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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