Safety Updates: Coronavirus
MSJC monitors Coronavirus with regional health agencies – No local cases reported
UPDATE: The travelers from China who have been housed on March Air Reserve Base for a 14-day quarantine have been determined to be free of the coronavirus. They will be allowed to return home on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Unfortunately, there have been reports of workers from the base being accosted and harassed by others who are in fear of the virus. We understand there might be concerns but would encourage everyone to please read the letter from the Riverside County Public Health Officer and come into the Health Center if you would like to discuss anything further.
Mt. San Jacinto College is working closely with Riverside County health officials to monitor the cases of novel coronavirus (nCoV) from the Wuhan, China outbreak. Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said there have been no confirmed cases in Riverside County, according to a press release issued on Jan. 27, 2020 by the Riverside University Health System – Public Health.
Two cases were confirmed in Southern California: one case in Orange County and one in Los Angeles County. Officials said the risk of contracting the virus is low.
Dr. Kaiser is scheduled to update the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on the activities surrounding coronavirus at its meeting Jan. 28.
It is important you review the information on this page and share it with friends and colleagues to reduce the risk of contracting any virus, including the coronavirus.
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness.
Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends 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 cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
For everyone: It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
For healthcare professionals:
- Be on the look-out for people with travel history to China and fever and respiratory symptoms.
- If you are a healthcare professional caring a 2109-nCoV patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
For people who may have 2019-nCoV infection: Please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
For travelers: Stay up to date with CDC’s travel health notices related to this outbreak.
County of Riverside Department of Public Health Disease Control 951-358-5107
Or contact the MSJC Student Health Center: 951-487-3206 or 951-639-5206