Chico State sees climbing coronavirus cases

The university has all its bases covered in an effort to keep students safe.

Posted: Sep 10, 2021 5:47 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Friday on the Chico State campus, some students were wearing masks, others were not.

Right now, the school is only requiring that students wear a mask when indoors, but some students still have some concerns.

"There is a kid that keeps coming to class and keeps hacking up a lung the entire time and the teacher keeps saying you don't have to be here if you don't feel good and he just ignores him and he just sits there,” said Chico State student Travis Wilson. “People don't care at all and they just want to be here."

Wilson is a junior at Chico State who said even though there is a mask requirement, not everyone is abiding by the rules.

"My girlfriend has a class where the teacher doesn't care if you wear a mask or not and no one really wears them properly and he has everyone move in really close together,” said Wilson.

"We were informed of a situation like that recently and we are addressing those situations,” said Emergency Operations Director for Chico State Mike Guzzi. “We are contacting those faculty and that is not acceptable."

The university said it's able to manage the moderate number of new cases reported so far.

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"We have a case management team who addresses the situation immediately and informs those who would have been in contact,” said Guzzi. “We are able to contact the individuals and once we find out their vaccination status, that determines if we need to quarantine them or not."

Guzzi said a year ago, within the first week, about 60 students living in university housing were in quarantine.

Currently, more than 1,900 students are living in university housing and only 30 are unvaccinated. Eight students living in university housing have tested positive for the coronavirus.

"It's not perfect,” said Guzzi. “We have a huge number of people that come here each day but we are going to have cases and we will continue to have them but I think we are learning to live with COVID."

Students at Chico State are required to be vaccinated by Sept. 30 in order to be able to come onto campus for in-person classes unless they have an exemption.

The university will be holding its last vaccine clinic on Sept. 14 at the BMU auditorium. No appointment is necessary to get the vaccine.

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