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.
Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Irvine Valley College