2/19/2020 Coronavirus Update

Below are the most recent Coronavirus updates. If you have questions, contact Student Health Services.

  •  As of 2/19/2020, the CDC is still reporting 15 identified cases in the U.S. This number does not include persons being brought back to the U.S. for treatment/quarantine from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship.
  •  There continue to be no new cases in California and in L.A. County.
  •  If you are an asymptomatic traveler who returned to the U.S. on or after 2/3/2020 and who had traveled in China within the 14 days before your return to the U.S., please review the recommendations posted on the 2/12/2020 update.
  •  REMEMBER: Your best protection is still

o   Frequent handwashing
o   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
o   Stay >6 feet away from people who are sick
o   Stay home when you have a fever until your temperature is under 100°F/38°C for
     24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines
o   If you are coughing or sneezing, wear a mask or cover your coughs/sneezes with
     your sleeve, scarf, or clothing items (e.g. T-Shirt)
o   Get the 2019-20 seasonal flu shot; there are still some free doses for students at
     Student Health Services

Resources on COVID-19:

Pasadena Public Health: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/news-announcements/local-information-and-guidance-for-novel-coronavirus/

LA County Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

2/12/2020 Coronavirus Update

Below are the most recent Coronavirus updates. If you have questions, contact Student Health Services. 

  • COVID-19 is now the name for the 2019 novel Coronavirus infection that started in Wuhan, China
  • As of 2/12/20 afternoon, there are 14 identified infections in the US with 8 of those being in California and still only one in LA County
  • The advice has changed for asymptomatic persons who:

1. have traveled in Hubei Province or elsewhere in mainland China in the past 14 days and
2. have arrived in the US on or after 2/3/20 and
3. have no other known risk factor for exposure to COVID-19 other than travel

Asymptomatic individuals meeting the guidelines in bullet point #3 above—who traveled in Hubei Province, should be actively monitored by their public health department on a daily basis with no public activities until symptom free for 14 days. Of note, day 1 is the day after departure from China. Please contact your local public health department for specific directions.

Pasadena Public Health: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/

Los Angeles County Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

Asymptomatic individuals meeting the guidelines in bullet point #3 above—who traveled elsewhere in mainland China, should do self-monitoring with supervision by their local public health department and avoid congregate settings (e.g. schools, concerts, etc.), limit public activities and practice social distancing until symptom free for 14 days (day 1 is the day after departure from China).

Transit through an airport in Hubei Province or mainland China without time outside the airport is generally not considered to be an exposure.

At this time, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan do not have widespread transmission of COVID-19 and are not considered part of mainland China for this guidance.

  • REMEMBER: Your best protection is still

o   Frequent handwashing
o   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
o   Stay >6 feet away from people who are sick
o   Stay home when you have a fever until your temperature is under 100°F/38°C for
     24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines
o   If you are coughing or sneezing, wear a mask or cover your coughs/sneezes with
     your sleeve, scarf, or clothing items (e.g. T-Shirt)
o   Get the 2019-20 seasonal flu shot; there are still some free doses for students at
     Student Health Services

For additional information on the Coronavirus and other health news, please refer to the Student Health Services webpage: https://pasadena.edu/campus-life/student-health-services/latest-health-updates.php

Resources on COVID-19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/Coronavirus+Colleges+Guidance+2_11_20.pdf

2/11/2020 Measles Update

There is a recent outbreak of measles sites mostly in West Los Angeles back in late January early February.

Suspected measles cases have:

  • Fever and Generalized Rash
  • Had exposure to measles within the last 3 weeks

 http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/hea/library/topics/measles/CDCP-IP-0012-01.pdf

2/7/2020 Update 

In response to a steady stream of questions relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, Student Health Services have developed the following Q&A. If you have questions contact Student Health Services. 

PCC Q&A on the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)

Answers to frequently asked questions are below; additional helpful information is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FAQ website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Faculty’s instructions to students: Individuals with a fever greater than 100.4 °F or 38°C or who are unable to contain coughing or sneezing, should refrain from attending classes or work until their symptoms are controlled. Inform the student to go home. Faculty should work with the student to make up class work and instructions, rather than penalizing the student for missing class.

Students’ instructions: You should consult your primary doctor or contact Student Health Services (626-585-7244) if you are unwell.

Do not assume, on the basis of appearance, in the presence of flu-like symptoms that they have coronavirus. 

Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

    • fever (>100.4 °F or 38°C)
    • cough
    • shortness of breath

Many cases appear to be mild. Individuals who are elderly, have weakened immune systems, or have other underlying health conditions appear to be at risk for more severe disease.

Local public officials will conduct a “contact tracing” measure with identified patients and proactively contact any individuals who might have had an exposure. They will work with any individuals who may be affected to monitor if any symptoms develop.
Coronaviruses, including the 2019-nCoV, are considered airborne transmissible diseases.

The college is taking extended measures to ensure a hygienic environment, including regular cleaning of common areas, and refilling of soap and hand sanitizers. 

Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses are commonly spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

    • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing prevents the spread of a virus.
    • Handwashing (with soap and water) for 20 seconds reduces risk of infection. (https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html).
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid close contact with someone who is sick. Please refer to the most recent email blasts on updates, distributed 2/5/2020.
Isolation and Quarantine are not currently recommended for asymptomatic individuals.
Anyone seeking evaluation based on symptoms plus travel/exposure in the last 14 days should make their first contact by phone (Public Health Department, Student Health Services, or Primary Care Provider) to limit the exposure of other people until a decision can be made over the phone about the need and location for testing. If testing is recommended, you should isolate yourself to avoid exposing others. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask, scarf or other fabric if you are told to leave self-isolation for testing.
In the event of a PCC student testing positive for the 2019-nCoV, the patient would receive appropriate medical attention and would be under monitoring of Public Health officials. The Public Health officials will determine which other persons should be evaluated as close contacts. 
It's hard knowing people you care about are in the middle of a very scary situation far away. We know that this has been a difficult time for many members of our college family. Please know we are here for you and encourage you to reach out for support. If you want to meet with a counselor, please call 626-585-7273.

You can also help your family back home by letting them know you are taking good care of yourself. The best advice for not getting sick is to practice frequent handwashing and staying out of close contact with people who might be sick. Let them know you are well, and it may comfort and reassure them. As opportunities to assist become available, we will share these with the community. 
No, the flu shot is formulated to match influenza viruses expected to be circulating in the United States during the 2019-2020 flu season (Los Angeles County is currently seeing a rising number of cases, so please get a flu shot if you have not already done so). The influenza virus is a different virus from the coronavirus. The coronavirus has many genetic variants, including the “common cold” that generally does not present serious adverse health risks.
Students coming to Student Health Services with fever, cough, or shortness of breath will be given a mask to wear. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or other fabric, if you do not have a mask.
Wearing face masks routinely is not recommended for people who are not sick. Masks help sick people reduce spread of illness to others but are not very effective protection for well people.
Remember that hand gel does not replace handwashing with soap and water; handwashing is a more effective way to reduce the spread of infection.
There are no dietary restrictions related to viral infections.
The most updated current information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, as it presents in the United States, will come from the federal public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. If we receive additional local advisories for California or Los Angeles County, we will provide updates to our campus community in electronic forms.

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2/5/2020 Update

This is intended as an update to the information posted on 1/31/2020 to enrolled students, faculty, and staff.

To date, there are no new cases in LA and Orange County. There are 4 new cases in/near the Bay Area bringing the California total to 6 cases. As of 7pm on 2/4/2020 there are 11 cases total in the US.

If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath AND have traveled from China or been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of 2019-nCoV in the last 14 days, you need to be evaluated and should do so as soon as possible. Faculty and staff should consult their primary doctor or the Public Health Department for their residence. Students should consult their primary doctor or the Public Health Department for their residence or Student Health Services (626-585-7244). 

GeoBlue has added new free services for covered international students. See the attached documents about how to access their Global TeleMD service for telephone medical consultation as well as their Global Wellness Assist telephone counseling. 

Anyone seeking evaluation based on symptoms plus travel/exposure in the last 14 days should make their first contact by phone (Public Health Department, Student Health Services, or Primary Care Provider) to limit the exposure of other people until a decision can be made over the phone about the need and location for testing. If testing is recommended, you should isolate yourself to avoid exposing others. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask, scarf or other fabric if you are told to leave self-isolation for testing.

If you have traveled from China or have been exposed to 2019-nCoV and have no symptoms, please watch for symptoms for 14 days after travel or exposure. There is no reason to isolate you or refrain from usual activities. 

As stated before, the best way to avoid acquiring or spreading all viral infections is to:

  • Wash your hands frequently; soap and water for 20 seconds are more effective than hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay >6 feet away from others if you or they are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with your sleeve or a mask, change masks when they are wet and if you use a tissue, throw it away after use and wash your hands

Masks help sick people reduce spread of illness to others but are not very effective protection for well people.

If you haven’t gotten the 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccine yet, we recommend that you do. Influenza can be prevented or reduced in severity by vaccination.

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1/31/2020 Update

Coronavirus Info Sheet

There is only one identified case of 2019-nCoV in LA County and one in Orange County, neither with any known connection to PCC. The local public health officials (Pasadena Public Health for issues in Pasadena and LA County Department of Public Health for all other parts of LA County) conduct "contact tracing" with all identified cases in their coverage area, and proactively contact any individuals who might have had an exposure. They follow individuals who may have been exposed and do testing if needed.

There are only 6 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US as of 1/30/2020. There has been a FAKE LETTER claiming an outbreak in Carson in addition to multiple inaccurate social media posts. If you want reliable information go to:

If there are new cases in Pasadena or LA County, the relevant Public Health Department will issue a press release.

If you have fever (>100.4°) or cough or shortness of breath AND have traveled from China or have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days you should be evaluated. The location of greatest concern is Wuhan but the decision to do testing may be expanded to Hubei Province and other parts of China in the near future.

If you have traveled from China or been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of 2019-nCoV case in the last 14 days but have NO symptoms, your job is to watch for symptoms. There is no reason to isolate you or refrain from your usual activities.

If you believe you meet the criteria for evaluation, you should wear a mask and call your medical provider before you show up so that they can make preparations for the evaluation that limits the exposure of other persons. Students can call Student Health Services at 626-585-7244 during the hours we are open. Faculty and staff should contact their medical provider.

It may be appropriate to seek evaluation at an Urgent Care or Emergency Room if your primary medical provider is unavailable and any of the following apply to you:

  • your fever does not go below 100°, even temporarily, despite the use of fever reducing medicines within 48 hours
  • you have an underlying illness such as diabetes, asthma, emphysema, immunosuppression, etc., that put you at risk for more severe illness
  • you are increasingly short of breath with minimal exertion

The best way to reduce your risk for acquiring or spreading ALL VIRAL INFECTIONS is to:

  • wash your hands frequently; soap and water for 20 seconds is more effective than sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • stay >6 feet away from people who appear to be ill
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with your sleeve; if you use a tissue, throw it away after use and wash your hands

Masks help sick people reduce spread of illness to others but are not very effective protection for well people.

Like many other viral illnesses, the primary treatment for infected persons is supportive care (plenty of fluids, rest, avoid sharing a room with others whenever possible). The vast majority of people with 2019-nCoV will not need to be hospitalized and there is NO ROLE for antiviral medications in ambulatory patients at this time.

If you haven't gotten the 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccine yet, now's the time to do it. As of the week ending 1/11/2020 the CDC was estimating 13 million cases of flu, 120,000 hospitalizations for flu and 6,600 flu-related deaths in the US. Those numbers are far beyond what we have any reason to expect to see with 2019-nCoV based on what we currently know. We will provide updates as they become available.

Clinic Physician:  Ann Walker, MD
Director of Health and Wellness: Quinn Tang, DHSc., PA-C