Coronavirus Update

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Planning and preparedness

Marymount California University continues to monitor and respond to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) with the goal of protecting the well-being of the university community.

At present, the MCU campus and The Villas residential campus are not under any immediate threat from COVID-19, and there are no confirmed cases at MCU. Keep reading for responsive actions, guidance and resources to keep our university community safe and informed.

News and announcements

(April 2) 

  • MCU has extended its application deadline for Fall 2020 to May 1.
  • Admitted Student Day is now planned for April 25 as a virtual event. Register here.
  • The university has extended the deadline to withdraw from a course or to select a credit/no credit grading option to April 24, 2020.
  • Late fees for outstanding balances will be waived through June 20, 2020.

(March 20)

  • The university has extended online classes through the rest of the spring semester.
  • Campus will remain closed for the rest of the semester. Faculty and staff are working remotely and able to provide services.
  • The Villas will stay open through the end of the semester with normal daily operations, including providing three meals a day, security and supervision.
  • Athletic practices and competitions have been suspended through the end of the academic year.
  • University-sponsored events have been cancelled or postponed. We are working to provide some programming virtually.
  • Commencement and graduation-related programs, including the baccalaureate mass and celebratory toast, are postponed.

Community Messages

Prevention and well-being

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Social distancing can stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19.

FAQs on illness prevention and well-being.

Travel

MCU discourages university-sponsored international travel except for critical travel needs. Requests for exceptions need to be fielded by a supervisor. If an individual must travel internationally, plan to evaluate the COVID-19 virus outbreaks in the cities visited and the outbreaks in cities remaining on the itinerary every three days. Negative information will cause the trip to be aborted, and a quarantine or self-isolation may be required upon return. If traveling in a group, monitor the health of others traveling with you. Travel to Iran, Japan, South Korea, Italy and China is prohibited.

MCU also recommends avoiding personal international travel. There are no current restrictions on domestic air travel. For more information on travel, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Large gatherings are generally discouraged, but not prohibited at this time. If attendance is critical, please obtain management approval before making arrangements to attend.

Background

COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

The current evidence is that most cases (~80%) of COVID-19 appear to be mild. The most common symptoms include fever (38°C/ 100.4 °F) and respiratory complaints, such as cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Those with chronic underlying medical conditions appear to be at high risk for serious complications. Runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea are less commonly present. Read about COVID-19 symptoms.

The incubation period, or the time from which someone is exposed to their onset of symptoms, is most commonly reported to be in the 2-7 day range, but may range up to 14 days for COVID-19. This means it could take up to 10-14 days for someone to exhibit symptoms after they are infected.

Person-to-person spread is the primary source of transmission. Based upon available information, it appears that close contact with respiratory droplets from someone who is symptomatic (fever, cough) is the main source for transmission.

Additional resources

MCU Student FAQ – updated 3/26/2020

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Los Angeles Department of Public Health

What You Need to Know

What to Do if You Are Sick

Psychological Tips for Managing Coronavirus Concerns

Life During a Pandemic

Self-Care During Quarantine

Local Resources

Online classes extended through the semester and work-from-home status for employees. Villas remain open.