COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine or Negative Test Required

Last updated: 11/10/2021

This is a fluid situation which ECC is following closely.

ECC is offering COVID-19 testing through SHIELD Illinois in addition to the existing testing services offered by Vitality. Walk-in, free nasal swab, and saliva-based COVID-19 testing for students and employees is held Mon., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tues, Thurs. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Building K, Rm. 171.

Employees who provide proof of weekly negative COVID-19 tests in accordance with the current Illinois vaccine executive order may choose to use either provider. If you choose to use SHIELD, a separate registration through SHIELD’s portal is required. Those instructions are included here. Results of SHIELD tests will need to be submitted/uploaded to Cleared4 (the same as Vitality) to maintain compliance.

As a reminder, all test submissions need to include the following:

  • First and last name
  • Date
  • Test result (positive or negative)
  • Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test)
  • The entity issuing the result (e.g., laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service)
  • Specimen collected date

If you have already provided proof of vaccination, no additional action is required.

Per the revised Illinois State mandate, COVID-19 Vaccinations are now required for all higher education employees and students. The mandate requires ECC employees and students enrolled in on-campus classes (credit or non-credit), or those participating in on-campus events or activities, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 OR provide a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week. Students enrolled in all fully online classes are not required to comply with this mandate unless they are engaged in other activities that regularly bring them to campus (i.e., student-athletes, student workers, classroom observation hours, etc.)

Illinois Testing Mandate

Per Aug. 26, 2021, Executive Order 2021-20 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 87), Elgin Community College is actively working to put procedures in place for students and employees to provide proof of vaccination, on-site testing on campus to accommodate the governor’s weekly requirement, on-campus and community vaccination clinics, and other compliance-related protocols.


  • We follow current CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitation throughout campus.
  • We provide hand sanitizer stations throughout campus.
  • We require face coverings when indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • We offer two self-service temperature stations with a digital scanner, mask dispenser, and hand sanitizer are located at the entrance to Buildings A and H. Additional mask dispensers are located in Buildings E, K, O, and M.

ECC will provide updates periodically on this dashboard via email and the employee newsletter (Spartan Review). Students will receive updates from the Dean of Students via email.

Help for students during the pandemic

Elgin Community College has received additional funding to help students reach their educational goals during the pandemic. To help us determine your eligibility, all students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming school year. The Alternative Application for state aid is available for qualifying undocumented and transgender students. For assistance, call 847-214-7360. Resources are also available to students who need them through our Student Success Fund from the ECC Foundation.

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Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccination Clinics

ECC is committed to mitigating the spread of this virus and keeping our students, employees, and community members safe. We know that vaccinations save lives, and everyone who can get vaccinated is encouraged to do so.

ECC Campus

Building K, Room 171

Clinics facilitated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Offering First, Second, and Booster shots for Moderna, J&J, and Pfizer.  Open to the community.

  • Friday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

KaneVax Hub

Located in the old Sam's Club building in Batavia, Illinois (501 N. Randall Rd.)


Call 855-452-638 to make a vaccine appointment by phone. On the day of your appointment, remember to bring your completed consent form and your ticket with the QR code issued after your registration.

The agent will not ask for any financial information, and the call center will not share information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

All students, employees, and necessary visitors on campus must wear a face-covering and stay six feet apart. All visitors are required to complete a daily health check before entering a campus building. Those with a temperature of 100.04°F or higher will be asked to leave. If you have tested positive and have been on the ECC campus, please notify the ECC Emergency Management department by calling 847-214-7688.

Reporting Period

Friday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Current Week Cumulative Cases
Students 2 41
Employees 0 19
Cumulative cases since Monday, August 10, 2020. View cumulative case data

Table data updated at 11:21 AM on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

What are we counting?

  • Individuals who have been on campus.
  • We define a COVID-19 case on campus as an individual who has tested positive using a molecular or viral test and has physically been to campus 48 hours before or anytime after symptoms started or the test was administered.

Data provided for confirmed COVID-19 cases are captured in consultation with the local health department(s) and/or self-disclosure via established college protocol.

Looking for the latest information?

  • The college is monitoring news concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will share information that directly impacts the ECC community on this page as it becomes available.

  • Weekly on-campus COVID-19 cases since Monday, August 10, 2020.

Archived COVID-19 Statements

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Published 05/28/2020

ECC's Partial Opening Phase Information for Employees

ECC is moving forward with our plan to gradually reopen the Spartan Drive campus to select employees and students taking lab courses beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Please be aware that each of ECC’s phases will coincide with guidance outlined in Gov. J.B Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan and is contingent on a number of factors, all of which are subject to change.

Published 04/24/2020

ECC campus to reopen to limited number of employees on Monday, June 1

As a result of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through the end of May, Elgin Community College will reopen its campus, to specific employees, utilizing a phased approach, beginning Monday, June, 1.

Published 04/16/2020

Student Communication Update - April 15, 2020

Elgin Community College (ECC) remains committed to the success of our students. With less than a month remaining to complete the spring 2020 semester for students in remote learning, we encourage students to complete the semester by utilizing all of the strategies, resources and support provided to you by the college. A list is available at In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECC has established policies specific to the spring 2020 term, not only to promote successful com

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Published 04/09/2020

Elgin Community College artists do their part to help flatten the COVID-19 curve

A trio of Elgin Community College faculty, staff, and alums are doing their part to support essential workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 04/09/2020

Student Services Update

As a result of Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through Thursday, April 30, Elgin Community College will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 04. Consequently, the college will continue to provide academic, financial, and student support services remotely. Please see the attached updated Support Services Resource Guide. Most services will utilize phone, email, and/or Google Hangouts* as modes of communication.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 04/02/2020

Return to Campus Date is May 4, 2020

Employees with essential responsibilities, as notified by their supervisors, will work remotely until we return to campus on Monday, May 04. All class instruction will continue to be delivered through alternative delivery formats for the remainder of the spring semester. Students taking lab and specialized courses will be contacted by their instructors on when their classes will resume.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/24/2020

Semester update from Dean Robinson

Although Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order is currently in effect through Tuesday, April 7, please remember instruction resumes on March 30, 2020, in alternative learning formats (remotely) for most courses, with the exception of some lab courses and other specialized courses. No on-campus classes will be in session the week of March 30.

Dr. David Sam, president of Elgin Community College.
Published 03/20/2020

A message of gratitude and support from Dr. Sam

Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our students during these unprecedented times. It is during times of hardship and uncertainty that our Shared Values come alive, guiding our decision-making and solidifying our mission. I am grateful for how our entire ECC family – faculty, staff, administrators, and community - has rallied around our students.

Elgin Community College across Lake Spartan.
Published 03/19/2020

ECC Foundation seeks support to keep students on educational path

The Elgin Community College Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis. The ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund has already been seeded with a generous donation of $10,000. We are seeking community support to ensure every impacted student can continue their education in these uncertain economic times.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/16/2020

ECC Schedule Updates for Spring Semester

Even as we write this email, we realize changes could occur that will affect campus operations, teaching, and instruction for the next few months. We also know in these uncertain times that it is important to have information that helps you make important decisions and plan ahead. At the time of this communication, there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on any of the ECC locations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/13/2020

ECC announces updates related to COVID-19

As a result of Governor Pritzker’s announcement to close all K-12 schools in Illinois through the end of March, the college has amended its plan for the overall health and safety of the entire ECC community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/13/2020

ECC announces spring break extension and other updates related to COVID-19

Elgin Community College is aware that information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve. In fact, this worldwide pandemic has undoubtedly led to anxiety and uncertainty while impacting lives and daily business operations in every industry.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/11/2020

ECC acts to limit potential COVID-19 exposure

We are all concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Elgin Community College. Working together as a team, the college continues to diligently monitor the situation. We have put several precautionary measures into place to limit potential exposure while assessing our policies and procedures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/03/2020

Message to Students in the 2020 Italian Language and Culture Study Abroad Program to Italy

Upon careful review of the latest travel advisories issued to Italy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel and the U.S. Department of State Level 3: Reconsider Travel and a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to certain regions, the College has decided to postpone the Language and Culture 2020 study abroad program to Urbania, Italy until summer 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/03/2020

Message to Students in the 2020 Culinary Arts and Hospitality Study Abroad Program to Italy

Elgin Community College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in Italy. Upon careful review of the latest travel advisories issued to Italy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel and the U.S. Department of State Level 3: Reconsider Travel and a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to certain regions, the College has decided to postpone the Culinary Arts and Hospitality study abroad program to Urbania, Italy until May 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 03/03/2020

ECC message concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19)

As information concerning the coronavirus continues to evolve, we feel it is important to keep you informed of the steps the college is taking and your role in keeping our campus healthy.

Wash Hands
Published 02/24/2020

Emergency management tracks impact of colds/flu on campus

The Elgin Community College Emergency Management Department works closely with the Kane County Health Department (KCHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor and address health concerns that could impact our campus community. Most recently, the College has been closely tracking the COVID-19 virus (previously named Coronavirus).

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 01/24/2020

Public Health Message for the ECC Community

Recent news stories relating to a new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, may be causing you concern. At this time, the Kane County Health Department (KCDH) is reporting no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Kane County.

A positive COVID-19 or an active coronavirus infection of an individual associated with Elgin Community College does not indicate transmission or exposure occurred on campus.

Elgin Community College is committed to transparency. This site will be updated each Friday by 12 p.m. All data is voluntarily reported in accordance with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) protocols. Please refer to the COVID-19 notifications for updates.