Nov. 19, 2020 (italics note additional info added at 7:27 p.m.)

Dear Campus Community:

The University recently became aware that an outdoor lunchtime gathering with 15 employees was held on Nov. 10 on the campus. One of the employees who attended the gathering has tested positive for COVID-19. At the time of the gathering, the individual was asymptomatic and also worked on campus Nov. 12. The employee has since been in self-isolation at their residence.

Due to personal privacy laws, CSUCI is unable to release the identity of the infected employee and asks that their right to privacy be respected.

Consistent with Ventura County Public Health guidance and the protocols for infectious disease response, all individuals identified as attending the gathering or otherwise had close contact with the infected employee have been notified, asked to quarantine, self-monitor for symptoms, and if they begin to feel ill to get tested as soon as possible.

At this time, no other employees working on the campus have become ill or have tested positive for COVID-19. However, the University is investigating the incident and will take appropriate action for any violations of the public health protocols that were in place at the time of the incident.

As part of the campus’ ongoing COVID-related operations to regularly clean areas, the campus building(s) visited by the infected employee have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Our priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. CSUCI will continue to adhere to local, state, and national guidelines. As of Nov. 16, Ventura County is classified under the purple tier of the State of California COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy. A recent announcement has also been provided by Governor Newsom regarding a statewide curfew that will begin on Saturday and continue until at least December 21.

We remind you to:

  • Stay home when you are sick or if you have been exposed to others who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately.
  • Wear a mask or face covering while on campus or in public.

If you or someone you know from our campus community tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus, please share this information immediately by submitting a report. A member of the CSUCI COVID-19 Case Management Team will receive your report and follow-up accordingly. Please note that all information, including the name(s) of the ill persons, provided regarding any exposure investigation is confidential in order to protect patient privacy and will only be shared with the Case Management Team and Ventura County Public Health.

We appreciate your support with preventing and submitting timely reports to help protect the spread of this virus. For more information regarding COVID-19, the measures taken by CSUCI in response to COVID-19, and guidance for students and employees, please visit go.csuci.edu/fall-2020.

Because information regarding the virus may change frequently, we recommend the campus community visit this website regularly. Thank you for your cooperation.

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