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College of the Desert Corona Virus Update

Coronavirus Information

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff continues to be the college’s top priority. On Friday, March 13 the Desert Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a state of emergency proclamation, which provides authority to Superintendent/President Kinnamon, or his designee, to take any and all actions necessary to ensure the continuation of education while protecting the health and safety of the students and staff at College of the Desert.

Riverside County Public Health Department issued a mandate closing all community colleges, preschools, K-12 public, private and charter schools, and universities in the county between March 16 and June 19, 2020.

Consistent with this guidance, all College of the Desert facilities will be closed to students, faculty, staff and the community during this time period. Only essential staff will be allowed on campus.

During the closure, all classes have transitioned online and will continue on schedule.

Should students attend class on campus?

No, all College of the Desert campuses are closed until June 19, 2020.

Will classes be cancelled?

No, the College moved all of its Spring courses online and all are being held as scheduled.

What guidance is there for athletic and performing arts events?

All events, including athletic contests and performing arts events have been canceled.

Will any on-campus classes move online as a result of this situation?

The decision to move classes online was not made lightly. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be the College’s top priority. Instructions on how to access your classes have been sent to your MyCOD email address and/or the Canvas system. You can also stay up-to-date with the College by downloading our new mobile application.

If someone is showing signs of the flu, what should I do?

Anyone who is displaying flu-like symptoms should stay home and stay away from others as much as possible to avoid the potential spread of infection.

If you are displaying flu-like symptoms and believe that you may have been exposed to someone who is at a high risk for coronavirus and is displaying flu-like symptoms, then we encourage you to:

  • Contact your primary care physician (remember to call ahead and wear a surgical mask when arriving at the health care facility)
  • Notify the Riverside County Department of Health Services at 951-358-5134
  • Call the College’s Health Center to report the condition 760-776-7211
  • Reach out to your instructor or supervisor to inform them of your absence

Learn about Stay in Place from the County of Riverside Department of Public Health


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