Close LACCD Campuses Due to COVID-19 Pandemic and Deaths in Los Angeles and New Cases

Close LACCD Campuses Due to COVID-19 Pandemic and Deaths in Los Angeles and New Cases

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Jack T. started this petition to Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to over 100,000 people around the globe and has caused almost 3,000 deaths, both totals higher than the SARS and MERS epidemics of the past.

 

One person has died and at least 14 people have tested positive in Los Angeles County as of writing this petition. Even though there are no reported cases currently in the Los Angeles Community College District, it is impossible to know the extent of the threat to both the students and faculty and staff. It takes 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. The proximity in classrooms, cafeterias, and other crowded areas will inevitably increase infection rates.

 

As the largest community college district, many students and staff commute throughout all parts of Los Angeles county every day. When the virus spreads, it might have many unforeseen consequences, direct and indirect. As students and faculty and staff, we place great priority on our academics, but right now this event must take precedence.

 

We are asking Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, the Chancellor of LACCD to take initiative and close the campuses to stop the spread of the virus.

Take advantage of technology already available – move classes online.

 

We already know all the risks COVID-19 poses to the public and those who are immunocompromised or elderly, and we ask you to act now to keep the students, faculty, and staff, their families and the community safe.

 

Some sources state:

  1. World Health Organization says risk of global spread "very high." (Bloomberg)
  2. The average infected patient spreads the virus to 2.2 others. (NEJM)
  3. The mortality rate is estimated around 3.4%. (Reuters)
  4. Experts are unsure why some recovered patients appear to become reinfected. (Reuters)
  5. Debate still is under way about transmission via hard surfaces. (Reuters)
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