From: Pandemic Preparedness Team
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
To: All Students, Faculty, Staff and Associates
Dear students and employees,
We have made it through a month of classes and, unlike last fall, we have the ability to enjoy academic year rituals, such as seeing our friends and colleagues in person. We want to ensure we can stay together this fall – on campuses, in classrooms.
We must all follow public health guidance – even if you are among the more than 30,000 CSU students and employees who are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Please do your part to help us keep COVID numbers low:
- Wear a mask indoors university buildings, always. Wearing a mask inside university buildings is critical in our effort to prevent spreading of COVID infections. Wearing a mask indoors is not optional.
- Wear a mask outside in large gatherings. Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of COVID when people are close together outside – we recommend wearing a mask in when outdoors in large gatherings.
- Report your symptoms, concerns or potential exposures immediately. CSU’s COVID Reporter helps the CSU identify individuals who need testing and slow the spread of the virus. Last year, we did not experience any transmission of the virus in a classroom – and much of that credit goes to our students and employees alerting the university when they felt sick or were concerned about someone else. This website is also where you report any concerning COVID-related behavior on campus that appears to not be in compliance with CSU’s current public health measures.
- Wash your hands. The virus lives in an “envelope” of fat; it takes 20 seconds of exposure to water and soap to dissolve the fat and the virus.
- Stay home when you are sick. If you are sick, however, stay home and alert the university via the COVID Reporter.
- Screening. Unvaccinated individuals are required to screen twice a week. Saliva screening is also available for any vaccinated student and/or employee who would like to screen.
The Pandemic Preparedness Team has begun following up with employees and students who have not provided their vaccine status on the appropriate portal or declared an exemption, and those who are not screening twice a week.
The process is simple for both providing a vaccine record, or choosing a reason for an exemption (medical, religious or personal). If you have one of two vaccine doses, don’t wait for the second dose to submit your information. The vast majority of our faculty, staff and students are vaccinated or have already declared an exemption.
While we have the first month of classes behind us, there are many more months to go. Let’s stay together and take care of each other by following public health requirements and best practices.
The Pandemic Preparedness Team