There are so many questions (and myths) around COVID-19 that I felt the need to share the most current and verified information with you. I hope this helps people understand the pandemic and the steps taking place to slow its progress.
The college is doing everything possible to mitigate COVID-19 on campus — by closing campus and working remotely, cleaning after any individuals who have exposed an area on campus, and following our local Orange County Healthcare Agency Guidelines. We are verifying all employees who come on campus and I have been assured by our Maintenance & Operations (M&O) department that all surfaces in classrooms have been cleaned with disinfection materials per CDC guidelines. That is why the campus is closed and no one should be on campus without notifying Campus Safety and M&O, who then have to clean those areas after exposures. In order to limit our on-campus employees to exposure from visitors, we ask that if you have not been asked to be here, you only come to campus if absolutely necessary.
The campus has been closed to students since 3/12/2020 and staff since 3/13/2020 — the COVID-19 incubation period is 2-14 days. This means that the onset of any symptoms window related to students and almost all employees has closed.
The reality is that there are now more than 300 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Orange County and more pending test results. Community acquired transmission is occurring in Orange County. This means that the spread of the virus is from unknown sources — no known source means that tracking each positive case with notification of each is beyond the capacity of our public health system, or our college. Mitigation through closure, social distancing, hand washing, respiratory hygiene, etc. are now employed as a result of this community spread.
At this point, any attempt to notify individuals who may have been at higher risk vs. notifying every individual on campus that may have been exposed, is really a matter of notifying the entire campus. The emails, and COVID-19 website the campus operates, attempt to relay that information to each of you. The campus is providing notification above and beyond the OCHCA guidelines because your health and welfare matters.
Again, it was with an abundance of caution that notifications went out to each of you because the campus is concerned about the health and well-being of our students and staff. We will continue to remain vigilant in monitoring and communicating with our OCHCA partners moving forward.
The Health Center will be answering all questions directed to our advice line at (714) 484-7361. In addition, you may find this information about COVID-19 from the CDC helpful.
Marla McBride, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Director of Cypress College Student Health Services
“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” -Voltaire