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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Latest update: May 21st, 2020

Mesa College Coronavirus Updates

San Diego Mesa College is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our community, especially during the public health situation related to a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19).

To keep our community as safe as possible, we have created a “Circle of Prevention” protocol in order to ensure the health and safety of our community by mitigating risks.
If students, faculty or staff suspect that they are ill, notify your professor or supervisor.

On this page, we are providing information below with alerts and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that this information is time specific, and may change as local and national healthcare agencies provide updates.

Mesa College Campus Updates (as of May 21st, 2020 at 10:00am)

  • Library Materials Drive In - Drop Off is now available.
  • Students that register to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony will receive a special Mesa College gift, which includes a Cap and Class of 2020 Tassel. Information on this will be emailed to students after the June 2nd deadline.
  • Students: The CARES Act Grant Application is now open for Mesa College Students. Deadline to apply is Monday, May 25th, 2020. View Details
  • California State officials launched an interactive map to help Californians find COVID-19 community testing sites near them.
  • Students: You can apply for aid through the Mesa College COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
  • Wi-Fi Access is now available in Parking Lot #1
  • View the replay: Campus Community Forum 5/6/20
  • View the replay: Campus Community Forum 4/23/20
  • View the replay: Campus Community Forum 4/8/20
  • Mesa has a limited supply of laptops that we are checking out to students in need.  Click here to request information about availability.
    bit.ly/MesaLaptopCheckout
  • Please visit the Online Student Support Services webpage for information on services being offered online.
  • Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Campuses will remain closed to students. Spring 2020 courses will resume online. Please log into your student portal for more information and check your email frequently for updates.
  • Please visit the Tutoring webpage for online tutoring options and support.
  • Students: Mesa College is working hard to find ways to assist you. Please complete the Mesa Student Needs Survey as soon as you are able.
  • Mesa College has cancelled or postponed all hosted events through April and May of 2020.

Library Materials: Drive In - Drop Off

If you or your students have checked out library materials (books, laptops, DVD’s) during the semester and wish to return them, you may do so at the following times:

Tuesday 5/26 – Thursday 5/28, 10:30AM – 1:30PM
Tuesday 6/2 – Thursday 6/4, 10:30AM – 1:30PM

library materials drop off Look for us in the loading dock area behind the Mesa Commons. Use the Mesa College Drive entrance. Drive up to our tent, pop the trunk and we’ll retrieve the materials and check them in for you.


 

Wi-Fi Lot Available at Mesa College

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Mesa College is committed to assisting students. In an effort to provide students with reliable, high-speed internet access — and in keeping with social-distancing directives issued by county, state, and national officials — Mesa College will be providing a “Wi-Fi Parking Lot” where any enrolled student can access the internet.

Parking Lot #1 Guidelines:

  • Wi-Fi available in Parking Lot #1 starting Thursday, April 30th
  • Parking permit, student ID, or class schedule required (print out screen shot)
  • For best reception use parking spaces near buildings
  • Park in marked staff or student spaces
  • Park in every other space (Empty space BETWEEN vehicles)
  • Only owners of a valid disabled placard may use disabled parking spaces
  • Only members of the same household in each vehicle
  • Occupants must remain in vehicles
  • Restrooms and other on-campus services not available
  • College police will continually monitor the parking lot
  • Student code of conduct and all other parking guidelines are in effect

Need access to the Wi-Fi network? Wi-Fi Access

Announcements (as of May 22nd, 2020 at 4:00pm)

May 22nd, 2020
CCC COVID-19 Special Update

May 14th, 2020
SDCCD Email to Students Regarding Summer, Commencement, CARES Act

May 12th, 2020
SDCCD Email to Students Regarding the CARES Act

May 5th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #9

April 30th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #8

April 27th, 2020
SDCCD Email to Students Regarding Important Dates and Deadlines

April 23rd, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #7

April 17th, 2020
SDCCD COVID-19 Update: Course Repetition, Grades and Grading, Financial Aid

April 10th, 2020
SDCCD COVID-19 Update: Transfer, Online Forms Process, CARES Act, EOPS

April 6th, 2020
Letter to Students Regarding Grades and Refunds

April 2nd, 2020
SDCCD COVID-19 Update: Grades and Grading, Financial Aid, Refunds, Commencement

April 1st, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #6

March 27th, 2020
Prez Pam's Mesa College Update on COVID-19

March 27th, 2020
SDCCD COVID-19 Update: Withdrawal, Refunds, Class Cancellation, Other Registraion Details

March 26th, 2020
Letter to students regarding COVID-19 with updates and resources

March 25th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #5

March 23rd, 2020
Message from the Mesa College Associated Students

March 22nd, 2020
Special Message from President Luster

March 17th, 2020
SDCCD Human Resources Frequently Asked Questions for COVID-19

March 17th, 2020
President Lusters Message – COVID campus closure update

March 17th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #4

March 15th, 2020
Mesa Academic Senate President Velez Letter

March 13th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #3

March 13th, 2020
SDCCD Email to Students Regarding COVID-19

March 11th, 2020
Mesa College President Pamela Luster Letter to Campus and Students

March 10th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #2

March 10th, 2020
SDCCD Email to Students Regarding COVID-19

March 4th, 2020
Chancellor's Message: Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE #1

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Community Resources (as of May 21st, 2020 at 2:30pm)

This is a partial list of community resources available. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Free COVID-19 Testing

County Testing Sites

The County's Live Welll Mobile Office will be at Euclid Health Center in Southeastern San Diego on Saturdays. Starting May 18, the County will add a drive-up testing site at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, open Monday through Saturday. Tests at both locations are free but you need to make an appointment by calling 2-1-1. 

State testing sites

The state has opened sites in Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido and Southeastern San Diego to test for active COVID-19 infection.

You need to make an appointment for all sites. Testing is free, and you do not need to have symptoms. Appointments can be made online or by calling 888-634-1123.

More COVID-19 Testing Information

Mesa College Student Resource List (updated frequently)

California Community Colleges Resource List

List of Resources in San Diego

Mental Health Services

Food

Food: Free Meals for Children (18 and younger)

  • San Diego County Office of Education List: School locations where anyone age 2-18 can go to receive food during this period of school closures due to COVID-19. San Diego Unified School District schools are listed below for quick access. Please see the web link for additional School Districts. https://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/20-03-13-student-food-service-during-district-closures.aspx.
  • San Diego Unified School District: The Food Service Department will conduct a drive-through or walk-up distribution. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. All food must be consumed off site. Meal distribution times for all locations are from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
    • Clark Middle, 4388 Thorn St.
    • Cherokee Point Elementary, 3735 38th St.
    • Sherman Elementary, 301 22nd St.
    • Zamorano Elementary, 2655 Casey St.
    • Kearny High, 1954 Komet Way
    • O'Farrell Charter, 6130 Skyline Drive
    • Walker Elementary, 245 Hillery Drive
    • Farb Middle, 880 La Cuenta Drive

Internet Access

Educational Resources

Domestic Violence

Employee Resources

Preventative Measures
Everyone is being asked to protect themselves and others from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • If anyone believes that they have been exposed to the virus, please contact your health provider immediately, or Mesa College Student Health Services at 619-388-2774.
  • 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.
  • Stay home when you are sick to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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Information from the CDC

Please see the information below with alerts and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that this information is time specific, and may change as local and national healthcare agencies provide updates

Informational Videos:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/videos.html

Helpful information from the CDC (these materials are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese):

  1. Steps to prevent illness
  2. Symptoms of COVID-19
  3. What to do when you are sick
  4. Common questions about COVID-19

CDC Quick FAQs Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html#geographic.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?
Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of • fever • cough • shortness of breath.

What are severe complications from this virus?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. Is there a treatment? There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19.People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

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