Feb. 27, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

As a follow up to the campus message on Jan. 28, we wanted to provide you with updated information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

CSUCI’s primary commitment is to the safety, health and well-being of our campus community, and we are actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as following guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Ventura County Public Health (VCPH), and Santa Barbara County Public Health (SBCPH).

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to serious respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

No confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our region and the risk of transmission in our region remains low based on current information. Based on current CDC information, there are 14 confirmed cases in the United States. We will continue to update the campus should that change.

The University has a well-established Communicable Disease Plan, as well as a Business Continuity Plan that guides our response to outbreaks in our region and delineates actions to ensure continued academic and business services. Our team is meeting regularly and will continue to monitor the situation and update the academic community accordingly.

Any University-related travel to identified high-risk countries will need to be reviewed in advance with Laurie Nichols, Interim Associate Vice President for Administrative Services. Faculty and staff traveling domestically on University business should also discuss their travel plans with their supervisor.

We encourage you to actively engage in healthy habits to help prevent contracting and spreading illnesses. There are steps each of us can take to reduce our chances of getting ill — whether from COVID-19, the flu or cold.

Treat Yourself Well

  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain good sleep habits
  • Manage stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food

Make it Hard for Viruses to Spread

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Check with your healthcare provider whether obtaining the influenza vaccine is advisable for you.

Students at the Camarillo campus who feel ill may seek medical attention from Student Health Services or from their personal healthcare provider. Faculty and staff who have traveled to high-risk areas or are feeling ill should contact their healthcare provider for assistance. Individuals who have symptoms of influenza-like illness or other respiratory infections, are encouraged to stay at home and not to come to the campus for school or work.

Please utilize the links contained in this message as a source of current and accurate source of updated information on COVID-19 and be aware that other sources may not reflect the most updated information.

Please take care of yourself by following the tips listed above. We will provide updates to the campus community as the situation changes. Thank you.

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