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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Information

Updates 4/3/2020 4:45 PM

Dear Students
 
We are so excited to welcome you back to restart your semester on Monday, April 6, 2020!
 
We hope that in some way, the return to your classes will give you some semblance of normalcy. We know that the last three weeks have been a time of uncertainty, stress, and trepidation, however, we want to reiterate that we are here for you. We are ready to serve you on Monday and throughout the entirety of the semester. Your success is our priority and we will do all that we can to support you in any way we can. 
 
We anticipate that most, if not all, of your instructors have communicated to you regarding the transition and the movement of your course online. If you have any questions about your class or how to participate in your course using the online platform Canvas, we ask that you please contact your instructor who can provide this information. Your instructor's contact information will be on your course syllabus. 
 
If you need help learning how to use Canvas, we encourage you to watch the Student Canvas Overview or “how to” Video Guides. For Technical Support, please contact the 24/7 Canvas Student Hotline: (844) 303-4497. Below, please find additional links for computer/technology support and resources: 
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Canvas ​

ConferZoom​

Your instructor may hold office hours or other meetings using an online meeting platform called ConferZoom which is already integrated into your Canvas course. 

With the speed that we transitioned to a completely online environment, it is important to recognize that there are bound to be hiccups on Monday and perhaps throughout the semester. Due to the large number of folks utilizing these same online systems all across our country, we anticipate that technology may be glitchy and may not fully function. Our faculty and staff are rallying for you and will continue to be flexible, adaptable, innovative and ready to trouble-shoot and problem-solve so that we can continue to be as responsive as possible to your unique needs during this transition. 

I know none of this has been easy. You are experiencing a time in history that no other generation has ever faced.  To continue your education in the face of so much uncertainty may seem daunting. But we know that you are the generation that can do this. We believe in you! 

I hope that you can take a few moments this weekend to not only prepare for the restart of the semester but give yourself some time to catch your breath and rest. We have been sprinting these last three weeks. We are certainly bound to face additional challenges ahead -- but based on what I know about our MSJC Eagles, I am confident that we will make it through this time together. 

Take care, stay well and healthy,
Roger Schultz
Superintendent/President 

 

 

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)

 

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California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) information

County of Riverside Public Health Coronavirus Updates

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness.

Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath

Prevention

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.

Treatment

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.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Recomendations:

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.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) nCoV-2019

County of Riverside Department of Public Health (DOPH)

CDC most current EPI info on 2019-nCoV 

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 currently doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

All MSJC campuses and off-site locations are closed through April 30 following an order from Riverside County Public Health officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders. MSJC will launch online instruction and student services on April 6.

 

How is MSJC informing students, faculty, staff and others about closures and changes that affect students and employees?

MSJC is communicating via email, text, voice messages and on the website and through social media to keep everyone updated on the fast-moving changes.

 

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
  • Canvas
  • 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.

 

 

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