Campus Safety Update

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fellow Educators,

Gateway Community College follows CDC and the CT Department of Public Health guidelines to mitigate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  After consultation with the New Haven Health Department, we have determined it is safe to continue our courses and services at this time even while we inform you that an individual at the College has tested positive for the virus. We cannot share the individual’s name due to privacy requirements, but the case has been identified by the local health department and contact tracing is underway.  Out of an abundance of caution, the campuses continue to be cleaned daily in accordance with our Phase 3 reopening plan.

If the New Haven Health Department Public determines that you personally have had an exposure risk, they will contact you directly in the coming week.  Exposure is defined by the CDC and CT Department of Public Health as being within six feet of a COVID positive person for more than 15 minutes.   Local public health officials will contact you only if you may have been exposed directly to the positive case.

We will continue to work diligently to safeguard the campus and to keep the college community informed.  If you vigilantly and correctly wear your mask (covering both your mouth and nose) and keep a social distance of at least six feet, whether inside buildings or outdoors, in accordance with the CDC and CT Public Health guidelines, you will have significantly reduced your risk of exposure to COVID.  If you experience COVID-related symptoms, stay home and seek medical attention.

GCC is sharing COVID information and resources on our website at   Should you have any questions, please contact the COVID Coordinator on campus (Dean Jill McDowell,  

Be safe and stay well.