Feb. 14, 2022

Dear Students:

We have been back in-person for a week now, and I am pleased to see that our campus community continues to follow our safety protocols. This has been a contributing factor for low positive case rates on the campus. As we begin our second week, I would like to provide an update on the following topics:

Positive Cases on Campus
Since in-person classes resumed on Feb. 7, the following positive cases on campus have been reported:

  • 9 confirmed positive cases on campus (8 students; 1 employee).
  • Contact tracing efforts have revealed no evidence of spread resulting from classroom-involved exposures and affected individuals have been offered additional support as necessary.
  • Please remember to immediately file a report if you or someone with whom you have had close contact is COVID-19 positive.

Mask Requirements
While Omicron cases and hospitalizations continue to decline throughout our state and region and recent news indicates indoor mask mandates are being lifted, much like the majority of CSU campuses, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines and will:

  • Require everyone to wear high-quality masks (medical/surgical) while indoors on campus or affiliated locations, except when in an office or space alone. Surgical/medical masks or KN95 respirators will continue to be provided for students as needed.
  • Eating should not take place inside classrooms. Individuals may consume beverages inside classrooms, but masks must be immediately replaced over the nose and mouth in-between sips. Please be aware that other areas on campus will have appropriate signage noting whether eating indoors is allowed.
  • Issues of mask non-compliance should be reported to an appropriate administrator. The campus community is encouraged to remind one another of the importance to wear a mask indoors.
  • We will be working with Environmental Health & Safety and Ventura County Public Health to determine what conditions and data points will be utilized in determining when our indoor mask wearing requirement will be modified.
  • Relatedly, Environmental Health & Safety is currently consulting with Ventura County Public Health to update our event protocols (both indoor and outdoor). We will inform the campus community when these updates are finalized.

Booster Requirements
The deadline for eligible students to complete their COVID-19 Booster Certification was 12 noon on Sunday, Feb. 13. If you have not completed this certification, please do so now by following the how-to-guide to complete the booster certification process.

Please note that the following groups of students will not be permitted on campus:

  • Students who have not certified a vaccination status (or eligible students who have not yet certified a booster) are not permitted on campus until their certification is submitted as noted above.
  • Students with qualified vaccination exemptions who have not completed weekly COVID-19 testing are not permitted on campus.

If you believe that you have properly completed certification in Complio but received a notice that you are not permitted on campus, please review the step-by-step instructions to make sure all data entry has been properly completed using the drop-down menu. Be sure to complete the Attestation step as well.

Vaccination & Testing Clinics
Upcoming vaccination clinics will be held on Feb. 17 and March 10 on campus at El Dorado Hall for both the Moderna and Pfizer doses. Testing clinics will continue to be held on campus with required advance registration. Free in-home test kits (4 per residential address) can be ordered from the federal government.

Additional Resources
You are also encouraged to visit the Spring 2022 Semester webpage that includes updates for COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Certification, FAQs, Campus Services & Resources, Campus Communication, Campus Cases & Reporting COVID-19, and goCI app.

As updates or changes become known, we will continue to communicate this information. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation to facilitate a safe learning environment for our campus community. If you have any questions not addressed here, please email DeanofStudents@csuci.edu so your questions can be answered.

Richard Yao, Ph.D.

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