East Los Angeles College is closely monitoring developments regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time the campus will remain open. Please know that the safety and wellness of students and staff is the college’s top priority. As this situation rapidly evolves all ELAC students, faculty and staff can stay informed by visiting the ELAC COVID-19 update page on the website. This webpage will be consistently updated with the most up to date information regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the ELAC campus.

ELAC Facilities staff have installed 30 hand sanitation stations throughout campus to help protect students, faculty and staff. These stations can be found in buildings E7, E3, F5, Library, and other high traffic areas on campus.

What is the Coronavirus?

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

The virus spreads person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Travelers who are returning from areas impacted by the coronavirus are being monitored at airports and other points of entry into the country for signs of the illness.

Anyone who has recently traveled from Wuhan City, China or other affected areas in the past two weeks or have had close contact with someone suspected or known to have 2019-nCoV should watch for flu-like symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, or difficulty breathing.

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 California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of masks for general prevention and says that hand washing provides better protection from infectious diseases. 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 the nearest urgent care or Emergency Room to receive screening for COVID-19. The ELAC Student Health Center cannot screen for the Coronavirus, so if you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus please contact your health care provider or local health department immediately.

ELAC’s Student Health Center can help answer basic questions about COVID-19 and is open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Student Health Center is located in Building F5 Room 302 and their phone number is 323-265-8651.

Official Health Agency Websites for More Info

 

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