Frequently Asked Questions

4/1/2020 Coronavirus Update

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

DON’T STOP HANDWASHING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING,
THEY ARE STILL THE MOST POWERFUL TOOLS WE HAVE

Keeping those numbers in perspective

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on 3/31/2020, the U.S. leads the world in confirmed cases with 140,640. The number of cases is ahead of Italy at 101,739, Spain at 85,195 and China at 82,545.
  • If you look at cases per 10K of the 2019 population, the U.S. currently has 4.27 cases/10K (compared to Italy at 16.8/10K and Spain at 20.93/10K).
  • Our numbers will get worse before they get better but keep doing that social distancing thing to keep the numbers as low as possible.
     

Where are those plentiful and easy to get tests that we needed 6-8 weeks ago?

Time for some good news - early indications that social distancing is helping in California

Who should we assume has COVID-19?

  • About a week ago, the L.A. County changed how it views respiratory illness and states that ambulatory patients with symptoms of a viral respiratory illness should be presumed to have COVID-19. If we each start from the perspective of thinking we have COVID-19 and focus on what to do to avoid sharing it, maybe that will help. Safety first, protect others by protecting yourself--that's the take home message.
     

What can we do besides wash our hands and stay away from each other?
After no public comment since a 3/9/2020 media briefing, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director,  gave an interview on 3/31/2020:https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/31/824155179/cdc-director-on-models-for-the-months-to-come-this-virus-is-going-to-be-with-us?referringSource=articleShare
     The take home messages from this interview include:

  • As many as 25% of infected persons may remain asymptomatic – we don’t know who these people are and we don’t know if and how much virus they can share because we haven’t been able to do any surveillance testing
  • An infected person’s ability to share the virus probably starts 48 hours before the onset of symptoms in that person
  • When we get through the first surge in hospitalizations and deaths that will occur in April and May, 95% of Americans will still have no immunity to the virus
  • We can hope this virus behaves like influenza and that transmission decreases as weather warms, but we should expect to see it back by early winter
  • Any talk of letting up on social distancing will have to be focused on geographic areas where we have enough data on community transmission. That will necessitate surveillance testing which we are not currently able to do.

Dr. Redfield was asked if the CDC was looking at changing its mask recommendations. He was only willing to say that it is being “aggressively reviewed”. Until the CDC gets finished with its aggressive review, Student Health Services recommend that everyone should wear a mask when out in public.

If you live with someone who is at risk for severe illness with COVID-19, maybe you should look at the L.A. County self-isolation/quarantine PDF files in previous updates and consider what you want to do to reduce the risk of exposing your loved one in case you have asymptomatic infection.

Mask Information:

Is there something more you can do?

Calling all nursing students, RN, LVN, and CNA, who thought in January that they would be graduating soon. California wants you and will pay you to work. The anticipated time of need is now to June 30th. It is possible this work could be counted as clinical training missed under stay-at-home orders keeping nursing students on track for graduation. The call includes all healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals and health care administrators. The website is:https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/

There is more information in Governor Newsom’s briefing on 3/30/2020:
https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/video/4497336-governor-newsoms-daily-press-conference-3-30-20-announces-establishment-of-california-health-corps/

And now, the care and feeding of the right side of the brain (videos and comics for your enjoyment):

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


 

3/25/2020 Coronavirus Update

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

SYMPTOMS TO CONSIDER

WONDERING IF YOU NEED A COVID-19 TEST

  • The “Situation” section of the 3/25/2020 health alert by the Los Angeles health Alert Network (LAHAN) provides some guidance: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eprp/lahan/alerts/LAHANCOVID032520.pdf
  • DO NOT test symptomatic patients that can be managed at home with these instructions: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeCare.pdf
    • If you can safely self-isolate, that is what you should do.
     
    DO NOT test asymptomatic people, EVEN IF THEY MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. L.A. County and San Bernardino County DPH define “exposed” as persons with close contact of a known/suspected case of COVID-19 (within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) or having handled bodily fluids of that person without appropriate protective gear starting on the first day that the known/suspected case was symptomatic and extending until that case has been released from isolation. People who know they have been exposed by those criteria should be told to self-quarantine following the home quarantine instructions: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf

HOW LONG TO ISOLATE COVID-19 CASES AND PEOPLE IN CONTACT WITH THEM?

NEW TESTING RESOURCES FOR THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

  • The City of L.A. is offering COVID-19 testing to city residents who meet one of three criteria for testing. They hope to extend testing to L.A. County residents in the near future. To see their current criteria for testing and apply for a test, go to: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
      

EFFECTIVE CLEANING AGENTS
For proper disinfection of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19:
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

  • The EPA “N list” has the products considered effective
  • They are listed in ascending numerical order of their EPA registration numbers, the first two sections of which describe the active ingredients
  • If the product you are using has the same first two sections as a product on the N list, then your product is also effective
  • The N list also tells you how long the item needs to stay wet (wet contact time) with each cleaning product
     

CLEANING ADVICE

REMEMBER: PREVENTIVE MEASURES ARE STILL OUR STRONGEST TOOLS

  • Stay 6 feet away from others; learn to love virtual socializing
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Stay away from other people when you are ill
  • Clean your work areas with an EPA approved cleaning product
  • Consider using gloves when working outside of the environment you can clean. It might at least remind you not to touch your face

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES and PERSONAL COUNSELING SERVICES

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

 

3/18/2020 Coronavirus Update
 

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

CASES
The trend in numbers of COVID-19 cases continues to change on a daily basis. Please refer to the links in the Resources section listed below for the current numbers of cases.

PREVENTION
The most impactful means of reducing transmissions of COVID-19 are the basic preventive measures (social distancing, groups less than 10, handwashing, isolate when ill, etc.) Paying attention to these measures can allow us to slow down the spread of disease in hopes of keeping medical care needs within the bounds of available medical human and equipment resources. Persons at increased risk of poor outcome with COVID-19 by virtue of age and/or underlying illness should be especially vigilant.

REMOTE ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS
Though campus is closed to students and the public, Student Health Services will continue to address medical concerns of students. Students with medical questions are asked to contact SHS by email at:

medicalSHS@pasadena.edu

They should include their full name, lancer number, enrollment status, their question and a phone number where we can reach them, if needed. We intend to reply within 24-48 hours during our usual working hours of 8:00a-4:30p Monday-Thursday and 8:00a-12:30p Friday except for weekends and holidays.

FACULTY/STAFF
Faculty and staff are encouraged to take their medical questions to their medical providers. The SHS web site includes a list of low cost medical services in the area: https://pasadena.edu/campus-life/student-health-services/community-referrals.php

TESTING
Testing for COVID-19 is still a limited resource at this time and requires that a medical provider determine that either you meet your local Public Health Department criteria for free testing or that you have insurance or other resources to cover the cost of testing. There are several avenues through which we hope testing will expand in the near future. We will provide updates as it becomes available.

The California Department of Public Health has launched a new website which covers all the basic preventive measures as well as information about state case numbers, testing, unemployment, family leave and disability benefits: https://covid19.ca.gov/

RESOURCES

⇒ Home Isolation Instruction: 

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeisolationenCoV031520.pdf

⇒ Home Care Instructions for Mild Respiratory Illness:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeCare.pdf

⇒ Travel Notices:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html#travel-1

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

 

3/12/2020 Campus Update: Classes Cancelled Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17

As PCC continues to take additional steps in response to the coronavirus outbreak, I am writing to let you know of two important updates:

  • In consultation with the Academic Senate and the Faculty Association, Dr. Endrijonas has decided to cancel all face-to-face classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, so that faculty, deans, and classified staff can continue the important work of implementing our transition to remote instruction. All administrative and business functions will continue as normal – the college is open for business. Courses and support services will begin moving online as soon as they are ready. It is our expectation that every possible course will meet through remote methods beginning Wednesday, March 18. For more information, contact your instructor.
  • Following a decision by the California Community College Athletic Association, all spring sports games and practices are suspended indefinitely.

Additional information you may find helpful in the days and weeks to come:

  • This morning Dr. Endrijonas held a video briefing for college faculty and staff. You can view the video here.

    In her remarks, Dr. Endrijonas summarized the recent actions the college has taken to address the coronavirus pandemic. These include moving all possible courses to remote instruction during the period of March 18 to April 20; cancelling or postponing all college and community events during that same time period; and curtailing all district-sponsored travel through April 30. We also provided information on how Student Health Services is assisting students, how Facilities Services is cleaning and sanitizing our physical plant regularly; and how you can stay in touch with the college and let your concerns and questions be known.
  • Counseling Resources for Students: Counselors are accepting virtual appointments through this link. Counselors can help you understand your options during this transition and also update your educational plan.
  • PCC Personal Counseling and Social Services: Students who may be in need of support or resources should visit these offices to learn more. There is a referral guide produced by Personal Counseling that will be of assistance and Social Services information is available online.
  • Q&As: Please keep your questions and comments coming! We are continually updating our FAQ page and tomorrow we will be updating our Health Updates page so you can more easily find important information quickly.

Thank you for your continued engagement. We are reading your messages and making an effort to respond wherever possible. Your feedback helps us know what our community is facing during this challenging time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this emergency.

3/11/2020 Coronavirus Update

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

CASES
As of 3/11/2020:

  • 27 confirmed cases in L.A. County

  • The college has no indication that the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus in Pasadena has interacted with people or facilities at the college. We are working with public health authorities to monitor and respond to the situation.

  • We will continue weekly updates as well as emergent briefings as needed.

  • With increasing numbers of cases in the U.S., the CDC has transferred responsibility for setting criteria for COVID-19 testing to state and local Public Health Departments. Pasadena Public Health Department is using the L.A. County Department of Public Health clinical criteria for testing.  

WHAT YOU SHOULD STILL BE DOING NOW

  • Continue basic preventive measures – Wash your hands; avoid touching your face; cover your coughs/sneezes; stay away from sick people; replace handshakes and hugs with elbow bumps or verbal greetings; get the flu shot if you have not earlier this flu season.

These basic preventive measures are our best tools for slowing the spread of this virus. Slowing the spread of the virus makes it more likely that medical resources will be sufficient to meet the medical needs of the people who need help.

  •  Stay home if you are sick

1. If you are sick, have a fever ≥100°F (≥37.8°C), or have a spewing productive cough that is difficult to contain, stay home and away from other people until your temperature has been below 100°F for 24 hours without having to use fever reducing meds to get it there and you can manage your cough/other symptoms.

2. The faculty has been asked to adjust their absentee/missed work approaches to better accommodate students who should stay home because they are ill.

3. L.A. County DPH has some advice for people who need to stay home for mild illness and are not felt to need testing for COVID-19: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeCare.pdf

  • Identify your medical provider and how to contact them – When we start to have community transmission locally, telephone consultation will help protect you and others.

  • Update your Emergency/Earthquake plan – Have enough of the medications you usually take and fever reducing medications if you can use them; food for people and pets, toilet paper, feminine products, kitty litter, basic first aid supplies including a thermometer, cleaning supplies and a communication plan with your family. CDC has some preparation advice for home, school, and work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM21103 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If you or someone in your family is identified as a COVID-19 case and well enough to be managed at home, you will be given self-isolation instructions by Public Health. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeIsolation.pdf (also available in Chinese).

  • If there is sufficient local transmission, Public Health, in consultation with school administration could advise closing the school. PCC has an Airborne Transmissible Disease (ATD) Plan that is being updated on an ongoing basis for the current situation. You can see this document at https://pasadena.edu/campus-life/student-health-services/latest-health-updates.php. If you have questions for which you cannot find answers among the updates clicking on “send us your feedback” takes you to a form to submit questions by email.

RESOURCES

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

3/10/2020 – Coronavirus Response: Update 

The following message was sent to faculty and staff:


March 10, 2020

Sent on behalf of Superintendent/President Erika Endrijonas

Dear colleagues:

In order to limit the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) on campus, and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, I am writing to let you know of specific actions the college will be taking over the coming days and weeks. Please note that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on our campus at this time, and the college is not closed for business.

The changes listed below will be in effect from Wednesday, March 18, through the end of Spring Break, April 20. Any change to this timeline will be made at a later date, in response to information gained from public health officials.

  • By March 18, PCC will convert most in-person classes to offer temporary remote instruction wherever possible through Canvas, Zoom, and other modalities. No changes will be made to courses that require face-to-face instruction; these courses will continue to meet on campus as scheduled. Examples of courses in this category include performing arts, lab courses, and physical education. Faculty should contact their dean for further clarification.
  • From March 18 through April 20, college events with a projected attendance of more than 100 people will be cancelled or postponed. Sporting events will be conducted wherever possible without spectators, while college arts performances will be postponed until later in the semester. Community events will be cancelled or postponed.
  • To help facilitate this transition, the agenda for PD Day will be reconfigured to allow faculty, staff, and managers time to prepare for these changes. Breakfast and lunch on Thursday (March 12) will proceed as planned in the Piazza, as will the streamed message from Dr. Endrijonas at 9 a.m. sharp. Faculty, staff, and administrators should plan to tune in to the stream to learn more about our ongoing response to the coronavirus outbreak. The special classified morning event and all afternoon breakout sessions have been cancelled. More information about how preparations will unfold within Academic divisions and student services and other departments will be forthcoming from the Office of Professional Development and your supervisor or dean.
  • The college is not closing. College facilities will remain open, and many operations will continue normally. Unless they are actively sick, employees should report to work as normal. Facilities Services has been increasing cleaning and sanitization efforts, and increased supplies of hand sanitizer, soap, and other cleaning products are being distributed. More information will be provided through your supervisor or dean as it becomes available.

A separate email with this information has been sent to students. 

These changes may cause some stress and uncertainty. If you notice someone who has been impacted by this emergency, please remind them that help is available. One option is PCC’s Employee Assistance Program, which provides confidential, complimentary counseling and other assistance to employees and their dependents. Please contact Human Resources if you need additional guidance with this resource.

This emergency will continue to have impacts, and we will continue to respond accordingly. Throughout this emergency, we have been balancing our educational mission with our imperative to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As more information about this outbreak has become evident, these actions represent prudent steps we can take to respond effectively to a rapidly changing situation. We appreciate your flexibility, commitment, and professionalism as we navigate this challenging time together.

3/5/2020 Pasadena City College and the Coronavirus outbreak

Posted by Pasadena City CollegeAs you may have seen, yesterday the LA County Department of Public Health announced that there are additional confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Los Angeles County. As a precautionary measure, both the county and the city of Pasadena declared a public health emergency in their jurisdictions. It is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus transmission in Pasadena at this time, and PCC is open for normal operations.

Current events may cause surprise and worry, so I want to share information about what Pasadena City College is doing to keep our community healthy and safe. There are a number of things we can all do to help reduce the likelihood of this illness impacting our lives, and to also help public health authorities effectively manage this outbreak.

What can I do?

  • Practice good hygiene: 
    • Wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes, and then wash your hands again
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from sick people
    • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps or verbal greetings
    • Get the flu shot if you haven’t in order to reduce the number of opportunities to become ill.
  • Stay home if you are sick:
    • If you have a fever of 100°F or greater, along with a cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, it is important that you stay home and away from other people. Once your temperature has been below 100°F for 24 hours without medication, and your other symptoms are not causing problems, you should return to the college.

      We understand that staying home can present challenges to work, home, and daily life. The college is prepared to accommodate reasonable absences in light of this public health crisis. If you have any concerns, please direct them to your supervisor or area vice president and they will work to find a solution.
  • Identify your medical provider and know how to contact them:
    • Our medical system is expected to be under high demand during this time. While you should only contact your medical provider if its services are needed, now is a good time to know what numbers to call so you’re prepared in the future.
  • Help the college maintain order and remain calm:
    • As with any emergency, new details are emerging every day and it’s difficult to know what is fact and what is rumor. While it is totally normal to have fears and worries during this time, it’s important to remember that we speak from authority when interacting with other members of our community – particularly students. If you know of someone who is experiencing severe stress during this emergency, it may be helpful to share the simple steps and facts contained in this message. If you are asked a question and you don’t know the answer, please refer to statements by public health officials or law enforcement agencies, rather than repeat what might be trending on social media. Some helpful websites include:

What is PCC doing?

Beyond these individual actions, the college is taking steps to respond to this emergency. PCC staff are in regular contact with local law enforcement and public health officials, and we are constantly evaluating our operations to see if any changes are necessary. Custodial staff are installing and updating handwashing, sanitization, and cleansing wipe stations around our campuses. Faculty and administrators are exploring alternative methods of coursework – including online and remote classes – so that classes can continue if in-person attendance is problematic. This information is being communicated to deans and faculty as soon as it becomes available. The college has a response plan and is using it to address developing events. Remember, courses and public events are still ongoing, and the college will only limit its activities if it is absolutely necessary. 

How can I stay informed?

During any emergency, it’s important to know how to find trusted information. There are a couple of key ways you can stay informed as this outbreak continues to develop:

If you have a question or concern that you would like to share, please send it to us and we’ll be able to help.

3/4/2020 Coronavirus Update

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

CASES

  •  As of 8:30am 3/4/2020, by the announcement made by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the L.A. County Department of Public Health, there are 6 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in L.A. County in the last 48 hours. Each of these cases has a known presumed source of illness so there is still

No evidence of community transmission yet

 LAC DPH will be providing daily update radio briefings. Today’s update was carried
 by KNX 1070AM. We hope the location and timing of these briefings will be posted on
 ph.lacounty.gov soon.

  • We will continue weekly updates as well as emergent briefings as needed.

  • L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the L.A. County Department of Public Health are declaring a Local Health Emergency to enhance coordination and implementation of activities to protect the public. Pasadena Public Health and Long Beach Public Health expect to do the same (no confirmed cases in those two areas). There are no closures or changes to public events at this time.

  • If you want to see the CDC numbers for the U.S. (that are now being updated each week day): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

  • CDC guidelines for who to test continues to evolve: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html. The decision to test is made by the Public Health Department for the geographic area of the candidate for testing.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING NOW

  • Continue basic preventive measures – you know the drill! Wash your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; cover your coughs and sneezes; wash your hands again if you used a tissue to do that last one; stay 6 feet or more away from sick people; replace handshakes with elbow bumps or verbal greetings; get the flu shot if you haven’t in order to reduce the number of opportunities to become ill.

  • Stay home if you are sick – fever ≥100°F (≥37.8°C) or a spewing productive cough that is difficult to contain are two of several good reasons to stay home and away from other people until your temperature has been below 100°F for 24 hours without having to use fever reducing meds to get it there and you can manage your cough/other symptoms.

  • Identify your medical provider and how to contact them – when we start to have community transmission locally, telephone consultation will help protect you and others

  • Update your Emergency/Earthquake plan – (you DO have one, right?) Thankfully we probably WON’T lose power, water and communication channels but a lot of the other issues are the same; have enough of the medications you usually take and fever reducing medications if you can use them; have enough shelf/freezer stable food for people and pets, toilet paper, feminine products, kitty litter, basic first aid supplies including a thermometer, cleaning supplies and a communication plan with your family. CDC has some preparation advice for home, school, and work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM21103

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If you or someone in your family is identified as a COVID-19 case and well enough to be managed at home, you will be given self-isolation instructions by Public Health. Here is what L.A. County Public Health Department says: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeCarenCoV.pdf (also available in Chinese).

  • If there is sufficient local transmission, Public Health, in consultation with school administration could advise closing the school. PCC has a Pandemic Preparedness Plan that is being updated for the current situation and will be distributed to the appropriate individuals who will assist with enforcing the plan, if needed.

RESOURCES

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

 

2/26/2020 Coronavirus Update

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

Cases:

  • U.S. cases reported by the CDC as of 4 pm 2/25/2020:

                12           travel related
                  2           household contacts or travel related cases
                  3           repatriated from Wuhan, tested by CDC
                42           repatriated from the Diamond Princess, tested by CDC
               59         TOTAL CASES

  •  Still no new cases in L.A. County 

Travel:
CDC provides travel advice regarding COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html As of 2/25/2020, CDC recommends the following (refer to the above CDC link for detailed descriptions related to each of the following categories):

  • Avoid all nonessential travel based on widespread community transmission in:

o   China
o   South Korea

  • Practice enhanced precautions based on sustained community transmission in:

o   Iran
o   Italy
o   Japan

  • Practice usual precautions based on multiple instances of community transmission in:

o   Hong Kong

  • Other destinations with risk of community spread:

o   Singapore
o   Taiwan
o   Thailand
o   Vietnam

Keeping Your Work Area Clean:
Surface cleaning solutions that are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered for use in hospital and healthcare settings are effective for killing the virus responsible for COVID-19.  You must achieve the wet contact time--letting the surface dry on its own, after cleaning with the product. This could be 2 to 10 minutes or more depending on the product. Check each product for specific recommendations.

Protection:
AS A REMINDER: Your best protection is still

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay >6 feet away from people who are sick
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Get the 2019-20 seasonal flu shot while limited free doses are still available for students at Student Health Services

  

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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Additional Resources, go to:


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.

For reliable information, go to:

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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