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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

March 5—Weekly Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

This is the first installment of weekly email updates the University will send to keep you informed about the ongoing COVID-19 situation—and the steps the University is taking to keep everyone healthy and safe.

As you may know, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency yesterday in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As Chico State has done since the global outbreak in December, we’re monitoring the situation very closely and continuing proactive contingency planning in the unlikely event the virus should impact campus.

Below is the first installment of weekly email updates the University will send to keep you informed about the ongoing COVID-19 situation—and the steps the University is taking to keep everyone healthy and safe.

COVID-19 Updates for March 5, 2020

No COVID-19 Cases in Butte County

As of today, there are no confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Butte County, and no individuals are under investigation for potentially carrying the virus at this time. The immediate risk to Chico State remains low.

We will notify the campus community immediately if the situation changes.

COVID-19 FAQ Launched

Chico State developed a COVID-19 FAQ to provide information about the virus; preventive measures for avoiding infection; how Chico State is responding to the COVID-19 threat; and other critical information for students, faculty, and staff.

The FAQ, available from Chico State’s homepage, will be updated on an ongoing basis.

If You’re Sick, Stay Home

Chico State wants students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms—such as mild to severe fever, cough, and shortness of breath—to self-isolate until their symptoms go away and/or call their health care providers to get guidance. Check out the COVID-19 FAQ for specific guidance on what to do if you have symptoms.

For any absence due to illness, employees should plan on using their sick time as they would normally. In the event an employee runs out of sick time, they can request to use vacation time through normal vacation-request procedures.

Illness Prevention

Follow best practices for staying healthy, such as:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Additional tips are available in our COVID-19 FAQ

Travel Guidance

In recognition of the rapidly evolving events concerning COVID-19, the Chancellor’s Office is directing all students, faculty, and staff to temporarily avoid all non-essential, University-related travel to countries that are designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3 Travel Notice. In addition, it is recommended that students and University employees on state business avoid non-essential travel to countries in Asia and Europe where the CDC has identified that sustained transmission of COVID-19 has transpired, or where the virus has spread.

CDC’s country destination and warning level listing.

Additional travel guidance is available from our COVID-19 FAQ. For specific questions about travel restrictions, please contact Risk Management at risk@csuchico.edu or 530-898-6588.

Activation of Emergency Operations Center

In concert with the Chancellor’s Office and following suit with other CSU campuses, Chico State recently activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on a limited basis to continue our proactive planning for responding to the unlikely possibility COVID-19 should impact our campus. This includes developing plans for the continuation of instruction in the unlikely event the Chico State campus should close.

For general questions about COVID-19 and the University's response, check out our COVID-19 FAQ

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