PCCD on preparation, prevention

By Isis Piccillo/Editor-in-Chief and Menel Raach/Staff Writer

As COVID-19 — more commonly known as the coronavirus — continues to spread, two new cases are now confirmed by local Alameda County health officials, including one case in Berkeley.

Peralta Community College District Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud presented updated information regarding steps the District is taking in preparing and preventing the spread of the virus. 

In a March 4 email to the Peralta community, Stanback Stroud emphasized two of the recommendations made by Peralta medical affiliate partners: avoid shaking hands and touching your face with unwashed hands, and stay home and contact your healthcare provider if you are feeling sick.

Paul Feist, Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications at the California Community College State Chancellor’s office, said that individuals without health insurance should contact their county’s public health agency to report symptoms. The Peralta Community College District is part of Alameda County.

 

Image of coronavirus COVID-19 under a microscope

Graphic by Menel Raach

 

According to Stanback Stroud, campus health centers are not equipped to test for or treat cases of the coronavirus, but staff can assess, offer advice, and provide referrals. Health Navigators are available on campuses to provide assistance on insurance.

Feist said a banner at the top of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office website directs viewers to guidance from the California Department of Public Health. 

Feist said that although there are no confirmed cases of the virus at any of the California community college districts, a student from the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento may have been exposed in their capacity as a healthcare worker. The student is currently in voluntary isolation.

According to the email from Stanback Stroud, if the virus continues to spread locally, there’s a possibility campuses will close. School districts will coordinate with county public health divisions to make those decisions, Feist said. 

Berkeley City College Wellness Center

 

College of Alameda Health & Wellness Services

 

Laney College Wellness Center

 

Merritt College Health Services Center

 

Please visit https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ to read recommendations from the Peralta Health Services team including Noha Aboelata, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Roots Clinic and Aisha Mays, MD, Peralta Physician for the Health Clinics, and Dr. Mia Kelly, Director of Health Services at PCCD. Their recommendations consolidate the latest information from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as Alameda County Department of Public Health.