Message from MCC President Stacy Klippenstein
College closes campuses, moves classes and services online to help prevent spread of COVID-19
Mohave County College is closing its four campuses to the public and students to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in our communities.
“Since we now have confirmed cases of the virus in our immediate communities, and health officials expect the number of patients to climb, we feel this action is in the best interest of our students, employees and the public at this time,” said MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein. “We will eliminate all in-person contact to the best of our ability, while continuing with classes and college operations online and in virtual environment so our students can meet their educational goals.”
College faculty and employees this week have been transitioning to online and virtual forms of instruction and student services in preparation for classes to resume on Monday, March 30. Courses that cannot be transitioned, such as labs and hands-on training, will be cancelled.
All student services such as advising, tutoring and financial aid will be handled by phone and online. The college Call Center is fully staffed and representatives can be reached by calling 1-866-MOHAVECC or 1-866-664-2832. You can also chat online with college representatives via the website www.Mohave.edu.
Student services employees, faculty and instructional staff will be reaching out to students to provide support and follow-up regarding these changes. Students should also contact their instructors and/or advisors if they have questions or concerns.
“We are prepared to quickly respond to the rapidly changing reports and developments concerning the virus, and we are closely monitoring the situation, so if there are more changes needed our students, employees and the community will be notified as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Klippenstein.
Some of the actions the college is taking to help prevent the spread of the virus include:
- All on-campus classes are being transitioned to online and other distance learning formats and will begin on March 30.
- CTE, Health Professions, and Science labs and art studio activities that cannot transition to online or distance learning formats will be canceled. Arrangements will be made that allow students to complete at a later date. Students enrolled in the classes will be contacted over the next week to make arrangements. Students should contact their instructor via email or phone if they do not hear from the college by Monday.
- Students and community members who need to meet with an instructor, advisor, or administrator should do so by requesting an appointment via phone or email to establish a possible virtual meeting.
- Most college employees will telecommute unless their position cannot be transitioned to telecommuting, in which case they will work on campus and observe social distancing and health safety protocols.
- MCC Libraries closed to visitors, but have a live chat on the library website http://mohave.libguides.com/Home. Librarians will provide virtual assistance and answer questions Monday – Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Fridays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
- Continue the suspension of college and public events and college travel until further notice.
- Commencement scheduled for May 15 and other end-of-year ceremonies have been postponed. More information will be made available as soon as possible.
- Mohave Community College will continue to provide updates about MCC’s safety measures regarding COVID-19 at Mohave.edu/CoronavirusUpdates.
Those with questions should call 1-866-MOHAVECC or 1-866-664-2832 for assistance.
Please remember that most people who get COVID-19 have very mild or no symptoms and most recover on their own. Those at higher risk are older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
The college continues to encourage everyone to follow the virus prevention and safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control.
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The health of the MCC community is a top priority. While no current Coronavirus cases have been identified in Mohave County, please be assured the College has an emergency/contingency plan in place should the virus be confirmed in our community. Periodic updates will be issued as warranted.
You can also call the Arizona Coronavirus Hotline for general information about the disease 1-844-542-8201. It is staffed by health care professionals to help anyone looking for more information.
The college is urging employees and students to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
Information for Travelers
There are currently no domestic travel advisories or restrictions in the U.S. The U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control have issued advisories for travel to foreign countries with sizeable COVID-19 outbreaks:
The college has gathered information and quick links to the latest developments from federal, state and local public health officials to help you quickly access accurate information.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the risk to the general public is low at this time. You are at greater risk of contracting influenza.
The 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals who recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or individuals in close contact with a an infected person. Currently, no commercial testing is available and there is no vaccine. The federal and state public health agencies are working with those exposed to get testing by CDC.
From the CDC: What is Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.