FC Monitoring Coronavirus: Risk of infection to public is believed to be low

January 31, 2020

Fullerton College is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). At this time, the immediate health risk from the coronavirus to the general public in the United States is considered low.

There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County, and the risk of infection to the public in the county is believed to be low. However, we understand that because there is a confirmed case in Orange County that there may be concerns, and the college would like to share prevention practices to avoid illnesses. College health professionals are also closely monitoring information about the virus provided by local, state and federal public health experts.

Coronavirus symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include, fever, cough and difficulty breathing.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • 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.

Health Services Available at Fullerton College

All Fullerton College students may utilize medical and mental health services at the college’s Health Center located in Room 1204, near the gyms. Health Services staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, health educators, medical assistants and clerical personnel. They are trained to assist students in a professional and confidential manner. Please visit the Health Center website for more information at https://health.fullcoll.edu/


  • Appointments with a physician, nurse practitioner, or nurse may be made in person or by phone.
  • Appointments with a mental health professional must be made in person.
  • A registered nurse is on duty at all open Health Center hours. Call us at: (714) 992-7093

Health Center Hours:

  • Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tues. 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thu. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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