Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Update


  • As of March 24, 2020, there are 44,183 confirmed COVID-19 cases among all 50 states.
  • In California, there are a total of 1,733 positive cases.
  • In Orange County, there are 152 confirmed cases.
  • The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.
  • Residents can sign up to receive text message updates from the Public Health Department related to COVID-19 in Orange County by texting: OCCOVID19 to 888777
  • If you have specific concerns regarding district policy surrounding COVID-19, please follow this link to the Coast Community College District webpage: https://www.cccd.edu/aboutus/Pages/NovelCoronavirus.aspx
Should I be wearing a mask
  • As of March 12, 2020, there are 1,215 confirmed COVID-19 cases among 42 states.
  • In California, there are a total of 198 positive cases.
  • In Orange County, there are 6 confirmed cases.
  • The Orange County Health care Agency continues to consider the risk to the public to be low.
  • If you have specific concerns regarding district policy surrounding COVID-19, please follow this link to the Coast Community College District webpage: https://www.cccd.edu/aboutus/Pages/NovelCoronavirus.aspx
Should I be wearing a mask
  • As of March 5, 2020, When should you seek medical attention?

    If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you traveled to a country with widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19, OR you have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, you should:

    • Seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • As of 3/3/2020, there are 103 total cases of COVID-19 in the United States (with 88 currently active).  There have been 6 deaths in the US attributed to this virus, and COVID-19 is currently affecting 77 countries and territories. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with mild symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.  The disease is mostly affecting adults over the age of 25 years. Symptoms can include:  fever (90%), dry cough (70%), shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue and other symptoms.  These symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.   Patients experiencing potential symptoms are advised to call their primary care provider for advice.The GWC Student Health Center wants to remind our school community to always practice good hand washing technique.To avoid the spread of infection, it is advisable to: avoid shaking hands, avoid using cash, to not touch your eyes, nose and mouth while in public & to practice good housekeeping by frequently cleaning surfaces that are commonly touched.

    The CDC developed this video to demonstrate proper hand-washing:

  • On 02/26/20, Orange County issued an Emergency Declaration regarding COVID-19 preparedness.  While there has been only one confirmed case in Orange County and that individual has recovered, the OC Health Care Agency continues to engage and monitor the rapidly changing worldwide response to COVID-19. The County of Orange’s reason for the Emergency Declaration is:  “The declaration of both a local emergency and local health emergency assists the County of Orange to better leverage resources in order to prepare to our staffing needs and greater agency coordination all while allowing for future reimbursement for County activities by state and federal governments in the event of an COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County.”See the full Orange County press release here:  https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=112434On 2/26/20, the California Department of Public Health released this statement regarding a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a person in Northern California who has no international travel history, nor any known exposure to the infection: https://bit.ly/2w5kBgeOn 2/26/20, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the following “Situation Statement”: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200225-sitrep-36-covid-19.pdfThis is a rapidly evolving situation. The CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant.  For more information about COVID-19 visit www.cdc.gov/covid19.

    As a reminder from the Golden West College Student Health Center, it is always important to practice good hand washing technique to prevent the spread of infections.

    Remember:

    1. Wet hands

    2. Lather with soap

    3. Scrub from tips of fingers to wrists, including between the fingers and thumbs   & the backs of hands (*use friction between hands for washing–for at least 20 seconds*)

    4. Rinse well

    5. Use paper towel to turn off faucet.  Dispose of paper towels appropriately.

    6. Dry hands fully.

    7. Or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

    8. Use a paper towel on the handle of the bathroom door when exiting and dispose of the paper towel appropriately.

  • As of February 24, 2020, the CDC confirms that there have been 35 confirmed cases of patients infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States:
    • 18 former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
    • 10 in California
    • 2 in Illinois
    • 1 in Wisconsin
    • 1 in Arizona
    • 1 in Washington state
    • 1 in Massachusetts
    • 1 in Texas

    The CDC is monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility of a pandemic as cases are increasing outside of China.

    If you have traveled internationally, have a fever or difficulty breathing, please call your healthcare provider or the GWC Student Health Center *before* seeking medical treatment.  The goal is to isolate and contain the virus to prevent the spread of disease.

  • As of 2/20/20, there are 15 reported cases of COVID-19 in the US. The CDC recommends the following measures for prevention of spreading disease: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
  • On 2/11/20, the World Health Organization has renamed the virus, COVID-19.
  • As of 2/11/20, Orange County, CA continues to have only one confirmed case of novel coronavirus (a man in his 50s who is isolated and in good condition) and there is no evidence of person to person transmission occurring here. The risk to the public in Orange County, CA and throughout the United States remains low.
  • As of 2/11/20, there are 13 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US. The latest statistics can be followed at:  https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Please note: 

  • No evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County.
  • Risk of infection to public in Orange County is believed to be low.

The public is encouraged to practice good handwashing (at least 20 seconds), as the virus is believed to be droplet mediated (not airborne).  Maintaining social distance with individuals with a cough is always a good practice

What is the 2019 novel coronavirus? 

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Have there been cases of 2019-nCoV in the U.S.?

Yes, the first infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) web page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

• Orange County has one confirmed case of novel coronavirus

• No evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County

• Risk of infection to public in Orange County is believed to be low

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, symptoms can include:

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

How can I protect myself?

The CDC recommends preventative options to safeguard 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.

REGARDING FACE MASKS:
WEARING A MASK IS NOT INDICATED FOR PREVENTING 2019-nCoV.
You should consider wearing a mask ONLY if you have a FEVER AND COUGH, TO PREVENT SPREADING ILLNESS TO OTHERS.

Some key points include:

• CDC guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (for example, in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.

• If you have not been to China, or been in close contact with someone who has been to China and is sick, your risk is very low.

• If you have been to China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left China, you should:

• Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Avoid contact with others.

• Not travel while sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. WEAR A MASK.

As more information becomes available, public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be sharing key information.

www.cdc.gov/nCoV

http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus

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