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May 21, 2020:

I hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy! We have two important updates for our employees regarding the CHSU response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Fresno County Masking Requirement Effective May 22, 2020

In response to the Fresno County masking order that’s effective May 22, 2020, CHSU employees will now need to bring a mask with them while on campus and use it appropriately when it is possible or likely they will come within 6 feet of another person. The order reads: All residents shall use cloth masks or equivalent face covering while indoors at work, while visiting a business,  or  while  coming  into  close  contact  with  someone  who  is  not  a  family  member, in accordance with CDC guidelines to prevent spread of respiratory droplets when physical distancing cannot be maintainedPlease reference paragraph 9 in the FRESNO COUNTY ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER.

CHSU Temporary Remote Working Policy Extended through June 14, 2020

Our current CHSU temporary remote working policy set to expire on May 31, 2020, and the President’s Council has been working these past couple of weeks to determine how best to proceed with reopening, both with respect to timing and in alignment with updated public health guidance. With our inaugural cohort of medical students starting in July and seventh cohort of pharmacy students starting in August, it is necessary to have our campus set for the “new normal” as soon as it is safe to do so. Considering all information included in this communication, we are extending our temporary working remotely policy until June 14, 2020 to allow time to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for our anticipated return to work.

When employees return to campus, CHSU’s policy related to impacted employees dated March 17, 2020 will resume. Please see document in Teams for reference. We want to make this transition as successful as possible, so please contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding our anticipated return to work plan and our March 17 policy.

We are highly encouraged that local businesses and public places like parks have been successfully reopening, with appropriate protocols in place, in phases within our community and across the state. We continue to monitor the decisions and follow the guidance of local and state authorities.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We are paying close attention to details about how we will ensure social distancing and will set new guidelines based on federal, state, and local recommendations and orders in place at the time of reopening. We will provide you with a more detailed plan and updates as more information is available.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy!

Regards,

Florence T. 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 Anticipated Return to Work:

The President’s Council has been working to determine how best to proceed with reopening, both with respect to timing and in alignment with updated public health guidance. With our inaugural cohort of medical students starting in July and seventh cohort of pharmacy students starting in August, it is necessary to have our campus set for the “new normal” as soon as it is safe to do so. We are extending our temporary working remotely policy until June 14, 2020 to allow time to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for our anticipated return to work.

When employees return to campus, CHSU’s policy related to impacted employees dated March 17, 2020 will resume. We want to make this transition as successful as possible, so please contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding our anticipated return to work plan and our March 17 policy.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We are paying close attention to details about how we will ensure social distancing and will set new guidelines based on federal, state, and local recommendations and orders in place at the time of reopening. We will provide you with a more detailed plan and updates as more information is available.

COVID-19 Self Screening

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Fresno County Health Office issued an Order for Business, Hospitals and County Residents that encouraged “voluntary compliance” with the Order. The Order states that all employers do the following:

  • On a daily basis, while conducting business, screen all employees for febrile respiratory illness;
  • Exclude from work all employees that report symptoms of febrile respiratory illness for seven days from the day that they are identified as having symptoms; and
  • Direct employees excluded from work to isolate at home AND to notify all close contacts to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last known contact with the patient.

Febrile respiratory illness is defined as “a new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature 38°C or 100.4°F or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours.”

To comply with this Order, we are limiting those who come to campus to essential employees—those needed to ensure the day-to-day operations on site continue. Employees may come to campus if they need to access resources such as copy machines, scanners, and other specialized software/hardware, supplies and resources that are unavailable remotely.

Effective immediately, anyone coming onto campus must

  • self-screen prior to arrival, following the COVID-19 Screening Checklist;
  • email Human Resources and your direct supervisor that you will be on campus that day; and
  • that you have conducted the self-screen and answered NO to all questions.

The screening checklist is available here and on the CHSU Teams COVID channel.  

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 Anticipated Return to Work:

The President’s Council has been working to determine how best to proceed with reopening, both with respect to timing and in alignment with updated public health guidance. With our inaugural cohort of medical students starting in July and seventh cohort of pharmacy students starting in August, it is necessary to have our campus set for the “new normal” as soon as it is safe to do so. We are extending our temporary working remotely policy until June 14, 2020 to allow time to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for our anticipated return to work.

When employees return to campus, CHSU’s policy related to impacted employees dated March 17, 2020 will resume. We want to make this transition as successful as possible, so please contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding our anticipated return to work plan and our March 17 policy.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We are paying close attention to details about how we will ensure social distancing and will set new guidelines based on federal, state, and local recommendations and orders in place at the time of reopening. We will provide you with a more detailed plan and updates as more information is available.

COVID-19 Self Screening

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Fresno County Health Office issued an Order for Business, Hospitals and County Residents that encouraged “voluntary compliance” with the Order. The Order states that all employers do the following:

  • On a daily basis, while conducting business, screen all employees for febrile respiratory illness;
  • Exclude from work all employees that report symptoms of febrile respiratory illness for seven days from the day that they are identified as having symptoms; and
  • Direct employees excluded from work to isolate at home AND to notify all close contacts to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last known contact with the patient.

Febrile respiratory illness is defined as “a new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature 38°C or 100.4°F or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours.”

To comply with this Order, we are limiting those who come to campus to essential employees—those needed to ensure the day-to-day operations on site continue. Employees may come to campus if they need to access resources such as copy machines, scanners, and other specialized software/hardware, supplies and resources that are unavailable remotely.

Effective immediately, anyone coming onto campus must

  • self-screen prior to arrival, following the COVID-19 Screening Checklist;
  • email Human Resources and your direct supervisor that you will be on campus that day; and
  • that you have conducted the self-screen and answered NO to all questions.

The screening checklist is available here and on the CHSU Teams COVID channel.  

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 Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm.

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 – 5/14 Virtual Graduation Celebration will debut at 3:30 pm
  • 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 this evolving COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Joanne and Kyle with any Health Sciences Library (HSL) questions or requests, at library@chsu.edu, by phone at 559-549-6405, or via the tawk live chat feature located on our About Us page during regular business hours: M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  For further information about COVID-19, please refer to our COVID-19 Library Guide: https://chsu.libguides.com/COVID19.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you!

Joanne M. Muellenbach, MLS, AHIP
Health Sciences Library Director & Associate Professor
California Health Sciences University
559-549-6405
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 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 Anticipated Return to Work:

The President’s Council has been working to determine how best to proceed with reopening, both with respect to timing and in alignment with updated public health guidance. With our inaugural cohort of medical students starting in July and seventh cohort of pharmacy students starting in August, it is necessary to have our campus set for the “new normal” as soon as it is safe to do so. We are extending our temporary working remotely policy until June 14, 2020 to allow time to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for our anticipated return to work.

When employees return to campus, CHSU’s policy related to impacted employees dated March 17, 2020 will resume. We want to make this transition as successful as possible, so please contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding our anticipated return to work plan and our March 17 policy.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We are paying close attention to details about how we will ensure social distancing and will set new guidelines based on federal, state, and local recommendations and orders in place at the time of reopening. We will provide you with a more detailed plan and updates as more information is available.

COVID-19 Self Screening

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Fresno County Health Office issued an Order for Business, Hospitals and County Residents that encouraged “voluntary compliance” with the Order. The Order states that all employers do the following:

  • On a daily basis, while conducting business, screen all employees for febrile respiratory illness;
  • Exclude from work all employees that report symptoms of febrile respiratory illness for seven days from the day that they are identified as having symptoms; and
  • Direct employees excluded from work to isolate at home AND to notify all close contacts to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last known contact with the patient.

Febrile respiratory illness is defined as “a new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature 38°C or 100.4°F or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours.”

To comply with this Order, we are limiting those who come to campus to essential employees—those needed to ensure the day-to-day operations on site continue. Employees may come to campus if they need to access resources such as copy machines, scanners, and other specialized software/hardware, supplies and resources that are unavailable remotely.

Effective immediately, anyone coming onto campus must

  • self-screen prior to arrival, following the COVID-19 Screening Checklist;
  • email Human Resources and your direct supervisor that you will be on campus that day; and
  • that you have conducted the self-screen and answered NO to all questions.

The screening checklist is available here and on the CHSU Teams COVID channel.  

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.