Porterville College

Coronavirus Updates

(Tuesday, March 24, 2020-11:30 AM Update)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For Students looking for Internet Acces: Spectrum is offering free broadband access for 60 days.  Follow the link below for more information.
https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

 

(Sunday, March 22, 2020-10:00 PM Update)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A video message to students from Porterville College President, Dr. Claudia Habib.

In English:  https://youtu.be/JFzvlZ5TDKw

In Spanish: https://youtu.be/wECVN2TjdJ8

 

(Thursday, March 19, 2020-7:45 PM Update)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

California's Governor just issued a "shelter-at-home" executive order, effective tonight. As of right now, PC Spring Break continues to be extended Through March 27th and classes will resume online starting March 30. We will keep you posted as updates occur. Thank You.

El gobernador de California, ordenó que los residentes se queden en sus casas para contrarrestar la expansión del coronavirus. Porterville College continúa en receso y clases en línea comenzarán el 30 de Marzo. Más información saldrá la próxima semana.

 

(Wednesday, March 18, 2020-2:03 PM Update)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. has announced they have joined VitalSource in an effort to support students impacted by the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Beginning today and through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, VitalSource will offer free access to eTextbooks for students at Barnes & Noble campuses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
PC is one of these schools.  Click here for the press release on this decision.

Listed below are step by step instructions on how students can find their books online. 
 

  1. Log-in to InsidePC
  2. Click MyBanWeb link
  3. Click BanWeb Main Page link
  4. Click the Student tab
  5. Click the Registration link
  6. Scroll to the bottom and click the "Buy Books For my Classes" link
  7. Click the link to agree to loading the schedule into the PC Bookstore's website
  8. Courses from multiple semesters may appear if the student is registered for more than one (ex: Spring 2020, Summer 2020) These can be edited by clicking the Remove Course link.
  9. Select the preferred format (ex: Buy New, Buy Used, Rent New, Rent Used, Digital)
  10. Click the "Add To Cart" link
  11. Barnes & Noble College is also offering Free Ground Shipping on all orders

​You should also be  receiving an email from Barnes & Noble College highlighting Free Rental Return Shipping Labels from UPS. Visit https://kccd.bncollege.com/shop/porterville/page/rental-book-return

 

(Wednesday, March 18, 2020-12:36 PM Update)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Effective 3/18/2020, We will be operating our campus virtually for the remainder of the semester.
Spring Break has been extended until March 27th, 2020.
All classes resume the week of March 30th and will be moved to an online format.
Please contact your instructor or counselor directly via e-mail with course-related questions.
For immediate concerns, please call 791-2200

 

(Tuesday, March 17, 2020-5:04 PM Update)--------------------------------------Lee Este Mensaje en español----------------------------------------

Dear Porterville College Students,

Porterville College is NOT implementing a campus closure.  We will be moving all face-to-face classes to online or other alternative format beginning Monday March 30. Spring break will be extended for one week and classes will resume on, March 30.

As of today, March 17, 2020, we have three confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tulare County.

It remains important to note that the risk to students, faculty and staff continues to below, according to the Tulare County Department of Health and Human Services.

We hope you are enjoying a safe and restful Spring Break.  The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be our upmost priority.  Our mission is to support student success and we will do everything within our power to minimize the impact of this crisis on our students education.

Porterville College is taking appropriate measures and will continue to follow the expert guidance of the Tulare County Department of Health and Human Services and the Kern County Community College District. 

To this end, Porterville College, will be transitioning all face-to-face instruction to alternative methods for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.  This transition will utilize several online and other alternative platforms.  Please check with your professors through Canvas and your campus email to see which methods will apply to you. 

The below timeline has been constructed to clearly communicate The Porterville College transition plan at this time.   

 

Transition Timeline

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20: Spring Break

Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27: All classes will be postponed. (Spring Break Extended)

During this time, Porterville College faculty will make final preparations to deliver classes via alternative methods (online, Canvas, etc.). We will also provide online guidance for students in this transition (see below for links).

Monday, March 30 – Friday, May 15:  All classes will meet remotely via online or other modality. Faculty will be in touch with you regarding details. 

 

What You Should Do Now

Now is the time to consider your own readiness for participating in online classes. Some factors to consider:

Canvas – Are you familiar with, or have you used, Canvas (Learning Management System)? If you have not, or if it has been a while, now is the time to get more familiar with this tool.   Canvas is where most online instruction will occur.  Access Canvas on a computer through InsidePC or download the Canvas app to your smartphone: 

Below are links to the Canvas Guide for students, the Canvas 101 course shell that houses support videos for students, and the YouTube Canvas tutorial channel for students:

  • Available technology – We recognize that not all students have ready access to the technology needed (including computers and high-speed internet access) to participate in online classes. We are asking faculty and staff to be as flexible as possible during these circumstances. Remember that, in most cases, you can access all the tools necessary to take online classes (including Canvas) on your smartphone or mobile device.  We are looking at the feasibility of providing limited access to the The LRC and Library ccording to guidelines provided by health officials. 
  • Tutorial services also will be available via Canvas and Zoom.   

Continuing Campus Services:  Student Support Services will be available online or by calling the numbers below:

Student Support Services

March 30 – May 15

Academic Support (Tutoring)

559-791-2227

Admissions & Records

559-791-2220 or pcar@portervillecollege.edu

CalWORKs

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2303 to schedule an appointment

Counseling (General)

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2329 to schedule an appointment

DRC

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2215 to schedule an appointment

EOPS

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2224 to schedule an appointment

Financial Aid

559-791-2301 or pc_faid@portervillecollege.edu

CARE

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2224 to schedule an appointment

International Students

559-791-2220

NextUp

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2224 to schedule an appointment

Transfer Center Services

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2329 to schedule an appointment

Student Health Services

559-791-2212

Student Wellness Services

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2329 to schedule an appointment

Student Fees

559-791-2220

Computer Commons

559-791-2256

Veterans Resource Center

Remotely via Cranium Café or through phone.  Please call 559-791-2222 to schedule an appointment

Pirate Pantry

559-791-2301

Library

559-791-2318

Learning Center

559-791-2227

Unless otherwise noted, this plan will remain in effect through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we work through this unprecedented event.  If you have any further questions, you may call 559-791-2200.

Thank You,
Primavera Arvizu
Vice President of Student Services

 

(Tuesday, March 17, 2020-4:19 PM Update)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message from the President to PC Faculty and Staff

Date: March 17, 2020

To:      PC Faculty and Staff
Re:      PC Response Update

Porterville College is NOT implementing a campus closure, however, we will transition our operation into a Virtual modality effective immediately, with limited on-campus presence to support essential functions only.  

Faculty and staff will report on Monday March 23 for training and support in moving all face-to-face classes to online or other alternative format beginning Monday March 30. Spring break will be extended for one week and on-line classes will resume on, March 30.

These are general decisions that I would like you to know: 

  1. We are extending Spring Break for students by one week, resuming classes on Monday, March 30.  The extra week from Monday March 23 to the 26th will be used by faculty, staff and administrators to prepare for virtual delivery of courses, counseling and services. We will do our best to stagger the number of people coming to campus so that we can mitigate exposure.
  2. While we cannot completely move to online delivery, we believe we can reduce the number of people on campus significantly and support CDC recommendations to provide social distance.
  3. All full-time faculty are to report in person to the college at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23.  Specifics will follow from your Vice Presidents and Deans. 
  4. All faculty will be provided with a schedule of trainings. Part-time faculty are encouraged to join the trainings via zoom, or in person, if possible.  We will also provide evening seminars for part-time faculty who cannot attend during the day. 
  5. Student services faculty and staff will transition in to virtual modality.  Specifics will come from the VP of Student Services.
  6. Students will receive guidance from the college on how their classes will proceed through their email accounts.  It is more critical than ever to ensure that students are using their college email and Canvas account to stay informed of updates. 
  7. Student workers will be contacted by their supervisors for accommodations during the ongoing crisis. There will be no loss of pay or financial aid.
  8. Child Development Center will be closed through March 30. We’re reviewing the viability of keeping it open throughout the rest of the semester.
  9. Athletic programs are currently suspended.  All games and practices are canceled until further notice from the CCCAA.  All athletic facilities (locker rooms, training room, weight room, sports fields, gym) will be closed for any non-instructional activity through the end of the semester.
  10. M&O Continues to sanitize all exposed surfaces and rooms after each use. We will be increasingly limiting access to buildings after the transition.
  11. Staff will continue to report to their Supervisors while accommodations for virtual work arrangements are finalized. Flexible work arrangements will be in place for essential and critical functions that require District support or infrastructure to complete.
  12. Leave will be provided in accordance with the contract for staff members who are ill, have kin care needs (e.g., children and seniors) or are part of the identified at-risk population. 
  13. We encourage you to follow all guidelines set forth by the CDC minimize risk to yourself and others.  Students, faculty, and staff that fall into one of the risk categories (over 65 or with underlying health issues) should individually determine if they should come to the college in person.  Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor for guidance on how to proceed.  Students should contact their faculty members for alternative assignments and opportunities.
  14. Administrators will always be available to support you. The district and the college have established virtual telecommuting options and will work with supervisors to implement the plan.  All flexible work schedules to support essential functions require coordination and approval of the appropriate vice president.

These are truly unprecedented times we are living in, and we will rise to the occasion. We will strive to continue our communications as they evolve and details emerge. Again, I appeal to your patience as we complete this transition. Let’s not panic, but let’s be prepare. My great appreciation to my cabinet and admin team along with our faculty and staff leaders who have spent countless hours ensuring that our actions support student success.

One last thing: We will all experience and react to this crisis and to this monumental change in different ways. Let’s remember that we are a family. As a family we will face this crisis with care and compassion towards each other. I encourage you to check on one and other’s well-being so we can minimize feelings of isolation.

Every day when I wake up in the morning, I am excited about the work ahead and eager to come to campus. My heart is full of excitement when I walk the grounds. I look forward to greeting the staff with a cheerful “ Good morning, Buenos dias!!!. My heart swells when I walk the quad and interact with students, or cross paths with faculty on their way to class. I am re-energized with every interaction, greeting and hug from my PC family. The thought of not having these interactions makes my heart sink and my eyes a bit misty. But I take a deep breath and regain my composure because I know that this shall pass, and hopefully soon we will be back to normal. Albeit a new normal, but one that will continue to foster the camaraderie, solidarity and love we are so proud to share with our PC family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Claudia Habib
President

 

(Tuesday, March 17, 2020-2:50 PM Update)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Notice to Students:  All classes WILL BE SUSPENDED for the week of March 23-March 27. All face-to-face classes will be transitioned to online or other alternative formats beginning Monday, March 30th. Please continue to check your campus email for further updates and information.

 

(Monday, March 16, 2020-2:50 PM Update)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Porterville College Community,

Hello everyone.  I hope this message finds you in good health.  This is just a brief message to update you on Porterville College’s response to the current crisis. 

First of all, I ask that you hang in there and lend me your patience, I know you are anxious to know how this will affect you, however because of this rapidly changing situation, we are moving cautiously to ensure that you get the most up to date information.

I have been so impressed with the professionalism and creativity of our staff in dealing with this unprecedented crisis.  The care with which you have supported and guided our students through this hard time is to be commended.

As I have stated in recent messages, my goal is to give our staff, our faculty, and our students the best possible chance for success in whatever situation we find ourselves.

We’re fortunate that we are closed for spring break, allowing us to adapt to the latest information and minimize contradictory updates, other schools do not have this privilege…

I want to be very clear, we are NOT implementing a closure, however, we will be moving all face-to-face classes to online or other alternative format beginning Monday, March 30, after a week of transition.

Further guidance from the governor and the district office is forthcoming. We will use this information to provide more concrete details to faculty, staff and students on logistics and work arrangements for next week. 

Please be sure to check your emails regularly, so you can remain informed as details become available.   Rest assured, even though we have been focusing on the logistics of this response, our true focus continues to be on our student’s success…  Go Pirates!

Sincerely,
Dr. Claudia Habib
President

 

(Saturday, March 14, 2020-8:30 AM Update)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tulare County Health Report
UPDATE 3/14/2020, 8:49 a.m.: Tulare County has two confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are 65 individuals in self-quarantine.
(CLICK HERE to download the press release). 

 

(Friday, March 13, 2020-6:30 AM Update)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

As per the California Community College Athletics Association: All Spring Sports will be postponed indefinitely.
From the CCCAA Office: Due to concerns over COVID-19, today, March 12, 2020, the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors voted to postpone indefinitely, practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports and those sports in their nontraditional seasons. The CCCAA Board understands the impact this will have on your student-athletes. The CCCAA will be working to minimize those impacts when it comes to student-athlete CCCAA eligibility, as well as at the four-year college level.   

 

(Thursday, March 12, 2020-6:30 PM Update)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Porterville College Community,

Today, Tulare County Health and Human Services announced the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tulare County.  While the individual was treated at Sierra View Hospital, the individual has been released, and is isolated and recovering at home. 

It is important to note that the risk to students, faculty, and staff continues to be low, according to the Tulare County Department of Health and Human Services. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our utmost priority.  Our mission is to support student success and we will do everything within our power to minimize the impact of this crisis on our student's education.

All classes WILL CONTINUE as scheduled until spring break.  Please check your campus e-mail or our website for additional communication regarding instruction after spring break.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in the interest public safety, WE WILL be implementing steps to minimize exposure for the short term:

  • We will be CANCELLING all Porterville College related public and non-essential events through the end of the Semester.
    • This includes campus events, concerts, speakers, sponsored events such as CHAP and student group activities and meetings.
  • As per instructions from the Central Valley Conference Commissioner, we will be suspending the Baseball season for the next three weeks (we will be canceling practices AND games in that time period).
  • Unless otherwise advised we will be NOT BE CANCELLING softball or tennis events at this time, but the remainder of our home games will be played without spectators.
  • We ask that the public does not attend our athletic events as spectators so that we can provide the safest environment for our student-athletes.
  • We will address traditional end of the year celebrations, such as commencements and other graduations at a later date.
  • The Porterville College Foundation will postpone operations of the Porterville College Swap Meet until the end of April.

As an additional precaution to ensure the safety of staff and students, we will use the Spring Break scheduled for next week, March 16th through March 20th, to deep clean and disinfect classrooms, offices and other common and high traffic areas on campus.

We will remain in regular contact with local, county and state officials, including the Tulare County Department of Health and Human Services, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the Kern Community College District, concerning the appropriate practices and will continue to keep our community informed as developments arise.

Please keep checking this page for updates.

Thank You,

Dr. Claudia Habib,
President 


 

COVID-19

Porterville College is closely monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  According to California Department of Public Health, the health risk to the general public in California remains low. In an effort to keep students and our community informed on the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we are providing this page with links to information. 


We will continue to post news and information relevant to the Porterville College Community as it develops. 

State of Emergency

Tulare County Health Report: Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught has announced that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in Tulare County. The individual is in stable condition. It is believed that the virus was contracted out of the area and the individual did enter public areas while showing symptoms. Tulare County Public Health Branch is currently conducting an investigation (as of March 11, 2020).
Tulare County HHSA will host a press conference on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Health officials are prepared to provide information about the virus, the current status locally, coordination efforts, and up-to-date and accurate public messaging. The press conference will stream live on HHSA Facebook.

 

A Message from Kern Community
College District Chancellor Tom Burke


 

Coronavirus Background and Information

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

 

Source and Spread of the Virus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.  All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, meaning some people have been infected who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

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.

Risk Assessment

Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.

While there is still much to learn about the unfolding situations in California, Oregon and Washington, preliminary information raises the level of concern about the immediate threat for COVID-19 for certain communities in the United States. The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high, to the United States and globally.

At this time, however, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States. However, it is important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment will be updated as needed.

Current risk assessment:

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

What May Happen

More cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in communities in the United States. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur.

Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and other places for mass gatherings may experience more absenteeism. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and transportation industry may also be affected. Health care providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with  widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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).
  • Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Department of Public Health

The Kern County Public Health Services Department has been working diligently to help ensure the community is prepared to respond to any public health threat from the novel coronavirus. The health department has been monitoring return travelers, and working closely with the CDC, the California Department of Public Health and with local community partners to ensure that information is received in a timely manner and that local partners have all the tools needed to implement plans to respond to potential COVID-19 infections. There are no specific individual prevention measures for this illness so following general prevention practices are a good way to reduce risk of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For more in-depth information and to stay up-to-date with current conditions please visit the Kern County Public Health website at https://kernpublichealth.com/2019-novel-coronavirus/

Coronavirus Links

Kern Community College District