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Chancellor's Announcement Of Employee Passing From COVID-19

Posted on: 04/08/2020

Please take a moment to read the below message from Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Dr. Francisco Rodriguez.

Chancellor message

April 8, 2020

Dear LACCD Colleagues,

It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the sad and tragic news that one of our LACCD colleagues has passed away as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Out of respect for the employee’s family and their privacy, I am not sharing our colleague’s name. Our colleague was hospitalized on March 29 after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.  I was informed only a short while ago that our colleague passed away this morning.  I have no other information to share about plans to help support the family during this time of immense grief.  I will be reaching out at the appropriate time on behalf of our LACCD family to extend our deepest condolences and support.

Our colleague worked for the District’s Information Technology Office for more than 15 years and was very well-respected, especially in response to this public health emergency.  Our colleagues in IT and those who worked closely with the employee over the years are especially devastated, so I humbly ask that you allow them space and time to grieve for their loss.

Please know that all appropriate steps and notifications have been made to any employee who may have come into contact with our fallen colleague prior to their hospitalization.  We will continue to remain in contact with them.

This is a terrible loss for all of us and the news will impact many of us very hard.  I encourage you to utilize our Employee Assistance Program or the County Mental Health Hotline for any grief counseling you may need.  The County’s Mental Health Hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 854-7771, or send a text to  "LA" to 741741.  Our EAP is also available 24/7 at (800) 327-0449.

This is a very sad, sad day for the entire LACCD community.  Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families and take all necessary precautions to combat the spread of this coronavirus.

Rest in peace, dear colleague.

With admiration and respect,

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Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Chancellor

Los Angeles Community College District