Coronavirus update: What you need to know


Victor Valley College is dutifully and actively sharing updates on the best information and advice from our country’s public health officials regarding the coronavirus.

The college aims to keep its students and campus community informed of the recommended steps you can take to protect your health and those around you.

Please review the information provided by the California Department of Public Health:

The California Department of Public Health understands that some Californians may be concerned about novel coronavirus, but the health risk to the general public in California remains low. California state and local health officials are actively engaged in ensuring our residents across the state remain safe and protected.

There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in in the United States. One instance of person-to-person transmission was confirmed in Chicago, but it was with a close household contact 

We still consider this a serious public health concern. We are actively working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with local governments and health care providers across the state to protect your health.

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus has been identified starting in Wuhan China. The types of illness caused by this virus are still being learned. Some patients have had mild illness while others have been more severe, and some have died.  As of February 2, 2020, six cases have been identified in California. 

For more information on the travel advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State, please see the China Travel Advisory – January 30, 2020.

For the latest information on repatriation and federal management, please see this statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a January 31, 2020 Public Health News Release, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health reported no local cases.

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. There have been six cases (*now updated to 11) reported in the United States, two of these in California. No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County. There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County to date,” states Dr. Erin Gustafson, San Bernardino County Assistant Health Officer, “DPH is working closely with our state and federal partners to gather as much information as possible about this virus and prepare to respond. At this time, we urge the public to remain calm, as everyone in our county is very unlikely to be at risk of contracting the virus.”

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

-Washing hands with soap and water.

-Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of Infection with a number of different viruses.

If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) released information on Jan. 31, reporting that there were no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in San Bernardino County.

The update below comes from Chancellor Oakley on COVID-19. There will be continued updates on the Chancellor’s Office web page devoted to this topic, available here.

The Chancellor’s Office continues to work with other state agencies to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Public health officials continue to classify the threat posed by COVID-19 as low, but we understand the uncertainty surrounding this outbreak and its tendency to produce some anxiety. The Chancellor’s Office is relying on the professional assessments of the California Department of Public Health as the primary source of information and guidance on COVID-19 for our system. As previously stated, colleges are urged to follow the guidance the department drafted for colleges and universities and to work in coordination with local public health officials on any local responses that may be required. Attached you will find a general Q and A document about COVID-19 as of March 2.

We have developed a web resource that provides direct links to tools and information developed by CDPH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other governmental public health agencies. You will be able to find information that is updated daily on the status of the outbreak and travel restrictions as well as resources related to developing emergency operations plans at higher education institutions, crisis communications guidance and tips, as well as other materials. We will continue to update the web resource and include a link to it in the Chancellor’s Office Today’s News communication that distributed four days a week for the foreseeable future.