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COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order, New Tracing App Announced Today

A regional stay-at-home order goes into effect tonight, and California launches a new COVID-19 tracing and notification app to help slow the spread of the virus.


Announced: December 10, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

To: Campus Community
From: Emergency Operations Center

As we anticipated last week, at 11:59 p.m. tonight a new COVID-19 stay-at-home order will go into effect for the Greater Sacramento region, which includes Butte County and Chico. As Governor Gavin Newsom announced recently, the order is triggered when intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in specific, state-defined regions drops below 15%.

Today’s order instructs individuals to stay at home as much as possible, prohibits gatherings of any size, limits non-essential travel and business operations, and continues to mandate the use of face coverings and physical distancing outside the home. The order exempts businesses and other entities like Chico State, and its employees, that are deemed critical. And, individuals will still be able to travel to and from jobs deemed essential, go grocery shopping, pick up takeout food, engage in outdoor recreational activities, and perform other essential activities following current health and safety guidelines.

For Chico State employees, the order DOES NOT affect current working arrangements. Because the state deems Chico State as critical infrastructure and employees as an essential workforce, University employees are excluded from the order’s requirements.

For Chico State students, the order prohibits individuals from engaging in any non-essential activities outside their homes, including gathering with members of other households. The order has no impact on ongoing virtual classes.

The order will be in place for Butte County and the 12 other counties that make up the Greater Sacramento region for at least three weeks—and will be lifted only when the region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%, assessed weekly after the initial three-week period.

CA Notify

A free smartphone app, CA Notify, launched today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by alerting users if they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive. The University urges everyone in the campus community to use the app as another way of keeping themselves and those around them safe and healthy as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California continue to break records. 

If another CA Notify user you've been near over the last two weeks tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their unique, anonymous verification code to the app, you’ll be notified that you’ve potentially been exposed. “Near” is defined as being within six feet of a person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. Once alerted, you’ll be provided COVID-19 resources for testing and avoiding exposure to others.

CA Notify uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random codes with the phones of others using the app without revealing personal information. Neither identities nor locations are tracked. 

Coronavirus Resources

Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms—including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, loss of sense of taste/smell—should call Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline immediately at 530-898-2222. Calls to the hotline are voluntary, and all information will remain confidential.

If our hotline staff recommend testing, there are a variety of Butte County locations where individuals can get tested, including free (though limited) testing at the WellCat Health Center for students and at the state’s OptumServe site, which is close to campus at 900 Mangrove Avenue. OptumServe tests are completely free and anyone can get tested for COVID-19 for any reason, even people who do not have symptoms.