BMCC buildings are open

By on Friday, October 15th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

PENDLETON – The quarantine at the Blue Mountain Community College campus in Pendleton is over two days earlier than expected. The college closed its buildings and went to virtual learning when a person with access to most of the college’s buildings was determined to have COVID-19.

“Everything’s back, up and rolling,” President Mark Browning said. “Everything’s good.”

Browning said the person with COVID had been vaccinated, and never suffered severe symptoms.

“We have seven buildings, and this person was asymptomatic,” Browning said. “They had no idea. They’d been in five of the seven buildings on campus and in contact with, honestly, hundreds of folks.”

Browning said every time there is an incidence of COVID-19 at the college, it helps BMCC prepare for the future.

“This virus is very smart,” he said. “It pushes us in a little bit different direction each time, and so you’ve got to adapt. We evaluate almost daily what we’re doing.”