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February 10, 2021

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

1

0

0

Telecommuter new cases1 in last 7 days

0

0

0

Total cases since May 2020

54 (6.9%)

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

0

1

0

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

8 (1.7)

14

0

Currently in isolation2

0

1

0

Currently in quarantine3

45 (9.7%)

42

0

[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); 12.12% testing positivity rate

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

New at the U of R  

  • May Term classes in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will be online, and May Term travel courses have been canceled. For more background on the decision, see the 3 communication from CAS Interim Dean Steve Wuhs and University Dean of Student Affairs Donna Eddleman.
  • 2021 Commencement ceremonies will be primarily virtual, although the possibility of holding small, in-person events for students only is still being discussed. This decision recognizes the reality the State’s requirements make it highly unlikely San Bernardino County will reach Tier 4/yellow (minimal)—which is necessary for a modified traditional, in-person gathering of more than 200 people—by the end of April. Provost Kathy Ogren provides details in her Feb. 4 memo.

Reminder of the week 

Use the COVID-19 reporting form if you have COVID symptoms, exposure, or positive test results. This information helps the University protect the health and safety of the community. Related: “What happens after a COVID-19 report is submitted.” 

Redlands campus: news you can use 

  • The Student Health Center remains open to students with both COVID- and non-COVID-related health concerns. Students, please call ahead, 909-748-8021.
  • The Redlands campus bookstore is currently open Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 909-748-8951 with inquiries.
  • Campus dining venues, including The Table, The Den, and Launch Kitchen, are once again an option for faculty and staff. Like students, faculty and staff will need to present a green badge on their phone app showing COVID testing and health check compliance to enter. Credit card or meal plan only; no cash transactions. For more information on Redlands campus dining, see https://dining.redlands.edu.

Recommended read 

What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?” Brooke Jarvis explores the question in The New York Times Magazine, finding “The virus’s strangest symptom has opened new doors to understanding our most neglected sense.”

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

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