Update: Confirmed Cases and Exposures
September 29, 2021
On Monday, Sept. 27, a notification was sent to all employees regarding a confirmed COVID-19 case with three exposures. We have more information on that case, and we are writing to provide you with an update.
Three employees who were in close contact with each other off campus on Sept. 22 and last at the Valencia campus on Sept. 23 subsequently experienced symptoms of COVID-19. The district received positive diagnoses on Sept. 23, 27, and 28 from these three employees.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reviewing these cases and considers them to be a cluster incident. An additional employee was exposed, along with a number of students, so we are conducting additional contact tracing.
The employees who tested positive will self-quarantine for the required period, and exposed individuals will either quarantine or monitor for symptoms as appropriate.
As mentioned in earlier cases, we understand the desire to know more about these situations. However, we must balance the concern that we all have for our co-workers and students with privacy laws. With that in mind, we are not able to provide more detail that could identify these individuals.
As a reminder, please continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms each day before coming to campus. Do not enter campus if you are currently experiencing, or have in the past 14 days experienced:
- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Congestion or runny nose
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our COVID-19 Compliance Team at email@example.com or (661) 993-7670.
Free COVID-19 testing is available at two locations on the Valencia campus:
- Parking Lot 7: The drive-through testing site is in the parking structure is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Appointments are required. Information
- Student Center: Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. Make Appointment
- To book an appointment to be vaccinated, please visit myturn.ca.gov.
For more information about COVD-19, we encourage you to review the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions
For details on resources available to college employees, please contact our Employee COVID-19 Officer, Maria Calderon, at (661) 362-5563. She will help you with information about benefits available under federal, state, and local laws, such as workers’ compensation, as well as options for COVID-19-related leave, including district-offered sick leave, leave under collective bargaining provisions, and protections against retaliation and discrimination.
We appreciate everyone’s continued efforts to heed health and safety guidelines and do their part to protect the health of our college community.
– College of the Canyons Incident Command Team