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2019-Novel Coronavirus Information

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of College of the Desert,

This letter is to inform you that College of the Desert is closely monitoring developments regarding the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). College of the Desert is regularly monitoring the situation by maintaining communication with Riverside County’s Communicable Disease Control Department who are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At this time there are no known affected individuals in Riverside County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the immediate health risk to the general American public is low.

The college is taking extended measures to ensure a hygienic environment, including regular cleaning of common areas, and refilling of soap and hand sanitizers.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How can you protect yourself

Practice 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 mouth or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Who is most at risk?

At this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China, people who have traveled to China and for people who have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with the 2019-nCoV virus.

If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus, contact your health care provider immediately.

The California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.

For more information please visit College of the Desert’s Student Health and Wellness website where there are links to the Centers for Disease Control and Riverside County.​