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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 News & Information

Campus Preparedness

The University is in regular contact with the Butte County Public Health Department(opens in new window) (BCPH) and has protocols in place with them to ensure quick and decisive communication and action as needed. BCPH 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.

President Gayle Hutchinson has tasked the University’s emergency operations center to monitor the situation continuously and to be responsive to questions and concerns from our campus community as this situation evolves. 

Protecting Ourselves

It is important to follow these simple steps:

  • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness(opens in new window).
  • 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.
  • Stay home.
  • If you do need to go out for essential items, practice physical distancing
  • Self-isolate immediately if you are experiencing symptoms, even mild ones, and contact your health care provider.


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 come in contact with someone who may have the virus or is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should immediately self-isolate and contact their health care provider.

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 at 530-552-4000 for guidance.

Faculty and staff should reach out to their medical providers or BCPH.

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