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The rapidly unfolding circumstances related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have required all of us to make decisions and then revise them with a great deal of speed. At every turn, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) have looked to safeguard the health of all individuals in our campus community.
LACCD's FAQ page on the coronavirus can be viewed here.
Please take a moment to read this page to get answers to the latest questions that you may have.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus that was first discovered in China in late December 2019.
More information is available at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The pandemic has resulted in the vast majority of Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) and Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) classes and business operations moving to a remote or online setting.
If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath, here is where to find a drive-thru coronavirus testing site near you.
In order to comply with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Officer Emergency Isolation Order issued April 1, 2020, for the control of COVID-19, the LACCD Emergency Operations Center has issued the following recommendations with regard to possible COVID-19 exposure for employees:
1. A person is considered to be a close contact of a person with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 if, within 48 hours before that person’s symptoms began and until that person is no longer required to be isolated, they
(a) were within sixt of a person with presumed or confirmed COVID-19 for more than 10 minutes or
(b) had unprotected contact with the body fluids and/or secretions (such as being coughed on/sneezed on, shared utensils, or saliva or provided care without wearing protective equipment) of a person with presumed or confirmed COVID-19.
2. Employees who are known to have had close contact with a person presumed or confirmed COVID-19 are to be sent home to self-monitor and quarantine for 14 days following the last contact with the sick employee. Quarantine leaves related to COVID-19 will be applied for up to 14 days. During the quarantine leave, no employee shall go into less than full paid status if illness days are insufficient to cover the leave period.
3. If employees or family members become symptomatic, they are to immediately seek medical treatment and notify their supervisor as soon as reasonably possible.
4. Employees who were in general areas that were identified as locations the person presumed or confirmed COVID-19 had visited, need only to self-monitor as there was no direct contact or prolonged exposure to the person with presumed or confirmed COVID-19. But it is recommended that the employees who request be allowed to go home and telecommute (or voluntarily self-quarantine if they are not able to telecommute).
5. Employees who have had contact with a coworker who has been told to quarantine as a result of close contact with a person presumed or confirmed COVID-19, need only to self-monitor and advise if they become symptomatic. But it is recommended that employees who request be allowed to go home and telecommute (or voluntarily self-quarantine if they are not able to telecommute).
Beware of scams, false news, and hoaxes surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Accurate information, including announcements of new cases in Los Angeles County, will always be distributed by the below agencies through press releases, social media, and its website.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH)
- Social media: @lapublichealth
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center
- 24/7 Helpline (800) 854-7771
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Philanthropic and corporate partners, as well as those looking to make a major gift or grant, are encouraged to contact the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Individual donations are also being accepted through the Foundation and will be deployed to individual colleges supporting students impacted by lost wages, campus closures and the transition to distance education caused by COVID-19. Check here for more details on how to give now.
The California Volunteers website has a list of nonprofit organizations and food banks that are in dire need of volunteers, supplies and financial help.