Chancellor Judy C. Miner sent the following message via email to Foothill-De Anza district employees.

 Feb. 4, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide updated information regarding the coronavirus. I find it encouraging to report that officials from the County of Santa Clara County Public Health Department say that as of today, Feb. 4, the risk to the general public remains low.

Based on federal guidance, the county health department provided the following recommendations to area colleges late yesterday.

Health officers ask that students and staff who have been to Hubei province or elsewhere in mainland China (not Hong Kong) within the past 14 days stay at home and monitor themselves for illness, and call the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at (408) 885 -3980 for further advice about monitoring their health for 14 days from the date of their return. 

Family members of those who traveled to China within the past 14 days are not being asked to stay at home, but should watch for symptoms and avoid large gatherings.

The complete letter from the county Public Health Department is posted here.

Let’s not forget that the common seasonal flu is prevalent now, as are colds, so please take precautions for your own health and that of others. The best way to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses is to take commonsense preventive measures as described on many of the websites below. If you do feel ill, please stay at home.  You’ll recuperate faster and your colleagues will likely thank you.

Below are links to authoritative websites with FAQs and guidelines to keep you informed.

We will continue to monitor all developments, and I will be back in touch as needed.


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