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Patricia Anderson
Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Security
GBC- Elko


Great Basin College understands and shares the concerns of the campus community regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our aim is to provide information and updates about novel coronavirus, while reassuring our faculty, staff, students, friends and visitors that measures are being taken to protect our campus community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

In response to the growing health concerns of COVID-19, Great Basin College has moved all Spring 2020 courses to online instruction. GBC personnel will continue to offer services to students via phone, email, WebCampus and other online and electronic formats.

Great Basin College is complying with CDC recommendations and the directives from Nevada Governor Sisolak, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and Chancellor Reilly. Compliance requires that all campus buildings are closed to the public and the majority of faculty and staff are working from home. Effective April 1, 2020, Governor Sisolak has issued Directive 010 extending the school closures and all previous directives, under the State of Nevada Emergency Declaration, to April 30, 2020.

Effective April 2, 2020 NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly issued the following directive to all NSHE institutions to continue remote instruction through the summer term.

"As the situation continues to evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic, I am asking all institutions to plan for continuation of remote instruction through at least June 30, 2020," Riley said in a memorandum to NSHE's eight institution presidents. "Institutions that have summer terms (first or second terms) that extend beyond June 30th, should continue remote instruction through the end of the term for the sake of continuity in instruction."

The Chancellor explained this does not mean campuses will remain inaccessible through June 30, however, remote instruction will remain in place to ensure students can continue with their studies seamlessly. Specific programs such as health science, may have exceptions to this date, so they may complete their clinicals, practicums and hands on training.

Great Basin College is committed to safely providing education and promoting a healthy environment that supports the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. GBC will continue to monitor this situation, and our Environmental Health, Safety and Security Department will continue to provide updates on guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health and safety of our campus.

For questions please contact the appropriate GBC department:

Student Services 
Academic Success Center
Phone: (775) 753-2144

Admission Advising & Career Center
Phone: (775) 753-2180

Admissions and Records
Phone: (775) 753-2102

Financial Aid
Phone: (775) 753-2259

Controller’s Office
(775) 753-2110
Student related questions E-mail:
Accounts Payable and other Accounting related questions

Veterans Resources
(775) 753-2310

Campus Security
(775) 934-4923

Human Resources
(775) 753-2107

Additional GBC Closures

Great Basin College's Mark H. Dawson Child and Family Center closed on Monday, March 23 as part of GBC's COVID-19 response. Under the Governor's directive on April 1, 2020, the Child and Family Center will remain closed through April 30, 2020. This will coincide with the Elko County School District closure of all K-12 schools. Parents will be notified of any additional changes or updates. For more information please call the Center at 775-753-2224.

Career and Technical Programs and Health and Human Services Programs

Great Basin College understands the difficulties students in these programs are incurring while remote instruction continues. Your faculty, Deans and Vice Presidents know that a key component of your program includes hands on in person work in shops, simulations and clinicals. Your Vice Presidents and Deans are working with faculty to plan for your return to a live format, but Great Basin College will not do so until it has been approved by the Governor, Chancellor and Board of Regents. Most importantly, we will not return to a live format until it has been determined by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services that it is safe for students, staff and faculty to do so.

Travel Advisory for all Faculty, Staff and Students

Great Basin College asks all members of the campus community to exercise caution when choosing to travel. On March 31, 2020 Governor Sisolak issued a COVID-19 travel advisory for the State of Nevada, "urging visitors or returning Nevadans to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days". Employees traveling outside of the State of Nevada, shall self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days. They must notify their supervisor and human resources of their trip and return status. If, at any time they begin to feel ill, run a fever or have other symptoms of COVID-19 they should call their health care provider or the Elko County COVID-19 hotline. Students living in the dorms who travel, must contact the housing coordinator to advise her of their trip, and discuss how and where to self-quarantine.

With the Coronavirus (COVID -19) cases growing daily, it is important to take extra precautions and consider if you need to travel. GBC recommends before you make your travel plans please visit (CDC) or (Department of State) for complete travel information and warnings.

If you plan to travel, please notify the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Security at 775.753.2115. Reporting is strongly encouraged so that the college can take appropriate preventative measures, offer available resources, and immediately assist any member of our community who may become ill or has been in proximity with someone who has become ill. The information reported will assist the college in implementing any precautions or protocols recommended by public health agencies.

If at any time you feel ill for any reason flu, cold or possible virus please contact your medical provider. You should stay home when feeling ill, until your health care provider advises you it is safe to return to work or classes.

Each day GBC administration is monitoring the situation and we are committed to safely providing education and promoting a healthy environment that supports the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff.

Graduation Information

President Helens has notified the GBC Community that, per Chancellor Thom Reilly's memo of March 25, 2020, the Great Basin College spring graduation ceremonies will be postponed. All degrees and certificates will be conferred upon each student's completion of their program. These will be mailed directly to each student.

What is the Coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus COVID-19 is a virus strain that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China that has spread among humans since December 2019. Currently, most of the cases are outside of the United States.

The virus spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing. Close personal contact such as caring for or living in close contact with a person who is ill can also put you at risk.

It does not spread through items shipped by China. It is spread by human to human contact.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing and severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days.

You can prevent yourself from getting COVID-19 by washing your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are sick and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve and not into the open air.

The State of Nevada, along with many other states, has placed restrictions on most residents regarding social distancing because person to person contact is the method causing this to virus spread. Please stay home when you can, be aware of your surroundings and proximity to people when you do go out. If you are essential and working, be sure to follow the protection methods suggested for your type of employment, follow the social distancing practice of six feet between people when possible and be sure to wash your hands and sanitize your equipment regularly.

COVID-19 Hotline

The Elko County COVID-19 Hotline has been expanded to provide support for our surrounding counties, including Lander, Eureka, Pershing, White Pine, and Humboldt. The hotline is staffed Monday-Friday, 7 am to 7 pm. 775-777-2507 or text or email

The goal of the hotline is to assist people who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and to be a resource for those who generally have questions about COVID-19.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services updates the statewide COVID-19 information and statistics on a regular basis. Please visit the Health and Human Services website for the latest information.

Stigma Related to COVID-19

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding stigma related to COVID-19:

"At this time most people in the United States have little immediate risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. However, some people are worried about the disease.

Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma towards Chinese or other Asian Americans. Stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease (for example, Chinese-Americans and other Asian-Americans living in the United States).

Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma and help not hurt others by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19."

Additional Resources

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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