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COVID-19 Updates from IVC:

March 26, 2020 

IVC Students:

I know these are stressful times for all of us. On top of the regular anxiety and stress we feel related to the health crisis, each one of us is dealing with different levels and types of challenges that we have never faced before.

Please know that we are here for you!

Moments like these remind me of how inexhaustible and remarkable the human spirit can be. All of a sudden:

  • neighbors are reaching out to check on neighbors,
  • young folks are helping older folks, and
  • staff and students are checking in with one another remotely just to make sure everything is alright. 

Individually and collectively, our hearts are big, our resolve is strong, and our capacity for hope and kindness is limitless in times like these.

I want to take a brief moment to reach out and provide you with some examples of the amazing work that is happening in front of and behind the scenes.

  • From our district, college, and the ASIVC leadership, a special shout out to the entire IVC faculty who have done and will continue to do all that they can to serve you. By now you should know that a small number of faculty are still hard at work transitioning their classes. So, please be patient, stay in contact with your instructors, and know that in a few cases it may take a little longer before all faculty are up and running with their online instruction.
  • In our student support services area, kudos to our counselors, librarians, learning disability specialists, and staff members for using their collective talent and resources to quickly and successfully get critical counseling, library, and DSP&S services to you remotely. Please take advantage of these remote services. The counselors have also been amazingly generous in giving students extra time and attention during this difficult period because they know there are many more questions than usual that you need answered. Thank you, counselors for being there for our students.
  • The Financial Aid Department and staff may win this week’s award for “WE CAN DO HARD THINGS.”  These folks successfully initiated their very first disbursement remotely. All students with completed applications were paid on time and we greatly appreciate these efforts. If you need help with your financial aid, please contact them or visit financialaid.ivc.edu.
  • Most of all, thank you, IVC students, for your dedication and resiliency in doing the hard things necessary to support your family and friends, maintain employment when possible, and continue your academic studies and goals, all the while taking steps to keep yourself and others safe. For all you’re doing, thank you!

We know that the majority of you did not sign up for online instruction, and yet here you are. We also know that transitioning to an online learning environment is difficult and takes some getting used to. But I promise you that you will look back on this one day and think, "That actually wasn’t so hard." You might even find yourself thinking, “Wow! I did it!

Some students have asked us why the college cannot simply implement a pass/no pass grading system for all Spring 2020 classes. We know that many of you plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Unfortunately, at this moment in time, transfer institutions do not accept pass/no pass grades. Please know that important conversations about this are currently taking place at the UC, CSU, and community college levels, and we’ll let you know ASAP if anything changes. Until we hear otherwise, for now, pass/no-pass is not currently a viable option, because we want you all to have as many options for your future as possible

 

What I really want you all to know right now is that these current hardships will not last forever.

We will get through this.

We will recover from this. 

We will support you in your efforts to keep on track with your academic and professional goals. Your future is important to us.

So please carry on, keep doing your best, and know that your efforts are truly appreciated by the faculty, staff, and administration at IVC

We are IVC and we are relentless in our efforts to help you succeed!

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 23, 2020 

IVC Students:

I’d like to welcome you back from Spring Break and to the first day of remote instruction at IVC. While Spring Break this year didn’t take place under ideal circumstances, we need to continue to forge ahead and accept that this is merely a moment in time for us. It will not be a permanent new way of life. While I expect it may take some time for us to work through some of the unknown issues that go along with transitioning to remote instruction, I appreciate everyone’s willingness to accept and embrace the change as it comes.

If you’re experiencing any difficulties with Canvas or technology in general, please reach out to our Technology Services team here. You can also call 1-844-600-4954 for Canvas Support. Remember, the entire IVC campus is closed to students and non-essential personnel. If you need assistance with student support services, see a list of department contacts here.

Over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County rose to 95. Thirty-five of those cases are community-acquired, meaning it is spreading to people who have not traveled recently or who are caring for a person with a confirmed case. I urge you to please listen to the guidance of Governor Newsom imploring us all to stay home except to go out for necessities such as food and medicine. The health of you and those around you depends upon us each taking personal responsibility for our actions. No one knows how this virus will affect us if we do catch it, and so it is wise to err on the side of caution.

I know this is a drastically new environment we all find ourselves in, but we can get through it TOGETHER!

We are IVC!

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


Laptop and Hotspot Loans for IVC Students

March 20, 2020 

IVC is working to ensure all students have access to remote instruction and services as the college moves to online instruction starting on Monday, March 23.

To assist with this, we have a very limited number of laptops and hotspots available to loan to students in the highest need categories. If you are a student who does not have access to a laptop and/or hotspot, please apply at  https://forms.gle/szZffepuxG55zt7x7

If you do not have internet at your residence the following companies are offering 60 days of free internet to college students: 

·       Free internet for students for 60 Days from Charter/Spectrum Internet

·       Free internet for students for 60 days from Comcast Internet

We will be back to you soon if it is possible to provide you with a laptop or a hotspot. Please understand we are managing college resources and the safety and health of you and our staff.



IVC Campus Closed until March 31

March 18, 2020

On Tuesday, March 17 the Public Health Officer of the Orange County Health Care Agency ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and functions throughout Orange County through March 31. Effective at 5 pm Wednesday, March 18 the IVC campus will close to students and staff. All IVC staff will begin working remotely in order to continue offering services and support to students.

Beginning Monday, March 23, IVC will transition to 100% online-only instruction for the remainder of the spring term with the exception of a few lab/practicum sections. Students are asked to not return to campus after spring break and instead wait to be contacted by your professor via email or through Canvas. All 1,155 sections will move online immediately and some students may be asked to return to campus when the college reopens to complete labs/practicums. The faculty are working diligently to reduce this number.

Tutoring, counseling and other support services will also be available online. Student Support Services are taking measures to provide students with information via Zoom, telephone, email, and online. The Health and Wellness Center will offer services using telemedicine and referral services.

We currently have NO known cases of the coronavirus on the IVC campus. We are taking these actions pre-emptively to ensure the safety and well-being of the entire IVC community. 


IVC & ATEP Campuses Closed to the Public  

March 16, 2020 

Effective today, March 16, the physical campus for Irvine Valley College (IVC) and the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) will be closed to the public. Please enter the IVC campus via the Laser Way entrance. Parking is available in student and staff lots.

On Sunday evening, several factors prompted our closure to the public. The Orange County Health Care Agency reported that the total number of cases of COVID-19 has increased to 17 in Orange County, with three cases of the community-acquired virus. The agency reports that there is now laboratory evidence that COVID-19 is likely spreading in the community. While there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at IVC, limiting our campus operations and traffic is essential for the health and safety of our community.

Campus Access Restrictions, March 16 through April 6:

On Friday, March 13, the Orange County Department of Education supported the temporary closure of all school districts operating in the county. As a constituent district of the county, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, South Orange County Community College District Chancellor Kathleen Burke has directed the closures of Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and ATEP to the public for a 21-day period.

Beginning at 6 am on March 16 through April 6, the colleges will be open only to full-time employees and students. The general public will be barred from both campuses. This timeline could change; the district and colleges will continue to monitor this fluid situation and make changes accordingly.

Students, we are asking you to continue to fully participate in your instruction online and also take advantage of the many student support services online we are providing.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

We are IVC!

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College



March 13, 2020

Irvine Valley College (IVC) is committed to ensuring the safety and good health of all students. Therefore, the Student Support Services programs are taking measures to provide you with information via Zoom, telephone, email, and online. These measures support the recent information I shared with you in an effort to prevent as many students as possible from coming onto campus unnecessarily.

Please note that the Health and Wellness Center will be servicing students with telemedicine and referral services. Reminder, the Health and Wellness Center does NOT test for COVID-19 only the Orange County Health Care Agency does. Please seek medical advice if you develop symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath. IVC’s “ASK A NURSE” hotline is in operation at 949-451-5687.

IVC is actively developing a mechanism through which students, families, and counselors can reach out to us in real-time with questions. We hope to launch this very soon; please stand-by for further information. In the meantime, you may contact the following individuals and departments for further information and/or support:

Admissions and Records, including Matriculation:

Corey Rodgers, Dean of Enrollment Services
Ruben Guzman, Registrar
Dr. Deejay Santiago, Director of Student Success and Support Program (SSSP)
Phone: 949-451-5409
Email: ivcam@ivc.edu 

Financial Aid:

Ken Lira, Assistant Dean of Financial Aid and Student Support Services
Phone: 949-451-5287
Email: ivcfinancialaid@ivc.edu  

Counseling:

Dr. Elizabeth Cipres, Dean of Counseling Services
Phone: 949-451-5319*
Email: ivccounseling@ivc.edu

*Counselors will be available to students by phone and video chat

Outreach:

Amrik Johal, Director of Promise, Outreach, and Recruitment Programs
Phone: 949-451-5217
Email: ivcoutreach@ivc.edu

Irvine Valley Promise:

Amrik Johal, Director of Promise, Outreach, and Recruitment Programs
ivcpromise@ivc.edu 

Student Equity Programs

Erin Pollard, Acting Manager of Student Equity
ivcstudentequity@ivc.edu
949-451-5688

Student Life:

Jennifer Fernandez, Acting Manager of Student Life
ivcstudentlife@ivc.edu
949-451-5600

International Student Program:

Christina Delgado, Director of International Student Program
949-451-5414
iso@ivc.edu

EOPS, CARE, & CalWORKS:

Fawn Tawnriverdi, EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS Coordinator
949-451-5243
ivceops@ivc.edu

Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS):

Judy Henmi, DSPS Coordinator
ivcdsps@ivc.edu
949-451-5630

Health and Wellness Center:    

Nancy Montgomery, Assistant Dean of Health, Wellness, and Veterans Services
949-451-5221

ASK A NURSE HOTLINE:    949-451-5687

Veterans Services:

Ma

lofou Sagiao, Veterans Center Manager
ivcvets@ivc.edu
949-451-5296

Title IX:

Anne Chua, Title IX Investigator/Manager
949-451-5231

Additionally, the Chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) has recommended referring to the following sources of information regarding COVID-19:

Sincerely,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


 

March 12, 2020 

Before you leave for Spring Break, please be aware that Irvine Valley College (IVC) will implement a “soft close” starting Monday, March 23 until May 1, at which time we will reassess. This does not affect regularly scheduled classes for March 12 or 13.

During the soft close, lecture instruction will be held online, as well as some labs. Tutoring, counseling and other student support services will also be available online. Hands-on laboratory and studio instruction will continue to be held in person, and campus support services, including those offered in the Health and Wellness Center, will still be offered in-person.

Our risk level in Orange County and on our campus remains low, with only six cases of COVID-19 in all of Orange County and none of them being community-acquired. The purpose of our soft close is to limit the population on campus so that we can increase social distancing and limit person-to-person contact that raises the risk of transmission before we develop community-acquired cases in our region.

You may have questions before we resume instruction on March 23. We are implementing a soft close plan that has been in the works for weeks, and we will be posting updates and additional information so that you will know exactly which portions of classes will be meeting in-person and which will not, and how you will gain access to online instruction and services. We will also provide information about checking out laptops or tablets for those who do not have their own. We do anticipate that the IVC Library, Writing Center, Counseling Center, Transfer Center, Student Success Center and many computer labs will remain open on campus, though we will be implementing “every other” seating to increase social distancing.

I know many may be frightened. While we can’t control the COVID-19 pandemic globally, we can certainly reduce your risk and the risk level on campus by taking measured steps like these to lower risk while maintaining learning continuity. State regulators and regional accreditors will not simply let colleges close and give out credit for courses where seat-time requirements have not been met; so while I know that some of you are asking why can’t we simply close campus, the answer is that doing so would force you to make-up “seat time” after the semester ends or lose credit, thereby putting you behind. This is true for every accredited college. We are ensuring that these learning requirements are met while risk levels are lowered. It is not one or the other. Please know that you are in good hands. We are better positioned than almost any college to move most of our instruction and student supports online. And know that your safety and health are paramount in every decision I make.

Please check your email regularly and visit our coronavirus webpage for updates.

Have a great last day of class and a restful staycation!

We remain focused, student-minded, and together: We are IVC and WE GOT THIS!

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 11, 2020 - 11 am 

An hour ago, I completed a conference call with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). There continues to be only four confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one presumptive case in Orange County. None of the cases are community-acquired. The University of California, Irvine (UCI) tested one individual and the local news has reported that the test was negative.

Any risk to the IVC community continues to remain LOW, however, we are currently preparing and planning for a “soft” closing of the college should that be necessary. A “soft” closing, which has not been implemented yet, means that all classes that can move into an online platform will do so in order to reduce the number of students on campus and in classrooms. A decision to initiate a “soft” close of IVC will likely be made jointly by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), IVC Leadership, and SOCCCD Chancellor, Dr. Kathleen Burke.

While coordinated efforts are being made to prepare for a worsening scenario, please know that there is no one community that is at higher risk than any other. It is particularly important to understand that Chinese Americans and people of Asian descent are no more likely to contract person-to-person COVID-19 than any other American. As a community of students, staff, and educators, we must help stop any attempts at fear or isolation of any single race or ethnic group by sharing with others that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. This is not just my message, but the message being sent by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

At Irvine Valley College, we value inclusivity and respect for others. We cannot let uncontrolled anxiety or fear diminish our commitment to one another. One of the college’s priorities is to provide a safe working and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff that is free from bias or discrimination. IVC serves and supports a diverse city and region, and welcomes students, faculty, and staff from all corners of the globe.

Nevertheless, the college also recognizes that as people become increasingly concerned about the spread of COVID-19, there will be incidences of backlash, resentment, and xenophobia towards the Asian American population. It has been reported that Chinese community members and Asian looking individuals have already been targeted due to fears and misconceptions about the origins and spread of the COVID-19.

We know that some members of our community are feeling greater stress than usual, and I want to encourage you to seek out support and information from the many organizations on campus that are here for you.

Remember that we are here for you. If you are feeling overwhelmed, worried or anxious you can get assistance from the Counseling Center. Students interested in speaking with a counselor have the following options:

  • Make a “Personal” counseling appointment by calling 949-451-5752
  • Come to drop-in counseling Monday-Thursday from 8 am – 7 pm, or Friday from 8 am - 5 pm (drop-in counseling will not be available during IVC’s Spring Break)
  • Email the Counseling Center at ivccounseling@ivc.edu

If you or someone you know has received mistreatment based on your race or ethnicity please let us know. You can report these incidents by contacting the Office of the Vice President of Student Services at 949-451-5515.

Through our individual and collective efforts, we can ensure that our campus community will remain safe and respected. 

We got this...Together Forward!

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 11, 2020 - 8 am 

Members of the IVC community, we understand your concerns related to COVID-19. We have a COVID-19 Response Team that has been actively and aggressively working in preparation for a partial or “soft” campus closure should such a decision ultimately occur. However, at this time the college remains open.

A partial or "soft" closing of the college would mean that the majority of coursework would take place remotely between faculty and students. The remainder of the college would remain open, services to students would continue, the library and computer lab support would remain open. 

IVC faculty have been asked to begin immediate preparations for a potential “soft closure” in order to be prepared should such a decision be made. To be clear, a decision to partially close the college has not yet been made. Such a decision, if it were to occur, would be made collaboratively between IVC leadership, Chancellor Kathleen Burke, and the Orange County Health Care Agency. Until such a decision is made, we will redouble our efforts in preparation for a “soft” closing. Spring break is just two days away. We will use this time to continue to prepare and assess.

We got this...Together Forward!

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 9, 20020

Since last updating you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 4, the number of global cases continues to develop and some smaller outbreaks have occurred in the United States, including California. Currently, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) reports we have three presumptive cases in Orange County (2 male and 1 female) all of which are travel-acquired, not community-acquired.

Our risk level remains low, particularly on our campus. However, in light of what has happened in the Seattle area, where a major university, a community college and an entire school district have shut down all but online learning, and because of the outbreaks elsewhere in California, we have ramped up our prevention measures. I take very seriously my role as the guardian of health for each of you and 15,000 similarly precious souls who trust us with your education, and your health, when you take classes on our campus. Here are some of the additional measures we are implementing:

  • We have developed a COVID-19 response team to advise myself and the President of Saddleback. For the last month, this joint emergency planning task force has been working on emergency preparedness and our response to the COVID-19 outbreak which includes planning at various risk levels of viral outbreak;
  • Higher prioritization for cleaning of surfaces touched by many individuals in short periods;
  • Collaboration between your faculty and instructional administrators to provide some level of Learning Continuity in the event of a full or partial campus shutdown;
  • Tracking of attendance in some classes to establish a baseline if we see some fall off in attendance if the outbreak hits Orange County;
  • Expansion of our advisory against travel to China to include South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan. If you or a college employee travels to any of these countries, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the United States before coming back to our campus, even if you are not required to do so by Homeland Security.
  • Additionally, I am advising against travel to King or Snohomish Counties in Washington or to Contra Costa, Solano, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties in California. I also advise against travel to any member country of the European Union at this time, as free borders with Italy will likely allow the outbreak in Italy to spread throughout Europe within days to weeks. We are already seeing evidence of this in Germany and France. Travel on the East Coast may also be reduced in locations such as New York City.

I know that many of you have travel plans for spring break. I ask you to consider those plans carefully. The list of places requiring 14-day self-quarantine upon return will likely grow in the coming days and weeks. There is a chance that what does not require quarantine upon return when you set out on your journey may require quarantine by the time you return. A 14-day quarantine could put you a semester behind. Moreover, the decisions you make about travel during this rising period of COVID-19’s spread will impact not just you, but your families, friends, peers, and professors upon your return. To be honest with you, I’m avoiding all travel now, myself. Please consider a staycation over spring break.

We stand prepared to enact other risk prevention measures if community-acquired cases develop in our region, but for now we are conducting “learning as usual” at Irvine Valley College, save for the measures outlined above.

I continue to recommend frequent hand-washing or the use of sanitizer, staying home if you are sick, sneezing tightly into your elbow if you must sneeze, and avoiding touching your nose, eyes or face except after hand washing or use of hand sanitizer. If you are in circumstances where you would normally shake hands with or hug someone, I would suggest bumping elbows instead. It’s trending, you know.
I do not recommend use of surgical masks unless you are sick, in which case you should not be here! There is no evidence so far that they have protected wearers from becoming infected. 
I know that many of you are concerned about contracting this virus. Our risk level remains low. There is no reason to stay home from class or off campus out of fear, at least not at this level of risk. If that changes, I promise you that we will move to the next level of risk prevention.

In summary, I want to reassure you that we are working on a plan for what is happening today, what might happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and the foreseeable future. We continue to be in touch with our local health care agency and will inform you of what we know, when we know it. There is no higher priority for me than our students, faculty, and staff.

Please remember that everyone in the IVC community plays a critical part in keeping us safe. So stay home if you are not feeling well, wash your hands consistently, and wipe down shared surfaces. We will all need to continue to work together for the next several months until this health crisis diminishes but, please don’t worry. Please let us carry the burden of figuring out how to keep you safe. We are focused, student-minded, and together: We are IVC and WE GOT THIS!

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 6, 2020

As we continue to prepare for the next level of COVID-19 response, I wanted to update you that IVC and Saddleback colleges have assembled a joint emergency planning task force, which has been working on emergency preparedness for the last month.

This joint response team met yesterday and will meet once a week until the pandemic declines. This team is advising President Stern and myself on appropriate campus responses to COVID-19. We’ve also asked the response team to begin putting out regular updates and tips, at least once a week, to both campuses.

The response team is responsible for implementing preparedness measures at each level of outbreak. As we closely monitor the situation with input from the Orange County Health Care Agency, we recognize that just a week ago we were at a very low level of outbreak, with few or no community-acquired cases in the State. This week, there are multiple such cases in Contra Costa, San Mateo, Solano, and Santa Clara counties. This raises the level of concern in our preparedness plan and triggers additional responses for our campuses. In particular, we are working with our facilities and maintenance departments to enhance cleaning of bathrooms, cafeteria tables, keyboards shared in succession, elevator buttons and handrails, like those on stairs. This will be done by prioritizing cleaning of these common-touch areas over other cleaning duties. You may notice that we let some things go without cleaning so that we can focus on these frequently touched surfaces. Please be understanding and do not complain to facilities if your trash doesn’t get emptied one night.

We have also begun to monitor attendance levels, so that we will have a baseline against which to compare key attendance data if we develop community-acquired infections in our county and region.

(Note that there are two new cases of COVID-19 somewhere in Orange County, but they were travel acquired, not community acquired. That’s a very significant difference in risk posed to the community. Indeed, if I can offer some advice for keeping your fear level down and based on rational risk assessment, look for outbreaks of community-acquired cases, not travel-related cases.)

The COVID-19 response team has also asked Instructional leaders to work with administrators to explore ways in which those not currently teaching online or hybrid might provide online learning in the event of a shutdown, so as to avoid make-up of lost seat time during breaks or summer. Near Seattle, the entire North Shore School District in Bothell and Lake Washington Institute of Technology, have shut down and are trying to maintain learning via their online platforms. The University of Washington just announced that as of March 9, classes and finals on all three campuses (Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma) will not be held in person. At my request, our new Director of Technology Services Nicholas Wilkening, in close collaboration with the Offices of Instruction and faculty, is putting into place planning for Canvas and collaboration tool platforms to ensure that we are prepared.

The District has shared with all employees that those who travel to any of the six countries carrying CDC COVID-19 travel advisories, China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan or Hong Kong, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the United States before returning to our campus, where transmission of the virus in our dense work environment could put thousands at risk. We simply cannot tolerate that risk for any overseas travel to a high-risk country. No one’s travel plans are more important than the lives and safety of our colleagues and students.

The COVID-19 task force has not recommended any extension of our foreign travel quarantine requirement to include domestic travel; but I, along with Dr. Stern, am strongly asking you avoid all travel—professional or personal—to King County or Snohomish County, Washington or any of the four counties in California with community-acquired outbreaks: Contra Costa, San Mateo, Solano, and Santa Clara. We are not providing you any cautionary messages that we aren’t considering for ourselves. I personally would not consider flying at this time. We would also like to provide one additional piece of travel advice. While Italy is the only European country on the CDC list right now, the European Union’s open borders will result in outbreaks throughout the continent very quickly, including community-acquired outbreaks. It is our recommendation that you not travel to Europe right now. This is just advice – that you may choose to take or not. However, please recognize that the CDC travel advisories could expand significantly between now and the time you travel for work or personal pleasure. You may find yourself having to endure a 14-day self-quarantine upon return from travel even though no such quarantine was required upon return when you set out on your journey.

In Orange County, the risk level continues to be at a relatively low level both in the county and on our campus. No further precautions are necessary, and no public events are being cancelled at this time. Best advice continues to include frequent hand-washing or the use of sanitizer, staying home if you are sick, sneezing tightly into your elbow if you must sneeze and avoiding touching your nose, eyes or face except after hand washing or use of hand sanitizer. Early data suggests that COVID-19 virus does not survive long on non-living surfaces. We are going to try to increase our cleaning of the most commonly touched surfaces, but it would be a mistake to worry too much about touching commonly touched surfaces as long as you aren’t touching your face and you are washing or sanitizing your hands frequently. Indeed, almost all community acquired cases appear to involve direct contact with an infected individual, almost always in the same home, airplane, cruise ship or other tight, confined space.

Also, I do not recommend the use of surgical masks unless you are sick, in which case you should not be here! There is no evidence so far that they have protected wearers from becoming infected. So please take them out of your Amazon shopping cart and leave the supply for health care providers.

In summary, I want to reassure you that we continue to be in touch with our local health care agencies. Our concern is slightly elevated but it is still a relatively low risk level this week because of the presence of community-acquired cases in our State; but there are no such community-acquired cases in Orange County, let alone near our college or on our campus. We have instituted some additional measures to mitigate risk but continue to function--learning as usual-- for the most part.

Please remember that everyone in the IVC community plays a critical part in keeping us safe. So stay home if you are not feeling well, wash your hands consistently, and wipe down shared surfaces. We will all need to continue to work together for the next several months until this health crisis diminishes. But, please don’t worry.  We are focused, student-minded, and together: We are IVC and WE GOT THIS!

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 4, 2020 

At 5:30 pm yesterday, we received a press release from the Orange County Healthcare Agency (OCHCA) notifying us of two new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the County of Orange. It is a man in his 60s and a female in her 30s. Both have recently traveled to countries with widespread transmission. There are NO reports of any connection to IVC. We will continue to provide you updates, as information is made available to us. For more information about COVID-19, please visit OCHCA.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


March 2, 2020:

I wanted to update everyone that we remain in regular communication with the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA). This afternoon, I, along with the IVC leadership team and appropriate staff members, participated in a conference call with OCHCA, led by the Medical Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Assessment, to receive the latest information and guidance on novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

OCHCA is working with federal, state, and local partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today, we were told, there is no recommendation in Orange County to cancel school, business or community events. Should a decision, in the future, need to be made to close a college or university, this decision would come from the OC Health Care Agency. Our team, along with area colleges and universities will be participating in weekly conference calls to stay abreast of any new updates to share with you.

As you may have heard in news from this weekend, the federal government announced it was expanding travel restrictions beyond China to now include Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Warnings are also in place for older individuals and people with chronic medical conditions traveling to Japan. We are now reading of new cases in the United States. However, our health agency partners remind us that this is no time for panic.

Orange County still has only one confirmed case of novel coronavirus. That case has no evidence of person-to-person transmission and risk of infection to the public in Orange County is still considered to be low. Agency officials have confirmed that this initial individual case of novel coronavirus has fully recovered.

It is critically important that we all take care of our health. I encourage you to practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands). Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. We will continue to share updates with you.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


February 27, 2020:

I wanted to take this opportunity to provide the campus with an update on the novel coronavirus outbreak. As you may have seen in the latest news coverage, novel coronavirus has now spread to additional regions across the world including Japan, South Korea, and Italy.  
Orange County still has only one confirmed case of novel coronavirus. That case has no evidence of person-to-person transmission and risk of infection to the public in Orange County is still considered to be low, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

On Wednesday afternoon, Orange County Supervisors Michelle Steel and Andrew Do declared a local emergency concerning the coronavirus. This declaration does not indicate a greater risk of contracting the virus locally. Rather, it is a measure that will enable officials to assemble resources and personnel to expedite emergency planning measures and boost their ability to deploy a rapid response team, should an outbreak occur. San Diego County made a similar declaration on February 14, and San Francisco declared a state of emergency on February 25.

At IVC, we remain committed to the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. While the risk to the IVC campus currently remains low, we remain vigilant in monitoring this rapidly evolving situation. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advised businesses, hospitals, and communities to begin preparing themselves for the potential spread of novel coronavirus into the United States. As such, I have formed a team at IVC to develop a comprehensive pandemic preparedness plan that will ensure we have protocols in place to help prevent the spread of the virus should it enter into our region.

It is vital to keep in mind best practices for staying well and consider your risk of exposure to the virus through daily interactions and travel activity. This is critically important as spring break is around the corner and many students, faculty, and staff are making plans to travel. While medical experts advise that the risk is low if you are traveling to a country where there are few or no cases of novel coronavirus, it is emphasized that you should evaluate your trip each day and look for any updates from the local authorities and from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If your immediate upcoming travels include any impacted destinations, I would ask you to seriously heed our advice and consider your plans carefully.

As a reminder, to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, it is advisable to follow these important tips:

  • 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.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. I will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Stay well, study hard, and know how much you are valued. We are IVC!

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


February 13, 2020 

Some of you are making plans for Spring Break, just weeks away. If your plans include travel, I must caution you against travel to China during the upcoming break or at any time in the near future.

As most of you know, China is experiencing an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. You may also know that this virus is easier to transmit and more deadly than influenza and that there have been over 70,000 cases in China, with over 2,000 deaths so far. What you may not know is that returning to the U.S. after travel to China will impact your ability to return to class here at IVC after the break. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, it is expected that you will be quarantined at a center or in your home for 14 days after leaving China, depending on what region you visit. For Chinese nationals and others, you will likely not be let back into the United States. It is for these reasons that I urge all students to avoid any travel to China until these measures instituted by the Department of Homeland Security have been reversed or lessened. For trusted information, please check out the CDC web page for information about traveling from China.

Also, please know that if you are quarantined for 14 days after traveling to China against the advice of the U.S. State Department, the CDC, and the Department of Homeland Security, you will not be allowed on campus during that period. Even if your quarantine is voluntary and at home, you run the risk of failing courses because of this avoidable prolonged absence. Thus traveling to China risks not only your health but your academic success at IVC.

I realize that many of you have plans that you made months ago, and maybe those plans included travel to China. Many of you have family and friends in China and miss them. I understand and am sympathetic; but please know that my job in dealing with this outbreak still largely concentrated in China is to keep you and your fellow students safe and healthy. I am, at this time, the guardian of health for you and 15,000 similarly precious souls who trust us with your education, and your health, when you take classes on our campus. I take that job very seriously, so please heed my advice: Please do not consider travel to China (or other impacted countries) until this public health crisis improves.

Stay well, study hard, and know how much you are valued. We are IVC!

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


Update on Coronavirus: Monday, February 13, 2020 — 9:10 am

IVC Administrators, Faculty and Staff:

I wanted to share with you a document from the California Department of Public Health, offering guidance for colleges and universities in dealing with 2019 novel coronavirus. While the health risk to the general public in California from novel coronavirus remains low, the California Department of Health is asking us to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all illnesses. I encourage you to please take a moment to review this document

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


February 12:

In an effort to support the well-being of our Irvine Valley College campus community, we are continuing to proactively monitor the coronavirus with our healthcare agency partners. There are currently no changes to report in Orange County. 

As this is peak cold and flu season, we do encourage you to be proactive about your overall health. It is not too late to get a flu shot, which is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications. We ask you to join us in keeping your vaccinations up to date, washing your hands often, staying hydrated, and helping us prevent the spread of infections and viruses such as the flu. To learn more about the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the latest and most reliable information. 

Please have a safe and happy President’s Day weekend.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


February 10, 2020:

While the number of cases related to the coronavirus is, unfortunately, rising around the world, IVC continues to monitor the situation closely with our health agency partners. We have no new information to report.

In addition to concern for the coronavirus, we encourage you to practice healthy habits to help prevent the flu. If you are sick, please stay home and always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This may prevent those around you from getting sick. It’s also critical that we all practice handwashing. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and clean and disinfect surfaces at home, work and school. Finally, college and work can be stressful – don’t forget to get plenty of sleep, be physically active, eat well and drink plenty of fluids.

In several days, we will have an extended long weekend. It will be an opportunity for us to all rest and recharge. Let’s continue to work together to stay healthy and support each other!

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


February 2, 2020:

We understand there remain concerns regarding the coronavirus. While the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) acknowledges this “situation is rapidly evolving,” officials reaffirm to us that the risk to the general public is low, as only one case has been identified in the county and there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission locally. 

As we have previously communicated, if you have not been to Wuhan, China, or been in close contact with someone who has been to Wuhan and is sick, your risk is low. However, we have received interim guidance for schools, colleges and universities from OCHCA in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national public health emergency declaration issued Friday, January 31, 2020.  

Updated Federal Guidelines

As part of the emergency declaration, which went into effect today (Sunday, February 2) at 11 am, Americans returning to the United States, who have been in China’s Hubei province within 14 days, will face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Americans returning to the United States from other parts of China will face enhanced screening and a self-quarantine of up to 14 days to ensure they do not pose a health risk. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asks that healthy travelers self-quarantine for 14 days and students who self-quarantine should be excused from school during this period. The quarantine is voluntary and is not monitored or enforced by the OCHCA, and currently there is no guidance from state or federal officials regarding enforcement by schools, colleges or universities of the self-quarantine guidance. Persons identified at highest risk of developing illness are monitored by federal, state and/or local public health officials. If a high-risk person being monitored is a student, the OCHCA will exclude them from school for 14 days from their last exposure and will communicate with the school, college or university to assure the student is excluded for the identified period. 

As noted, OCHCA indicates this is a rapidly evolving situation and is offering guidance on this subject. The OCHCA will continue to provide us with updates. To support public health, IVC follows the guidance of expert agencies and we expect our community do so as well.  

Should staff or students wear masks?

Currently, the CDC does not recommend the wearing of masks be mandated for staff or students. The wearing of masks is common in many countries, and individuals should exercise their own discretion in their use. As always, the OCHCA recommends that persons who are ill stay home to limit transmission of all viruses.

 

At this time, OCHCA confirms only one case of the Coronavirus in Orange County (a man in his 50s who is isolated and in good condition). The risk to the public in Orange County and throughout the United States remains low.

Should this situation change, please know that the IVC and our district are committed to maintaining the privacy rights of any student, faculty or staff member who might be placed under mandatory or self-quarantine. We will handle this matter with sensitivity and confidentiality.

Mandatory Quarantine

  • OCHCA will notify IVC of any students under mandatory quarantine, who have been excluded from attending campus due to recent travel from China’s Hubei province within 14 days
  • Once IVC has received notification these individuals are cleared to return to campus
  • Related absences will be excused

     

    Self-Quarantine

  • Students who have recently returned from other parts of China are asked to self-quarantine and provide IVC with documentation and/or a doctor’s note
  • IVC will work with students to support continued learning at home
  • Related absences will be excused

 IVC understands that missing school, for any reason, can cause concern and stress for the campus community.  We must all come together to maintain a healthy and safe educational environment. 

Additional Information and Resources

For information about healthy habits to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, health guidelines and FAQs from IVC and our health partners, click here.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 31, 2020 

As of 2:15 pm, I am able to update the campus community that the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has no new information on the single case of the coronavirus in Orange County. There remains no evidence of any person-to-person transmission within the County of Orange. Unless new information comes forward from OCHCA over the weekend pertaining to IVC, the next update from the college will be Monday morning.

We do want to share some related developments being reported today by official healthcare agencies.

The CDC has just confirmed a seventh case of the Wuhan coronavirus. It is reported to be an adult male in Santa Clara County, CA. This latest case is the third confirmed case of coronavirus in California. There is one other case in Washington state, one in Arizona and two in Illinois. This case has no connection to IVC.

We have also learned that the United States is imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals for those who have been in China in the past 14 days. In addition, the government is issuing a federal quarantine order to the repatriated US citizens at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County.

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in the United States at a White House press briefing on coronavirus late Friday.

U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to a 14-day quarantine. Foreign nationals, other than immediate family members of U.S. citizens, who have traveled to China in the previous 14 days will be denied entry into the country. The temporary measures take effect Feb. 2 at 5 pm. The HHS briefing further stated that Americans who've traveled to other parts of China in the previous 14 days will be subject to a health screening upon entry and asked to self-quarantine for up to 14 days.

Many airlines have or will be suspending all of their flights to and from China for the foreseeable future.

Please continue to monitor the CDPH and CDC as they provide updates to their websites about the coronavirus. Please also check out the IVC Coronavirus Updates and Information page on our website which includes Frequently Asked Questions, resource information, and posted updates coming directly from my office each day.

We understand there are many implications from this global health crisis and we are here for you.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 31, 2020:

As of 7:53 am, I am able update the campus community that the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has no new information on the single case of the coronavirus in Orange County. Our local agency, along with national and global public health officials are closely following this developing situation and confirm that there remains no evidence of any person-to-person transmission within the County of Orange.

We are also informing you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Health (CDPH) have expanded the criteria of those who should seek medical attention from Wuhan to all of China. This is the only criteria change (see below).

When should you seek medical attention for novel coronavirus?

If you were in China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left China, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

CDPH and the CDC continue to update their websites about the coronavirus providing timely health tips and ways we can all protect ourselves from infection, while educating ourselves about this public health concern. I strongly encourage you to also check out the IVC Coronavirus Updates and Information page on our website which includes Frequently Asked Questions, resource information, and posted updates coming directly from my office each day.

I remain committed to monitoring and providing you direct communication, as it becomes available to us.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 30, 2020:

At 2:30 pm this afternoon, we did our check-in with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). We are dedicated to providing our campus community with factual and consistent information from our county public health agency and the CDC. They continue to inform us that there remains only one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Orange County, and they confirm there remains no evidence of any person-to-person transmission within the County of Orange.

If you have concerns, I strongly encourage you to check out the IVC Coronavirus Updates and Information page on our website which includes Frequently Asked Questions, resource information, and posted updates coming directly from my office each day.

I am committed to regular communication updates. If anything changes, I will inform the college community immediately.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College

January 30, 2020

At 9:18 am today, we again communicated directly with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). They informed us that there remains only one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Orange County. To help provide you with the latest information on the coronavirus in Orange County, we've created a Coronavirus Updates and Information page on the IVC website. Please be sure to check this site for the latest updates on frequently asked questions, resources on the coronavirus, plus all of the announcements coming from my office on this topic.

If anything changes, I will inform the college community immediately. Meanwhile, please continue to remain informed and vigilant – we are all working together for a safe and healthy campus!

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College

January 29, 2020

We are dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest information concerning coronavirus. At 2 pm today, we again communicated directly with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). They informed us that there remains only one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Orange County. Further, they state there remains no evidence of any person-to-person transmission within the County of Orange.

Please remain vigilant in your precautionary efforts of hand washing, covering a sneeze/cough with a tissue and then disposing of the tissue, and staying home if you have cold/flu like symptoms. To assist you with staying abreast of the latest information on the coronavirus in Orange County, we've created a Coronavirus Updates and Information page on the IVC website. This will provide you with a list of frequently asked questions, resources on the coronavirus, plus all of the announcements coming from my office on this topic.

Remaining informed and vigilant are our priorities for maintaining a safe and healthy campus.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 29, 2020:

As of 8:00 am this morning, we have confirmed with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) that there remains only one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the County of Orange. They continue to tell us there remains no evidence of any person-person transmission of the virus within the County of Orange. I will keep you updated with any new developments.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 28, 2020

As of 12:05 pm today, I have confirmed with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) that there remains only one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the County of Orange. I have also confirmed that there remains no evidence of any person-to-person transmission of the virus within the County of Orange.

I will continue to keep you updated with any new developments.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 8, 2020

As promised, we have been in contact with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) for updates on the coronavirus. As of 7:54 am this morning, we can continue to confirm:

  • There remains only one case of novel coronavirus in the County of Orange (a male in his 50s)
  • There remains no evidence of person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus within the County
  • The OCHCA in conjunction with the CDC monitors all “close contact” cases affiliated with exposure to the coronavirus
  • There is no current “close contact” link between the patient who has been hospitalized and an IVC student or employee

Should any of this information change, leadership at OCHCA will notify me directly. In circumstances such as this, it is critically important that faculty, students, and staff be led by experts at the OCHCA and the CDC, and not by social media.

We want to again stress and confirm that the IVC Campus is open and safe. I am also restating that no IVC student or employee has been linked to any “close contact” exposure of the virus.

We will continue to post and share additional information from the OCHCA when it becomes available. Please continue to monitor your IVC email and check the news section of the IVC website for updates. Also, stay informed with updates from the OCHCA.

Please remember, it is cold/flu season and normal precautionary measures are always appropriate.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 27, 2020:

The vice presidents and I just got off of a 10:30 am conference call with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). The OCHCA is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) who are currently on-site at the OCHCA to address public health concerns related to the coronavirus. Specifically, we were on the phone with OCHCA leadership which included Mr. David Souleles, Public Health Director and Dr. Nicole Quick.

Here is what they have confirmed:

  • There remains only one case in the County of Orange (a male in his 50s)
  • There remain no cases of person-to-person transmission of the Coronaviruswithin the County
  • The OCHCA in conjunction with the CDC monitors all “close contact” case affiliated with exposure to the Coronavirus
  • There is no current “close contact” link between the patient who has been hospitalized and an IVC student or employee

Should any of this information change, leadership at OCHCA will notify me directly. In circumstances such as this, it is critically important that faculty, students, and staff be led by experts at the OCHCA and the CDC, and not by social media.

Once again, I am confirming that the IVC Campus is open and safe. I am also confirming that no IVC student or employee has been linked to any “close contact” exposure of the virus. I will post additional information from the OCHCA when it becomes available.

Please remember, it is cold/flu season and normal precautionary measures are always appropriate. So, please wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, if you sneeze or cough use a tissue and discard it after use, and if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms you should stay at home and contact your health provider.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 27, 2020

Here is the latest information that was just sent out from the Orange County Department of Education regarding a confirmed case of novela coronavirus in Orange County. The message in its entirety is below:

The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has issued an update on the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in China.

The agency confirmed over the weekend that a man in his 50s had tested positive for the virus in Orange County after traveling to Wuhan, China. There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred within the county, and OCHCA officials say the risk of infection to the public is believed to be low.

Similar guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that people who have casual contact with a case — examples include being in the same grocery store or movie theater — are at minimal risk of developing an infection.

Meanwhile, there are proven ways to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses, including influenza.

The HCA said it provided guidance to the traveler upon his arrival in the US to reduce exposure to the public while they awaited lab results from the CDC. The man is currently in good condition at a local hospital, where he is being treated in isolation.

The first known cases of 2019-nCoV — short for “2019 novel coronavirus” — were reported in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS. A novel coronavirus — often shown as “nCoV” — is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

In consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, the HCA said it was following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with the case and are at risk of infection.

We’ll continue to post as we hear more. For the latest updates, visit www.ochealthinfo.com.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 26, 2020

This message is intended to directly address information posted on social media that an IVC student may have been exposed to the Coronavirus here in Orange County. At this time, there is no credible information to support this posting./p>

Irvine Valley College Administration and the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) primarily rely on and adhere strictly to, the guidance provided by expert agencies such as the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In the past hour we have been in direct contact with the CDC and have received the following information and guidance that we wanted to report to you.

The CDC continues to have no credible information that an IVC student has been exposed to the Coronavirus. The CDC is recommending no change in any regular behavior on campus at IVC. The CDC will update IVC directly if they receive any new information.

Based on the information provided to us directly from the CDC, there will be no special precautions recommended for IVC at this time. IVC will remain open for classes. Your college administration and the SOCCCD take this health concern very seriously and will actively and aggressively monitor all relevant information and provide it to the IVC community in as close to real time as possible.

Finally, the OCHCA continues to say that the risk for individuals living within the County of Orange remains MINIMAL.

For additional information from the County of Orange and the CDC, please click on the links below:

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College


January 26, 2020

IVC Administration is aware that a case of the Coronavirus has been confirmed here in Orange County. The patient has been quarantined at an Orange County hospital. At this point, Orange County officials have affirmed that no person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County. In addition, County officials have stated, “the current risk of local transmission remains low.” IVC administration has not received any notification from the County of Orange or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that an IVC student may have been exposed to the Coronavirus. We are actively engaged in seeking additional information from the County of Orange.

We will put additional information out to the college community as soon as any new information is received.

Best regards,

Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Acting President
Irvine Valley College

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