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On Wednesday the 8th of December at 12pm, the COVID team will host a campus wide open forum to discuss current and spring semester updates, including the vaccine mandate.  A link to the webinar can be found HERE.

Effective January 2022, Northern Essex Community College students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit verification of their fully vaccinated status to the College absent an approved reasonable accommodation. The Colleges will be providing information to employees about the verification process following impact bargaining with applicable unions. If they have not already done so, the colleges will be providing information to students as to how to submit verification in the upcoming weeks. For more information, please view the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Frequently Asked Questions page. For more information on the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement, including FAQs and the Spring 2022 Vaccination timeline, please view the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement page.

This dashboard shows on-campus cases for the 2021-2022 academic year for the NECC community. These totals are cumulative and include positive COVID-19 cases from both the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses. Reporting is updated on a regular basis and includes students, faculty, and staff.

NECC COVID-19 Dashboard
Date of Most Recent On-Campus Positive  Campus Total On Campus Cases*

  December 4, 2021



Updated on Monday, December 6, 2021.
* Beginning September 1, 2021

Be assured that, following an on campus positive case of COVID-19, if there is any need for further action on your part, you will hear from an NECC representative or the Department of Public Health directly.

Returning to Campus 

Although the last year and a half has been exceptionally challenging for the NECC community, we have made great accomplishments, becoming stronger than ever before. As we welcome everyone back to campus, please remember that we all have varying COVID-19 experiences and as a result, differing comfort levels. NECC and its community members must continue to support everyone despite any individual differences. We are in this together. 

NECC has joined the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, along with colleges and universities across the country. As a part of this initiative, participating colleges commit to three actions: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing campus communities around vaccine efforts; and delivering vaccine access for all. As a result, the NECC COVID Response Team strongly recommends receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. We have partnered with Greater Lawrence Family Health Centers to provide vaccinations to our community. Vaccinations are also available at multiple community centers, pharmacies, and doctor’s offices. More information can be found through Greater Lawrence Family Health Center or the Massachusetts COVID website.

Federal and state COVID guidelines continue to change rapidly. We monitor these resources and implement changes to our own NECC community guidelines as needed. In addition to email notifications, Facebook and Twitter announcements, please check back regularly for updates to the following guidelines.

Guidelines for Coming to the Northern Essex Community College Campus* 

When on the NECC campus, you are asked to follow the protocols as set out by the federal, state, and local government. Kindly review the policies and procedures outlined below. By coming on campus, you attest that you have read this information and agree to these protocols. 

  • Observe all posted signs and policies regarding occupancy numbers, social distancing and mask wearing. These requirements area subject to change based on the campus location.
    Posters with QR codes offer up to date COVID information. Please interact with them regularly.
  • Everyone visiting the NECC campuses must sign in using the Campus Sign In form HERE. If you have arrived on campus already you can sign in using the QR code sign in posters hanging around campus.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to best serve and protect our community, we are implementing a campus wide mask requirement as of Monday August 2nd. Please plan to wear a mask at all times indoors, unless in your office alone.
  • Maintain respect and support of any community member who continues to wear a mask while on campus. 
  • Stay home and contact the team if: you or a household member aren’t feeling well, are awaiting a COVID test for cause, have been exposed or have received a positive test.
  • It is unacceptable to ask the vaccination status of any community member. Be advised this is a violation of a person’s right to privacy. 
  • Rest assured that the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine is sound. Vaccines will protect you and your family members. More evidence can be found HERE
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or used the restroom; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and before and after eating. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you need COVID mitigation materials (masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes), please fill out the materials request form found here:
  • IT concerns or requests must be brought to their attention by creating a help desk ticket. We kindly ask for patience as we are currently working with a high volume of requests.

*These guidelines are subject to change based on federal, state and local guidelines. If you have questions, please email or contact Marissa Elliott at 978-914-0214 

Watch the NECC COVID Safety Video 

Please review the following video to understand the steps the college is taking to mitigate COVID risks on campus.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

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