Pandemic Campus Update

Precautions are still in place on campus amid nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases


Graphic by: Abraham Navarro/SAC.Media.

As the U.S. is seeing another spike in Coronavirus cases nationwide, Mt. SAC is keeping up precautions in order to keep staff and students safe by limiting campus access and continuing most classes online for the Fall.

“Only those employees considered essential are permitted on campus,” said Jill Dolan, Director of Public Affairs for the college. “If someone needs to come on campus, there are some protocols to follow: the person must get permission from their supervisor and then notify Police and Campus Safety of the date, time and place they will be on campus.”

Masks are also required on campus in public areas and for anyone who will be within six feet of others. The campus will remain closed. “Since there is no vaccine, it is not yet safe to bring us all back together on campus,” Dolan said.

According to Dolan, the college is trying to have some programs such as nursing, EMS and respiratory therapy include on campus instruction during the fall, although no set plans have been put into place to accomplish this quite yet.

The campus has had a total of six staff members that have tested positive for the virus so far, although each employee that tests positive does not affect access to campus. “Instead, we determine where that employee was on campus and conduct a thorough cleaning,” Dolan said.