Fresno Pacific University Continues to Provide Resources and Monitor Coronavirus Situation

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) and the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) have each confirmed a case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in their counties as of March 7, 2020. Both cases are travel-related and neither were community-acquired. The residents are in self-quarantine and in stable condition. Both health departments say there is no immediate threat to the general public.

FPU's Emergency Management Team continues to closely monitor the situation to provide information and health resources. University leaders remain focused taking prudent precautions to protect our community and continuing our daily education and other functions as appropriate under the circumstances. All campuses are on spring break March 9-13, 2020. Traditional undergraduate and many graduate classes are not scheduled to meet, while some seminary students are attending short-term classes. School of Education and bachelor's degree completion classes are meeting.

Get health resources and stay up-to-date on FPU’s response to the Coronavirus at fresno.edu/coronavirus

Health Information

Anyone—students or employees—who feels ill is advised to stay home and contact their doctor or go to an urgent care clinic. Your health and the health of others is more important than a day in class or the office. Students on the main campus should contact the FPU Health Center at 559-453-2097or Health.Center@fresno.edu. Information is available at the center website: fresno.edu/student-life/student-services/health-services.

A short explanatory video from the World Health Organization: openwho.org/courses/eprotect-acute-respiratory-infections/items/4P0tWiIvwbZkMgLew4py9O

An overview from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (subtitles in Spanish/subtítulos en español): youtube.com/watch?v=BEkrm6EwUyU&list=PL6hS8Moik7kskawTFkYiM4c0RBf_1m_q4

Tips for dealing with stress from the World Health Organization.

Remember, Coronavirus is a respiratory-tract illness—similar to colds and flu—and health professionals recommend preventative practices including:

  • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds or more with soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve; not your hand
  • Avoid people who are ill
  • If you become ill, remain at home or indoors until you are no longer contagious

Facemasks are recommended only for those officially diagnosed with the virus and not as an effective health precaution to the general public.