Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness called coronavirus, or COVID-19.
This website explains the steps Citrus College is taking to prepare for possible local impacts, as well as steps you can take to protect yourself and others.
Please note the frequently asked questions and and scroll down for reference to the latest campus notifications.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness.
Although the virus has spread rapidly in certain areas abroad, the United States is still considered at low risk, according to the CDC. It is important to note that, at this time, there are a growing number of cases across the United States and in Los Angeles County.
The college is monitoring the local, state and national status of COVID-19. This webpage was developed to keep the college community apprised of impacts if there is a local increase in confirmed cases identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The CDC notes that we can all help respond to this public health threat by taking simple, everyday precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the flu and other infectious diseases.
DO NOT COME TO WORK OR ATTEND CLASS IF YOU ARE SICK OR SYMPTOMATIC. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOUR SYMPTOMS WORSEN.
- 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.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
Continuity of Instruction
Please see the information below for what to do should instruction be temporarily disrupted. Students who have questions about their classes should contact their instructors.
Citrus College portal,
website, and/or mobile app regularly for official updates. Stay in touch with your professors via your Citrus College email and Canvas (if your professor is using Canvas) regarding course-related questions.
It is important that faculty and students remain in contact during times of temporary emergency disruptions. Please check your Citrus College email regularly during periods of disrupted instruction. Consider hosting your office hours remotely (via email, phone, or ConferZoom – see resource links below).
There will be minimal to no modifications needed to continue online courses should the campus close temporarily. Please update Canvas regularly with class messages and/or announcements. Any on-campus testing or meetings may need to be modified in the event of a temporary disruption of on-campus services.
For face-to-face courses, course content may be delivered temporarily through remote instructional methods. At a minimum, faculty may contact students via Citrus College email. Faculty may also include announcements, messages, and posting of content via Canvas. Please see the links below for system-sponsored guides (shared by the Online Education Initiative/California Virtual Campus). Contact your division dean for additional support materials.
Preparing to Teach During an Emergency
Canvas for Instructional Continuity (Quick Start Guide)
Resources Shared by California Community Colleges
The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
As we respond and adapt to new information, we want to remind everyone that no member of our community should be made to feel that they are unwelcome due to their race, national origin or recent travel, or because they are wearing a mask. Those who believe they have experienced mistreatment should contact the college's Title IX coordinator, Brenda Fink, at (626) 914-8830.
The college is asking all members of our community who have traveled to any affected area for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice in the last 30 days or been in close contact with someone who has
AND have respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) to do the following before returning to campus:
Students: Contact your primary health care provider or 2-1-1 BEFORE visiting a facility so appropriate arrangements can be made.
Employees: Contact your primary health care provider
BEFORE visiting the provider's office so appropriate arrangements can be made.
Students can contact the following resources:
211 LA County
If you have questions and would like to speak to someone, or need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
Further information can be found on their website at
National Suicide Prevention Line and the Veteran Crisis Line
Available to anyone in crisis by dialing (800) 273-8255. For veterans, the veterans crisis line is reached by pressing 1.
If you'd like more information, visit their website at
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
Call (800) 854-7771 for mental health support, resources and referrals.
If a Citrus College student needs someone to talk to about anxiety, depression, drug/alcohol use, grief and loss, relationships, trauma, and the like, he/she is encouraged to call USC Telehealth. Telehealth provides online therapy and counseling in both English and Spanish. Call (866) 740-6502 weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Twelve individual sessions are free!
Employees may contact the confidential Employee Assistance Service for Education at (800) 882-1341 or call 2-1-1.
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