Yuba College Returning to Remote Operations on Monday, December 7th
Email Sent Friday, December 4, 2020
As you may know, Gov. Newsom announced a new set of stay at home orders yesterday based on regional data. In that announcement, Yuba County is a part of the Greater Sacramento Region. Once ICU Capacity in the region dips to 15% or below for that area a shutdown will occur within 48 hours. The Greater Sacramento Region is currently at 22% ICU capacity and is expected to dip to 15% soon.
Following the Governor’s press conference, we reached out to our County Health Officers for clarity on any impact to Yuba College’s operations. Dr. Homer Rice has recommended that Yuba College consider moving any operations we can to a remote status.
Here are the facts from our State’s Dashboard available at https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard retrieved at 5:45 a.m. today.
Current average state positivity rate for California: 7%
Yuba County average positivity rate: 19.2%
Sutter County average positivity rate: 26.6%
Current ICU beds available statewide: 1,731
Yuba County ICU beds available: 1
Sutter County does not have a hospital.
Here are Yuba and Sutter County’s chart tracking COVID positive cases:
A decision to transition is difficult. Our first choice would be a safe and full return. However, our positivity rates in Yuba and Sutter are amongst the worst in the entire state and at levels never seen.
Based on the recommendation of our Health Officials, we will be transitioning most services at Yuba College to remote operations beginning on Monday, Dec. 7. This is the right thing to do and we’ve relied on the advice of our Public Health Officials to do so.
We will continue to offer fall semester 2020 essential sector courses that must meet face to face due to program accreditation requirements (Academies, Health Care, etc.) through the end of the semester. Students in those programs will be contacted to clarify expectations. We will maintain only essential services at the YC campus and transition back to all online student services.
Throughout the day today, leaders at YC will work to both establish plans to transition to fully remote services. Any changes in your classes will be communicated to you by your faculty.
Signage on the doors at our Marysville Campus will provide contact information (phone and email) for services. In addition, our website will continue to be updated with accurate contact information and hours of service.
The library will also be moving to online services. They will be communicating a schedule for book return, book check out, and accessing services via email and social media posts.
As we approach the end of our Winter Recess (12/24-1/1) we will update you on the status of our operations. We don’t know what January will look like, but we can tell you that we will remain engaged with Yuba-Sutter Public Health. We will monitor guidance and case rates and make a decision that balances the safety of our employees and students with our ability to operate. In the meantime, stay safe. We need every one of you to make this mission happen.
Yuba College Proud,
Dr. Tawny M. Dotson (she/her/hers)
President, Yuba College