The College is aware of the rising number of norovirus cases nationally. Given the current situation, we are providing a reminder on how to recognize and prevent foodborne illnesses.


Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. You can get norovirus from:

  • Having direct contact with an infected person
  • Consuming contaminated food or water
  • Touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth


The most common symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain 


Protect yourself and others from norovirus:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop
  • Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop


If you are seeking testing for norovirus and other foodborne illnesses, please make an appointment with Health Services.


Norovirus infections naturally clear in healthy people. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Additional Information

For more information about norovirus, please visit the CDC website. If you have questions, you may contact Health services by calling 508-793-2276 or emailing