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Notice of Positive COVID-19 Case

April 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues and Students:

We are writing to share with you that a member of the College of the Canyons community has tested positive for COVID-19.

We received this information late today (April 3) from the affected individual. To protect patient privacy, we cannot share any information that could serve to identify the individual.

The affected individual was last on campus March 25. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will notify those individuals who they determine were in direct contact with the affected individual of their possible exposure and recommended care management. The physical areas of the campus through which the individual passed were part of our regular cleaning regimen, and will undergo additional disinfection this weekend.

It’s important to know that transmission more commonly occurs via sustained face-to-face contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Surface transmission is less common. To learn more, please click here for information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This situation underscores the need for all of us to physically distance even when we show no signs of the virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the CDC, symptoms can appear anywhere from two days to two weeks after exposure. For reference purposes, April 9 marks the end of the 14-day period from the point of potential exposure related to this case. We urge you to continue to carefully self-monitor for symptoms, including any sign of fever, cough, or respiratory sickness every day before coming into contact with others.

Concerns about your individual health should be directed to your healthcare provider. To contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, please dial 211. Updates about the virus, its local impact, and the college’s remote learning and services will be regularly posted to this website and on the college’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

The health and safety of our COC community remains our top concern. These are uncertain and unsettling times, but we will get through this together.

We will keep you posted when there are further developments.

Sincerely,

College of the Canyons Incident Command Team


Distributed April 3, 2020