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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stages

Scenario I

Measures already underway to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There is no sustained human to human transmission of the virus, & no current risk to students, faculty or staff at the college.

Scenario II

Measures to be taken if there are two or more community transmission cases of COVID-19, but no individuals within the school test positive.

Minimal immediate hazard exists for students, faculty & staff.

Scenario III

Measures to be taken if one student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and exposed others at school.

Students, faculty and staff are endangered to the extent that they have contact with infected persons.

Scenario IV

Measures to be taken if multiple schools within a school district have a student, faculty or staff member test positive for COVID-19.

Significant risk to students, faculty and staff exists. 

We ask that you continue to take precautions and know that the College is taking proactive steps to ensure that our MCCC hand sanitization stations are replenished frequently, soap and paper towels are well maintained in bathrooms, and additional tissue, cleaning spray and sanitizing wipes for high traffic areas are available.  Custodial staff have been provided with additional disinfecting supplies and will be cleaning surfaces more regularly. College and District managers have participated in a number of conference calls and meetings and we are relying on the professional assessments of the California Department of Public Health as the primary source of information and guidance on COVID-19 for our institution.

A notice was sent on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 with information from the “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommending the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay at home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms such as fever and cough.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. These can be located throughout the campus.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, eating utensils, sports equipment, towels and bedding

Reporting of Potential Health Issure

If you are tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please report this information immediately to Shelley Renberg, MCCC Coordinator, Health Services. You may call 559.675.4814 or email: shelley.renberg@scccd.edu.

Webpage/Social Media Communication

This webpage will be the central location for COVID-19 information. We will also post information frequent social media communication as well.

College Events

As stated earlier, per the MCDPH, we are not recommending cancellation of classes, events, or buildings at this time.  Each event will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will follow the March 7, 2020 guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Planning for Possible Modification in Delivery of Instruction

College leadership is in close communication with the District and State Chancellor’s Office on this topic.  Similarly, Administration, faculty and classified leadership have met to plan for the possible shift to a DE (online) delivery of instruction.  This topic will be a topic of ongoing discussion with faculty.  We will communicate with you as this continues to be refined with the assistance of local faculty and staff leaders as well as guidance from the MCDPH, District leadership and the State Chancellor’s office.  We will keep you abreast of these developments as they become available.

Stay Informed:

Madera County Department of Public Health: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates

California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates

Additional Resources.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Stop the Stigma

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus that is spreading worldwide. Though the full clinical picture is still unknown, the majority of cases are mild and can be treated. Special care should be taken by individuals with compromised immune systems.

As the situation of COVID-19 develops, including media reports, travel restrictions, cancelled events, and televised news, concerns for your own health and the health of your loved ones is normal. These concerns can bring up responses such as fear, anxiety, anger, hypervigilance, and feelings of helplessness or vulnerability.

In times like these, moderating our thoughts, feelings, and reactions is important for both ourselves and our community. While many people are careful to follow the current recommended practices like hand-washing and disinfection, most people do not consider what other habits they may be engaging in that could harm others.

Currently, there is an intense focus on several groups of individuals:

  • People of Asian-American descent
  • People who have traveled recently, especially outside of the U.S.
  • People who work as emergency responders and other healthcare professionals

Discrimination against all people of a nationality or occupation is wrong.

It is important to remember that the vast majority of people are at equal risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Only those who live in or have recently visited an area of ongoing viral spread, or are in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19 are at a higher risk.

Here are ways to ensure you are not spreading stigma:

  • Monitor your own thoughts and feelings. Are you feeling fear, anxiety or anger towards individuals you suspect to be of higher risk?
  • Monitor your behavior. Are you acting angrily or aggressively toward individuals you believe to be of higher risk, spreading harmful and unfounded rumors, or avoiding certain ethnic groups?
  • Learn the facts. Are you getting information from accurate sources, or potentially inaccurate ones like social media? Be sure you are using reliable sources, such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the California Department of Public Health.
  • Raise awareness, not fear. Ensure any information you share about COVID-19 is accurate and does not perpetuate stereotypes. This should include sharing images which focus on any particular nationality or occupation.
  • Speak out against stigma. The fastest way to stop negative behaviors in others is to speak up! Call out others who are spreading harmful mis-information, advocating for exclusion or avoidance of specific nationalities, or using racist language when talking about COVID-19. Staying silent means that minority populations are further victimized.
  • Be supportive. If you know individuals that are being stigmatized, reach out to them and offer your support. They need to know you are here for them, especially when others are targeting them unfairly for discrimination.

Seek Help if Concerned

If you believe you have contracted COVID-19, stay at home and call 911 for a medical evaluation. Otherwise, Take time off if you are not feeling well and make sure to visit a doctor or other health professional to discuss relevant symptoms.  

For health-related inquires contact the health clinic on your respective campus.

Madera College: 559-675-4759
Reedley College: 559-638-3328
Fresno City College: 559-442-8268
Clovis College: 559-325-5318

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your reactions to the recent events, or if your reaction is beginning to impact your relationships, academics, personal life, and/or general wellbeing, then you may consider contacting Psychological Services at your respective campus.

Madera College: 559-675-4859
Reedley College: 559-638-3328
Fresno City College: 559-443-8687
Clovis College: 559-325-5377

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