College of the Siskiyous

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


We Are Here For You!

Our faculty is determined to help our students succeed and our staff continue to work with students to ensure their success. We are asking those students who do not have internet access or a computer, to contact Basecamp HQ as soon as possible.

The welfare of our campus community is critically important to us all. We want to assure you that the College leadership is closely monitoring its impact and status. Our first priority remains to ensure the health and well-being of our community, while also making sure that our students are able to complete their courses and advance their progress toward graduation, while preparing contingencies to ensure the safe operations of the College during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Alerts

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Urgent information, should the situation worsen or if there is a known risk to the college, will be provided through the college’s texting service, COS Connect. Visit this page to setup Emergency Alerts and receive updates about campus closures, general campus information, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus COVID-19

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. More from the CDC.

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

  • Person-to-person spread: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects: 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. More from the CDC.

Yes, there are confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Siskiyou County. For the most update information, refer to the Siskiyou County Public Health website

Not directly. Though preventing influenza via a flu shot may keep your immune system healthy enough to combat other pathogens such as COVID-19.

The College of the Siskiyous Weed and Yreka Campuses are closed to the public with the exception of the Track, Bear Trail, and Disc Golf course. Access is currently restricted to essential Siskiyous personnel, and currently enrolled students who live on campus or require technological assistance to continue learning in their classes. Students will need their Student ID to come to the Weed or Yreka Campus in order to use the internet from our parking lots. Faculty and staff are working remotely.

In addition, during the campus closure, the Facilities personnel continue increased cleaning and sanitation of surfaces including desks, tables, doors and doorknobs, faucets, fountains, and workstations

Siskiyou County Public Health requests that people who are ill self-isolate until symptoms fully resolve and to call their healthcare provider for further guidance.

Yes, at this time we are requesting all who enter a building on campus to use a face covering.

For the most up to date information regarding the use of face masks, refer to the Centers for Diseases (CDC) website

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise
  • 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 wipes
  • Handwashing is the single most effective means to prevent the spread of disease. Washing up to the wrists, between the fingers, and under the nails for 20 seconds or more with soap and warm water is highly effective at destroying pathogens. In the absence of soap and water, an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used and the hands should be rubbed together vigorously until completely dry. Hands should be washed often especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.

College of the Siskiyous encourages individuals who plan to travel domestically or internationally to research their destinations and consult with the CDC or US State Department (for international destinations) before you go. The CDC strongly recommends not traveling to locations with CDC or State Department Level 3 alerts or higher.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community, all students, faculty, and staff returning from international travel will be subject to CDC and local public health travel re-entry guidelines in place at the time of their return. Because the situation changes daily, travel that was unrestricted on departure may be restricted upon attempted return.

Resources

Please use these resources if you are feeling sick or have any questions about Coronavirus COVID-19, its possible effects, and how to get help if needed for testing or more information.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet (PDF)
Symptoms of Coronavirus (PDF)

Links and resources from CDC and other organizations.

Student Health Insurance Providers: https://www.keenandirect.com/collegestudents

Medicaid program: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/606

Medi-Cal program: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals

Karuk Tribal Clinic (Free and sliding scale, open to non-members): https://www.karuk.us/index.php/departments/health-program/165-category-clinic-locations

Some local walk-in clinics:

Our Recommendations

If you're sick, stay home!

Siskiyou County Public Health has asked that students, faculty, and staff and the public in general who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms-such as mild to severe fever, cough, and shortness of breath-to self-isolate until their symptoms go away and/or call their health care providers to get guidance.

Staying Healthy

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Make sure to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. See a hand washing tutorial.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Call your healthcare professional if you develop 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.
  • If a medical professional or Health Department has directed you to stay home due to the COVID-19 virus, call Student Services (to document students with the virus).

Travel Guidance

In recognition of the rapidly evolving events concerning COVID-19, the CDC is directing the public to avoid all non-essential travel to countries that are designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3 Travel Notice. Additionally, be aware that travel to other countries may result in quarantine upon attempted return home. Quarantine may last 14 days. View the CDC's country destination and warning level listing.

Health Clinic

The Health Clinic is here to provide you with information, services and referrals for your health needs. Services are free to all current COS students.

Location

Ponderosa Hall
Room P-110
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094

Hours

Wednesdays: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Open during the fall and spring semesters, when classes are in session.
Closed during holiday breaks and the summer session.

Contact

Phone: (530) 938-5502