You may have heard by now about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a serious respiratory illness, that is especially dangerous for anyone with reduced immunity. In response to this outbreak, the LBCC leadership, including our Business Services and Student Health Services Center, has been closely monitoring this serious global public health crisis.
There have been cases of people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in California, including in Los Angeles and Orange County. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for the general American public. According to the Los Angeles County Health Department, there is no immediate threat to the general public and no special precautions are required.
Additionally, the Long Beach mayor recently hosted a media briefing along with the Long Beach Health Department. The City of Long Beach has also been in contact with the CDC, the state of California, and various Los Angeles County health departments to help monitor the situation. If you want to stay up to date on any local developments, you can also sign up for Provider Health Alerts from the City of Long Beach. You can also get the latest information on COVID-19 from the official CDC website.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is Long Beach City College’s top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Academic Affairs, in consultation with faculty leadership, is preparing a plan in reaction to the Coronavirus. This plan is designed to minimize disruption to instruction, including strategies to conduct classes remotely should this health crisis continue to develop and should it become necessary. We will continue to monitor and update you on this evolving situation.
- Staying at home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Practice other healthy habits like disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school
LBCC Nursing Faculty have offered the following guidelines on the proper use of masks, gloves, and long sleeves to essential personnel working on campus, particularly those who handle packages and mail
- Keep them dry and store them in a dry place.
- Masks can be re-used as long as proper guidelines are
- Make sure everyone knows who each mask belongs to.
- Designate a specific space for each person to store their mask.
- Once someone is done using their mask, put it in a paper bag or leave it on a shelf. If the virus is on the mask, it will start to degrade.
- Dispose of any mask that gets wet, as mold can develop.
- Proper removal of used gloves is crucial. When someone has
completed their task and is ready to remove their gloves, the
first glove must be removed using the pinch method.
- With dirty gloves on both hands, use one glove to pinch the end of the other glove finger and remove the first glove.
- Hold the first dirty glove in the hand with the remaining dirty glove still on.
- With the bare hand, use one finger to reach under the glove (non-contaminated side) of the gloved hand, roll the dirty glove off of the hand, encase the first dirty glove and dispose.
- Dispose of gloves that have contaminated fluid on them.
- After disposing of gloves, wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
- Long sleeves are a serious contamination issue, and the hospitals don’t allow anyone to wear sleeves that go below the elbow. Sleeves come into contact with infected surfaces and hold the infected material—you can wash your hands and your arms, but not the sleeves.
Staff in the Mailroom and Warehouse have been instructed not to wear long sleeves or to roll up long sleeves to the elbow to prevent contamination