COVID-19
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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Campus Facilities and Operations

This page covers facility and operations modifications for the campus. While University functions continue online—visit department websites to see how to access their services—some essential in-person operations continue or are available in a modified form.

**Note: Face coverings are required on campus indoors and outside when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance.

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WellCat Health Center

The WellCat Health Center(map) is open Monday–Thursday by appointment only for regular health services. Visit the WellCat Health Center website for the latest information.

As usual, for regular after-hours or emergency care, students should use Enloe Medical Center or Enloe Prompt Care Clinics.

If you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, call ahead before visiting any medical center so they can be prepared to receive you. Students, faculty, or staff experiencing symptoms may call the WellCat Health Center COVID-19 hotline at 530-898-5222 for information and assistance. Outside of WellCat Health Center hotline hours, the campus community should contact the Butte County Public Health Department at 530-552-4000 or their health care provider.

All positive COVID-19 tests staff should be reported to the COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-5222 immediately.

Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry

The Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, located in Student Services Center, Room 196 (map), is open Monday–Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (or by appointment) for grab-and-go bags for Chico State students, employees, and their families.

Meriam Library

Physical books and media are available for checkout from Meriam Library by reserving online and picking up in-person outside the library. The library also provides online research resources including e-books and articles and virtual research support, including 24/7 chat support and the ability to schedule Zoom appointments with librarians. View all available library services.

Once Butte County is removed from the state's COVID-19 monitoring list—and as state, county, and University health and safety guidelines allow—the Grove (located on the first floor) may be open as a no-contact study space during the fall semester. Students would reserve a desk in 90-minute increments with access to computers, a print station, and Accessible Technology Center support. Proposed hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. The Grove will be operated and cleaned in accordance with campus COVID-19 safety and prevention guidelines.

Outdoor Study Spaces

We know some students may need an on-campus option for study space and internet access when no virtual or at-home alternative is available. Check out this map of all outdoor Wi-Fi coverage (opens in new window)(opens in new window) on campus. (Please make sure “Services,” then “Outdoor Wi-Fi coverage areas,” are checked.) The following outdoor study spaces are available to students, and meet health and safety guidelines, as well as provide strong Wi-Fi:
  • Table seating with umbrellas: Existing covered tables are in place outside Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek, in front of the Bell Memorial Union, and between Meriam Library and the Student Services Center.
  • Social distancing circles on the Trinity Hall and Glenn Hall lawns: Spaces will be marked on the lawns to designate proper social distancing. No power access or seating will be provided.
  • Outdoor tent in Warrens Center courtyard: A large open-air event tent will be installed and include tables, chairs, and power strips for charging devices. Users should access the courtyard from the gate facing Big Chico Creek near Holt Hall. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with two 30-minute closures for cleaning and sanitizing.
In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, we ask students to study at home or in other non-public spaces off campus when possible, and to utilize outdoor campus spaces only if they have no other option.

Residence Halls

Chico State has discontinued most campus housing for the fall semester.

Bell Memorial Union & Wildcat Store

The Bell Memorial Union (BMU) is closed for the fall semester. The Wildcat Store is open and will offer curbside pickup during store hours.

Wildcat Recreation Center

The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) is closed for the fall semester. However, virtual team building, tours, workshops, how-to videos, and live-feed workouts are available online.

The WREC pool is open by appointment only and for members only (no guest passes are available). Hours of operations are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Click here to reserve your spot.

Museums and Galleries

University museums and galleries including the Gateway Science MuseumJanet Turner Print Museum, University Art Gallery, and Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology remain open virtually only.

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is open for public use in accordance with their existing guidelines, with the addition that face coverings should be worn outside when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance.

University Farm

The University Farm is closed to the public until further notice. Farm staff are working remotely except as needed under critical infrastructure guidelines outlined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the US Department of Agriculture. Staff are still available by phone and email