MERCED, Calif.— Today after receiving new guidance regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) from Merced County Department of Public Health and in accordance with Governor Newsom’s latest statement regarding public gatherings, Merced College will begin moving toward remote learning.

The college is not closing and classes are not being cancelled. In order to help mitigate risk, we are instead moving towards remote forms of teaching for face-to-face classes including using digital tools when feasible. The purpose of this shift is to reduce interpersonal contact and promote social distancing which is designed to help lessen the spread of the virus.

To date, no student, faculty or staff at Merced College has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, and based on evolving information about the spread of COVID-19 across the country and world, community members should know that:

  • Essential services for students remain open and accessible
  • All non-essential activities and events will be postponed or cancelled
  • All face-to-face classes will be converted to remote instruction. Some select classes (i.e. labs) will proceed with face-to-face meetings.
  • Disinfection practices are being implemented college-wide
  • All departments and programs will be open and fully staffed during this time

The health and safety of the Merced College community continues to be our highest priority. Merced College is taking all necessary precautions and working with public health officials. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. For the most updated information please visit: