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LACCD Update on the Coronavirus for March 10, 2020

As of March 11, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus or COVID-19 involving any LACCD student or employee, including at LAVC. All LACCD colleges are open, and all business operations are normal. Health officials continue to stay the risk remains low in LA County.

LACCD Update on the Coronavirus for March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

To the LACCD Community,

The health and safety of our campus communities, including our students, faculty, staff and visitors, is a top priority.  It is important for you to know that our status as of today, and for tomorrow, March 11, 2020, is:

  • We currently have no confirmed cases of, or exposures to, coronavirus or COVID-19 at any of our colleges, district facilities or with any of our students, faculty or staff
  • All LACCD colleges and facilities are open and we have no expectation right now that this will change this week related to the virus or health issues  (L.A. Harbor did close early today due to a power outage)
  • All business operations are normal
  • We have no reports of any high levels of absenteeism that would impact our operations
  • Health officials continue to say the risk to any individual remains low in Los Angeles County regarding exposure to, or illness from, the coronavirus

 

LACCD Coronavirus Website and Social Media Information

The latest information available for the LACCD community related to coronavirus and COVID-19 is now available online at:  www.laccd.edu/coronavirus

All of the websites for the nine colleges will point to this one page for the same information to be shared by all. The website will be updated as frequently as possible. Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LACCD/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laccd

Statewide information for the California Community College system on this situation can be found at:  https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus

 

LACCD Coronavirus Hotline Information

If you wish to report an issue or ask a question about coronavirus or COVID-19 related to the District or the colleges, you can call our new hotline telephone number.

The information hotline is (213) 221-5112

Please leave your name and phone number, your question or the nature of your call and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer, you can contact the District by email at: coronavirusinfo@laccd.edu

Lastly, if you want to report something specific to your college, call your college’s Office of the President.

  • East Los Angeles College   (323) 265-8662
  • Los Angeles City College   (323) 953-4010
  • Los Angeles Harbor College   (310) 233-4010
  • Los Angeles Mission College   (818) 364-7795
  • Los Angeles Pierce College   (818) 719-6408
  • Los Angeles Southwest College   (323) 241-5273
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College   (213) 763-7052
  • Los Angeles Valley College   (818) 947-2321
  • West Los Angeles College   (310) 287-4325

 

COVID-19 Response Team

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

 

Prevention and Hygiene

LACDPH Health Officers continue to recommend:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Practice good personal hygiene:
  • 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, especially with unwashed hands
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues

 

Alternative/Remote Learning Delivery

LACCD and our colleges are moving forward with plans for alternative/remote learning delivery if necessary due to this public health emergency.  With cooperation and support from our District Academic Senate and the Faculty Guild, LACCD is preparing to use Canvas, our content management system, to provide remote instruction.  We will have more to announce about this very soon.

 

Los Angeles Pierce College

Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles Pierce College and District officials have been in regular contact with five Pierce College students regarding their health status.  The students recently attended the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. where two attendees from New York and one from Los Angeles have since tested positive for COVID-19.

NONE of the positive cases involved our students.  Our students were not contacted by LACDPH to self-quarantine or isolate.  LACDPH has said there is NO risk of public exposure from this L.A. county case and we have no directive from health officials that our students are at risk or should be quarantined.  Our students report they are healthy and they are self-monitoring per the official guidelines from health officials.  Our students have been advised they can self-quarantine and have been offered our full support.

 

Travel

All non-essential travel has been suspended for all senior level administrators, including the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, College Presidents, District Senior Staff and College Deans.  The District is in consultation now about expanding this suspension to all LACCD personnel and students.  An updated announcement will be made as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, if you are sick for any reason, health officials urge you not to travel.

 

Events

All events and event protocols are under review for all public gatherings at the colleges and District facilities.  Most events are currently proceeding, but the situation is dynamic and changing.  Should community spread of COVID-19 become more widespread in Los Angeles County, the Public Health Officer for the County of Los Angeles has the legal authority to close facilities and cancel events.  More information about events within LACCD will be made as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for the continued steps that you are taking to protect your own health and the health of the LACCD community.  We will continue to provide you with detailed messages.  Please check the website, www.laccd.edu/coronavirus.

 

Please feel free to share this message.

 

William H. Boyer

Director of Communications & External Relations

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

770 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Direct: (213) 891-2247 | Cell: (213) 317-6691

www.laccd.edu

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Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 3/10/2020 4:29:00 PM