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Updates on Vaccines, Testing, and Safety

Updates on our campus vaccination plan, testing, and important safety precautions to slow the spread at Chico State and beyond.

Announced: January 14, 2021, 12:10 p.m.

To: Faculty and Staff 
From: Emergency Operations Center 

In recent weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in Butte County has remained elevated, and the University continues to register positive cases within our community. We want to share a few updates about our campus vaccination plan, testing, and important safety precautions to slow the spread at Chico State and beyond.  


On Wednesday, January 13, we announced that Butte County Public Health (BCPH) has placed a priority on vaccinating active Chico State faculty and staff, including Chico State Enterprises and Associated Students staff, who volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination is not mandatory. Appointments are required and are taking place only at the Enloe Medical Center clinic in Chico. Visit our Vaccination Information webpage for details.  

Student employees, all other students, and emeritus and retired faculty and staff are not yet part of BCPH’s Chico State vaccination allocation. Individuals should contact their local public health department for vaccine availability. All vaccine allocation prioritization statewide is based on California’s Three-Phased Planning Approach (PDF), which is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guidance. 


Faculty and staff (and the public) may access free testing at the Chico OptumServe location at 900 Mangrove Avenue, which is now open from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Saturday by appointment only. Visit the BCPH website for additional testing sites. Please note, the WellCat Health Center offers COVID-19 testing for students by appointment only, with priority given to those who are experiencing symptoms or have confirmed exposure. Center staff are collecting samples in the clinic and periodically at various off-campus locations where our students reside, offering multiple opportunities to access testing. Samples are processed at laboratories off site, and result turnaround times vary but average 48–72 hours. Students without symptoms or known exposure who cannot be accommodated in the clinic’s schedule are referred to OptumServe. 

The EOC is currently working to bring expanded testing capacity to campus for students, faculty, and staff. At the start of the spring semester, the WellCat Health Center will begin a surveillance testing program for students and student staff residents in University Housing. For fall 2021, the University is considering a testing process that would provide ongoing surveillance testing for all Housing residents, student-athletes, and students coming to campus for in-person classes or labs. 

For COVID-19-related questions or to report a positive test result, symptoms, or a potential exposure, Chico State students and employees are encouraged to call the COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222. Phones are answered during campus operating days/hours. Students wishing to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the WellCat Health Center may call 530-898-5241.  

Safety Precautions  

Now, more than ever, we need to follow public health guidelines so we can make it through this final stretch of the pandemic. Please remember:  

  • Wearing masks is the No. 1 preventative measure we can take. When with individuals outside your household— whether indoors or outdoors—wear your mask if you cannot maintain social distancing. 
  • Socially distancing is hard for everyone. Six feet is further than you think. For example, most broom handles are 5 feet long. An adult bike, three-seat sofa, or a dairy cow are all about 6 feet! Use these examples to ensure you are maintaining adequate basis. 
  • Do not meet or work together in environments where social distancing is not possible unless it is absolutely necessary. Convenience is not a reason to suspend social distancing. 
  • Do not eat together at break time or meal time unless you are outdoors and socially distanced.  
  • Remember to wipe down shared equipment. 
  • Replenish supplies as soon as you note they are running out. 
  • Don’t let your guard down! 

It will take all of us doing our part to get through this pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact your manager or EHS Director Marvin Pratt at 530-898-5126.