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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


Update on Coronavirus: Monday, February 12, 2020 - 8:50 am

IVC Community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:00 pm

IVC Community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 4:30 pm

IVC Community,

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

Update on Coronavirus: Thursday, January 31 - 4:00 pm

IVC Community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Thursday, January 31 - 9:15 am

IVC Community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Thursday, January 30 - 3:15 pm

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Thursday, January 30 - 10:00 am

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Wednesday, January 29 - 3:00 pm

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Wednesday, January 29 — 8:04 am

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Tuesday, January 28 — 12:05 pm

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Tuesday, January 28 — 10:07 am

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Monday, January 27 — 11:30 am

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Monday, January 27 — 10:35 am

IVC community:

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


Update on Coronavirus: Sunday, January 26 — 7:08 pm

IVC community:
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.

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


Important Message Regarding Coronavirus: Sunday, January 26 — 3:07 pm

IVC community:

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