Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 Cases on Campus—September 1

The University has learned of 31 new COVID-19 cases involving individuals who spent time in five campus locations. Individuals who were exposed during the incidents have been directed to self-quarantine. 

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Announced: September 1, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

To: Faculty & Staff
From: Emergency Operations Center 

In an effort to provide transparency to the campus community as Chico State continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will notify students, faculty, and staff when 1) a public health agency confirms that a member of the campus community has tested positive for COVID-19 AND 2) the individual was recently on campus or at another University-owned site. Your well-being is our top priority. While news of positive COVID-19 cases may be concerning, we want our community to be informed when a case has been identified on campus and know how the University is responding. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 

We’ve learned of 31 new COVID-19 cases involving individuals who spent time in the on-campus locations below. Please note that, at present, receiving COVID-19 test results that confirm infection can take up to a week; therefore, there may be a number of days between individuals’ last time on campus and when you receive an update. The University provides new-case updates to the campus community as soon as they are available. 

  • Butte Station—last day in building was August 26 
  • Shasta Hall— last day in building was August 27 
  • Sutter Hall— last day in building was August 29 
  • Whitney Hall—last day in building was September 1 
  • Wildcat Store—last day in building was August 26 

These recent incidents bring the total number of positive COVID-19 cases identified on Chico State’s campus since the beginning of August to 67. This number represents the total count of campus-specific cases over time, but does not reflect the number of currently active cases or number of individuals who have recovered. The Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) tracks general “active” and “recovered” information for the county, but is unable to provide details for University-specific cases. 

 Pursuant to our protocol, Chico State’s Pandemic Manager has been in direct contact with BCPHD and affected individuals, and BCPHD has initiated contact-tracing procedures. Individuals who were exposed during the incidents per BCPHD’s analysis have been directed to self-quarantine.  

How We’re Responding 

As part of the University’s planned response, all common areas the infected individuals frequented have received enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, which includes sanitizing doorknobs and handles, light switches, desks, chairs, tables, and other frequently touched surfaces and objects. Areas that could not be thoroughly cleaned have been closed and are being “aged out” for seven days according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines. 

WellCat Health Center personnel will provide case management to those affected and will continue working closely with BCPHD in response to the incidents. In compliance with state and federal law, Chico State will not release the names, affiliations, or health conditions of students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 unless a public health agency advises that there is a public safety benefit in doing so. 

Important Reminders & Resources 

We again stress the importance of self-monitoring for symptoms, wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing. This is the best path toward a safe and healthy semester, and we need everyone doing their part. 

  • Contact Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 or COVIDhotline@csuchico.edu with questions or concerns about this or any other incident. Calls to the hotline are voluntary and all information will remain confidential. The hotline is staffed during University operating hours—8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. After hours or on weekends, you can leave a confidential voicemail and your call will be returned within 24 hours. 
  • Please follow mandatory University health and safety guidelines, including: 
    • Completing mandatory COVID-19 training 
    • Wearing face coverings in all indoor public spaces—including classrooms, labs, studios, offices, and on-campus housing—and outdoors when six feet of physical distance isn’t possible 
    • Performing symptom monitoring on a daily basis, including taking your temperature if you feel you have a fever, and staying home and self-isolating if you have symptoms. Call Chico State’s COVID-19 hotline at 530-898-2222 for advice 
    • Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance between you and others indoors and out 
    • Washing your hands often and for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer, while also disinfecting frequently used surfaces 
  • Visit the COVID-19 News & Information website for additional resources, steps for keeping yourself safe and healthy, and details about the University’s COVID-19 response protocols. 

We appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and commitment to doing all you can to ensure the continued health of the entire campus community. We will keep you informed as we navigate future COVID-19 challenges. 

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Per guidance from local public health officials, the University can share only details about positive COVID-19 cases identified on campus and the locations of those cases. We are unable to provide details about the number of individuals involved in specific incidents or any identifying information to protect the privacy of those involved. Therefore, the number of incident announcements we send to campus will not correlate with the total number of campus-specific positive cases. Chico State’s COVID-19 News & Information website is updated regularly with a running total of all cases identified on campus since early August.