Covid-19 Update 3-13-20

Dear Students, HarperRand is committed to the health of our students, instructors, employees and the communities we serve. We are monitoring the rapidly changing events related to coronavirus (COVID-19). We will provide additional information as it is received.

Fortunately, at this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 at any of our locations. Unless you have symptoms, it is important for you to continue to attend your classes or externship at this time. You are training to be on the front lines fighting this virus like all the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and health care workers around the world. In the future, we may employ digital learning days through Schoology on a case by case basis. Additional information will be provided as needed. Unless notified, attend your regularly scheduled class.

Clinical externships will continue as long as the clinical/externship/field placement site will accept students. If a change in your externship schedule has occurred, please notify your externship coordinator. We continue to be in close communication with our externship sites and will notify you of any changes that are brought to our attention.

Additional COVID-19 Information:

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. HarperRand l is in contact with the CDC and local county departments of public health in all the locations we operate to monitor and evaluate this situation. The latest updates are available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 websiteand California Department of Public Health website. Links to the local county Departments of Public Health websites are provided at the end of this document.

What are symptoms of the novel coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 include:

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

What should I do if I have symptoms or think I’ve been exposed to the virus?
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus:

  • If your symptoms are not severe, stay home rather than go to the doctor’s office and risk spreading the virus to other people.
  • If you suspect you are infected or are showing any of the symptoms, do not go to work or school and do not travel. Call your doctor as soon as possible.
  • If you have symptoms and/or could be exposed to the virus, call ahead to your doctor’s office before you go in for an appointment.

How do I protect myself and my family?

The immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for the general public, who are very unlikely to have been exposed to this virus at this time.
Everyone, whether at home and at work, follow good respiratory and hand hygiene practices at all times:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60%-95% alcohol).
  • Do not have any close contact with people who are known to be sick (for example, do not shake hands with any person who is coughing or sneezing).
  • Regularly monitor yourself for signs of fever or other symptoms.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the home and workplace such as, countertops, sinks, seating, workstations and doorknobs.

Facemasks are not necessary for healthy members of the general public. The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. A facemask should be used by:

  • People who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms and health care workers who are caring for these patients. Local County Websites:

Solano County of Public Health   
Sonoma County of Public Health 
Alameda County of Public Health  ​
Kern County of Public Health ​
Fresno County of Public Health ​
Yolo County of Public Health 
Sacramento County of Public Health ​
San Joaquin  County of Public Health 
Placer County of Public Health ​
Merced County of Public Health ​
Shasta County of Public Health 

Thank you and stay healthy,

Ginny Ariaz
Chief Academic Officer