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Coronavirus Information


Continue to follow this page for upcoming FAQ information and other details

 

Please use the links below to find vaccine, testing, and resolution information

 

Vaccination and Face Covering Resolution (PDF)

 

Press Release Vaccination and Face Covering (PDF)

 

(Coming Soon) FAQ for Vaccination Proof and Testing Information

 

CourseKey Reminders - October 8th, 2021

 

As we move through the fall semester we wanted to be remind everyone of the procedures related to CourseKey:

 

1. Please complete the health screening questions in Courskey before coming to campus.

 

2. If you receive a red pass do not access campus until you have been cleared by a COVID administrator.

 

3. When a red pass is issued, click the link at the bottom of the red pass page to contact the COVID administrator. The response time will vary.

 


Previous Covid Information

 

Mass Vaccine Events, September 22th, 2021

 

Solano County Vaccine Events

Please see the upcoming clinics below. Walk in, schedule an appointment or call 707-784-8655 for assistance.

 

ATTENTION: Aside from scheduled first and second dose clinics, Solano County will have a standing walk-in only COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinic every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-7pm.

15 minute rapid tests and all 3 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) will be provided

Location: Solano Town Center, 1350 Travis Blvd, 2nd floor, next to Zumies.

 

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-7pm

Solano Town Center: 15 minute rapid tests and all 3 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson)

1350 Travis Blvd, 2nd floor, nestled between Macy's and Edward's Cinema, across from Applebee's.

Walk-in.

 

More information and dates:

https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/coronavirus_links/covid_19_vaccines.asp#Mass_Vaccine_Events

 


Free COVID-19 Vaccine (Vallejo Campus), September 26th, 2021

Address: SCC Vallejo Center, 545 Columbus Parkway, Multipurpose Room

Vallejo Center Multipurpose Room Location

ENGLISH flyer

SPANISH flyer

Clinic Date: Sunday, 9/26/21

  • Vaccination times 1-3 pm
  • Vaccines that will be offered:
    • Pfizer vaccine for everyone 12+
    • The One-dose vaccine (Janssen) subject to availability.

Second Doses Date Sunday 10/17/21

  • Vaccination times 1-3 pm
  • Vaccines that will be offered:
    • During second doses clinics we will also administer first doses on request and help with follow up.
    • Pfizer vaccine for everyone 12+
    • Janssen subject to availability

RESOLUTION NO. 21/22-03, September 15, 2021

MANDATING FACE COVERINGS AND REQUIRING VACCINATIONS OR TESTING FOR ALL STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND VOLUNTEERS

 

https://welcome.solano.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Resolution-No.-21-22-03-Vaccine-Mandate-Approved.pdf


 

Coronavirus Student Survey Results, September 03, 2021

In June 2021, we surveyed students who were enrolled in the college in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021 to get their impressions and feedback about a range of topics, including COVID-19.  You can see the results of the survey by clicking here.

 

https://welcome.solano.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Online-Student-Survey-Results-rev-09.03.2021.pptx.pdf


Coursekey Set-up Instruction

http://www.solano.edu/coronavirus/1920/Health%20Screen%20Survey__final.pdf


Coronavirus Update, August 25, 2021

Solano Community College has instituted a Mask Mandate for individuals on campus while inside any building. We adhere to the Cal/OSHA recommendation and guidelines that describe a face covering as follows:

 

“Face covering” means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and this new definition of a face covering supersedes the more lenient guidance issued on June 23, 2021. The College will provide an appropriate surgical mask for those without a proper face covering.

 

Solano Community College follows the science and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, as this is the most effective means of stopping the spread.


Coronavirus Update, July 22, 2021

On campus testing procedures: 

Solano Community College Sports is conducting weekly COVID testing on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10:30-1:00. Both walk-up and drive-through testing are available.

The test is a PCR saliva test, and results are available in 48 hours. You will only be notified in the event you test POSITIVE. Documentation of a negative result can be provided, upon request.

Please pull up to the curb at the 1700 building roundabout, and honk once if no one is outside. If walking up, please go to the 1700 lobby outside of the Athletics Training Room/Sports Medicine office. Follow the instructions provided below prior to testing. It will take approximately 5 minutes to fill out a form and leave a sample.

Please contact the Athletics Training Room/Sports Medicine staff at (707) 864-7166 with any questions. Stay safe and healthy!


COVID TESTING PROCEDURES

To ensure successful test results, please note the following:

  • Make sure you are well-hydrated at least 30 minutes ahead of test time.
  • At 30 minutes prior to your test, rinse your mouth with plain water for 20-30 seconds and then spit out the water.
  • Please do not eat, drink (not even water), smoke, vape, or chew gum for at least 30 minutes prior to your test.
  1. When you arrive at the testing location, wear a protective face covering (either cloth or surgical mask) until asked to remove it for testing purposes.
  2. You will remove mask, hold cup up to your lips and spit 10 times into the cup.
  3. Close the cup once complete.
  4. Wipe down the exterior of the cup with a disinfecting wipe that will be provided.
  5. Hand the cup to Sports Medicine personnel.
  6. Drive (or walk) away when complete.
  7. Test results are available within approximately 2 hours. You will only be notified in the event you test positive.

Coronavirus Update, June 23, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a serious concern for California. While vaccination rates are increasing and hospitalization is declining, new variants continue to threaten the safety of our community. We are still far from achieving “community immunity.” Wearing a mask and regularly washing your hands are the most effective ways to limit the spread of the virus. In accordance with this, Solano Community College is continuing the following measures for students and employees while on campus in the Summer and Fall of 2021:

  • Health Screening: Individuals coming to campus will be expected to respond to a series of COVID-19-related questions.

  • Masks: All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear a face mask while inside campus buildings. Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth is an effective way to prevent transmission of the virus. An N95 or surgical mask (2-layered, filtered) provides the best protection. Neck gators, bandanas, and single-layer cloth masks are less effective and not advised. The college will provide a surgical mask for those without a proper face covering.

  • Social Distancing: Where possible, social distancing will be encouraged as it helps lessen the spread of the virus.

  • Hand Washing: Regular hand washing for a minimum of 20 seconds continues to be one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand sanitizer is also available in all classrooms.

  • COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure: Individuals experiencing symptoms, who have tested positive for the virus, or who may suspect exposure should not come to campus (or participate in in-person instructional activities) and should notify their instructor. The college will make every effort to support the continuation of learning for those affected.


Coronavirus Update, August 14, 2020

As of August 13, 2020, California has 593,141 cases and 10,808 deaths due to the coronavirus. Following state orders, counties have been instructed to close indoor operations in restaurants, wineries, movie theatres, zoos and museums, and bars. Some outdoor operations are still allowed. County updates on the virus can be found here: https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/coronavirus.asp

Solano Community College supports these and other public safety measures that protect our community. All student support services, like counseling and financial aid consultations, will be online or via phone. Most classes at the college are online this fall. Select courses in programs deemed essential to training students for employment in the critical infrastructure sectors of the economy, like health care, emergency services, and manufacturing, are allowed to conduct limited in-person instruction.

Safety measures implemented at the college include: Face masks or face coverings are required of all people on campus. Social distancing of at least 6 feet, when possible, will be enforced. Frequent hand washing is encouraged. All lecture classes and lecture components of lab classes will be conducted online. Students and employees coming to campus agree to stay away when exhibiting symptoms of the virus and to report to their professor or supervisor if they believe they have been in contact with an infected person.

The college anticipates that the pandemic will continue into late fall and early spring. With this in mind, spring classes will be offered online, as well, unless the situation dramatically improves. Stay tuned for additional updates.


Coronavirus Update, March 30, 2020

Solano Community College’s operations are now being conducted online. All classes are online, and support services are accessible online or by phone. Our faculty and staff are working hard to support our students during this time. For assistance, please go to EarlyAlert@solano.edu.


Coronavirus Update, March 20, 2020

In Person Class Suspension Notice: All classes at SCC have been moved to an online modality to comply with the Solano County "Shelter at Home" order of March 18, 2020. Online classes have been ongoing, and face-to-face classes converted to online will begin on March 23. Faculty have worked hard to ensure that student learning can continue and that students will be able to complete their classes, where feasible. Students should contact their professors with specific questions about their courses.


Coronavirus Update, March 19, 2020

  • Solano County Dept. of Public Health Notice:
    Effective March 18, 2020, Solano County has issued a countywide Shelter at Home Health Order and Directive to continue protecting the health and safety of our community, clarify directive guidance in accordance with the Governor, and ensure consistent compliance across the County with social distancing and self-isolation measures. These mitigation measures are disruptive, but critical to curb the growing number of cases resulting from community spread, particularly given that most those infected show mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and Solano Public Health will provide updated information as it becomes available.
  • Out of concern for our employees, students, and community, Solano College will continue transitioning to operate remotely, where possible.
  • For student class information: Student Resources
  • For facutly information: Faculty Migration Training

Coronavirus Update, March 13, 2020


Coronavirus Update, March 12, 2020

SCC will postpone most in person classes from March 16-20 in order to allow faculty time to move classes online and for students to prepare. Moving classes to an online format is being taken in an effort to reduce contact by faculty, staff, and students. Cohort classes such as nursing will continue to meet in person as these and other programs require contact hours. Saturday in person classes will meet on Saturday, 03/14/20, as scheduled. Online classes will meet next week as scheduled.

We will continue with predominantly online instruction from March 23 through April 3. We will assess conditions during spring break, April 6-10 to determine if it is in the best interest of the College to continue with predominantly online classes. Offices, programs, and services, including the Early Learning Center will remain open throughout next week and the semester.

Training and support will be provided for students who are new to online classes on March 18 and 19. Staff will be available at all three campuses- Fairfield, Vacaville, and Vallejo- to assist with accessing Canvas and other online tools. A schedule will be sent to students on Monday. Computer labs will remain open throughout the semester for students to use. Information regarding tutoring services and instructional support services will be sent next week.

The last day to drop full semester classes with a “W” notation is March 27. Students who have been quarantined or out ill may request and “EW” or excused withdrawal by completing the petition available online.

We are taking steps to protect the campus community while ensuring your greatest chance at successfully completing your courses. Please let your instructors know if you need additional support and we will work to secure the resources.


Guidance for Vulnerable Populations at High Risk for Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Spanish

SOLANO PUBLIC HEALTH | MARCH 11, 2020


What is the name of the virus causing the outbreak of coronavirus disease starting in 2019?

On February 11, 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, charged with naming new viruses, named the novel coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2. As the name indicates, the virus is related to the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003, however it is not the same virus.

Why is the disease causing the outbreak now being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.” There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.

What is the source of COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

What is it?

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which cause respiratory illnesses. The common coronaviruses that infect humans cause symptoms of the common cold: low grade fever, cough, sneezing and a runny nose. The novel coronavirus 2019 is a new virus that we haven’t seen before. Early in this outbreak, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

Symptoms

For confirmed COVID-2019 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How COVID-19 Spreads

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

Person-to-person spread

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily does the virus spread?

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Self-Monitoring vs. Isolation vs. Quarantine

Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. Those who develop symptoms should seek medical attention (remember to call ahead and wear a surgical mask when arriving at the health care facility) and notify your county public health department. Links for websites are for Solano and Yolo Counties, and are listed in Additional Information About Coronavirus (COVID-19) section.

Isolation means separating a person (or group of people) known or believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease.

Quarantine means separating a person (or group of people) believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet showing symptoms, from others who have not been exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Transmission of infection is believed to be through contact with respiratory droplets, such as from a cough or sneeze, from an infected person. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The risk of novel coronavirus infection to our community is low. However, as a reminder, public health experts recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of common respiratory viruses, such as the flu, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. Notify your doctor, county public health department, instructors, and supervisor immediately.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask

You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

 


Local Communications

COVID-19 Update from CCC Chancellor Eloy Oakley 03.05.2020

School Letter to Parents from Solano Public Health 03.04.2020 | Spanish

COVID-19 Update from Solano Public Health 02.27.2020

COVID-19 Update from Solano Public Health 02.10.2020

 


Additional Resources

 


Additional Information About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

California Community Colleges: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus

Solano County: http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/default.asp

Yolo County: https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/coronavirus

 


FAQ

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Q. I am thinking about dropping my classes due to the fear of contracting the Coronavirus. How will my financial aid be impacted?

The Department of Education currently has not changed any of the requirements for financial aid or offered any relief for students or institutions impacted by coronavirus. Withdrawing or stopping attending college can result in you being required to repay all or some of the financial aid you received. Additionally, students are required to meet academic progress standards to receive financial aid. Withdrawing from courses after the drop deadline or failing classes can negatively impact your academic progress and your eligibility for future financial aid. You are encouraged to talk to the college financial aid staff before withdrawing from any classes.

 

Q. What guidance should be provided to faculty if the student is under “self-quarantine” and unable to attend class for 14 days?

For classes that meet on campus, faculty members are encouraged to excuse the student's absence and work with the student to help them catch up on missed coursework. For classes that meet online or partially online, the student may be able to continue coursework, depending on the severity of illness.

 

Q. What precautionary measures are college taking to protect students and employees?

All college custodial teams are following best-practice guidelines and taking extra steps to deep clean our campuses, particularly "high-touch" points such as door knobs, railings, door handles, bathroom push doors, and light switches. Additional materials and staff are being sought to assist in increasing the frequency of cleaning cycles throughout the colleges and district office.

 

Q. How do we mitigate students or employees from being ostracized as a result of fear surrounding coronavirus?

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The risk of getting coronavirus disease 2019 is currently low in the US, due in part to quick action from health authorities. However, some people are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma towards Chinese or other Asian-Americans. Stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease (for example, Chinese-Americans and other Asian-Americans living in the United States). Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma and help not hurt others by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.