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Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus

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Q: What is the status of the coronavirus in Orange County?

A: On Sunday, January 26, 2020 the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in Orange County. The case involves a male in his 50's, who was a traveler from Wuhan, China. The individual is being treated at a local hospital, he is in isolation and in good condition.

Q: Is IVC aware of the rumors on social media that say the Orange County case of coronavirus is the parent of an IVC student?

A: Yes, we are aware of the posts on social media making this claim. Following these reports, IVC administration reached out to the OCHCA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to seek further information. OCHCA informed college administration on Monday, January 27 that there has been no evidence of person-to-person transmission of the virus in Orange County. OCHCA officials stated that had there been any link of exposure to IVC students or staff, college officials would have been notified directly by the CDC and OCHCA. To date, no notification has been made to IVC by OCHCA because there is NO close contact link between the patient and an IVC student or employee. The College remains open and safe.

Q: Why can't IVC say whether the social media rumors are true?

A: Due to HIPPA privacy laws the OCHCA and CDC cannot provide personal information about a patient other than their gender and age range. Therefore, IVC administration does not have any more knowledge about the person currently being treated for the coronavirus in Orange County other than it is a male in his 50's.

Keep in mind, the OCHCA follows up with any person who has had close contact with the infected person and who would be at risk of infection. The OCHCA says there has been no evidence of exposure to IVC students or staff. While we cannot confirm or deny any personal details about the person being treated for the virus, we are reassured knowing the OCHCA confirms there is no evidence of any IVC student or staff member having exposure to the virus.

Q: How does IVC administration decide whether or not to close campus due to the coronavirus?

A: IVC follows the guidance of expert agencies such as the OCHCA and CDC in matters related to public health. Both agencies would notify IVC administration if there was evidence of an IVC student, faculty or staff member having exposure to the coronavirus. If that were to occur, all three agencies would work with College and District Administration to make a determination about closing campus.

IVC administration has maintained daily contact with the OCHCA to stay abreast of any changes to the status of the situation, and will continue to do so. The OCHCA and CDC work 24/7 to protect the health of all, and move quickly whenever there is a potential public health threat.

Q: How will I know if classes are canceled?

A: IVC will alert currently enrolled students of campus closure via their IVC email, text message, on the IVC website, and through social media. It is important that you continue to monitor your IVC email and be sure your contact information is up to date.

Q: Where can I find information about the coronavirus and how to prevent exposure to it?

A: The CDC website provides extensive information about the coronavirus in their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Q: Where can I find the most up to date information about the status of the coronavirus in Orange County?

A: The Orange County Health Care Agency has a coronavirus web page where they are posting information about the current status of the virus in Orange County.

Q: Where can I find the most up to date information about the status of the coronavirus in the United States?

A: For general information about the coronavirus in the United States, you can visit the CDC’s coronavirus website.