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December 8, 2020 at 4:41pm

With the Thanksgiving holiday now past and the winteb break fast approaching,  we wanted to notify our entire Otis College community of important information to keep you safe and healthy and updated on the stats of COVID-19 in our area. 
As of 12/6/2020, the Governor of California imposed a Regional Stay at Home order for the Southern California region. The Southern California region includes Los Angeles County, Orange County and other counties in the area. The reason for the Regional Stay at Home Order was because of the increased amount of COVID-19 cases in our region and the strain that it is taking on our healthcare system especially the number of available ICU beds.

The new Regional Stay at Home Order states that the following business sectors must close for operation: 

Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds
Indoor Recreational Facilities
Hair Salons and Barbershops
Personal Care Services
Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
Movie Theaters
Wineries
Bars, Breweries and Distilleries
Family Entertainment Centers
Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering
Live Audience Sports
Amusement Parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100 percent masking and physical distancing:

Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20 percent capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. 
Shopping Centers: Allow indoor operation at 20 percent capacity with entrance metering. 
Restaurants: Allow only for take-out or pick-up.
Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
Places of Worship: Allow outdoor services only.

The Stay at Home Order will be in effect for the next 21 days (until December 27, 2020). After which time, the situation will be reassessed. 
Otis College will continue to follow all direction and guidance from the California Governor’s office and the LA County Department of Public Health. 
Let us continue to take measures to keep ourselves and those around us safe and let’s get those numbers down! 

Please be well and stay safe.

The SHWC Team 

November 24, 2020 at 9:48am

Traveler Form
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Los Angeles is requiring all travelers entering the city from another state or country to fill out this online form, acknowledging that they have read and understood California’s travel advisory. Travelers over the age of 16 must submit this form online prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station. Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500. For more information and to fill out the form please visit, https://travel.lacity.org/ 

October 26, 2020 at 10:52am

As of October 23, 2020, Los Angeles County remains in the “purple” Tier 1 category. The “purple” Tier 1 category means that there is widespread risk of contracting COVID-19 within the community. With Los Angeles County in the Tier 1 or “purple” category, this means that at this time institutions of higher education, like Otis College, are “closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open.” https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ 

As Halloween approaches, LA County has issued the following guidelines. Currently, LA County is not permitting any Halloween themed carnivals, festivals, haunted houses or live entertainment. Trick or treating is also not recommended; however, not all Halloween fun is cancelled, though. You can still carve pumpkins, have an online costume contest, see a halloween movie at a drive in or hold an outdoor Halloween treat hunt with your roommates. Luckily, the Otis College Campus Activities Board has scheduled a whole week of fun for all our students. 

Remember that with any Halloween activity you do, please remember to always wear your mask (a costume mask does not count as a substitute for a cloth mask), maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, avoid large crowds and wash your hands frequently. Also, if you feel sick, do not plan on being around others and please call the SHWC immediately. 
 
Please be well, stay safe, and enjoy your Halloween!

The SHWC Team 

September 8, 2020 at 4:27pm

Los Angeles County has seen a steady decline in cases over the last few weeks. Our current test positivity rate is 4.4%, which, in previous weeks, was much higher. The State of California has also seen a decline in cases and test positivity rate. Both of these facts show great progress in helping to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The State of California has released a new system of re-opening the state based on the risk of spread within the specific county. Currently, Los Angeles County is listed in the “purple” Tier 1 category. The “purple” Tier 1 category means that there is widespread risk of contractign COVID-19 within the community. With Los Angeles County in the Tier 1 or “purple” category, this means that at this time institutions of higher education, like Otis College, are “closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open.” https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ 

When Los Angeles County’s tier status changes and new guidelines regarding institutions of higher education are released, we will update the Otis College community. 

As a reminder, the Student Health and Wellness Center remains available to students for both medical and mental health support.
Call us at 310-846-5738 to connect with our mental health and medical providers.

For more information regarding COVID-19, you can utilize the following sources: 
• World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Los Angeles County Health Department: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/  

Please be well! 

The SHWC Team