Redlands Campus Health Alert, Coronavirus

July 1, 2020

To: Faculty, staff, administrators
From: Donna Eddleman, University Dean of Student Affairs, and Michelle Rogers, Vice President for Administration
Subject: Redlands Campus Health Alert, Coronavirus

An employee working on the Redlands campus has reported a positive test result for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home.

In responding swiftly and carefully to this situation, the University will follow its Interim COVID-19 Policies for All Employees, both to protect other employees from exposure and to respect the privacy of any sick individual. The University’s process of contact tracing and deep cleaning and sanitizing of spaces has begun; in the meantime, the affected campus areas have been closed.

In conducting contact tracing, Director of the Health Services Krystle Armbruster will follow up directly with all individuals with whom the affected party may have come into significant contact (i.e., within six feet, with or without use of face coverings, for a sustained period of time greater than 15 minutes, indoors) to review the type and level of interaction and provide guidance. At no time will the individual’s name be shared. 

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises everyone to:

  • Clean your hands often. This includes washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact. Put distance—at least six feet—between yourself and other people, since some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. Do not gather in groups. Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, since you could spread COVID-19 even if you do not feel sick. Exceptions are children under age 2, those who have trouble breathing, and anyone who cannot remove the mask without assistance. The face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes. If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash, and then wash your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect. Frequently touched surfaces requiring daily cleaning include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

  • Monitor your health. Be alert for symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and new loss of taste or smell. Stay home and follow other CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our highest priority, and we continue to work closely with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and follow guidelines provided by the CDC.