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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Latest update: March 27th, 2020

Mesa College Coronavirus Updates

San Diego Mesa College is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our community, especially during the public health situation related to a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in China.

To keep our community as safe as possible, we have created a “Circle of Prevention” protocol in order to ensure the health and safety of our community by mitigating risks.

On this page, we are providing information below with alerts and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that this information is time specific, and may change as local and national healthcare agencies provide updates.

Mesa College Campus Updates (as of March 27, 2020 at 12:00pm)

  • Students: Mesa College is working hard to find ways to assist you. Please complete the Mesa Student Needs Survey as soon as you are able.
  • Mesa has a limited supply of laptops that we are checking out to students in need.  Click here to request information about availability.
    bit.ly/MesaLaptopCheckout
  • Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Campuses will remain closed to students. Spring 2020 courses will resume online. Please log into your student portal for more information and check your email frequently for updates.
  • Please visit the Online Student Support Services webpage for information on services being offered online.
  • Please visit the Tutoring webpage for online tutoring options and support.
  • Additional information for faculty and staff will be provided directly from District Human Resources. Please check your email and this webpage frequently for updates.
  • Mesa College has cancelled or postponed all hosted events through April and May of 2020.
  • Spring break is scheduled from March 30-April 3, 2020. Classes will resume on April 6, 2020.
  • If students, faculty or staff suspect that they are ill, notify your professor or supervisor.

Announcements

Preventative Measures
Everyone is being asked to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • If anyone believes that they have been exposed to the virus, please contact your health provider immediately, or college health services at 619-388-2774.
  • 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.
  • Stay home when you are sick to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Prevention Resources

CA Dept. of Public Health COVID19 Public Gatherings Guidance

County HHSA Coronavirus Info Sheet

SD County LIveWell Coronavirus FAQ

Mesa College Student Health Services

Community Resources (as of March 20, 2020 at 1:30pm)

This is a partial list of community resources available. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Mesa College Student Resource List (updated frequently)

California Community Colleges Resource List

List of Resources in San Diego

Mental Health Services

Food

Food: Free Meals for Children (18 and younger)

  • San Diego County Office of Education List: School locations where anyone age 2-18 can go to receive food during this period of school closures due to COVID-19. San Diego Unified School District schools are listed below for quick access. Please see the web link for additional School Districts. https://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/20-03-13-student-food-service-during-district-closures.aspx.
  • San Diego Unified School District: The Food Service Department will conduct a drive-through or walk-up distribution. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. All food must be consumed off site. Meal distribution times for all locations are from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
    • Clark Middle, 4388 Thorn St.
    • Cherokee Point Elementary, 3735 38th St.
    • Sherman Elementary, 301 22nd St.
    • Zamorano Elementary, 2655 Casey St.
    • Kearny High, 1954 Komet Way
    • O'Farrell Charter, 6130 Skyline Drive
    • Walker Elementary, 245 Hillery Drive
    • Farb Middle, 880 La Cuenta Drive

Internet Access

Educational Resources

Domestic Violence

Employee Resources

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Information from the CDC

Please see the information below with alerts and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that this information is time specific, and may change as local and national healthcare agencies provide updates

Informational Videos:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/videos.html

Helpful information from the CDC (these materials are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese):

  1. Steps to prevent illness
  2. Symptoms of COVID-19
  3. What to do when you are sick
  4. Common questions about COVID-19

CDC Quick FAQs Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html#geographic.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?
Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of • fever • cough • shortness of breath.

What are severe complications from this virus?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. Is there a treatment? There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19.People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

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