Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Five Things to Know for the Fall Semester

A reminder message to students regarding everything they need to know about health and safety for the beginning of the fall 2022 semester.

(announced on August 18, 2022)

From: Pandemic Management Team 
To: Students 

Welcome back, Wildcats! Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us, we are entering our least restrictive semester in three years. Here's a final reminder from the Pandemic Management Team with everything you need to know about health and safety for the beginning of the semester.  

  1. All Students Must Be Current on Vaccines and Boosters 
    Per CSU policy, all students (except those with an approved exemption) must be current on their COVID-19 vaccination and self-report it. That means having received a primary vaccination series and a booster shot if eligible AND updating your information in the Student Center. 

Students who missed the August 15 deadline to update their status have been notified via email and must complete the form to fulfill the CSU's requirement as soon as possible to avoid losing access to the WREC. If you need to get vaccinated or need a booster, please visit

  1. Masking Remains Strongly Recommended 
    Masks are optional in most locations on campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Masks are still required at campus healthcare facilities per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines. 

Wearing a well-fitted mask along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing helps protect you and others by reducing the spread of COVID-19. Although no longer required, masks remain strongly recommended and are always welcome on our campus.  

3. On-Campus Testing is Available for You 
Chico State has continued its partnership with Butte County to provide an on-campus COVID-19 testing site in the bottom floor of Whitney Hall (map), seven days a week, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. The testing site provides PCR tests and rapid antigen tests with results available within 30 minutes. 

If you think you have been exposed, have COVID-19 symptoms, or simply want some peace of mind before and after you travel, please take advantage of this testing location. To pre-register and schedule an appointment for a rapid antigen test please visit: PCR testing is available on a walk-in basis only. 

  1. Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 
    If you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you are starting to feel symptoms, please call the COVID-19 hotline at 530-898-2222 and they will walk you through next steps. The hotline is available Monday–Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Calls received after hours will be returned on the next business day. Alternatively, you can also email hotline staff at
  2. What About Monkeypox? 
    As mentioned in yesterday's email from the WellCat Health Center, the PMT is closely monitoring the developments around this virus and will provide updates as appropriate. To help keep yourself and others safe, please familiarize yourself with the monkeypox symptoms and prevention methods. 

If you think you may have been exposed to monkeypox, please visit the health center or call your primary care physician right away.