SCOOBA, Miss. (WTVA) - East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) is extending spring break until Monday, March 23.
The Mississippi State Department of Health reported the state’s first coronavirus case in a man in Forrest County, which is located in the Hattiesburg area.
EMCC released its action plan to the media Thursday afternoon.
The college is asking all residential students to not return to campus until further notice as the college is sterilizing and sanitizing to prepare campus facilities.
EMCC is limiting all non-essential gatherings of more than 25 people in hopes of minimizing close contact.
All campus activities and events are canceled until further notice.
Faculty and staff will return to work on Monday, March 16; however, employees who are able to work remotely are asked to do so. Employees who have traveled to high-risk areas are asked to self-quarantine.
EMCC is preparing to possibly move classes to online instruction.
The State College Board (IHL) extended spring break at Mississippi's eight public universities over coronavirus concerns. The College Board does not oversee the state's community colleges.