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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 News & Information

Chico State Moves to Virtual Campus Through End of Spring Semester

March 18—Chico State is moving to virtual delivery of instruction and most services for the remainder of the spring semester, including finals week. Beginning March 25, all instruction will take place online or in alternative formats until the end of the semester. No in-person classes, labs, or studio or field-based instruction will take place—this includes all final exams. We are asking students not to return to campus. The majority of staff will transition to work off-site starting March 23.

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Campus Preparedness

The University is in regular contact with the Butte County Public Health Department(opens in new window) (BCPHD), and has protocols in place with them to ensure quick and decisive communication and action as needed. (The BCPHD is working actively with state and federal health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to identify ill individuals and protect public health.)

Chico State has emergency preparedness plans and procedures in place in the event of any impact or disruption to campus operations.

President Gayle Hutchinson has tasked members of the University’s incident response team to monitor the situation continuously and to be responsive to questions and concerns from our campus community as this situation evolves. Decisions regarding the continued cancellation of classes or move to alternative-format instruction will be made in consultation with the California State University Chancellor’s Office and the BCPHD. Also, only the BCPHD has the authority to quarantine community members.


All University-related domestic travel has been suspended for faculty, staff, and students until further notice. This follows the March 11 suspension of University-related travel to international destinations. All previously authorized exceptions for “essential” domestic travel are rescinded.

Protecting Ourselves

It is important to follow these simple steps:

  • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness(opens in new window).
  • Seek care immediately if you have recently traveled within an affected region and are experiencing symptoms.
  • Always practice good hygiene – wash your hands, for 20 seconds each time, with soap and water; cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing (into the crook of your elbow rather than your hands is best); avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Get an annual flu shot.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this virus appears to be 2–14 days.

Any member of our community who has traveled to a potentially impacted area within the last two weeks or has come in contact with someone who may have the virus AND is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should immediately contact their health care provider and seek medical attention.

Students experiencing symptoms should call the WellCat Health Center at 530-898-5241 for instructions. Outside of WellCat Health Center hours, students should contact the Butte County Public Health Department at 530-552-4000 for guidance.

Faculty and staff should reach out to their medical providers or the Butte County Public Health Department.

Chico State will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the California Department of Public Health(opens in new window), and the BCPHD in order to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information available.