CHICO, Calif. - An email sent to Chico State students, staff, and faculty explained that five more Covid-19 cases have been identified in individuals who spent time on campus in August, bringing the total to 27.
This is the total county of campus-specific cases over the month but does not reflect the number of currently active cases or the number of people who have recovered.
Chico State's Pandemic Manager is in contact with the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) and all of the 27 people. They have all been directed to self-quarantine. All common areas the infected individual frequented have been received enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, including sanitizing doorknobs and handles, light switches, desk, chairs, tables, and other frequently touched surfaces and objects. Areas that could not be thoroughly cleaned have been closed for seven days, as directed by the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The five new cases involved people who spent time in Holt Hall, Plumas hall, Yolo Hall, Langdon Hall, and Sutter Hall. According to campus officials, Tuesday, August 25, 2020 was the last day the individuals were in Holt, Plumas, Yolo, and Langdon halls. The last day any infected people were in Sutter Hall was Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
Chico State will not release any names, affiliations, or health conditions of students, faculty, or staff who test positive for Covid-19 unless a public health agency advises that there is a public safety benefit in doing so. The public health department is performing contact-tracing for all the infected people, and will be tracking general "active" and "recovered" information on their Covid-19 dashboard. They will not provide details at this time for University-specific cases.
HERE IS A LINK to Action News Now reporter Vanessa Romo's initial story about the first 22 people that tested positive and are campus-related cases.
Chico State officials made the following statement: Per guidance from local public health officials, the University can share only details about positive Covid -19 cases identified on campus and the location of those cases. We are unable to provide details about the number of individuals involved in specific incidents or any identifying information to protect the privacy of those involved. Therefore, the number of incident announcements we send to campus will not correlate with the total number of campus-specific positive cases. Future announcements, as well as Chico State's COVID-19 News & Information website, will include a running total of all cases identified on campus since early August.
There is a Chico State’s COVID-19 telephone hotline at (530) 898-2222. People can also ask questions via email by writing to COVIDhotline@csuchico.edu with questions or concerns. The hotline is staffed during University operating hours, which is between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. After hours or on weekends, callers can leave a confidential voicemail with an expectation of a return call within 24 hours.
These are the mandatory University health and safety guidelines:
- Mandatory COVID-19 training needs to be completed
- Wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces—including classrooms, labs, studios, offices, and on-campus housing — and outdoors when six feet of physical distance is not possible
- Perform symptom monitoring on a daily basis, including taking your temperature if you feel you have a fever, and staying home and self-isolating if you have symptoms.
- Maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between you and others indoors and out
- Washing your hands often and for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer, while also disinfecting frequently-used surfaces
The University said they want to be as transparent as possible, so will be notifying students, faculty, and staff, when a public health agency confirms that a member of the campus community has tested positive for Covid-19 and when the individual was recently on campus or at another University-owned site.