At this time, our classes remain in session, mostly online. Students transitioned to online learning on March 18 and will continue through March 24. We are not recommending campus closures. As of this writing, none of our college sites including our child development centers, have confirmed cases of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and are working with the Fresno County Department of Public Health and Kings County Department of Public Health for guidance and information. West Hills Community College District will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days and provide updates if things should change.
None of the cases reported in Fresno County or nearby counties have been believed to be affiliated with the West Hills College Coalinga, West Hills College Lemoore, or WHCC North District Center.
The Fresno County Department of Health has confirmed there is currently “no immediate threat to the general public in Fresno County.” The Kings County Department of Health has stated, “The immediate risk still remains low for the U.S. public at this time, and there are currently no reported cases in Kings County or surrounding counties.” The Tulare County of Health and Human Services stated, “an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in Tulare County. The individual is in stable condition. It is believed that the virus was contracted out of the area and the individual did enter public areas while showing symptoms”.
We recognize that this is a quickly evolving situation. Just as with other infectious diseases, not all parts of our state are affected equally at the same time. State and county public health officials are continuously assessing the situation and will alert the community as the situation changes. We will also send updates specific to our institution as changes arise.
We are working with our faculty leaders to plan in the event we are advised to close the college. If this should happen you would be advised with information on how to proceed.