Resource and Information about the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)
[Page will be updated as new information is available.]
Watch SRJC's April 2020 Staying Safe During Coronavirus Webinar In this 60-minute webinar, SHS Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Dickinson and SHS Psychologist Bert Epstein are asked questions by SRJC student and SHS PEER Maria Arreguin. Questions were emailed to Maria by students ahead of the webinar, and other questions were asked by attendees during the webinar. Topics include both physical and mental health, with information, resources, ways to cope, and clarification of areas about which people have been wondering.
Anxiety about coronavirus
Given the situation and shelter-in-place restrictions, it is normal to feel stressed and apprehensive: Coronavirus Mental Health Resources
Physical Health Guidelines
Follow the Sonoma County policy to shelter in place and only go out for essential errands. You can still take a walk outside with family or friends, but it is a best to to still do "social distancing" and stay 6 feet apart. Make sure to wear a mask/face covering if going to a store or most any area outside your home. If you take a walk/run in a remote outdoor place and you are 6 feet away from anyone you do not live with, then you do not need a mask.
If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your health care provider and self-quarantine until cleared by your provider. If you need assistance finding a health care provider, please contact Student Health Services at 707 527-4445.
General recommendations for campus community:
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching you face and eyes, nose, mouth with your hands.
- Perform routine cleaning at home particularly for high touch surfaces like door knobs.
- Ill students with fevers, cough, shortness of breath or severe illness should be be evaluated by a medical professional. Call them before coming in to note your symptoms and consider wearing a mask if you have one (or make arrangements with them.)
- If you do not have a medical provider, schedule a video visit with SRJC's Medical Providers by calling 707 527-4445 during business hours. Also, available in the county, please see our list of community clinics.
- Staff and faculty who are ill should seek care from their local health providers or an emergency room. Please notify these providers immediately if you have traveled out of the country in the past 2 weeks or have known exposure to a person with COVID-19 infection.
- Minimize unnecessary traveling. Consult the CDC or State Department website for more information on travel recommendations
Sonoma County Healthcare Foundation List of Resources - This extensive list, frequently updated, includes general resources/local information, local services, information for parents and children, and other issue information/resources.
How to best shop for food
With all of us in a "shelter in place" mode for some time, people wonder what are the best ways to get food. While scientists tell us that covid is not transmitted by eating food, the containers that it comes in can contain the virus for some number of hours.
Take-out: When you get home, put the container down, wash your hands thoroughly, get a plate, and dump the food onto it. Then, throw about the container and anything aside from the actual food (don't keep any napkins or utensils provided.) Then, wash your hands again before you eat.
Grocery Stores: If possible, plan ahead and order on-line. There are delivery services and pick-up services at the store - it just might be several days from now. If you get delivery, have the person leave your order in front of your door so you have no direct contact. Then follow the same instructions as for take-out above. When ordering ahead and getting food brought to your car, similarly avoice contact by having the store employee bring the food to your car trunk. And, then at home disinfect. More info about this are in two excellent sources: a good Consumer Reports article and an equally good NPR article.