Resource and Information about the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)
[Updated 3/27/2020. We added to and restructured our section at the end of this page on Stress Due to Coronavirus. We also added a section on How to Best Get Food in the Coronavirus Age.]
Sonoma County is now reporting cases of community spread (meaning a measured case of coronavirus in someone who had no known direct contact with someone else with coronavirus.)
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.
- Note that travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, in addition to calling your healthcare provider, please also call SRJC Student Health Services (527-4445) so that we can inform others who had contact with you.
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 doctor (and SHS is not open while SRJC is not open for services), 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
Note that the yearly "flu" is still present and at high levels, with some decline predicted for March. The symptoms of "the flu" are similar to coronavirus, and your doctor can perform a test to determine the difference. If you see your doctor within 48 hours of contracting the flu, there are medications than can lessen severity/duration. Use the same precautions listed above to not contract the flu.
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 is at a very good Consumer Reports article.
Anxiety about coronavirus
Given all the media coverage and shelter-in-place restrictions, it is normal to feel stressed and apprehensive about coronavirus. There are a number of resources now:
This is a very large collection of online resources related to stress in all kinds of ways due to coronavirus.
This is a serious one about stress due to coronavirus.
Here is a straight-forward one on the subject.
This site has good information in a contemporary presentation.
If you are stressed about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, this document specifically addresses this.
A helpful source is the coronavirus sanity guide from the 10% Happier site.
There is also a 20-minute video that discusses ways coronavirus issues make us anxious and ways to deal.
Note that over Spring Break and when classes are not in session, SPS is not providing therapy services, but there are places in the community that are. Info: if you have MediCal, if you have Private Insurance, or in a situation where you need very low-cost/free community therapy.
DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE