Up to date information about the Grossmont-Cuyamaca, Community College District response to COVID-19 can be found here.
MARCH 15, 2020 UPDATE:
Effective Monday, March 16, the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses are closed to all students and the public until further notice.
All instructional activities and office hours, including any lab courses, and support services will be held in some form of remote delivery to the extent feasible. Faculty will be communicating directly with their students regarding next steps.
All student events through April 3 are cancelled, and intercollegiate athletics games are cancelled through March 29. Staff and student travel on district business outside of the state and country has been cancelled, and in-state travel is being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30 following the March 23-27 spring break, but college and district officials will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation to determine if additional measures need to be taken.
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District deeply cares about your health and safety. We are committed to preventive measures and ensuring minimal disruption to our instructional programs and operations should a coronavirus outbreak occur. Like you, the District and colleges are closely monitoring the developing situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The District is closely monitoring updates from the San Diego County Public Health Services, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
No COVID-19 cases have been reported that have a connection to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. In the event that the District is shut down, a notice will be posted on the websites and all students, faculty and staff will be notified by email and text message.
On March 4, 2020, Califormia Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency to help the state prepare for a broader spread of COVID-19.
The District is taking extended measures to ensure a hygienic environment, including placing disinfectants and hygienic wipes in classrooms and common areas. Our custodial staff members are regularly cleaning with a germicidal detergent similar to those used in health-care settings. In addition, they are ramping up to thoroughly deep-clean all surfaces, including floors and door handles, particularly in high-traffic areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified starting in Wuhan, China. Some patients have had mild illness, while others have been more severe and some have died. Although coronaviruses are a group of viruses that aren’t new, this is a new type of coronavirus and we are still learning about it. However, the health risk to the general public in California remains low, according to the California Department of Public Health. While COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80% do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization.
How can I protect myself from getting sick (flu and/or coronavirus)?
- Wash your hands with soap and water. Watch this Grossmont College video to learn more about how to properly wash your hands.
- If you feel ill or need to care for someone who is feeling ill, stay home.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Reduce your contact when welcoming others, including handshakes, hugs and high fives.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Be sure to check travel advisories before taking any international trips. If you are concerned about flu-like symptoms following travel, call your health care provider for advice and share your travel history. Stay home, rest and stay hydrated.
- Students who are not feeling well or have questions should contact the Grossmont College Health and Wellness Center or the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center.
- Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
- Shortness of breath
In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.
How is COVID-19 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.
COVID-19 is an emerging disease and is not yet entirely understood. Public health officials are still learning about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of the virus.
What is the treatment for COVID-19?
Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own; there are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are continuing to learn more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time.
Last Updated: 03/11/2020