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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Vaccination Information

SJVC is comprehensively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Please visit the links below for the most current campus availability information as well as resources available to you.

President’s Message

Monday, March 1, 2021

We are starting to see encouraging signs of society taking steps towards reopening. Cities and schools are beginning to open up, which is reassuring for many and a challenge for some.

In the midst of all that we do in our roles with the College, each of us is also navigating our lives outside of SJVC. The schedules we have become accustomed to during the pandemic may be in flux. Those with children in school or loved ones returning to the workplace will have to navigate competing demands. I encourage you; let’s stay connected with and supportive of each other.

Family is a Core Value of SJVC. The work we get to do to advance student success is fulfilling in part because we get to do it together. If you are experiencing challenges as we see society reopening, please connect with each other and your leaders. If we can be supportive of changing needs, let’s do so. As we connect and support each other, we are better positioned to connect and support our students. Their success and your success are important to the College and to me.

Thank you for the work you do!

Sincerely,
Nick

Nick Gomez
President
San Joaquin Valley College

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is one of our top priorities. SJVC is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and have included some guidelines and tips below regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. Please review the resources to help keep our communities safe as we continue to work with local and state health authorities.

 

California COVID-19 Vaccination

California is currently allocating COVID-19 vaccines as they become available to ensure quick distribution. Vaccine providers rely on a collaboration between local health departments and statewide organizations and associations. Allocation decisions are data driven with an emphasis on equity and protecting vulnerable populations such as healthcare workers and long-term care residents.

The California COVID-19 vaccination plan consists of several phases, and according to the California Department of Public Health, we can expect to have enough supplies to vaccinate most residents in all 58 counties by summer 2021.

COVID-19 Preventative Measures

At San Joaquin Valley College the safety of all our students, faculty and staff will always be a top priority. With ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SJVC is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and have taken a number of precautionary measures. Included below are some guidelines, resources and tips to help keep our communities safe.

Recommended Preventative Measures

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to make sure we are adhering to all the best practices in keeping our campuses and communities safe. We have implemented a number of health and safety measures on our campuses and are working with our state and local public health partners. Below are some personal health and safety tips to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. It is very important that we maintain a safe working environment, so please adhere to these preventative measures:

How to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. It is recommended that you practice “social distancing” by remaining 6 feet away from others at all times.
  • Avoid large crowds whenever possible. Try to limit your outings and traveling to only necessary excursions – grocery store, pharmacy and doctor visits are the priority. Everything else can wait.
  • Limit contact (such as handshakes) as much as possible. Fist bumping or elbow connections are the “new norms” and preferred alternatives to the more traditional greetings.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If water and soap are not available, clean hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home from school/work. Contact your local medical professional if you exhibit any related symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. More information on how to disinfect can be found here.
  • Know how your local public health agency will share information in your community and stay informed. Find more information here.

We understand this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do to protect themselves and their families. While COVID-19 is likely to be more widespread than initial reports suggest, it is not as deadly as many fear with disproportionally far more cured cases than deaths.

Please remember to follow these guidelines and call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms.

Guidelines for staying healthy:

Public health agencies:

 

Campus Operations Overview

On June 8, SJVC will begin to bring select students back to campus in small group lab settings of 10 individuals or less. Your faculty and campus director will be reaching out to you directly with specific scheduling details once it is your time to return to the campus.

SJVC Campuses returning to on-site instruction June 8th:

  • Atascadero
  • Bakersfield
  • Delano
  • Fresno
  • Fresno Trades Education Center
  • Fresno Aviation
  • Hanford
  • Hesperia
  • Lancaster
  • Madera
  • Modesto
  • Ontario
  • Porterville
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Rancho Mirage
  • Santa Maria
  • Temecula
  • Visalia

 

Campus Preparedness

It is important to establish protocols to ensure quick and decisive action if needed. We plan to actively work with state and federal health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to identify any impacted individuals and protect public health.

SJVC has set up an emergency preparedness plan in the event of any impact or disruption to campus operations. As a proactive measure, we are also implementing daily cleaning procedures with the use of stronger disinfectant products on high-touch surfaces, making hand sanitizers readily available, and educating campus teams on some of the best practices recommended by the CDC.

Holiday Safety Measures

Best Practices for Holiday Traveling

Traveling for the holidays may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), staying home and/or limiting the amount of traveling this holiday season is the best way to protect yourself and others. SJVC recommends following the guidelines below for all faculty, staff or students planning on traveling during the holidays.

 

Domestic Travel

If you are traveling for the winter holidays, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand. These questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.

  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  • Are cases high or increasing in your community or at your destination? Check CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases in each area.
  • Are hospitals in your community or at your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
  • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or airplane, which make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
  • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then the CDC recommends making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.

If your answers are “no” and you do decide to travel, be sure to take these steps during your trip to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

 

International Travel

Testing before and after international travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with everyday precautions (like wearing masks and social distancing), it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations. These recommendations from the CDC are intended to inform safer, more responsible international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your flight.
  • Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
  • Delay your travel if you are waiting for test results.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.

 

What to Do if You Get Sick After Traveling

If you get sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 after traveling, please make sure to:

If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients. See CDC’s page on What to Do If You Are Sick for more details.

Information for Veterans

Important GI Bill® Update – Congress Passes New Legislation due to COVID-19

Over the past two weeks, VA has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill® benefits for impacted students during this difficult time.  The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill will be headed to POTUS to sign, which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill® payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.

What should GI Bill® Students know?

There is no action required from a GI Bill® student. VA has scheduled several training sessions with all VA approved schools and training facilities over the next couple of days to provide further guidance. We will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely.

We are committed to providing regular updates to you through direct email campaigns and social media about VA’s effort to implement these new changes.

If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Contact Us

Visit us on the web at https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/

Call us at 1-888-442-4551

TDD: 711

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gibilleducation

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VAVetBenefits

If you know a Veteran who is in crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at

1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

State and Local Resources

For State and Local resources in your area, click here.

For up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website for learning more about any risk to the health of our community. We will remain in close contact with campus leaders to ensure that there is a broad understanding of the complexities of this dynamic situation.

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For more information about how to protect yourself, please review these fact sheets from the CDC:

Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this virus appears to be 2-14 days.

Any member of our community who has traveled to a potentially impacted area within the last two weeks or has come in contact with someone who may have the virus AND is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should immediately contact their health care provider and seek medical attention.

If you are sick with Coronavirus or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.

In addition, we would like to address some important questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These answers are based on the current availability of testing and may change once easier access to testing becomes available.

Common Questions

Q. Should you be tested for the Coronavirus?
A. If you have no symptoms – No.

Q. What if you were in a crowded area and are now having respiratory symptoms?
A. Contact a local clinic and they will do an assessment once you arrive. If you have flu-like symptoms, a staff member can swab you and run a rapid flu test.

Q. If I was at a conference where others were diagnosed with Coronavirus, what should I do?
A. If asymptomatic – Nothing. If symptomatic – The person needs to have been exposed to a person who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus or has had recent international travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea. Only if you have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (such as a deep rattling cough and wheezing/shortness of breath) will medical providers continue with testing. General cold symptoms will not warrant testing at this time. If you fit the criteria we suggest contacting the Health Department.

Q. Will the Coronavirus come to my community? What if there have been undocumented cases?
A. Public testing will be available in the next few weeks, however, there may be specific rules that apply due to the shortage of testing supplies.

International Travel

We are encouraging students, faculty and staff to avoid traveling to countries designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3, which currently includes China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. We also recommend students and employees avoid non-essential travel to countries in Asia and Europe where the CDC has identified a sustained transmission of COVID-19 or where the virus has spread. As this is an evolving situation, current information on risk assessment of international travel can be found here.

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