February 3, 2021


Welcome to the first edition of the University of Redlands UR Ready COVID-19 Brief! Now that the spring 2021 semester is underway, this update aims to keep the U of R community informed by providing a regular snapshot of U of R COVID cases, as well as tips and news related to the pandemic. We appreciate comments or suggestions, which can be sent to urreadybrief@redlands.edu.

Additional information on the University’s COVID-19 response—including FAQs, videos, and past messages—is available at Redlands.edu/URready

—The University Communications team 

Today's COVID-19 snapshot

Employee cases


Redlands campus
(# of employees = 772)

Marin campus
(# of employees = 29)

All other campuses
(# of employees = 11)

On-site worker new cases1 in last 7 days




Telecommuter new cases1 in last 7 days




Total cases since May 2020

50 (6.5%)

1 (3.4%)

3 (27%)

[1] Laboratory confirmed positive cases.

Student cases


Redlands campus
(# in residence = 463)

Redlands local off-campus4

Marin campus
(# in residence = 35)

New casesin last 7 days

1 (0.2%)



Total cases (Redlands from Jan. 2021; Marin from May 2020)

6 (1.2%)



Currently in isolation2

1 (0.2%)



Currently in quarantine3

1 (0.2%)



[1] Laboratory confirmed positive cases.
[2] Laboratory confirmed positive cases who are being kept away from others until deemed no longer a risk of spreading the disease.
[3] Students with known exposure to a positive case and/or those showing symptoms but not yet confirmed via laboratory results who are separated from others and restricted in their movements. This number currently includes an athletic team whose members did not meet the CDC's definition of "close contact" with an infected individual but who are quarantining out of an abundance of caution.
[4] Off-campus students living within the vicinity of the City of Redlands proper and who choose to report (they are not required to do so unless they have been on campus). To provide a sense of scope, 288 students informed the University that they would be living off-site, local to the Redlands campus.

County status

San Bernardino County: Tier 1/purple (widespread); 12.29% testing positivity rate

Marin County: Tier 1/purple (widespread); 3.4% testing positivity rate

New at the U of R  

The University recently issued a pandemic policy for visitors and guests, including details on COVID-prevention protocols and campus-specific guidelines.

Redlands campus: news you can use 

  • All San Bernardino County residents ages 65 and over are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
    See the county’s website at https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine for more information about appointments (which fill fast) at various locations and to sign up for alerts.  
  • See the website of your local county for information about its vaccine distribution plan; Marin County’s is available at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine/distribution (noted July 2021 that the page has expired) 

Reminder of the week 

Clean your hands often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prevention measures against COVID-19 include washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 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. Watch student-athlete Isabella Glenn ’22 demonstrate the proper way to wash your hands to prevent germs from entering your body: https://youtu.be/LM219N4vees.

Recommended read 

Looking for a good read on how the scientific community tackled COVID-19? You might enjoy Ed Yong’s “How Science Beat the Virus: And What It Lost in the Process” in The Atlantic

Do you have an article to recommend to others or suggestions for this newsletter? Email urreadybrief@redlands.edu.