The health and safety of our college community is our priority at Mt. San Jacinto College. This page will be frequently updated to provide you with the most recent information as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the plans at MSJC evolve to ensure the health and safety of students, employees, and essential visitors.
Please note: MSJC is not a COVID-19 vaccination center and we have not received the vaccine. Please visit Riverside University Public Health for the latest information about who is eligible to receive the vaccinations and where they are being offered.
All MSJC campuses are closed and most classes are online, with the exception of a few classes that are required by state licensing agencies to have hands-on training. The district has ensured all safety protocols are in place for those classes, including requirements to wear masks and remain six feet apart.
WiFi is avaiable for students on the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley Campuses. You must remain in your vehicle. There are no restrooms open on campus. (LINK to MAPS)
If you are required to come to campus, you must fill out the Daily COVID-19 Self Check.
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Please practice these preventive measures:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
- Minimize close contact (avoid hand shaking or hugging)
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness.
Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
For everyone: It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
For healthcare professionals:
- Be on the look-out for people with travel history to China and fever and respiratory symptoms.
- If you are a healthcare professional caring a 2109-nCoV patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
For people who may have 2019-nCoV infection: Please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
For travelers: Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak.
County of Riverside Department of Public Health Disease Control 951-358-5107
Or contact the MSJC Student Health Center: 951-487-3206 or 951-639-5206
What is MSJC doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
All MSJC campuses and off-site locations have been closed since March 16, 2020 following an order from Riverside County Public Health officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders. MSJC launched online instruction and student services on April 6 and held all Summer classes online. In Fall 2020, 98 percent of classes will be online. Courses that require on-ground training will follow safety procedures that include wearing personal protective equipment and social distancing.
How is MSJC informing students, faculty, staff and others about closures and changes that affect students and employees?
MSJC is communicating any changes or updates related to COVID-19 via email and on the website and through social media to keep everyone updated on the fast-moving changes.
Please make sure we have your current contact information: Update your MSJC-Alert contact information
What if I didn’t receive communications?
If you are an employee or a student, please update your emergency contact information at www.msjc.edu/alert
How is MSJC informing its constituents with information about the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19?
MSJC implemented an awareness campaign about COVID-19 that includes how we can take preventive steps to avoid contracting viruses.
- Posters on campus
- Handouts for classrooms and meetings
- Email communications
- Homepage and Student Health Centers pages of website
- Social Media
Will training be offered for employees?
MSJC has training available for MSJC employees to help them understand what to do in the event of an epidemic or pandemic. Keenan Safe Colleges Pandemic Training
How is MSJC receiving its information about COVID-19?
MSJC is working closely with educational partners, from K-12 to higher education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Riverside County Office of Education, and the Riverside University Health System – Public Health to monitor COVID-19 and to prepare for immediate communications if needed.
- The Riverside University Health System – Public Health would alert MSJC immediately if there were a confirmed case that posed significant immediate threat to our college community.
- MSJC verifies information related to COVID-19 through this agency to ensure the information it distributes is accurate.
- MSJC will follow its Emergency Communications Procedures to notify students, employees and communities immediately once a threat has been verified.
Does MSJC have a Study Abroad program or international students?
MSJC has no study abroad program this year. The percentage of international students is very low.
Is the Board of Trustees aware of this issue?
The MSJC Board of Trustees approved an emergency resolution during its regular meeting on March 12, 2020, authorizing the district to take any and all necessary actions to prepare and respond effectively to the coronavirus. Additionally, the trustees approved an emergency blanket distance education addendum, as required by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
How to protect yourself against COVID-19