Corona Virus Announcements
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
MARCH 10, 2020 -- Updates to the page will be posted
- All LACCD Colleges and District facilities are open
- No LACCD classes or events have been canceled in connection with coronavirus or COVID-19
- All business operations are normal
- No reports of high absenteeism
- The risk of infection or illness to an individual remains low in Los Angeles County, according to health officials
- The situation is dynamic and continues to change
Officials from the District and all nine colleges are working together, in conjunction with local public health authorities and all appropriate state and federal agencies, regarding response plans should the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak impact LACCD.
Students, faculty and staff are advised to follow the current travel advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) announced March 9, 2020 that there are now 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus within its jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. The City of Long Beach Public Health also said on March 9 that it now has three confirmed cases, bringing the total to 19 cases out of a population of more than 10 million people in the county.
Date Updated 3/6/2020 - L.A. Marathon
Many of us in the LACCD Community will be participating in the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon (and/or its associated events) this weekend, either as runners or spectators/supporters. The L.A. County Department of Public Health—our official source of information and guidance on all things coronavirus and COVID-19—has NOT ordered the cancellation of the event. The event(s) will go on as planned.
PLEASE NOTE / EYES ON THIS --- The L.A. County Department of Public Health has issued official guidance / guidelines for runners and spectators. Please see the attached official public health information. Please share with anyone within the LACCD community, including students, as please feel free to share with family, neighbors or other colleagues as appropriate.
Here are the highlights:
Spectators Public Health recommends that spectators who are sick with even mild illness remain at home. Those planning to attend should engage in social distancing – a term used to stop or slow the spread of a contagious disease – and keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and another person who is not your family member or friend. Please do not share food or water bottles, avoid shaking hands, and frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, particularly before eating, after using the restroom and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Runners For runners planning to participate in the marathon, if you feel sick even with mild illness on the day of the marathon, please do not participate. The recommendations are that you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to the start of the race, and do not shake hands with other participants or the public along the course. Please do not share water or food with other runners and frequently use hand sanitizer provided to you along the course.
William H. Boyer
Director of Communications & External Relations
Date Updated: 02/27/2020
COVID-19 Update for LACCD Faculty, Staff and Students
We want to provide you with updated information on the Novel Coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19. Please share this information with all students, faculty and staff at your college.
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 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html