Health Watch

Updates on COVID-19 Vaccinations

California State University recently announced its intention to require COVID-19 immunizations for students, faculty and staff who will be physically present on campus or at any university location in the fall. Cal State LA strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Please refer to the COVID-19 Vaccinations FAQ for information. We realize you may have additional questions about the requirement. We will provide updates here as they are made available by the Chancellor’s Office.

Return to Campus

Learn about how Cal State LA is planning for the University community’s return to campus beginning in fall 2021. To report an unsafe condition or violation of any health and safety related campus policies, please fill out a Hazard Incident Report.

 

Coronavirus FAQ

 

What is the 2019 novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan City, China. The name of this illness is Coronavirus Disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. Diseases from coronaviruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses, cause serious infections like pneumonia. COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Los Angeles County offers free COVID-19 testing. No appointments are required. Visit the L.A. County COVID-19 testing website to find a location near you.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

We urge students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 to contact the Student Health Center at (323) 343-3302. Employees should also notify their supervisor, who should contact Human Resources Management at (323) 343-3694.

When Cal State LA learns of individuals in our community who test positive, we can offer direction and support, and assess any potential issues that may need to be addressed. We will target outreach to those individuals who may need to take additional measures to safeguard their own health or the health of others.

The CDC offers guidance on what to do if you are sick with, or if you have been exposed to, COVID-19.

Are there any confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Cal State LA community?

Since March 2020, there have been 202 COVID-19 cases among students and employees reported to Cal State LA: 86 students, 77 employees and 39 contractors. This data reflects the number of individuals who have notified the university of their diagnosis.
 
To the best of our knowledge, of the 86 students, 8 had the virus during a period of time when they were on campus or in instructional activity. Of the 77 employees with a diagnosis, 50 were on campus. The contractors were working at construction sites on campus when they were diagnosed.

What should I do if I believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are a student or employee and you think you have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 (see L.A. County Public Health's definition of close contact), please take the following steps:

  • Stay informed, and use phone and technology to communicate with friends and family to avoid isolation.
  • Call your medical provider and follow their advice. We ask that you also contact the Student Health Center at (323) 343-3302. For other information and hours of operation, please visit the Student Health Center webpage
  • Employees should also notify their supervisor, who should contact Human Resources Management at (323) 343-3694.
  • Quarantine for 10 days from your last exposure and monitor your health for 14 days. Follow L.A. County Public Health's home quarantine instructions.
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or trouble breathing. Symptoms may also include chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose. 

The CDC offers guidance on what to do if you are sick with, or if you have been exposed to, COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 has been confirmed in people who have had no symptoms to mild symptoms to severe illness. Coronavirus symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Severe illness

Symptoms may also include chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.

Symptoms are believed to develop 2-14 days after becoming infected with the virus.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you become ill, please:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care if needed.
  • Students may seek medical care from the Student Health Center (SHC). Please call first at (323) 343-3300 before visiting the SHC. The SHC is following the guidelines of Public Health in assessing and caring for patients presenting with symptoms. For other information and hours of operation, please visit the Student Health Center webpage.
  • Employees should contact their healthcare provider.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in trash and wash your hands immediately.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home and avoid sharing personal items.
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Seek urgent medical care for serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing or inability to keep fluids down.

What should I do to protect myself and others against the virus?

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving globally. We encourage you to stay informed through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the World Health Organization.

As the pandemic continues, continue to practice good public health hygiene:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Maintain physical distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning agent.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue followed by thoroughly washing hands.
  • Get plenty of rest, consume ample water, eat healthy meals, and stay physically active at home or outdoors while keeping at least six feet away from others.

Should I wear a face covering?

Face coverings are required at Cal State LA when working indoors or in a campus vehicle, unless you are alone. Face coverings are not required when outdoors. Face coverings are recommended outdoors for unvaccinated employees if less than 6 feet from others. You are always free to wear a face covering.

Find more information on Face Coverings and PPE on our Return to Campus website.

How is the virus spread?

Health experts are still learning how the coronavirus is spread. Based on other coronaviruses, the virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to spread through close contact (defined as about 6 feet) with an infected person. Similar to the flu, when an infected person coughs or sneezes droplets from their respiratory tract enter the air. These virus-filled droplets can enter the mouths or noses of individuals close by or land on nearby objects.

It's possible the COVID-19 virus may be spread by infected individuals before they have symptoms. It's believed infected individuals are most contagious when their symptoms are the most intense. The incubation period for COVID-19 (the time period between getting infected and when symptoms develop) is believed to be 2-14 days. Community spread (spread that includes infections among people whose infection sources are unknown) appears to be occurring in certain areas of the U.S. 

Do not assume that someone of a particular race or nationality is likely to have COVID-19; this new virus has infected people of many different races and nationalities across the entire world. No one in our community should be excluded from activities because of their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness. 

For additional details, read the CDC's How COVID-19 Spreads.

University Messages

June 30, 2021
Updates on Campus Protocols and Return to Campus Website

June 11, 2021
Message to Academic Affairs Regarding Extended Building Hours

June 2, 2021
Campus Access Message to Academic Affairs

June 1, 2021
Return to Campus Message from the Provost

May 25, 2021
Return to Campus Message from the President

April 30, 2021
Cal State LA Student Week at the Cal State LA Vaccination Center

April 22, 2021
Message from the President about Vaccinations

April 11, 2021
Appointments now available for 16 and older at Cal State LA Vaccination Center

April 9, 2021
Cal State LA Vaccination Center Update

March 29, 2021
An Update on the Vaccination Center at Cal State LA

March 26, 2021
Message from the President Regarding Fall 2021

Feb. 27, 2021
Message to Employees Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

Feb. 16, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Center Opened Today at Cal State LA

Feb. 3, 2021
New COVID-19 Vaccination Site Coming to Cal State LA

Jan. 20, 2021
Message Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Dec. 22, 2020
Message from the President Regarding COVID-19

Dec. 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Employees

Dec. 9, 2020
Message from the Student Health Center Director Regarding COVID-19 Updates

Nov. 25, 2020
Message from the President Regarding COVID-19 Updates

Nov. 19, 2020
Important Message About Flu Vaccination

Oct. 28, 2020
Message from the Student Health Center Regarding Holiday Safety

Sept. 10, 2020
Message from the Chancellor Regarding Spring 2021

July 15, 2020
Message from the Student Health Center Regarding COVID-19

June 12, 2020
Important Message from the Student Health Center Regarding L.A. County Reopenings

May 21, 2020
Message from the President to the Class of 2020

May 14, 2020
Message from the President Regarding Fall 2020

May 12, 2020
Message from Housing and Residence Life to Housing Applicants

May 7, 2020
Message Regarding COVID-19 Testing Site at Cal State LA
Reminder to Students Regarding Grading Options for Spring 2020
Message from Housing and Residence Life Regarding Summer Housing

May 6, 2020
Message from the President Regarding the Class of 2020

April 30, 2020
Message from the President Regarding CARES Act Funding

April 29, 2020
Message to Employees from the CSU Chancellor

April 27, 2020
Message from the President

April 15, 2020
Message Regarding Student Resources and Updates
Message from Human Resources Management Regarding Social Distancing Protocol

April 14, 2020
Message to Students from Vice President of Student Life Regarding Staying Connected to the Cal State LA Community

April 13, 2020
Message from Student Health Center Director Regarding Update on Face Coverings

April 9, 2020
Message to Students Regarding May and Summer Session Payment Plans

April 7, 2020
Message Regarding Grading Options for Spring Semester

April 3, 2020
Message Regarding Alternative Instruction for May and Summer Sessions

April 2, 2020
Message Regarding Annex Link Lab Closure

April 1, 2020
Message from the President and First Lady

March 30, 2020
Message from Student Health Center Director Regarding Spring Break and COVID-19 Case in University Community

March 27, 2020
Message to Students from Vice President for Student Life Regarding Emergency Grants
Message Regarding Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Cal State LA Community

March 26, 2020
Message from President Regarding Reporting COVID-19 Cases to the University
Message Regarding Off-Campus Internet Access

March 25, 2020
Message Regarding Remaining Secure When Online

March 23, 2020
Message from Provost Regarding First Week of Alternative Instruction

March 20, 2020
Message Regarding Accessing Student Resources Without Coming to Campus
Message from Housing and Residence Life

March 19, 2020
Message Regarding Extending Alternative Instruction Through Spring Semester

March 18, 2020
Message Regarding Bookstore Closure

March 17, 2020
Message Regarding Commencement and Campus Operations

March 16, 2020
Message Regarding Library Closure
Message from Student Health Center with Public Health Guidance

March 15, 2020
Message from President to Employees Regarding Vulnerable Populations

March 13, 2020
Message from President to Staff Regarding COVID-19 Preparations
Message from Vice President for Student Life Regarding Student Resources

March 11, 2020
Message from President Regarding Suspension of Face-to-Face Instruction

March 10, 2020
Message from President Regarding Suspension of Events and Travel

March 9, 2020
Message to Students from Vice President for Student Life Regarding Caring for Mental Health
Message from President to Faculty and Staff Regarding COVID-19 Preparations

March 6, 2020
Message Regarding Enhanced Cleaning Protocols Campuswide

March 4, 2020
Message from President Regarding Coronavirus Preparations
Message from Provost to Faculty Regarding Preparing for Alternative Instruction
Information Regarding COVID-19 Response

February 27, 2020
Update from Student Health Center Director Regarding Coronavirus

January 28, 2020
Message from Student Health Center Director Regarding Coronavirus