Maricopa Community Colleges cares about the public’s well-being and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and community members. Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa County Public Health Department (MCPHD) are diligently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Maricopa Community Colleges' primary focus is the safety, health, and wellness of our community and understands that members of our community may be concerned about COVID-19 and how it may affect them and their safety. We ask that everyone be cautious and aware when encountering anyone who is sick or has the symptoms listed below, especially if they have traveled internationally.
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling unwell
It is advised that anyone who develops even mild symptoms related and/or similar to COVID-19 should stay home and notify/consult with their healthcare provider and/or public health officials. For those with autoimmune or other underlying conditions that might increase the risk to contract COVID-19, it is highly recommended to contact your healthcare providers for recommendations.
Maricopa Community Colleges is acting in accordance with Arizona and Maricopa County Public Health Officials (AMCPHO). We will comply with AMCPHO’s requirement for notification if any student or employee is believed to have the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Local and state public health staff will determine if the patient meets the criteria for a Person Under Investigation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if sick
- If sick, avoid contact with pets and other animals
- Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue away
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Since it is still flu season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends getting the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs and diseases
4 Factors Elevating the Risk of COVID-19
While the CDC is still learning about COVID-19, current information suggests that four factors impact the level of exposure which puts people at higher risk of developing the virus and the severity of the illness
1. Geographic Proximity/Travel to an Area with Confirmed Cases
- Hubei, China
- Italy, Lombardy and Veneto
2. Close Contact with Infected Individual
- Living in the same household
- Intimate partner
- Providing care in a non-healthcare setting
- Shortness of Breath (distinguishing symptom)
4. Physiological Factors
- Older people
- Auto-immune disorders
- People with severe chronic health conditions
- Persons with heart disease
- Lung/respiratory conditions
What to Do if You are at Higher Risk
- Stay at home (self-isolate) as much as possible
- Avoid crowds
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Maricopa Community Colleges has implemented an ongoing effort to sanitize as many public spaces as possible, including classrooms, keyboards, mouse devices, screen monitors, etc. to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as well as other diseases, such as the flu. This is a difficult endeavor, given the size, breadth, and scope of this cleaning effort. To assist with sanitizing efforts, Maricopa Community Colleges staff and students should regularly wipe down surfaces, telephones, smartphone devices, and computer keyboards in work and study spaces with disinfectant.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, Maricopa Community Colleges encourages everyone to be diligent in handwashing, covering mouth when sneezing or coughing, or, in worst-case scenarios, the use of self-quarantine and testing when exposure is suspected.
Maricopa Community Colleges is following travel and self-isolation guidelines as recommended by the U.S. State Department, the CDC, the Maricopa County Health Department, and Arizona State Department of Health. The CDC has also mandated that if you travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home for 14 days.
- Level 4: China and Iran
- Level 3: Italy, Mongolia, and South Korea
We strongly recommend following the U.S. State department's travel guidelines.
Additional Information and Resources
Human coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. In rare instances, these can lead to death. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.
Coronaviruses can be spread from person to person and are contracted through the air by coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact (e.g., touching, shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, etc.).
Reporting Contact with Coronavirus
Notify Maricopa County Department of Public Health Immediately
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 602-506-6767 and ask for a Surveillance Nurse.
Monday-Friday after 5 p.m. and weekends. Call 602-747-7111 and ask for the Provider On-Call.
Notify Maricopa Community Colleges Risk Management
Call 480-731-8947, 480-731-8888, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 602-747-7099 to speak to a Public Health Representative.
Be careful. Take the proper precautions. Stay healthy.