Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Campus Response to COVID-19 Cases, Exposures Involving Employees

With everyone following COVID-19 best practices—wearing face coverings, keeping a safe physical distance from others, and self-isolating at home if symptoms develop—the risk of COVID-19 infection among the Chico State community can be minimized.

The Butte County Public Health Department—the lead agency overseeing Butte County’s COVID-19 response—is primarily concerned with interactions involving “close contact.” Close contact occurs when individuals are closer than six feet of each other for more than 15 minutes with or without face coverings, one individual has COVID-19 symptoms or is asymptomatic, and that person later tests positive.

In the event a positive COVID-19 case occurs on campus or a “close contact” exposure with someone suspected of having COVID-19 is reported, the following protocols will be initiated:

Positive COVID-19 Case

Step 1—Employee Notifies Supervisor, Contacts COVID-19 Hotline, & Self-Isolates

  • The infected employee immediately notifies their supervisor that they are not able to return to work and self-isolates at home.
  • After notifying their supervisor, the employee immediately contacts Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222.
  • Employees must self-isolate at home for 10 days, conduct daily self-monitoring of symptoms, and maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from others at all times.
  • Employees in self-isolation will be allowed to work remotely if able to perform duties from home.

Step 2—Supervisor Contacts COVID-19 Hotline

The employee’s supervisor also immediately contacts Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530- 898-2222 and provides details about the event, and information about locations where the infected employee had spent time on campus if known.

Step 3—University Contacts Employee & Health Department

  • A member of Chico State’s Pandemic Response Team will contact the infected employee to collect pertinent health and event information, including the last date the individual was on campus, location(s) the individual visited while on campus.
  • Details will be passed along to the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD), which will then reach out to the employee to initiate contact tracing and health monitoring.

Step 4—Cleaning & Sanitization

  • A member of Chico State’s Pandemic Response Team will notify the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director, who will in turn notify the Facilities Management and Services (FMS) Associate Vice President or their designee. FMS will close the area(s) the employee inhabited while infectious and initiate enhanced cleaning and sanitization processes that follow all local and state directives.
  • Upon direction for BCPHD, FMS will sanitize all campus spaces the employee had visited two days prior to testing positive. Following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, FMS will allow the area(s) to age out seven days or greater before cleaning if the area is not immediately needed.
  • Thorough cleaning includes sanitizing doorknobs and handles, light switches, tabletops, countertops, phones, keyboards, and other frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Step 5—Contact Tracing

  • BCPHD will determine whether the infected employee had close contact with other Chico State employees or students during the two days before the employee’s symptoms started or since the employee tested positive.
  • BCPHD may investigate incidents of close contact with individuals—both on and off the Chico State campus—that occurred two days before the infected employee developed symptoms or tested positive, and during the first 10 days from symptom onset or the positive COVID-19 test.
  • Individuals whom BCPHD identifies as having had close contact with the infected employee will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to the infected employee as long the potentially exposed individual does not develop symptoms. Should symptoms develop, individuals must self-isolate at home for 10 days from symptom onset.
  • Employees in self-isolation will be allowed to work remotely if able to perform duties from home.

Step 6—Employee Returns to Work

  • For employees who are asymptomatic:
    • Return to work 10 days after testing date that produced positive test result if no symptoms develop and upon approval from BCPHD.
  • For employees who are symptomatic:
    • Return to work after 10 days since symptom(s) onset or from the testing date if asymptomatic, no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.

Suspected COVID-19 Case

Step 1—Employee Notifies Supervisor

  • The infected employee immediately notifies their supervisor of possible COVID-19 infection or exposure.
  • Employees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms self-isolate at home immediately, but may return to work after 10 days since symptoms onset, no fever for 24 hours, and symptoms have improved.
    • Employees in self-isolation will be allowed to work remotely if able to perform duties from home.

Step 2—Employee Contacts COVID-19 Hotline

The employee immediately contacts Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 and will be asked to provide details about their symptoms or information about where they were on campus and when. This information is voluntary.

Step 3—Employee Follows Hotline Directives

Health care staff from the COVID-19 Hotline will provide employees with the latest guidance from local and state health officials—which changes periodically—for caring for themselves and protecting those around them.

Widespread COVID-19 Cases on Campus

If multiple members of the campus community—those who have been approved to be on campus during the semester—test positive for COVID-19 simultaneously, the University will consult with BCPHD officials for guidance.

In consultation with BCPHD officials, the University President will assess if the current method of delivering student instruction and services warrants modification and for what length of time based on the COVID-19 risk level. While unlikely, if a critical mass of COVID-19 cases is impacting campus, the University will expand the utilization of online instruction, services, and operations accordingly to ensure the wellbeing of the campus community.