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Commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:

  • Fever or chills 
  • Fatigue
  • GI symptoms, like nausea vomiting or diarrhea 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat 

While the exact incubation period for this coronavirus has not been determined, it is believed that most infected people will develop symptoms two to 14 days after exposure.

UPDATED: As of April 18, masks or face coverings are required inside all essential retail stores or when riding public transportation.

  • 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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except when seeking medical care.

UPDATED: in compliance with the Governor's April 18 executive order to wear masks or face coverings in retails stores, the College is requiring all essential employees and students on campus to wear masks in the dining hall and when in contact with one another.

UPDATED: In compliance with the Governor's March 30 executive order, all campus buildings were closed and non-essential employees began teleworking. Students were no longer allowed on campus to retrieve essential items from the residence halls.

UPDATED: In response to Frederick County Public Schools closing, Hood College allowed a work-from-home options for all employees.

Hood College has extended spring break another week and will move to online only classes beginning March 23. Students should not return to campus until further notice. The goal of these changes is preventative, achieved by minimizing gathering in large groups and spending prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls and residential buildings.

We continue to follow guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health organization (WHO), and the Maryland Department of Health. We are in close contact with officials from the county and city health departments as well as Frederick Health Hospital. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, counseling services will be available by telephone. Please call 301-698-8374 and leave a message. A counselor will answer phones and return calls on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. To talk with a counseling graduate student intern, call 301-696-3820 on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.

If you are experiencing a psychiatric crisis, please go to the closest emergency room.

To find treatment facilities, confidentially and anonymously throughout the United States use this SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator  

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the uncertainty that it brings, is stressful for many, and triggers anxiety in people who have never experienced anxiety before.  

Therefore, your Hood Counseling Center wanted to provide you with a few tips and resources to help reduce anxieties related to mental health needs, substance abuse issues, and domestic violence situations.

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Keep a routine.
  • Let go of screen time worries - Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy, e.g., ​taking a walk, riding a bike, or practicing sports independently.  Do not forget to take advantage of free, online classes like yoga and work-outs from/on YouTube, apps, and your local cable channel. Lastly, engage in games, puzzles, and/or completing projects with those you live with.
  • Find gratitude in each day even as small as being thankful for your health or ability to continue your studies.
  • Keep in touch with friends via group FaceTime (you can actually have up to 32 people; wow), Snapchat, Instagram. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. 

Everyone responds to crisis differently, maybe you are the type of person that needs to help or support others.

Things you can do to support your community:

  • Social Distance
  • Donate Blood
  • Assist seniors or people who are immune compromised in need of help.

Suicidal Resources

  • Call 911 or go to your nearest hospital
  • Call 988 - Nationwide Suicide Hotline

Mental Health / Substance Abuse Resources

  • Call 211 - Nationwide Mental Health Hotline
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517

Domestic Violence Resources

  • Call 800-779-7233
  • Unable to talk safely text LOVEIS to 22522 or log onto

*Please Note- People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.

You can use Frederick Health Hospital’s virtual visit feature free of charge. The hospital’s virtual visit allows people to consult with a Frederick Health Medical Group provider who can help diagnose concerns such as influenza, colds, pinkeye and sinus infections. This also allows people to discuss the new coronavirus disease if they have concerns that they have the disease or its symptoms.

Or call your general health provider.

As recommended by Apple and Samsung:

  • Unplug all cables and turn off your iPhone.
  • Remove any case or covering on the device.
  • Wipe the screen and surfaces with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free microfiber cloth.
  • If your device is still visibly dirty or germs are of concern, use a soft, lint-free cloth with warm soapy water.


  • Wipe down your phone’s screen with rubbing alcohol or a disinfectant wipe. This can damage your device’s screen and remove the coating that protects your device from oils and grease.
  • Let any water or moisture into openings, like the charging port, speakers, mute switch or elsewhere.

If your device has any case or covering, it’s important to clean that too. Refer to the case’s packaging or informational materials for proper cleaning. Normal household cleaners may be safe to use on only the case. Make sure the case is dry before putting it back on your device. If your phone’s case is dirtier than you care to admit, you might consider just getting a new one.

COVID-19 is thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu through:

  • coughing and sneezing, which creates respiratory droplets
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is updating travel advisories as warranted. CDC has advised against nonessential travel to some geographic areas of concern. Those with underlying health conditions are advised to avoid nonessential travel to certain areas as well.

Visit the CDC travel advisory site to check on current travel warnings if you are planning a trip abroad.

Up-to-date information about testing and case counts in Maryland are available at The page is updated daily.