidential and include short-term therapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and referral. To schedule an appointment, please call and leave a message: (415) 485-9649

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Anthem’s EAP Website is a confidential information, support, and referral service offering tools and resources designed to help maximize productivity and meet the challenges of modern life. As an employer-sponsored program, EAP services are available to employees and their household members at no additional cost to them.

For access call (800) 999-7222 or visit: Anthem EAP (use "SISC" for company name)

Responsibility and Accountability

In the interest of creating a culture where health and safety are promoted and realized, physical distancing guidelines must be followed and face coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, breakrooms, shared restrooms, etc.).

Appropriate use of face coverings is important in minimizing risk to the wearer and those around them. A face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. It is advisable to monitor one another to ensure we are all following the face covering protocol on campus.

Those who do not follow the protocol may be subject to discipline from their supervisor (employees) or the Student Activities and Advocacy Office (students and student workers).

  • Individuals should first attempt to resolve concerns on their own.
  • For employees, supervisors/managers should be brought in if there is repeated non-compliance.
  • For students, student conduct/COM CARE should be contacted for repeated non-compliance.

While compliance is a personal responsibility, repeated refusal to comply with these or other physical distancing guidelines should be handled through the appropriate channels.