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February 24, 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

0

0

0

Telecommuter new cases1 in last 7 days

0

0

0

Total cases since May 2020

56 (7.3%)

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

5

0

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

9 (1.9%)

20

0

Currently in isolation2

1

5

0

Currently in quarantine3

2

5

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.
[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); 11.69% testing positivity rate
Marin County: Tier 1/purple (widespread); 2.2% testing positivity rate

 

New at the U of R 

Do you want a COVID vaccine through the new U of R vaccine clinic? That’s the question U of R faculty, staff, and administrators are being asked in this anonymous poll so the University will know how many employee vaccines to request from Redlands Community Hospital for the clinic, when it opens next month. Answer the survey by this Monday, March 1 at 5 p.m., so the University orders enough doses.

Volunteers are needed. Consider becoming a “core volunteer” at the U of R vaccine clinic, which involves helping out at the vaccination clinic every week for one 4.5-hour shift or more for at least a month. As described in a Feb. 24 memo, employees will continue to be paid for time worked at the clinic, but a supervisor’s consent for time away from regular duties is needed. Sign up to be a core volunteer (which includes training Monday, March 1 and an early opportunity to be vaccinated) using this form, which needs to be submitted by Thursday, February 25 at 5 p.m. Other volunteer opportunities and a volunteer portal will also be available soon.

More information about the clinic is available on the U of R Vaccine Clinic web page.

 

News you can use 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a web page on “Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines” to help keep you informed.

 

Reminder of the week 

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, remember to wear a face covering, and wear it correctly over both your mouth and nose. Note the CDC now recommends tightly fitting face coverings with “two or more layers,” such as can be achieved by layering a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask.

link to youtube video

Play the video on YouTube

 

Recommended read

In a news feature “The coronavirus is here to stay — here’s what that means” in the journal Nature, author Nicky Phillips cites a survey showing many scientists expect the virus that causes COVID-19 to become endemic; however, the virus could pose less danger over time.

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