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Coronavirus Information

Updates 4/6/2020 5:45 PM

Dear Students,

Welcome back, Eagles!

I appreciate all of your patience and understanding over the past three weeks. We’ve come a long way in a very short time. We went from learning about the college’s closure by the Riverside County Public Health Department on March 13 to transitioning all of our face-to-face classes – with very few exceptions – into an online format.

Today’s successful relaunch was only possible because of the hard work, dedication and innovation of our committed faculty and staff. They not only transitioned the classes, but they also moved the most essential student support services online.

You can now visit our Student Support Hub on the MSJC website for help with Enrollment, Financial Aid, Counseling, Technology Support, the Bookstore, and Cashier. I encourage you to visit the Hub if you need the assistance over the rest of the spring semester and into the summer session, which will also be held online.

As you know, we have been working to identify student technology needs to better inform us as to how we can best help you succeed in an online environment. As a result, we were able to determine which students needed help with technology the most.

Today, we mailed the first phase of Chromebooks to about 50 of those students most in need. We have plans to provide additional Chromebooks as well as mobile hotspots to more students in need in the future.

We are all facing new challenges in the face of this COVID-19 pandemic, but we will do what we can – within our power – to help you continue on your educational journeys to find academic success at MSJC. I appreciate your continued understanding and patience during this time, but am excited that we’re now online with instruction and students support services this spring to help you succeed.

Take care, stay well and healthy,
Roger Schultz
Superintendent/President 

 

 

Please practice these preventive measures:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the    bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
  • Minimize close contact (avoid hand shaking or hugging)

 

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California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) information

County of Riverside Public Health Coronavirus Updates

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness.

Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Recomendations:

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

For everyone: It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

For healthcare professionals:

  • Be on the look-out for people with travel history to China and fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • If you are a healthcare professional caring a 2109-nCoV patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.

For people who may have 2019-nCoV infection: Please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.

For travelers: Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) nCoV-2019

County of Riverside Department of Public Health (DOPH)

CDC most current EPI info on 2019-nCoV 

County of Riverside Department of Public Health Disease Control 951-358-5107

Or contact the MSJC Student Health Center: 951-487-3206 or 951-639-5206

What is MSJC doing to currently doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

All MSJC campuses and off-site locations are closed through April 30 following an order from Riverside County Public Health officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders. MSJC will launch online instruction and student services on April 6.

 

How is MSJC informing students, faculty, staff and others about closures and changes that affect students and employees?

MSJC is communicating via email, text, voice messages and on the website and through social media to keep everyone updated on the fast-moving changes.

 

What if I didn’t receive communications?

If you are an employee or a student, please update your emergency contact information at www.msjc.edu/alert

 

How is MSJC informing its constituents with information about the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19?  

MSJC implemented an awareness campaign about COVID-19 that includes how we can take preventive steps to avoid contracting viruses.

  • Posters on campus
  • Handouts for classrooms and meetings
  • Email communications
  • Canvas
  • Homepage and Student Health Centers pages of website
  • Social Media

Will training be offered for employees? 
MSJC has training available for MSJC employees to help them understand what to do in the event of an epidemic or pandemic. Keenan Safe Colleges Pandemic Training

How is MSJC receiving its information about COVID-19? 
MSJC is working closely with educational partners, from K-12 to higher education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Riverside County Office of Education, and the Riverside University Health System – Public Health to monitor COVID-19 and to prepare for immediate communications if needed.

  • The Riverside University Health System – Public Health would alert MSJC immediately if there were a confirmed case that posed significant immediate threat to our college community.
  • MSJC verifies information related to COVID-19 through this agency to ensure the information it distributes is accurate.
  • MSJC will follow its Emergency Communications Procedures to notify students, employees and communities immediately once a threat has been verified.

Does MSJC have a Study Abroad program or international students?
MSJC has no study abroad program this year. The percentage of international students is very low. 

Is the Board of Trustees aware of this issue?
The MSJC Board of Trustees approved an emergency resolution during its regular meeting on March 12, 2020, authorizing the district to take any and all necessary actions to prepare and respond effectively to the coronavirus. Additionally, the trustees approved an emergency blanket distance education addendum, as required by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

 

 

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