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Notes from 9 March 2020 meeting of the President's Policy and Planning Committee
On Monday, the the President's Policy and Planning Committee met to agree on changes to some policy, get a budget update, and talk about the University's stance on the novel coronavirus.
These notes reflect only the novel coronavirus conversation.
Miller sat in on the President's Planning and Policy Committee (PPPC) this morning this morning. At the end of the meeting. the President made some remarks about the novel coronavirus.
- She said that she is in continual communication with people at the VC Department of Public Health. They are confident that there has been no community spread of the virus in Ventura County to this point. She is confident that we are at low risk of being affected immediately by the epidemic.
- We have a strong County Health Department. Powers, the County manager, has a Public Health background.
- Our County Health Department was one of the first to receive permission to do its own test for the novel coronavirus. This means that it can get test result in 4 hours. Positive results are forward on to the CDC for confirmation. (That is why the vcemergency.com page says we have one presumed case - because it tested positive locally and now is being confirmed by the CDC.)
- She praised the work being done on campus to prepare for the eventuality that we must adjust operations because of the novel coronavirus. This praise included the CDWG, the DAACC, TLI, Communications, Senate leadership, etc.
- She said faculty aren’t being asked to change anything in the way they teach; she knows people are thinking and talking about this. I reaffirmed this, saying that we are starting to be affected, and when faculty are affected they need to notify their chairs so adjustments can be made (e.g., to workload) if necessary.
- She talked briefly about the handful of students who have been brought back from study abroad in CDC Level 3 countries (I know Italy and South Korea, for sure.). They are being quarantines off campus and won’t return to campus until that 14 day period is over. The University is taking all possible steps to meet their personal and education needs.
These are not minutes of the meeting. They are notes meant to convey some new information on the University's stance toward the threat of novel coronavirus to its operations.
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