We want you to be aware that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is of concern and College administrators and staff are being vigilant of the situation.
The College is committed to providing a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff and is providing useful information below. For additional information, visit the Center for Disease Control website as well as the California Health Department website. If you have additional concerns, please contact the Health and Wellness Center at 562.464.4548.
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes upper respiratory symptoms ranging in severity from the common cold to a more serious respiratory infection causing pneumonia. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in several countries including the U.S., and more locally, Los Angeles County.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle and body aches, and fatigue.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus disease 2019. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. The CDC recommends the following preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
According to the California Department of Public Health, as of February 27, 2020, there are a total of 33 positive cases in California: 24 are from repatriation flights. The other nine confirmed cases include seven that are travel-related, one due to person-to-person exposure from a very close contact (a spouse) and one from an unknown source. The department states that the health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public remains low at this time.