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Coronavirus Information

Originally Published: 2/6/2020

Los Angeles City College’s Student Health Center is in touch with local public health officials and currently there is no known connection between those affected and LACC.

We will be updating this page as new information develops. We wanted to proactively share the following information in the event that you or someone you know is traveling to or from the impacted areas.

As of February 5, 2020, there are only 11 confirmed cases nationwide and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says the risks currently are very low for anyone in our country to become ill from the virus.

There is only one (1) confirmed case in Los Angeles County and that number has not changed since January 26. The person involved is a non-resident traveler who has been isolated while receiving medical treatment and is unable to spread the virus.

Public health officials at the federal, state and local levels are closely monitoring the situation. The number of cases in the U.S. could rise, but to help put this into perspective, the number of virus-caused influenza cases recorded during the current annual flu season is about 13 million.

The Centers for Disease Control and County health officials are not recommending wearing masks by the public—including our faculty, staff and students. Frequent handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases, according to the County Department of Public Health.

Steps are being taken, however, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Per federal guidelines, increased levels of screening of passengers arriving from China at LAX (and several other designated U.S. airports) went into effect Feb. 3 along with either mandatory or voluntary quarantines for some travelers.

What is the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that develops into pneumonia and was discovered in Wuhan, China and has spread to a handful of countries including Japan, the United States, Thailand and South Korea.

Symptoms
  • Fever greater than 100.4 F/ 38 C
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose
  • Cough and/or difficulty breathing.

The symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus, contact your health care provider immediately.

Mode of Transmission

The virus is most commonly spread from one infected person to others.

  • By close personal contact such as shaking hands or touching
  • By contact with contaminated surfaces and then touching eyes, nose or mouth
  • By air via sneezing and/or coughing
How can you protect yourself?

There is no vaccine. The best way not to get sick from this or any respiratory virus is to regularly get an annual flu shot, stay informed about the situation via official health agency websites, and proactively use the following preventative steps:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.
  • Frequently wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze into your elbow; or if you use a tissue immediately throw it into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

International Students

International students should go to Student Health Center and receive a referral for further treatment. LACC’s Student Health Center is open Monday – Friday, 8am to 4:30pm  and is located in the Student Services Building room 120 (enter on the south side of the building).

The LACC Student Health Center office phone number is 323.953.4000 ext. 2485.

Official Health Agency Websites for More Info

We will continue to share updated health information as appropriate.

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029

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Phone: 323.953.4000

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Emergency: 323.953.2911