There are a total of 3,134 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the five counties served by the Yuba Community College District. That is a 19% increase over the previous week and a 306% increase in the month of July. For the third week in a row the percentage rate of growth is less than the previous week. Current case totals are: Colusa – 304, a 21% increase; Lake – 181, a 8% increase; Sutter – 731, a 21% increase; Yolo – 1477, a 17% increase with 692 cases in Woodland, a 15% increase; and Yuba – 441, a 30% increase. A total of 47,482 people have been tested, an increase of 90% during the month of July. Currently there are 35 patients hospitalized in the service area of the District, five less than Monday, and 55 fatalities.
Statewide there are a total of 475,305 confirmed cases, an increase of 9% over the previous week. A total of 7,517,466 tests have been completed. Total patients currently hospitalized are 6,939, a .2% decline and the number of ICU patients is 2,012, ten more than last week. Statewide data is from the California Department of Public Health and can be found at: https://data.chhs.ca.gov/
Currently Colusa, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba County are on the states watch list.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA MONITORING LIST
There are currently 37 counties on the state’s monitoring list, including Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and Yolo Counties. Data that is monitored to determine if a county is placed on the monitoring list includes:
Testing: average daily tests rate of less than 150 per 100,000 population
Elevated Disease Transmission: case rate exceeding 100 per 100,000 population over a 14 day period; or case rate exceeding 25 per 100,000 population over a 14 day period with a testing positivity rate averaging more than 8% over 7 day period
Increasing Hospitalization: 10% daily average increase in hospitalized patients over a three-day period
Limited Hospital Capacity: less than 20% of ICU beds available; or less than 25% of ventilators available;
Counties that remain on the State’s County Monitoring List for three consecutive days will be required to shut down the following businesses, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. Restaurants; wineries and tasting rooms; movie theaters; family entertainment centers (examples: bowling alleys, mini golf, batting cages and arcades); zoos and museums; cardrooms. Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors. The following graphic shows the counties currently on the state monitoring list.
Campus Reopening Protocols
On Thursday, May 28 the District submitted a Draft of the proposed reopening protocols to the local county public health departments. Colusa, Lake, Sutter and Yuba Counties have reviewed, provided input and responded through email correspondence that they endorse the plan. As of Friday, June 12, all counties of the district will be entering Phase 3 of the state’s reopening protocols.
NEW: Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces – particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible. Read more on the state's new face covering mandate: covid19.ca.gov#YourActionsSaveLives
The colleges are planning to return to in-person classes for those that are scheduled to be delivered in-person. In addition there are numerous classes that were already planned for online instruction and those will be delivered online. Faculty and staff are working to make ensure that we provide a safe space for students through maintaining social distancing, increasing cleaning and disinfecting of class spaces, and if necessary providing masks.
Faculty for in-person classes are also preparing contingencies just in case classes will need to be delivered through online distance education.
Colleges are consultation with local county health officials and we are using their guidance to help guide our decision making, along with the California Department of Public Health. We will reassess our decision on June 1 and if we cannot move forward with in-person instruction based on the guidance received and that time we will move as classes to an online format.
How will I be notified if there is a change is course delivery?
The district and colleges will provide updates via Catapult EMS, College Apps and the district website if there are any changes.
Please make sure your current contact information is updated for the YCCD Catapult Emergency Messaging System please follow the link: https://apps.yccd.edu/EMS/
What are the plans for the Fall Term? I see many other colleges are moving everything online?
In consultation with the guidance received from local county health officials we are planning to provide a combination of online and in-person classes in the fall.
We will have in-person classes as long as we can ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff through maintaining social distancing, increasing cleaning and disinfecting of class spaces, and if necessary providing masks.
We understand that some students prefer in-person instruction and/or have difficulty with online classes. It is our hope that we accommodate the needs of all students and their desired instructional needs.
I am experiencing coronavirus symptoms. What do I do?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please be advised to do the following:
1) Stay home and seek medical assistance.
a. Contact your health care provider by phone for assessment. It is recommended that you call ahead and not just show up at their offices.
b. If you do not have a health care provider, contact the college health services office by telephone.
• Woodland Community College: (530) 661-7758
• Yuba College: (530) 740-1749
c. If the college health services office is not available, you should contact the county public health office in which you reside.
• Colusa County Public Health: (530) 458-0250
• Glenn County Public Health: (530) 934-6588
• Lake County Public Health: (707) 263-1090
• Sutter County Public Health: (530) 822-7215
• Yolo County Public Health: (530) 666-8643
• Yuba County Public Health: (530) 749-6311
2) Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
3) Wear a face mask when you are around other individuals.
4) Continue to follow the recommended prevention measures.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• 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.
• Avoid sharing personal household items – dishes, cups, towels, bedding, etc…
• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Source: Center for Disease Control
5) Monitor your symptoms
• Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
• Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
• If you have a medical emergency and call 911, notify the dispatcher that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.
What precautionary measures will the college take to protect students and employees?
To provide an environment that ensures the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff the following steps are being taken at the campuses:
• Deep cleaning of facilities has been conducted, and ongoing elevated cleaning will be maintained
• Social Distancing Cues will be added throughout the campuses including signage, floor markings, change in configuration of classroom and other spaces.
• Standardized language for in-person courses syllabi related to social distancing and face covering protocols will be provided to all faculty.
• Line management software is being researched
• Rotation of employee schedules is being analyzed
• Protocols are being written
How do we mitigate students or employees from being ostracized as a result of fear surrounding coronavirus?
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The risk of getting coronavirus disease 2019 is currently low in the US, due in part to quick action from health authorities. However, some people are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma towards Chinese or other Asian-Americans. Stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease (for example, Chinese-Americans and other Asian-Americans living in the United States).
Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma and help not hurt others by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
Will an EW affect my financial aid?
No, the deadline has passed for any negative financial aid impact.
Is the summer and fall schedule posted?
yes it is posted and available through WebAdvisor.
Other schools have moved lab to an online format. When are we going to do so?
Faculty are being encouraged to determine procedure to do so and are becoming familiar with programs such as Labster, which we hope to add to canvas.
Are we going to move to virtual libraries?
At this time libraries are serving students that need wifi or computer access. Strict social distancing is in place.