What Is Coronavirus and How Is it Spread?
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, first originating in China.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases range from mild symptoms to severe illnesses and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
COVID-19 is thought to spread from person-to-person contact, particularly between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) with one another or through respiratory droplets produced through the coughing or sneezing of an infected person. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Current Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. The number of reported cases now surpasses 100,000 in approximately 90 countries, including the United States. To receive the latest information on where cases are located, visit the CDC website. To date, there are no known cases in Azusa or on the APU campus.
For an up-to-date summary of what is happening in L.A. County, visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
Risk to most people in the United States currently remains relatively low, although global circumstances suggest increase in cases is likely and precautions should be taken.
Due to the quickly developing nature of COVID-19, it is important to stay up-to-date through reliable sources, such as the CDC and the World Health Organization.
What Does the CDC Recommend at This Time?
Everyone can play a part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through small, preventative actions.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- 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.
- 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 your hands are visibly dirty.
- 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 healthcare facility).
- Since flu season continues, CDC also recommends receiving a flu vaccine if you have not already.
Additional Steps APU Is Taking to Reduce Germs
To help reduce the spread of germs, Azusa Pacific’s Facilities Management team is installing both fixed and portable hand sanitizing dispensers in high use areas, as well as wiping door handles and light switches in classrooms daily.
Our Response at a Glance
Beginning March 30, the Student Health Center team is available Mon.-Fri. for telemedicine appointments from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and in-person appointments from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
All classes have transitioned to an online format for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
Most residential students have moved home, leaving those students with need on the Azusa campus to be housed and cared for by Student Affairs.
We sincerely regret the need to cancel the commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2, 2020, including related events. We realize the importance of this significant milestone for our students and their loved ones. The university is exploring options for honoring our graduates.
Most staff have moved to telework. Essential employees remain in place to ensure location-based university services remain active.