MCCCD Update: First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Published Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:04am

Dear Colleagues,

We have learned that a member of our Maricopa College community has tested positive for COVID-19. We know this news may be distressing for our community, even if it does not come as a surprise given the rapid spread of this pandemic.

This is the first confirmed case we know of within our community. The student received the diagnosis yesterday, was contacted by their medical provider, and has since informed us. The student was traveling during spring break, and has not been on campus since their return. Individuals who may have interacted with the student prior to spring break will be contacted by the Dean of Students, and the college Administration and MCCCD Risk Management will continue to work through the appropriate reporting protocols with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and other Local and State Officials.

As a reminder, please be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.

While we work continually to maintain the health and well-being of our community, we also must safeguard the privacy of the individual involved and allow them to focus on their health. Please respect their privacy and avoid speculation and rumors.

This news underscores the need for all of us to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and other measures to reduce the risk of infection and the spread of the virus.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another. We will keep you apprised of any further pertinent developments.

To help ensure the safety of our college community we have transitioned employees to a remote work environment starting today (Monday, March 23, 2020). Your safety is our number one priority, and in that spirit, all employees are to refrain from returning to the college until further notice. This includes refraining from coming back to campus to use your office space, classrooms, or other college resources. This is not only to ensure your safety, but the safety of the employees who have been asked to remain behind and provide essential operational services (College Police, Facilities, and IT).