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Coronavirus Update March 11 9:20 p.m.

Dr. Alvarez: OJC COVID-19 Update

March 11, 9:20 p.m. 

Dear Otero Junior College Community of Learners;

Otero Junior College is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, and as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is taking action to address a potential future outbreak in the U.S. that could impact daily College operations, athletics, and other educational, personal, and business travel for students, faculty, and staff.

The College has convened its Emergency Management Operations Group and is planning for different scenarios in the event it becomes necessary to implement emergency operations. We are in communication with county and state health officials to monitor the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are also working closely with the Colorado Community College System Emergency Management Office for guidance and updates.

Within the next 24 hours we hope to have a website launched that will keep our community informed of the latest developments as they impact the operation of the College.

This afternoon we received the attached update from Rick Ritter, Public Health Director for Otero and Crowley Counties. Please read the entire text of Rick’s report as it does include information about a recent traveler through La Junta who tested positive for COVID-19. Per Rick’s report, he does not feel there is any cause for alarm at this time as the traveler had very identifiable and limited contact with the La Junta community. [READ REPORT]

For the best and most updated information about this case, and any other issues for our area please visit:

We will share additional information with you as soon as we receive it. Remember, this is not a time for increased anxiety, just follow the protocol we’ve shared with you and Be Prepared – Not Scared.


Timothy A. Alvarez, Ph.D.