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Coronavirus Information (Updated)

Originally Published: 3/19/2020

Los Angeles City College’s Student Health Center is in touch with local public health officials and currently there is no known connection between those affected and LACC.

We will be updating this page as new information develops. We wanted to proactively share the following information in the event that you or someone you know is traveling to or from the impacted areas.

This post has been updated to reflect the most recent information available:

  • February 28 - General Update
  • March 2 - LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez Issues Statement
  • March 3 - A Message From Eloy Ortiz Oakley - Chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • March 5 - Memorandum From the Office of the President
  • March 5 - A Message From The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • March 10 - A Message from LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez

  • March 11 - Temporary Class Closure and Transition to Online Education

  • March 15 - All Classes Temporarily Suspended

  • March 18 - LACCD Declares State of Emergency

  • March 24 - LACCD Announces All Classes That Cannot Be Moved Online Will Be Postponed; Early Withdrawal, Refund Information

  • March 24 - Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

View the Most Recent Update


Originally Posted February 6

As of February 5, 2020, there are only 11 confirmed cases nationwide and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says the risks currently are very low for anyone in our country to become ill from the virus.

There is only one (1) confirmed case in Los Angeles County and that number has not changed since January 26. The person involved is a non-resident traveler who has been isolated while receiving medical treatment and is unable to spread the virus.

Public health officials at the federal, state and local levels are closely monitoring the situation. The number of cases in the U.S. could rise, but to help put this into perspective, the number of virus-caused influenza cases recorded during the current annual flu season is about 13 million.

The Centers for Disease Control and County health officials are not recommending wearing masks by the public—including our faculty, staff and students. Frequent handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases, according to the County Department of Public Health.

Steps are being taken, however, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Per federal guidelines, increased levels of screening of passengers arriving from China at LAX (and several other designated U.S. airports) went into effect Feb. 3 along with either mandatory or voluntary quarantines for some travelers.

What is the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that develops into pneumonia and was discovered in Wuhan, China and has spread to a handful of countries including Japan, the United States, Thailand and South Korea.

Symptoms
  • Fever greater than 100.4 F/ 38 C
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose
  • Cough and/or difficulty breathing.

The symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus, contact your health care provider immediately.

Mode of Transmission

The virus is most commonly spread from one infected person to others.

  • By close personal contact such as shaking hands or touching
  • By contact with contaminated surfaces and then touching eyes, nose or mouth
  • By air via sneezing and/or coughing
How can you protect yourself?

There is no vaccine. The best way not to get sick from this or any respiratory virus is to regularly get an annual flu shot, stay informed about the situation via official health agency websites, and proactively use the following preventative steps:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.
  • Frequently wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze into your elbow; or if you use a tissue immediately throw it into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

International Students with Symptoms

International Students with Symptoms should go to Student Health Center and receive a referral for further treatment. LACC’s Student Health Center is open Monday – Friday, 8am to 4:30pm  and is located in the Student Services Building room 120 (enter on the south side of the building).

The LACC Student Health Center office phone number is 323.953.4000 ext. 2485.

Official Health Agency Websites for More Info


Updated February 28

Federal, state and local health experts together with government leaders continue to closely monitor and respond to the situation in California and the nation regarding COVID-19. It is important for everyone to stay informed; use common sense and not overreact.

Currently, the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low in the U.S., including in California, according to top medical officials from the Centers for Disease Control, California’s Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

As of February 27, 2020, there are nine (9) confirmed cases in California, plus 24 additional cases among the Americans who are currently quarantined here from the “repatriation flights” that occurred earlier this month, according to the state Health Department.  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

One of the nine cases in California occurred this week in Northern California, possibly of an undetermined transmission origin, and remains under investigation.  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-006.aspx

Health officials continue to advise the best prevention strategy is similar to fighting a cold, including:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissues
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick; avoid others who are sick with a respiratory illness
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The President of the United States and California’s Governor both held public briefings this week with health officials to reaffirm these additional key message points, including:

  • Individual risks in the U.S. remain low, but it is likely we will see more cases here in the near future
  • Now is the time for all of us to prepare—at home and work—should the situation become worse
  • Stay informed (see links below)
  • Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many countries, this is not a virus exclusive only to Chinese or Asian people

There continues to be no recommendation to wear masks in public settings; the use of masks is a personal choice.  Currently, there are no school closures ordered in California or the rest of the U.S.; no health orders to cancel public events and no widespread quarantines.

LACCD and the nine colleges, meanwhile, are also actively monitoring the situation and updating our emergency response plans due to possible disruptions from a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Preparing on a personal level is similar to preparing for any emergency. Make sure you have enough extra food, water, medicines and other emergency supplies for everyone in your household, including pets, for at least a week.

In addition, health officials remind everyone to still get a seasonal flu shot if you have not done so already and to make sure you have pre-identified a primary care physician to call first if you or a household member gets sick. Health officials also caution the public not to fall prey to rumors and unofficial speculation circulating on the Internet and social media platforms. Instead, stay informed by regularly checking these official public health websites:

L.A. County Department of Public Health

L.A. County Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools

Multi language outreach for schools

California Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools and School District

Centers for Disease Control


Updated March 2

LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez Issues Statement Regarding District Preparedness for Coronavirus and Covid-19

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today issued the following statement regarding the District’s preparedness and response for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness: 

“Our shared concerns about the local, and worldwide, spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness are real and understandable. I ask that we all work together in a calm and deliberate manner to protect and inform ourselves and our students. The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty remain a top priority for me, the Board of Trustees, our College Presidents and District Executive Staff.

Effective immediately, I have asked Interim Deputy Chancellor Dr. Melinda Nish to lead a COVID-19 Response Team with representatives from the District and our Colleges to help ensure we are proactively engaged at all levels of our organization for any significant impacts in the workplace and in our classrooms; to protect the health and safety of all who study and work at LACCD and to sustain a continuity of operations. Expect regular communications to the LACCD community about our efforts.

As already publicly announced by the White House, our Governor and many health officials, we can expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise in California and other parts the U.S. For the past month, key personnel from the Los Angeles Community College District have been maintaining close, regular contact with state and Los Angeles County public health officials to stay informed of any directives from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We will remain vigilant and continue those efforts.

As of March 1, 2020, there are no school closures ordered in California; no official health orders to cancel public events in the U.S.; and no widespread quarantines. We can expect a continual assessment of these situations as conditions unfold. Meanwhile, we will stay alert and prepare to respond as needed.

Currently, the best advice and precautions from our public health and medical experts to prevent the spread of any virus includes:

  • Frequent, thorough hand-washing with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds, especially after touching commonly used surfaces; or, use hand sanitizer with at least a 60-percent alcohol solution if soap and water not available
  • Cover all of your coughs and sneezes with a tissue that you properly dispose of; or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow; then wash hands
  • Stay home if you are sick; stay away from people who are sick
  • Stop touching your eyes, nose and mouth; if you need to touch them, wash your hands before and after
  • Make sure you are prepared for this or any other emergency with adequate supplies at home
  • Remember to get a flu shot; while it won’t protect against COVID-19, it can protect you from regular, seasonal flu

There continues to be no formal recommendation for healthy people to wear masks in public settings; the use of masks is a personal choice and generally reserved for people who are sick and for healthcare workers treating the ill. Preparing on a personal level at home is similar to preparing for any emergency. Make sure you have enough extra food, water, medicines and other emergency supplies for everyone in your household, including pets. Health officials advise that home quarantines can last up to two weeks.

It is important for everyone to stay informed with official information and not to overreact. Stigmatizing or blaming anyone, or any race, because of this situation is disrespectful and simply untrue, and will not be tolerated.

We ask that everyone remain flexible as the situation is dynamic and rapidly changing. All LACCD personnel are asked to direct any questions or concerns to Mr. William Ramirez, LACCD Safety and Emergency Services Manager, (213) 891-2071, RAMIREW@laccd.edu.

Thank you for your attention and help on this important health and safety matter.”

--Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Download the Chancellor's Statement as a PDF


Updated March 3

A Message From Eloy Ortiz Oakley - Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Dear Colleagues,

The Chancellor’s Office continues to work with other state agencies to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Public health officials continue to classify the threat posed by COVID-19 as low, but we understand the uncertainty surrounding this outbreak and its tendency to produce some anxiety. The Chancellor’s Office is relying on the professional assessments of the California Department of Public Health as the primary source of information and guidance on COVID-19 for our system. As previously stated, colleges are urged to follow the guidance the department drafted for colleges and universities and to work in coordination with local public health officials on any local responses that may be required. Attached you will find a general Q and A document about COVID-19 as of March 2.

We have developed a web resource that provides direct links to tools and information developed by CDPH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other governmental public health agencies. You will be able to find information that is updated daily on the status of the outbreak and travel restrictions as well as resources related to developing emergency operations plans at higher education institutions, crisis communications guidance and tips, as well as other materials. We will continue to update the web resource and include a link to it in the Chancellor’s Office Today’s News communication that distributed four days a week for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your leadership, your preparedness and your dedication to our students.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Chancellor, California Community Colleges
Regent, University of California

Download the California Community Colleges COVID-19 Factsheet


Updated March 5

Memorandum From the Office of the President

As we shared earlier this week, LACC and the LACCD are actively monitoring and following the recommendations provided by the California Department of Public Health and County of Los Angeles Public Health. The college and district are also working closely with several agency partners, including the California Department of Education, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the City of Los Angeles to be prepared and to have plans in place to address issues related to COVID-19.

Yesterday, Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency in response to COVID-19. We are committed to the health and safety of our college community and are working diligently to prepare should we need to take action to adjust college schedules in the event of a campus closure. We continue to monitor things in real time and will be in close communication with the District and all local agencies as additional details become available. The LACCD has a task force that will convene today and I will share any additional information that comes out of the meeting with the campus.

For your information, we want to share with you the steps we are currently taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus):

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says the best prevention against this virus is to wash our hands often. Signage has been posted around the campus, some in multiple languages, in order to make students and staff aware of how to prevent illness. Our Facilities Department is utilizing deep cleaning/sanitizing methods to clean surfaces. We are using high-performance sanitizing sprayers in restrooms to cover more ground in a more effective manner to apply cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants that deep clean all surfaces.

Tips to protect yourself and others:
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, rubbing for at least 20 seconds and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not available. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you, or anyone in your household, has flu-like symptoms, including a fever, stay home until you are fever free without medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Get a flu shot (while it will not protect against COVID-19, it will protect against seasonal flu). Please note: Students can receive basic and non-emergency care, including flu shots, at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
  • Staff and students with mild illness should stay home.
    • Mild illness means:
      • Fever ≥ 100F; and/or
      • Productive moist cough (spewing respiratory droplets)
  • A person with a mild cough (not productive – not spewing respiratory droplets) or sneeze and no fever, is not required to go home.
  • If a student or employee develops symptoms of mild illness, encourage them to go home.

Please know that the safety and wellness of staff and students is our top priority. If we all continue to follow these precautions, we can help to ensure that we all remain healthy.  LACC students will also be receiving an email that touches on this same topic and includes similar information.

Here are some additional links to help answer any other questions you may have:

At times like this, I am particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of our LACC family. Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us maintain a healthy and safe working and learning environment for all.

Mary Gallagher
President, Los Angeles City College


Updated March 5

Public Health Identifies Four New Cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed four additional cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County; the total number of cases for the county is now eleven.

Information about the new cases:
  • All of these additional positive cases are part of a group of travelers who were in Northern Italy.
  • These travelers were a part of the group of travelers announced yesterday.

Public Health has identified persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are quarantined. There are no known significant exposures to the general public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued new directives today for travelers returning from areas experiencing local outbreaks; the guidance asks these travelers to distance themselves from the public for 14 days by staying home from work and/or school, avoiding public spaces and public transit, and monitoring themselves for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness. Should returning travelers from areas experiencing outbreaks develop illness, they should immediately call their health care provider.

“With yesterday’s declarations of a public health emergency by the Board of Supervisors, Public Health has mobilized county resources, accelerated emergency planning, streamlined staffing, and enhanced our coordinated efforts with agencies across the county and with our state and federal partners,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As more cases are identified, we are asking everyone to do their part: stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick; take time now to plan for the possibility of school and business closures, and be sure to follow any additional directives issued by Public Health and/or local officials. By working together, we can try to slow the transmission of novel coronavirus,” she added.

Public Health will continue to actively monitor this situation and provide updates to the public as needed.

Read the Official Press Release

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance for Colleges and Universities


Updated March 10

Message from Chancellor Rodriguez:

LACCD leadership has been meeting daily to monitor and plan for COVID-19/Coronavirus and the health and safety of the campus community. Last week, the District formally established a COVID-19 Response Team representative of the various constituencies at LACCD. This extensive work is in alignment with the direction of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH). 

There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases at LACCD.

LADPH has stated there is no immediate threat to the general public, and Los Angeles County residents, students, workers and visitors may engage in typical activities, following recommended public health hygiene practice.

General Health Considerations

If you have a fever at or over 100.4 degrees, cough or shortness of breath, do not come to class and do not come to work, instead see your doctor.

If you are healthy, follow these preventative measures, per the LADPH:

  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill.
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve. Wash your hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues. 
Alternative/Remote Learning Delivery

LACCD may face the necessity of moving to alternative/remote learning delivery. With the cooperation and support from our District Academic Senate and the Faculty Guild, we are exploring the issues associated with the possibility that classes may need to move to alternative-or remote-instructional delivery through the Canvas Shells feature of our Content Management System.

Travel

The Chancellor has suspended all nonessential travel for all senior level administrators, including college presidents, vice chancellors and deans. We are in consultation now as to whether this travel suspension will apply to other employee groups and students.

Events

Campus events, at this point, are proceeding with additional caution and monitoring. We are reviewing instituting event protocols for public gatherings on campus.  Should community spread of COVID-19 be found in Los Angeles, the guidelines call for instituting more stringent measures that may include postponement, modification or cancellation of event. For any event, individuals with illness symptoms should not participate.

More Information About the District's Response to COVID-19 Can Be Found Here


Update March 11

From the Office of the Chancellor: Class Cancellation and Transition to Online Education

On March 16-17, all classes at all colleges will be canceled to provide training to Faculty. Online instruction is expected to begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Public events and other activities may be postponed.

These changes will remain in effect until at least April 13.

Read the Complete Statement from the Chancellor


Updated March 15

All Classes Temporarily Suspended

All classes will be suspended from instruction starting this Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21.  Spring break will move to March 23 – March 29.  The district and college will remain open; however, no instruction will take place during these two weeks and the majority of in-person student support services will not be available. The college will use this time to convert as many courses and student services possible to remote delivery.  Also, during this time, we will thoroughly sanitize our facilities. Instruction will resume on Monday March 30.

Read the Complete Statement from Dean Alen Andriassian


Updated March 18

LACCD Declares State of Emergency

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman today announced that the Board unanimously approved Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez’s recommendation to declare a State of Emergency for the District and its nine colleges. The action allows the Chancellor to activate the District’s Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with the colleges for resources, business operations, security and other issues during the declared emergency in a streamlined and efficient manner.

Read the Official District Press Release


Updated March 24

All Classes That Cannot Be Moved Online Will Be Postponed; Early Withdrawal, Refund Information

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced today any class at all nine colleges, plus the South Gate Campus and the Van de Kamp Learning Center, that cannot be converted into an online learning platform for the onset of remote instruction March 30 will be temporarily postponed until at least May 4, 2020.

Read the Official District Press Release


Updated March 24

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Download the LACCD Covid-19 FAQ Sheet

View this FAQ on the District Website


Here are useful links to help stay informed:

We will continue to share updated health information as appropriate.

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