A Precautionary Message from North Orange Continuing Education

January 31, 2020 10:50 AM

North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. At this time, the immediate health risk from the coronavirus to the general public in the United States is considered low.

There is no known immediate threat to the NOCE community or at any of the campuses within NOCCCD. However, we understand that because there is a confirmed case in Orange County, that there may be concerns and NOCE would like to share prevention practices to avoid illnesses.

Coronavirus symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include, fever, cough and difficulty breathing.


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

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