Frequently Asked Questions About Our Coronavirus Response

General Questions

How can I get updates about what is going on?
Keystone College has created this website to keep our campus community informed of decisions and will continue to update this page with information related to the coronavirus situation. Please continue to visit and share this website for the latest information:

What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and pneumonia. Please see our COVID-19 update page for more resources and information on COVID-19.

Are there any cases of COVID-19 at Keystone College?
There are currently no identified cases of COVID-19 infection at Keystone College, and there are no members of the campus community who are under active investigation for the virus.


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About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general United States public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

What are symptoms and how does it spread?

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid traveling if you are sick.

For more, see the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Coronavirus Information for Travelers page.


The best steps the campus community can take are to follow CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Contact the Provost’s office at 570-945-8252 or email  to complete coursework remotely via Moodle.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.