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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 moves to online instruction. GBC personnel will continue to offer services to students.

Great Basin College continues to monitor the CDC recommendations and will keep our students and faculty and staff updated. For additional information please visit or

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

Veteran Affairs
(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 will be closing on Monday, March 23 as part of GBC's COVID-19 response. Parents are being notified. For more information please call the Center at 775-753-2224.

Travel Advisory for Spring Break 2020

As we approach Spring Break 2020, Great Basin College would ask that you exercise caution to travel during your time off.

With the Coronavirus (COVID -19) cases growing daily, it is important to take extra precautions in planning your Spring Break. 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 abroad during Spring Break, 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.

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.

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 is ill can also put you at risk.

It does not spread through items shipped by China.

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.

Keep in mind that during the 2017-18 flu season, 80,000 people died in the U.S. from influenza. You’re more likely to get the flu than COVID-19.

All the above information still applies to keep from getting the flu.

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

For More Information Contact

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

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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