MITAGS COVID-19 Resources & FAQs

Have the MITAGS' Campuses Reopened?

MITAGS’ East and West Coast Campuses have reopened for training and simulation projects/activities.  Class and activity size limits are in place to ensure adequate social distancing.  

Please click the appropriate link below to read the latest policy documents for each campus.

Students, staff and guests are required to read and acknowledge these documents prior to arriving at with campus.

 

MITAGS East & MCC COVID-19 Policy

MITAGS West COVID-19 Policy

What is MITAGS currently doing to stop the spread of COVID-19?

MITAGS continues to enhance and modify COVID-19 protocols to keep our staff and students safe. These protocols are fluid and are expected to change as local restrictions are lifted or expanded. Please check back frequently.

Key changes at the MITAGS-MCC campus in Baltimore are listed below. The applicable policies are also in place at our Seattle Campus.

  • COVID19 questionnaire that must be acknowledge and agreed upon prior to arriving on campus.
  • Suspension of shuttle serve to / from the airport.  Students will need to take a taxi to reach the campus.
  • Closure of the bar and recreation center.
  • Limitation of two in the elevators at one time.
  • Limitation of one in the ship’s store at one time.
  • Removal of seating in the lobby.
  • Strict adherence to the physical distancing.
  • Requirement to wear a mask when in public spaces.
  • Food service is now safely served or “grab and go.” The dining room seating has been arranged for physical distancing and limited to 50% occupancy.
  • Limited housekeeping service with room cleaning once a week.
  • Temperature checks prior to entering the Academic spaces, and the securing of all entrances except for the Link Wing Hallway.
  • Restriction of Admin offices to staff only.
  • Securing the Academic buildings in the evening.
  • Limitations on class sizes and other special instructions depending on the type of class.

For additional details regarding our protocols on the East Coast, especially as it pertains to our accommodations and dining, please visit MCC’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

Please note that to date, neither campus has confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

While some MITAGS staff has physically returned to our campuses, many continue to work remotely and are still available to answer your questions or provide additional guidance regarding mariner credentialing and training during this unprecedented time. Contact us here.

I've signed up to take a course at MITAGS East, is the campus hotel open?

Yes, our MITAGS East onsite hotel opened with the school on May 30, 2020. For additional details regarding our COVID-19 protocols relating to accommodations and dining, please visit the Maritime Conference Center COVID-19 Resource Center.

If you need additional assistance, contact us here.

Is your shuttle still operating?

The MITAGS & MCC shuttle at our East Coast Campus will not be in operation until further notice. If you are flying into BWI or traveling by train to the BWI Amtrak Station, please take a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

In addition, shuttle service typically provided at our West Coast Campus is also suspended until further notice.

I've signed up to take a course at MITAGS West and need accommodations, where can I stay?

For those needing lodging in Seattle, we have negotiated exceptionally low prices for our students, although none of our hotel partners are currently offering shuttle service. 

Please check out our Seattle Accommodations page for additional options.

If you need additional assistance, contact us here.

Am I required to wear a mask on campus?

Yes, masks are required for all guests while on property in any of our indoor public spaces, classrooms and meeting rooms. If you forget your mask, the front desk will supply you with one at check-in. Employees are also required to wear masks at all times when in the presence of, or within 6 feet of other employees and guests. Additional PPE gear is available and will be worn by employees as appropriate.

Is the MITAGS West Fire Trainer Open?

YES!  The M/v Fire Dragon training facility on West Ewing Street is back in operation.  We have instituted a number of COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure student safety, and all personal protective equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each class.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer shuttle service from MITAGS-West classrooms to the fire training facility. Students will need to arrange their own transportation.

What should I do if I enrolled in and paid for a course that was previously cancelled due to the shutdown?

Please contact our Admissions staff to discuss your options. Keep in mind that courses were scheduled out beyond the shutdown period, and are available for enrollment. You can work with Admissions to reschedule your training for one of these available dates, or request a refund if rescheduling will not be possible.

MITAGS East Coast Campus: admissions.east@mitags.org

MITAGS West Coast Campus: admissions.west@mitags.org

OR Call us toll-free at 866 656 5568

I’m interested in MITAGS Maritime Apprenticeship Program. Are you still accepting applicants?

Yes, MITAGS is still actively seeking apprentices for our January and March cohorts in both Seattle and Baltimore. If you are interested in the program and would like more information, please contact us at info@maritimeapprenticeship.org.

For those currently enrolled in our MAP, you have or will receive information regarding the status of your apprenticeship program directly from Jenny Pitzen, Student Instructional Services Manager or Emily Hopkins, Assistant Director of MITAGS.

Is MITAGS offering any online or distance learning classes at this time?

Yes! MITAGS has been working with the U.S. Coast Guard and VA to explore online and blended learning options to continue to provide training our students need. Check out our new blended course options here: https://www.mitags.org/blended-learning-courses/

You can also explore the online courses we are currently offering with our partner, Learn America. Click here for more information.

How is the State of Maryland currently responding to COVID-19? Or What resources or assistance is the state of Maryland offering?

Maryland is currently in a state of emergency, but entered Phase Three of re-opening as of September 4th. Some counties, including Anne Arundel County, where MITAGS is located, have elected to modify the re-opening plan.

To learn more about Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery and see the status of each Maryland jurisdiction visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery/

For other COVID-19 related news in Maryland visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/

How is the State of Washington currently responding to COVID-19? Or What resources or assistance is the state of Washington offering?

King County, Washington (where MITAGS-West is located) is in a modified phase two of the re-opening plan.

Additional information about Washington’s Safe Start Re-Opening Plan can be found here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start

For other COVID-19 related news in Washington visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

How is the USCG currently addressing mariner credentialing?

The Coast Guard updated MSIB 08-20 on September 30, 2020 announcing the extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements and Medical Certificates. Read MSIB 08-20, Change 4 here.

What guidance has the USCG provided regarding Port and Facility Operations?

For the latest guidance provided to commercial vessels by the Coast Guard, see MSIB 07-20.

Is there a comprehensive mariner’s guide to COVID-19?

Yes! The SOCP has compiled multiple resources for mariners including the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: A Mariner’s Guide that includes protection guidelines, information regarding symptomatic crewmembers, proper PPE gear, how to dispose of infectious waste and how to control infection.

What other resources are available for mariners and the maritime industry?
How do I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
  • Follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and directives put forth by your local government, including the practice of social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stop shaking hands or hugging. Use fist bumps or touch elbows.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
How do I properly disinfect frequently touched surfaces?

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How long can COVID-19 be transmitted on surfaces?

In a new, unpublished study, researchers found the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. However, the virus remained viable on copper for only about four hours.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Call your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Do not just go to your doctor’s office or nearest ER – CALL AHEAD FIRST.
  • Stay home if symptoms are mild and avoid public areas and public transportation.
  • Limit contact with others within your home, including any pets/animals – dedicate a specific “sick room” and use a separate bathroom, if available, and do not share personal household items.
  • If you are sick:You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn more about what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
What is social distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:

  • Working from home instead of at the office
  • Closing schools or switching to online classes
  • Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
  • Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings
  • Limit trips to grocery stores and other retailers and/or go during non-peak hours
  • Avoid playgrounds, playdates and other social visits

Currently, it is recommended that any sort of gathering contain no more than 10 people, but each state has various directives in place.

Where can I find the latest information regarding COVID-19?

Please continually visit CDC.gov for the latest information on COVID-19. For the CDC’s full list of COVID-19 FAQs, click here.