Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update (March 5, 2020)
March 5, 2020
Monterey Peninsula College is continuing communication with the State Chancellor’s Office and local health agencies to collectively monitor the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in California to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The emergency proclamation includes provisions that protect consumers against price gouging, allow for health care workers to come from out of state to assist at health care facilities and give health care facilities the flexibility to plan and adapt to accommodate incoming patients. It provides local public health agencies more flexibility in declaring and renewing health emergencies. The proclamation requires the state Office of Emergency Services to release updated guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools no later than March 10.
The County of Monterey Health Department is communicating that no cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Monterey County residents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health presently are not recommending the cancellation of public events. MPC will continue to monitor these updates daily and share additional information as it becomes available.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is working with local districts on possible alternative modes of instruction in the event of a potential campus closure. This will include guidance for districts regarding methods for ensuring credit completion in order to minimize the impact on students.
California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
County of Monterey Health Department: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/