UR Ready Brief HeaderMarch 3, 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

0

3

0

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

9 (1.9%)

22

0

Currently in isolation2

0

3

0

Currently in quarantine3

6 (1.3%)

19

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. Most members of an athletic team are being asked to quarantine due to exposure to a positive individual.
[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); 11.48% testing positivity rate
Marin County: Tier 1/purple (widespread); 1.9% testing positivity rate

 

New at the U of R  

The first day of the University’s new vaccination clinic, a partnership of the University of Redlands, Redlands Community Hospital (RCH), and other local organizations, will be this Friday, March 5, beginning at 9 a.m. in Orton Center. For opening day, U of R faculty, staff, and administrators have priority registration until today at 5 p.m., after which time RCH will fill the remaining slots. U of R faculty, staff, and administrators can use the code URED to register on the RCH website (click the “Schedule Your Reservation Here” button). Please note this code will only work for RCH-administered vaccination sites and can only be used by U of R employees; do not share this code. At check-in, U of R employees will need to provide a photo ID and proof of employment (ID badge, virtual ID badge available in Redlands App, pay stub, etc.).

Volunteers are needed for the clinic. Please visit the new volunteer portal to sign up for desired shifts (morning or afternoon) and indicate your preferred role. Volunteers are eligible to receive a vaccination—while there is no guarantee volunteers will be vaccinated on their first shift, the University and RCH will work to get all volunteers vaccinated as soon as possible. While many volunteers will be from the University community, volunteers from the larger Redlands community are also welcome.

Please see the University’s March 2 announcement and the Vaccination Clinic web page for more information.

Reminder of the week 

A variety of mental health resources are available to members of the U of R community—from the University’s employee assistance program (Health Advocate, 866-799-2728 or answers@HealthAdvocate.com) to meditation sessions led by Professor Fran Grace. Students can also take advantage of the University’s Counseling Center.

Resources are also available from health care providers such as Anthem and Kaiser; counties such as San Bernardino, Riverside, and Marin; federal services such as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services National Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357); and nonprofit organizations such as the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States or message via Facebook) and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.  

News you can use 

Although vaccines are extremely limited in Marin County, appointments are available and Redlands employees are having success getting vaccinated. To schedule a Marin vaccination appointment, visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine/status.

Appointments for educators are currently available at Costco, Safeway, and the Marin County Health vaccination sites of Civic Center and Larkspur Ferry Terminal. According to the Marin Health and Human Services Office, these sites require a government-issued photo ID proving you live or work in Marin County and either a work badge from place of employment or a pay stub within the last 30 days. You do not need a special code. Questions can be directed to Chandra Ramirez, Chandra_ramirez@redlands.edu.

Recommended read 

In The New Yorker’sThe Awful Uncertainty of the Coronavirus Death Toll,” Katherine S. Xue writes that the new number—half a million Americans dead—is only an approximation of the pandemic’s real effects.

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.