The health and safety of the LSC community is always the top priority. LSC is taking a proactive and prudent approach to contingency plans that will protect our community while providing the least disruption possible to our students and employees.
The Centers for Disease Control is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The LSC Department of Emergency Preparedness in coordination with the Chancellor’s Office, the LSC Police Department and the LSC Office of General Counsel is working with local, state and national authorities on a daily basis. We remind all our students, and faculty and staff members to remain aware and vigilant as this situation evolves.
Adults of any age with various health conditions can be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Severe illness means that a person with COVID-19 may need:
A ventilator to help them breathe
Or they may even die
Older adults are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. More than 80% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65, and more than 95% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people older than 45.
Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put people from many racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.
Studies have shown minority groups are also dying from COVID-19 at younger ages. People in minority groups are often younger when they develop chronic medical conditions and may be more likely to have more than one condition.