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Communications Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Communications Regarding the

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Río will be following the LA county’s recommended COVID-19 guidelines. Student and instructors need to be aware of the new changes outlined below. The biggest change is that students no longer need a negative test to return to class. This new process is effective immediately.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) has aligned with the new California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public. Effective March 13, 2023, the new guidelines for students returning to class after testing positive for COVID-19 are:

  • Students may leave isolation after Day 5 as long as they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines) AND they either have no symptoms or their symptoms are mild and improving. A negative COVID-19 test is no longer required to leave isolation between Day 6-10.
  • Since a negative test is no longer required to return to class, students will no longer need to inform the office of Student Affairs of their positive test. They may communicate directly with their instructor.
  • LAC DPH strongly recommends that persons test negative prior to leaving isolation between Day 6-10 and wear a well-fitting mask around others through Day 10. They may discontinue wearing a mask around others between Day 6 and Day 10 if they have had two sequential negative COVID-19 tests taken at least one day apart.

The link to the document is available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/isolation_quarantine_guidelines/LAC_DPH_Guidelines_for_COVID_cases_and_contacts.pdf