Press - 04/3/2020

MiraCosta College COVID Updates

Updated: April 3 at 2:53 PM
For immediate questions, please email pio@miracosta.edu

Information for Employees Information for Faculty Information for Students


April 3, 2020


Hello Colleagues.


Thank you for your hard work, flexibility, and innovation to ensure MiraCosta College students are provided the resources, tools, and knowledge to successfully continue their educational journey.


As new information comes from the County of San Diego and California Governor Newsom, MiraCosta College makes the appropriate modifications.


To continue to flatten the pandemic curve and prevent people from contracting COVID-19, the County of San Diego is implementing the following guidelines:


FACEMASKS: Residents are strongly encouraged to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas, visiting convenience stores, or pharmacies. The cloth facial coverings don’t have to be hospital-grade but should cover the nose and mouth. Homemade masks, bandanas, scarves, and neck gaiters are acceptable since these items can be washed and reused. Facial coverings don’t need to be used when people are at home.


Due to MiraCosta College’s preventive actions, we are not serving the public in person and as such, MiraCosta employees do not fall under the mandate that requires masks (ie: supermarkets, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants, and pharmacies employees). MiraCosta College employees who wish to wear masks while performing essential duties onsite should feel free to do so. 


PARKING LOTS: All public parks and beaches shall close their parking lots.


At MiraCosta College, the new requirement will impact the tennis courts. Effective April 3, the tennis courts will be closed for use to MiraCostans and the public. 


Again, thank you for all you are doing during these challenging times to support our students.  Please take care of yourself and your families, stay healthy, and be well. 



Sincerely,

Sunny Cooke, Ph.D.

Superintendent/President 


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

How do I protect myself from getting sick (flu and/or coronavirus)?

If you are sick, please stay home from school or work. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, please follow these important tips as follows:  

  • Get a free flu shot at a County of San Diego Public Health Center Immunization Clinic. Obtain more information.
  • 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 and encourage others to do the same. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing. 

What do I need to know about the novel coronavirus 2019 (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.  

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness. 

MiraCosta College, the County of San Diego’s Public Health Services, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all carefully assessing the situation as it evolves.  

For the latest information on repatriation and federal management, please see this statement from the CDC. There is also helpful information on the California Department of Public Health website 

What if I have symptoms?  

If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or the County of San Diego Public Health Services before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history. You can also take the following precautionary measures: avoid contact with sick individuals, wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and get a flu shot.  

If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911. If you are feeling ill while on campus, please go to Health Services at the Oceanside Campus (OC 3326) or the San Elijo Campus (SAN 922). If students are off-campus or at the Community Learning Center, and would like to speak with a nurse, please call Health Services at 760.795.6675.  

Additional questions? Contact Health Services at mccshs@miracosta.edu. 

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.  

How can I obtain more information?


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