Health Alert: Coronavirus NOCE Monitoring; Updated Guidance

March 1, 2020 11:27 PM

Dear NOCE Community,

We continue to closely monitor and share with you the state health guidelines on coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the immediate health risk from the coronavirus to the general public is considered low. For now, the official guidance for all California agencies continues to come from the California Department of Public Health, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx.


The state department of public health has not recommended the cancellation of public events. California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell said that the current public threat in California is low. However, curtailing travel as outlined in CDC guidance is recommended.

For now, the best prevention against the coronavirus is washing your hands. Here is an article noting the proper way to do it: https://.cnn.com/2020/02/28/health/how-to-wash-hands-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

Additional Prevention Measures:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

Anyone with concerns about potential exposure is asked to call their health care provider immediately or the Orange County Health Care Agency (OC HCA) Health Referral Line at 1.800.564.8448. Additionally, information about the novel coronavirus can be found from the OC HCA at www.ochealthinfo.com and specifically at this link: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus

As more information and guidance becomes available we will update you. Stay safe!