In accordance with the Illinois State mandate, masks are required on L&C campuses and vaccinations or weekly testing is required for team members and students. Visit for information on submitting vaccine documentation and free testing on campus.

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  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

    Lewis and Clark seeks to ensure a safe and healthy teaching and learning environment for all, and we ask that all Trailblazers do their part to contribute to that effort.

    Masks Required for All

    The college will follow CDC and IDPH guidance when it comes to requiring masks to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors unless social distancing is not possible. This includes team members, students, visitors and the general community. 

    If you are on campus and see someone not complying with these rules, please remind them to mask up. Security is available at (618) 468-2300 if the situation is escalated from there.

    Vaccinations Required for All Team Members and Students

    The college is now requiring vaccinations for all team members and students, per Illinois State mandate (8/26/21). To meet the requirement, individuals must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 19 (have received their 2nd/final dose no later than Sept. 6), per an extension issued by the Governor's Office (9/3/21). Individuals who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. Partially vaccinated individuals will be required to test until two weeks after receiving their second shot. 

    There are three vaccines that are safe and available for FREE in our communities - Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. Pfizer's vaccine has full FDA approval for 16+, and EUA for 12-15. Moderna and J&J currently have approval under EUA guidelines for 18+. Visit or contact your local health department to find vaccine availability near you. In addition, the college will host vaccination clinics throughout the semester. 


    The college will provide free testing for asymptomatic, not fully-vaccinated team members and students ONLY on campus beginning Sept. 20. 

    Other Safety Precautions

    • Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Ventilation - L&C will follow strict hygiene and cleaning regimens as recommended by the CDC. We encourage regular hand washing and will provide hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in all common spaces, including classrooms, dining areas, and student lounges. We've also installed special air purifiers to improve ventilation and air quality across campus. 
    • Social Distancing - L&C encourages a minimum of 3 feet of social distance from others while on campus. 
    • Remote Work/Attendance Practices - L&C will continue to support flexible remote work schedules where possible and allow leadership on campus to work with their respective department teams to determine these schedules.
    Please review our live Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.


    Before Coming to Campus

    What you do to keep yourself and others safe:

    • DO NOT come to campus if you are sick!
    • Mask up! Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. Disposable masks are available upon request. 
    • If you are not vaccinated, you must be tested weekly. (See Testing section above.)
    • Respect social distancing guidelines.
    • Wash/sanitize your hands thoroughly and frequently, and avoid touching your face.
    • Be respectful of others.

    What If I Have Symptoms, Have Tested Positive or Have Been Exposed to COVID-19?

    Please contact the L&C Family Health Clinic at (618) 468-6800 ASAP for further instructions (call/text 468-6818 if after hours). 

    Select the option below that best applies to get more information on next steps.

    You may receive an LC Alert to notify you if you are exposed or potentially exposed while on campus with additional instructions. The need to quarantine and for how long will be determined by the COVID-19 Coordinator based on your specific situation. Please log into LC Alert with your email address and password to ensure your contact information is accurate and up to date. If you have issues, contact us at

    Confirmed Cases on Campus


    Current Week
    Oct. 11 - 17
    Cumulative cases
    Since Jul. 13, 2020
    Students 4 103
    Employees 0 45
    Others on Campus 0 16
    Total 4 164

    Testing on Campus


    Number of Students and Team Members Tested On Campus
    Oct. 11 65
    Oct. 12 79
    Oct. 13 31
    Oct. 14 48
    Oct. 15 81

    Students Testing


    Positive Cases
    (On Campus Testing)*
    Positive Cases
    (Off Campus Testing)*
    Students Placed in Quarantine
    Total Students Currently in Quarantine
    Oct. 11 0 1 3 26
    Oct.12 0 0 0 23
    Oct.13 3 0 3 21
    Oct. 14 0 0 1 18
    Oct. 15 0 1 2 16

    Team Member Testing


    Positive Cases
    (On Campus Testing)*
    Positive Cases
    (Off Campus Testing)*
    Team Members Placed in Quarantine
    Total Team Members Currently in Quarantine
    Oct. 11 0 0 2 4
    Oct. 12 0 0 0 4
    Oct. 13 0 0 1 4
    Oct. 14 0 0 0 3
    Oct. 15 0 0 1 4

    COVID-19 confirmed cases and quaratine information updated on Oct. 15, 2021
    * due to weekly testing requirements, the number of positive cases may include previously reported cases.

    State & Local Information

    Staying informed is critical. Make sure you're getting your information from reputable sources.

    For info on the State of Illinois or your local community's response to the coronavirus pandemic, updated cases and community resources, please check the links below or contact your county's health department.

    Madison County COVID-19 Dashboard