Coronavirus Update, March 25, 2020
COVID-2019 CLOSURE SCC LIBRARY SERVICES
All Campus Library Services will be closed to in-person services starting Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.
- Regular updates are available on our COVID-19 Resource Page (link also available from main Library site www.solano.edu/library).
- Online Library resources remain available.
- The Library will not charge overdue or late fees while the Library is closed. Your new due date will be three days after the Library reopens.
The Librarians and Library staff are available to support our students and instructors via email, phone, through live chat, and Zoom appointments.
CHAT REFERENCE - ASK A LIBRARIAN!
Find “Ask a librarian” on the COVID-19 Resource Page – the green button on the left. The SCC Librarians will be staffing our chat service the following hours:
- Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm.
- Fridays 10am to 2pm.
- Saturdays 10am to 2pm.
- Outside of these hours, regular chat reference will be available 24/7, though you will be working with a librarian not affiliated with SCC.
TEXTBOOKS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Most of our popular textbooks on reserve have been made available for free through publisher tools. A list of 20 confirmed textbooks, and how to access them can be found at: https://libguides.solano.edu/distance-education/textbooks
RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS through ZOOM
If you need in-depth research help, please email or call (voicemail) to set up a zoom
CALL: 707-864-7000 x4519
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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
- Reminder: SCC will postpone most in person classes from March 16 - 20.
Saturday classes will meet tomorrow, 03/14/20, as scheduled.
- General FAQ for Community
- Covid-19 FAQs from Student Services
- Covid-19 FAQs from Academic Affairs
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Stop the spread of germs | Spanish
- Handwashing Poster
- COVID19 Fact Sheet | Spanish
- Share Facts About COVID-19
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
FAQ - Select the questions below to dispaly answers.
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.