Dear Fullerton College Community,
At Fullerton College we continue to closely monitor information and guidance about the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). While the current public threat in California has been low thus far according to the California Department of Public Health, we understand that our students, faculty and staff may have questions and/or concerns, and we want to do our best to provide accurate information and guidance. The State of California offers some resources that we can all access, and I invite each of you to review the California Department of Public Health’s website to stay updated on the state’s most current information on COVID-19.
I would also like to share current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding prevention guidelines. It is important to note that the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are some key recommendations that each of us can follow 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.
As a reminder, all Fullerton College students may utilize medical and mental health services at the college’s Health Center located in Room 1204, near the gymnasium. 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. Contact our Health Center at 714-992-7093.
At Fullerton College, we are fully committed to the health and welfare of our entire campus community. While the risk of a local outbreak of COVID-19 is currently low, planning is underway at the college to prepare and provide additional guidance to our campus community. Our leadership team is also collaborating closely with our Health Services and Office of Campus Communications departments to continue sharing current information and guidance to the college community, as additional information and updates became available in the future.
Thank you for following the recommendations provided in this update and being understanding when students, faculty or staff are away from campus due to illness. I wish each of you peace of mind and wellness throughout the remainder of the spring semester.
Greg Schulz, Ed.D.