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March 30, 2020:

To our CHSU Community,

The current COVID-19 pandemic crisis is rapidly evolving and none of us could have imagined or prepared for what has unfolded over these past two weeks. Yesterday, President Trump announced that he is extending Federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April. While there is much we don’t know and can’t predict, our President’s Executive Council has been communicating and meeting regularly to monitor and proactively manage the day-to-day operation. The health and safety of our campus community is and will continue to be our highest priority.

I want to thank our students for your patience and focus on completing courses and rotations during this challenging time. 

Our most urgent task in the operations of the College of Pharmacy is to assist students with completing this spring semester. I want to thank our College of Pharmacy faculty and staff for their dedication and recent actions in response to COVID-19. In one short week, you all successfully transitioned to online instruction and it is working very well.

I would also like to acknowledge and recognize the IT department for their major support in the online instruction transition and for helping employees work remotely.

The COP Experiential Education Department and faculty also deserve commendation for their diligence in ensuring our P4 students receive the APPE hours necessary to graduate, and it looks like most of them will graduate on time. There may be a few students that will be delayed, but Dr. Okamoto is working closely with ACPE to see what accommodations can be made.

The ACPE site visit that had been scheduled for April is delayed until May 13-14, 2020.

The College of Medicine deans, faculty, and staff are also hard at work preparing for our inaugural class in July 2020.

I recognize that our employees are continuing to contribute remotely to the on-going operation of the University, and Colleges and I want to thank you! I also want to share my heartfelt appreciation to those essential employees who have continued to work on campus to support operations.

As we are all monitoring the daily events as it unfolds, first and foremost, be safe. Please practice all of the safety precautions recommended by CDC, not only for yourself, but for your family and friends, loved ones, colleagues, and your community.

I encourage all of you to stay in touch with colleagues and students to check up on them. If you know any colleagues or students that need assistance in getting groceries and/or supplies or any other need, please inform HR or Student Affairs and collectively we can get resources to them.

The situation is very fluid and we will continue to monitor and follow CDC, state and local government guidelines and directives. As this health crisis continues, the President’s council is committed to taking appropriate measures to protect all students, staff, and faculty.

Members of the President Council include: Flo Dunn, Wendy Duncan, John Graneto, Mark Okamoto, Jimmy Dunn, Richele Kleiser, Carlita Romero-Begley, Tanya Bohorquez, Ashley Emerzian, Kathleen Haeberle.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.

During this time of great stress and uncertainty, please take the time to connect with friends and loved ones, take long walks and exercise. This is also a time where we truly demonstrate that we are a strong CHSU community and each student, staff and faculty are valued.

We will get through this together and bring us closer as a community.

Thank you,

Flo Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University

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CHSU’s Current Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is continually monitoring the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and related guidance from national, state and local public health agencies, in addition to our accreditation and licensing agencies, and the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America posted by the Centers for Disease Control on March 16, 2020. The University asks that students and employees check this webpage for regular updates and monitor their CHSU email accounts closely for more information and instructions.

There have been confirmed cases in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare Counties of the Central Valley. The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has plans in place to inform and protect all residents, limit exposures to any new cases if identified, and address concerns as they arise. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the CHSU community. The health and well-being of our campus community is our highest priority.

Governor Newsom announced that effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities are closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between students and faculty/staff is taking place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs is working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: Our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, until further notice. Some University buildings are closed and others are only accessible to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings are taking place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home is being used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors are communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

Employees who are on campus to perform essential duties should observe social distancing practices as follows:

  • Employees on campus are to stay six feet apart from each other.
  • All meetings should be held via CHSU video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by policy.
  • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • We strongly recommend that students who study off-campus also observe the same social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Campus Facilities has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas. Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas.  These practices will continue.

Campus Preparedness

CHSU is in regular contact with Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) and will ensure quick and decisive communication and action as needed. Additionally, CHSU has emergency preparedness plans and procedures in place in the event of any disruption to campus operations due to natural disasters or health risks such as COVID-19. The emergency procedures can be found on the CHSU website.

Employees who are on campus to perform essential duties should observe social distancing practices as follows:

  • Employees on campus are to stay six feet apart from each other.
  • All meetings should be held via Webex or other video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by this policy.
  • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • We strongly recommend that students who study off-campus also observe the same social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Campus Facilities has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas. Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas.  These practices will continue.

International & Domestic Travel

All work-related employee and program-related student travel is suspended until further notice. Employees and students are directed to cancel all work- and program-related hotel, airfare and travel reservations. Questions regarding expense reimbursements related to travel should be directed to the Business Office for employees or the Office of Student Affairs for students.

We strongly suggest that students, faculty, and staff avoid all non-essential travel to states/regions with known cases of COVID-19 and countries designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3, which currently includes China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have canceled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or canceled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

Protecting Ourselves and Our Community

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the FCDPH reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

The FCDPH has posted some important reminders on their website, including this excerpt:

At this time, there is no identified community spread in Fresno County but the risk to the general public is real. The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has plans in place to inform and protect all residents, limit exposures to any new cases if identified, and address concerns as they arise. This health crisis will require everyone to play a role during this challenging time— we urge everyone to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times, and stay home as much as possible to prevent catching or passing on the infection. Refer to the FCDPH website for more information: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

Please continue to stay home whenever possible, practice social distancing and good hand washing to protect yourselves, families, our campus community, and our community as a whole.

Symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can include a high fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this virus appears to be 2-14 days.

Any member of the CHSU community who has traveled to a potentially impacted area within the last two weeks or has come in contact with someone who may have the virus AND is experiencing symptoms such as those described above should contact their health care provider and seek medical attention immediately.

University Operations:

CHSU is in regular contact with Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) and will ensure quick and decisive communication and action as needed. Additionally, CHSU has emergency preparedness plans and procedures in place in the event of any disruption to campus operations due to natural disasters or health risks such as COVID-19. The emergency procedures can be found on the CHSU website.

Governor Newsom announced that effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities are closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between students and faculty/staff is taking place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs is working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: Our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, until further notice. Some University buildings are closed and others are only accessible to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings are taking place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home is being used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors are communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

Employees who are on campus to perform essential duties should observe social distancing practices as follows:

  • Employees on campus are to stay six feet apart from each other.
  • All meetings should be held via CHSU video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by policy.
  • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • We strongly recommend that students who study off-campus also observe the same social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Campus Facilities has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas. Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas.  These practices will continue.

Events:

The University has made the difficult decision to postpone the CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony that was planned for Saturday, May 16, 2020 to a future date that’s to be determined to protect the health and safety of our students and their families, our faculty/staff, and our community.

We recognize that our Graduation Ceremony is a cherished tradition and important milestone in pharmacy education, so we plan to celebrate our graduates’ achievements with a Virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Further details will be shared in the near future.

Please see the revised plans below for Graduation activities:

  • Convert to Online – 5/11-5/15 Virtual Grad Week Activities and RxPrep
    • Offered through Zoom; Schedule to be announced
  • Canceled – 5/14 Graduation Awards and Dinner at Copper River Country Club
  • New Online – 5/15 Virtual Graduation Celebration at 3:00 pm through Zoom
    • Details to be announced.
  • Postponed – 5/16 Graduation Ceremony at Clovis Hills Community Church
    • We hope to reschedule a modified ceremony or celebration in the future when shelter in place is lifted.

Below are some of the other large-scale events that are impacted:

  • Canceled CHSU Career Fair – Friday, March 13, 2020 (will not be rescheduled due to short time left in semester)
  • Postponed CHSU Scholarship Gala – Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Postponed CHSU VIP Reception for COM Building – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Postponed CHSU Ribbon Cutting for COM Building – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Canceled Community Engagement Day – Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Postponed CHSU Annual Awards Ceremony and P3 Pinning Ceremony – Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Canceled CHSU Annual Research Day – Saturday, May 9, 2020

We will reevaluate other future events planned as new information becomes available.

Students:

Students who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home, contact Student Affairs in their appropriate college, and contact their personal physician.

Classes:

Governor Newsom announced that effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities are closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between students and faculty/staff is taking place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs is working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: Our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, until further notice. Some University buildings are closed and others are only accessible to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings are taking place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Experiential Education:

We are working hard to minimize the impact on students during this unprecedented public health crisis. ACPE has given colleges of pharmacy some latitude to be creative in managing rotations during the COVID pandemic. Below is our current information regarding IPPEs and APPEs, and we will continue providing new updates as they become available.

IPPEs:

IPPE scheduled rotations are not currently affected by any change or disruption. Should this change in the future, we will notify you and make alternate arrangements for IPPEs in an effort to continue academic progression.

APPEs:

Students received an email from Provost Duncan March 18th at 5:25 pm with modifications to Block 7 and 8 rotations in line with ACPE standards. Students are requested to submit their Block 7 hours logs to the Office of Experiential Education ASAP and also contact that office with any questions.

Some clinical rotations may continue as scheduled depending on whether the rotation site suspends student rotations, which they have the right to do in the interest of public health and their patient populations. However, students who become ill should not go to their IPPE/APPE site. Students should follow the COVID-19 guidance from their rotation site and be aware that their site may have screening criteria, such as:

  • Any Illness, specifically fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath
  • Traveled internationally in the past 14 days
  • Been in proximity to someone who has traveled to one of the high-risk countries or who has been diagnosed with coronavirus. (Proximity means within 6 feet over a prolonged period.)

Depending on how you answer these questions, you may not be allowed on site. Please contact your preceptor and let them know if you are ill. Students will need to reschedule missed hours to make up the time.

Please be aware that many sites are conserving personal protective equipment (PPE), and you may not be able to enter rooms where PPE is required.

We are aware that some sites are no longer taking student learners. We ask you to follow their requests to leave facilities to ensure your safety and patient safety and contact us immediately. For those of you impacted by the loss of rotation sites, we are currently reaching out to our partners to seek an alternative placement for you.

Please continue to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We will continue to update you on a regular basis.

Student Research & Academic Rotations:

Students currently undertaking research or participating in academic rotations or a special projects elective should await further instruction from their faculty supervisor/instructor next week.

Dear CHSU Community,

During the evolving COVID-19 situation, we want to ensure that all members of the CHSU community know that they can access the Health Sciences Library’s (HSL) digital collections and resources, as well as request support for all their information needs.  We also want to remind you about remote access to the HSL, document delivery services, and to contact us with requests or questions. For remote access, go to the HSL; once you’ve clicked on a licensed e-resource, you’ll be asked to authenticate yourself.  Enter your CHSU network credentials, which are the same as you use to sign in to the CHSU network. We can also be reached via the tawk live chat feature located on our About Us page – click in the maroon box entitled “Online” in the bottom right-hand corner – during normal operating hours: M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you want additional information about COVID-19, please refer to these sites:

Thank you!

Joanne M. Muellenbach, MLS, AHIP
Health Sciences Library Director & Associate Professor
California Health Sciences University
chsu.edu/library

Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home, notify the Office of Human Resources and their supervisor, and contact their personal physician. Please see the CHSU COVID-19 March 17, 2020 Employee Announcement: New Policies and Procedures Through May 1, 2020 or contact HR for more information.

Governor Newsom announced that effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities are closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between students and faculty/staff is taking place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs is working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: Our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, until further notice. Some University buildings are closed and others are only accessible to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings are taking place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home is being used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors are communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

Employees who are on campus to perform essential duties should observe social distancing practices as follows:

  • Employees on campus are to stay six feet apart from each other.
  • All meetings should be held via CHSU video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by policy.
  • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • We strongly recommend that students who study off-campus also observe the same social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Campus Facilities has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas. Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas.  These practices will continue.

CHSU will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the FCDPH and will provide the most up-to-date and accurate information available.