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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

As new information becomes available about COVID-19, this page will be updated.

Updated March 13, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As new information becomes available about COVID-19, this page will be updated.

How CTA is Responding to COVID-19

California Technical Academy has a task force to prevent the appearance of COVID-19 in our campus communities and take appropriate steps if it does. We are tracking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department, working with our local health departments, and coordinating with the California System of Higher Education. The risk to CTA is considered low and if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 on any of our campuses in the future, we would work closely with our local health department to prevent it from spreading..

California health officials have announced a total of 253 coronavirus cases. Out of the 253 confirmed cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus in California, in our region there are 10 confirmed cases in the Coachella Valley and 8 presumptive cases in San Diego County. 

The California Department of Health reports that California’s disease surveillance system is working as designed, as public health officials and health care providers are coordinating to identify and investigate potential cases. If you have questions in your area, please reach out to your local health department.

As new information emerges, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of those who may be tested for or have confirmed coronavirus infection. Sharing accurate information from only reliable sources is the best thing community members can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.

Options for Daily Schedule Disruptions

We understand that those of you who have school age children may be experiencing changes to your daily routine and your normal schedule due to the pressure from panic that is spreading through various communities. There are options:

  1. Attend school outside normal business and public school hours. CTA is open on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday thru Thursday until 8:00 p.m., so that students have the ability to meet their attendance requirements outside of normal business hours and normal public school hours.
  2. Switch to Part-time. If you switch to a Part-time Training Schedule, it would reduce the required amount of training time per week and can easily be done in the hours listed above. Your Primary Instructor can show you what that would look like for your individual educational plan and training program.
  3. Take a Leave of Absence. If you need to quarantine yourself at home because you are feeling sick or because you are fearful or because the changes to your normal daily routines are too much, request a Leave of Absence. Requesting a Leave of Absence is done completely online on the CTA website in Student Services https://cta.edu/login/ once you log in, simply fill out the form and submit and then one of our Student Services Staff Members will contact you. If you choose this option, we recommend starting with a two (2) week leave of absence and then re-evaluating your circumstances at that point.

Keep Our Campus Healthy

CTA requests that anyone who has recently travelled to a CDC Level Three country, we ask that you self-isolate for 14 days upon returning home.

Stay Home if You Are Sick

You can help keep our campus healthy by staying home when you are sick with any illness. We realize this has an impact on both students and employees.

  • Students: If you become ill, please communicate directly with your instructors about your situation. If additional support is needed, please contact Eric Bostock in the Student Services Department or call 951-276-1414.
  • Faculty and Staff: If you are ill, reach out to your immediate supervisor or department head to talk about your situation. If additional support is needed, please contact Administration: 951-276-1414 | Julie@CTA.edu.

Preventing the Spread of Illness

Source: CDC

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of 6 feet.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Download the “Stop the Spread” flyer

Additional Suggestion for Staying Healthy on Campus

  1. Prior to beginning your training, wipe down your training area with the disinfecting wipes CTA provides.
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water, for 20 seconds.
  4. Thoroughly clean frequently touched surfaces.
  5. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  6. Stay home if you are feeling sick.
  7. If you are coughing or sneezing, protect your fellow CTA Students and Staff and wear a mask.

If You Think You Might Have Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you develop these symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees F or higher)
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

AND either have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19,
OR
 have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19,
then call your doctor, or if you do not have a doctor, call your Local Health Department.

Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

Local Emergency Rooms

  • Riverside University Health System Medical Center: 951-486-5650
  • Inland Valley Medical Center: 951-677-1111
  • Palomar Medical Center: 442-281-5000

Official and Reliable Information About COVID-19