John Wood Community College is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide updates on this page.

JWCC administration has a planned approach to transition back its workforce and reopen the campus. The College has developed a three-phased plan based upon the directives from the Governor’s office Executive “Stay at Home” order.

JWCC’s Renormalization Plan involves three phases that correlate with the State of Illinois plan.  As of June 1, 2020 the college has implemented Phase One (State of Illinois Phase Three) that involves a limited face-to-face transition period for some employees to return to campus as needed for essential appointments while adhering to social distancing and other guidelines. The Quincy campus and regional center physical locations will remain closed and continue to operate remotely.  

The points stated in this plan are subject to change by the authority of the Board of Trustees and the President of Community College District #539.

Effective June 1, 2020
› All College facilities will remain closed to public.

› Main Campus will be open for approved employees conducting essential appointments or business.

› Access to Main Campus will be restricted to one student/visitor entrance for those conducting essential appointments or business. Location will be a front door on the west side of campus (main entrance – C building).

›  A survey will be conducted prior to entrance for visitors coming on campus to conduct an essential appointment or essential business asking if they possess any flu-like symptoms, if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer before granted permission to enter College facilities.

› Social distancing, face covering and hand sanitizing signage listing the requirements will be posted at designated entrances and throughout key locations in all JWCC centers.

› Deep cleaning and disinfecting of high touched and frequented spaces will continue to take place on all campus facilities.

The college encourages employees, students and community members to take the following precautions to maintain their safety, health and well-being during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical attention.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects frequently.
  • Practice Social Distancing.
    • Do not attend events or visit places with large crowds, especially if you are over 60 and have certain underlying health issues.
    • Reduce activities such as handshakes and maintain an appropriate distance from others during conversation.
    • Do not share drinks or food with others.

Following these steps is recommended to reduce your exposure.

Students with questions about the coronavirus should contact:
Tracy Orne
Dean of Students and Enrollment Management

Employees with questions about the coronavirus should contact:
Dana Keppner
Director of Human Resources

Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The college encourages you to be proactive during this time and stay informed. At this time, there is no reason for concern among students, parents, faculty, staff and visitors. The coronavirus situation is ever evolving and your best defense is to practice good health habits. We also encourage our college community to be supportive and speak out against negative and stigmatizing behavior.

IMPORTANT:  Students who need to borrow a JWCC computer or need technical support please contact your instructor or the advising office at 217.224.6500. 


Quincy Medical Group has set up a COVID-19 Hotline: 217-277-4001. Hotline hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturdays; and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sundays.

Blessing Health System: Effective at 6:00 pm on March 13, 2020, a 24/7 Hotline number: 217-277-3504 will be available for the public to call with any questions related to COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) U.S. map of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). If you have traveled recently to any of these areas and are symptomatic or not feeling well, please contact your health provider immediately.  U.S. map link:


Prepare Your Family

How COVID-19 Spreads

Prevent Illness

Caring For Yourself at Home

Pregnant Women & Children

People at Higher Risk

Travel in the United States

XFinity Hotspots
Free WiFi Connections within Quincy, Illinois

Cares Act Funding for Students

Current Students Click Here

New & Prospective Students Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Learning Guidance

JWCC's Virtual Campus


Additional information regarding the coronavirus, tips for good health and other warnings may be found on the websites below:

Adams County Health Department
507 Vermont St.
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 214-5000
Adams Co. Health Dept. Website

Pike County Health Department
121 E. Washington
Pittsfield, IL 62363
(217) 285-7000
Pike Co. Health Dept. Website

Brown County Health Department
120 E. Main St.
Mt. Sterling, IL 62353
(217) 773-2714
Brown Co. Health Dept. Website

Illinois Department of Health Website

Center for Disease Control Website