|Mon. Aug. 10
The California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA has issued new, temporary guidelines and considerations intended to help institutions of higher education and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction. This guidance is interim, and is based on the best available public health data at this time, international best practices currently employed, and the practical realities of managing operations; as new data and practices emerge, the guidance will be updated.
As A Reminder: LTCC has established On-Campus Work Protocols that must be followed by any and all essential employees currently working on campus. These protocols are meant to keep employees who must work on campus during the pandemic as safe as possible.
|Mon. July 27
California is putting additional focus on protecting essential workers who are at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently acknowledged that essential workers, who are disproportionately represented by the Latinx community, are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic currently. Newsom announced new safeguards to provide better protection for these workers.
El Dorado County launched a new, bilingual, interactive dashboard that provides a more comprehensive look and additional data points to show how the COVID-19 virus is impacting our immediate area. El Dorado's new county COVID dashboard is updated daily.
LTCC will continue operating as a testing site for the active virus through August 2020. Any county resident may get a free test at LTCC’s Physical Education building regardless of their immigration or medical insurance status. You must make an appointment to get a test. To register for an appointment online, visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123 if you do not have Internet access. Patients who test positive will be contacted by telephone by a nurse. Testing days and hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7am-12pm and 1pm-7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
|Fri. June 19||
All Californians are now required to wear face coverings in high-risk public settings as the state reopens in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order regarding face masks on Thursday, June 18. The order follows new guidance from California’s Department of Public Health based on the ability of asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people to spread the disease.
|Wed. May 13||
El Dorado County is one of two counties in California to get the go-ahead from Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen certain businesses, including dine-in restaurants and retail stores. The Stage 2 reopening requires businesses to have plans in place, including physical distancing, to protect the public and employees from COVID-19. Businesses that can reopen with some constraints in place include restaurants, laundromats and dry cleaners, auto repair shops, pet grooming salons, and office-based workplaces that cannot provide for remote work for their employees.
A press release with full detail is available on El Dorado County’s website.
As of midday on May 12, El Dorado had tested 3,324 people with 60 confirmed cases. Twenty of those are in the Lake Tahoe region. For updates on COVID-19 cases, visit the county’s Health & Human Services webpage.
|Mon. May 4||
LTCC will help greatly increase coronavirus testing in California by serving as an appointment-only testing site center starting Tuesday, May 5. The Physical Education Building on campus will be used as one of two COVID-19 test sites in El Dorado County. This follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community COVID-19 testing sites, allowing the state to go from approximately 16,000 tests per day to upwards of 80,000.
LTCC will operate as a testing site for a minimum of two months, with a capacity of 132 tests per day. To register for an appointment online, visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123. Test results take 48-72 hours. Patients who test positively will be contacted by telephone by a nurse.
Testing days and hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 7am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Please read LTCC's full press release about its testing center capabilities and safety protocols for more information.
|Fri. May 1||
El Dorado County's stay-at-home directive expired on April 30. However, nothing has materially changed: California Governor Gavin Newsom's Stay-At-Home order is still in place. All state residents are to continue to follow the governor’s order, which supersedes county directives.
Please read the county's FAQs about sheltering in place for more information.
|Wed. April 1||
El Dorado County has extended its shelter-in-place directive until Thursday, April 30. Residents are asked to stay in their residences during this time except for “essential activities.”
As of Tuesday evening March 31, there were 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county with approximately 100 test results still pending. Additional tests from Barton Health continue to be sent to the county. Cases have now been identified around the lake, including in South Lake Tahoe. The latest updates from the county are posted to the county Health and Human Services website.
Any residents of South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Stateline, Zephyr Cove, Incline Village, Glenbrook, and other communities around the lake who are showing symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or unusual muscle aches should call Barton’s Health Line at (530) 600-1999.
|Fri. March 27||El Dorado County announced 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including in-community cases. The virus
is present on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore and in South Lake Tahoe. Help to flatten the
MARCH 19, 2020
CAMPUS IS CLOSED
To all students, the public, & most employees.
2:00pm Thurs. March 19
CAMPUS IS CLOSING TO STUDENTS & THE PUBLIC BEGINNING SATURDAY, MARCH 21; LTCC TRANSITIONING TO A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT
LTCC will close to students and the public starting Saturday, March 21, and instruction and student services are transitioning to a virtual environment. The college will primarily operate online with the start of Spring quarter, and that will likely continue through June 2020.
Resources for online learning can be found at: ltcc.edu/virtualcampus
4:45pm Mon. March 16
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER CLOSING FRIDAY, MARCH 20, IN LIMITED OPERATIONS NOW
LTCC is limiting operations in the Child Development Center this week and will officially close at end of the day Friday, March 20. Limited operations are in place now to provide child care for families who need the time to make other arrangements for their children's care. We are encouraging families who can keep their children at home to do so beginning immediately.
The college can maintain social distancing with adult college students, but that is difficult to impossible with small children. Nonetheless, the decision to limit operations and move to full closure on March 20 is in line with the remainder of the college, which is moving to a fully virtual environment after March 20.
The CDC will remain closed until further notice and at least through Monday, April 6. The situation is fluid and likely to continue to change.
4:00pm Sun. March 15
CAMPUS IS OPEN, F2F FINALS MOVED UP, TRANSITION TO ONLINE STARTS MARCH 23:
CAMPUS IS OPEN
Staff will remain on campus and provide services to students.
Finals for face-to-face students has been moved up one week to March 16-20. Online students will not see a change in their finals schedules.
Students: Check your student email and be in contact with your instructors for the latest updates.
TRANSITION TO ONLINE
Transition to a virtual environment begins Monday, March 23.
Most classes will move to the online Canvas portal over Spring Break.
Spring quarter begins Monday April 6, when the majority of classes will be offered through Canvas.
5:45pm Fri. March 13
CAMPUS REMAINS OPEN WITH SOME RESTRICTIONS:
Majority of classes are still in session, with the following exceptions:
Non-Credit PE courses: All non-credit Physical Education courses are canceled effective immediately.
All physical education clubs are canceled effective immediately.
(Example: soccer, volleyball, badminton)
FITNESS EDUCATION CENTER & G3
FEC and G3 are closed effective immediately.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDING
Locker rooms will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 5:00pm. All personal items must be removed by this date.
The Gym, Fitness Education Center & G3 will close Friday, March 20 until further notice
4:35pm Fri. March 13
Many finals have been rescheduled.
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS INFORMATION COULD CHANGE. CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTORS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION*
6:33pm Thurs. March 12
UPDATE FROM EL DORADO COUNTY
El Dorado County reports no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county at this time. However, there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region and in neighboring counties.
Therefore, today the El Dorado County decided to officially declare a public health emergency, which ensures that resources and funding are available to the County in its response to COVID-19. The declaration also allows the County to provide or receive aid from other jurisdictions.
2:30pm Thurs. March 12
CAMPUS EVENTS & STAFF TRAVEL
All community events and outside meetings on campus are canceled until further notice.
On-campus student events will continue as scheduled, but with social distancing measures in place.
LTCC has restricted all non-essential travel for staff, faculty, and administration.
As has been previously shared, the college is committed to helping mitigate the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to take measures to keep staff and students safe. With that goal in mind, effective immediately LTCC is canceling all community events and outside group meetings on campus to help reduce the chance of exposure and spread. Furthermore, LTCC is canceling all non-essential travel for employees. These are measures designed to reduce (not eliminate) the risk of exponential community spread of COVID-19. These measures will be in effect until further notice.
This decision was informed by Governor Newsom's announcement that public events and gatherings should be postponed or canceled statewide for the foreseeable future.
Beginning Thursday March 12, LTCC will use the following guidelines regarding on-campus events:
Beginning Thursday March 12, LTCC will use the following guidelines regarding non-essential travel:
This decision to cancel or postpone community events, outside meetings on campus, and freezing non-essential travel was made out of an abundance of caution for students, staff, faculty, and for community members who utilize our campus. It is a precautionary measure meant to help slow the spread of the virus. The college is being guided in these decisions by both the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Public Health and its guidelines for colleges and universities for COVID-19 containment. While we don’t believe we can fully stop the spread of the virus, it is our hope to be part of a community and statewide effort to help slow down the spread of the virus and Flatten the Coronavirus Curve. The graph below explains the intent of these efforts to help reduce the curve in an effort to assist our health care system in being better prepared for responding to the virus.
LTCC is conducting an ongoing review of all event and travel policies as new information about the virus comes in. Any updates will be communicated via internal emails to staff and faculty, direct-to-student emails, the college’s website, and via social media accounts and the Coyote Corner app (download for free here).
At this time, these restrictions are in effect until further notice. No changes to these policies are expected to be reviewed prior to the end of the winter quarter ending Friday March 27. Standby for future communications as additional decisions and changes in practices are likely forthcoming.
Thank you for staying informed and doing your part to help limit the spread of this virus.
Sending virtual high fives your way. Thank you.
6:30pm Tues. March 10
CLASS FIELD TRIPS & STUDENT CLUB TRAVEL:
El Dorado County COVID Dashboard
El Dorado County has launched a new, bilingual interactive dashboard that provides a more comprehensive look and additional data points to show how the COVID-19 virus is impacting our immediate area. The dashboard shows new cases by day since the start of the pandemic, the rate of new cases per a population of 100,000 over the most recent two-week period, and the percent of test positivity, among other crucial pieces of information. El Dorado's new county COVID dashboard is updated daily.
With the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread as more cases are identified in California, Lake Tahoe Community College is taking the preventive measure of suspending all class field trips, program trips, and student club travel outside of the college service area for the remainder of the Winter quarter ending Friday, March 27. Decisions about Spring quarter events will be made at a later time as the situation evolves.
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for our students. It is a precautionary measure, and it will likely not be the only measure LTCC takes to protect students and staff as we respond to developing conditions. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Dorado County.
LTCC is conducting an ongoing review of our travel and event policies as new information comes in. Any updates will be communicated via internal emails to staff and faculty, separate direct-to-student emails, the college’s website, and via social media accounts and the Coyote Corner app (download for free).
- CA Department of Pubic Health & Cal/OSHA: Guidelines for Resuming In-Person Instruction
- CA Department of Pubic Health: Face Coverings
- CA Department of Public Health: Gatherings Guidelines
- LTCC On-Campus Work Protocols
- Barton Health Community Advisory April 16 (English | Spanish)
- FAQ from the Chancellor's Office
- Coronavirus Awareness (Eng & Spa)
- California Department of Public Health
- News from the Governor's Office
- Barton Foundation COVID Financial Hardship Application (English)
- Barton Foundation COVID Financial Hardship Application (Spanish)
- LTCC Cares Grant
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- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to college students who do no already have a subscription at any service level up to 100Mbps. to enroll call 1 (844) 488-8395
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March 29, 2020 - Student Communication Regarding COVID-19
March 27, 2020 - Spring Quarter Updates
March 25, 2020 - Message from the Chancellor
March 20, 2020 - Campus Closure
March 19, 2020 - LTCC Spring Quarter Update
March 16, 2020 - Closure Details #2: FEC, locker rooms, and G3
March 14, 2020 - Closure Details: FEC, locker rooms, and G3
March 13, 2020 - Final Exam Schedule Updates
March 11, 2020 - Coronavirus Update #2
March 9, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
Links & More Information
- Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Barton (English | Spanish)
- Barton Health is establishing a Medical Corps and is seeking retired or available physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other medical professionals with clinical expertise to staff it. This Medical Corps will be called on to help Barton as it preps to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients. A PDF with more detail is available in English and Spanish, or visit Barton's Medical Corps webpage; participant questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LTCC is serving the community as an active virus testing site starting Tuesday, May 5. Residents can get a free test by appointment only to determine if they have COVID-19 (antibody testing to determine prior exposure is not being offered at this time). Testing days and hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays. To register for an appointment online visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123.
- LTCC is working with and taking direction from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office along with state, federal and El Dorado County health officials. We are also in close contact with Barton Health and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.
- LTCC formed a risk management team that includes administrators, facilities and maintenance personnel, human resources staff, a faculty liaison, and communications staff. This group meets regularly to formulate and implement LTCC’s responses and strategize on how to keep students and employees best informed. This group will continue meeting in a virtual environment to maintain social distancing measures.
- LTCC has purchased supplies needed to help curb the spread of the virus, including disinfectant, additional hand sanitizer stations, tissues and more.
- Maintenance staff has increased disinfectant use and cleaning efforts on campus, and is adding additional staff to meet the need.
The California Community College system coronavirus website also has great resources and updated information that is relevant to California and the state's community college system. LTCC encourages you to stay informed with the latest information on the outbreak and to continue to practice healthy hygiene habits to prevent the spread of illness. For science-based, updated information, we strongly recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites on the coronavirus.
The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Department is also monitoring the situation and updating its webpage with locally and regionally relevant information.
Johns Hopkins University has a dashboard that shows the number of confirmed cases worldwide and where they are located.
- The best thing to do to prepare for COVID-19 is to know its symptoms and how to best
prevent it. The CDC updated the list of known symptoms on Monday, April 27. They now include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills,
repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste
- If you have any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.
- For science-based advice on how to self-quarantine, visit the CDC's Quarantine and Isolation webpage.
- If you are experiencing these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please call your health provider’s office or call Barton Hospital’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at (530) 600-1999.
- If you are sick and providing self-care at home, read the CDC's information on Caring for Yourself at Home.
- If you are taking care of someone else who is sick, read the CDC's information on Caring for Someone Who is Sick in a Non-Healthcare Setting.
Simple measures you can take right now:
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- There is a proper way to wash your hands. To ensure you're washing long enough, do it while humming the tune to "Happy Birthday"
twice to yourself. That will get you to at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as an alternative.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and other people.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw used tissues away.
- Disinfect any frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick except to seek medical care.
- Proper hygiene techniques will go a long way toward containing the coronavirus. Self-quarantining is also key, and is by far the most effective way of keeping the coronavirus contained.