UR Ready COVID-19 Brief

March 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

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 cases1 in last 7 days

2

1

0

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

11 (2.4%)

23

0

Currently in isolation2

2

1

0

Currently in quarantine3

4 (0.9%)

2

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); 4.2% testing positivity rate (14-day average)
Marin County: Tier 2/red (substantial); 2.7% testing positivity rate (14-day average)

[Note: testing positivity rates now reflect 14-day averages, as reported on the California State dashboard.]

New at the U of R  

The University announced it plans to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021, thanks in part to the vaccination clinic on the Redlands campus that was launched in partnership with Redlands Community Hospital and other local organizations.

Reminder of the week 

Before coming onto a U of R campus, remember to complete the daily health check on the Redlands app. The daily health check will help flag potential symptoms of COVID-19—such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea—so you can stay away from others, report symptoms to the University, and seek COVID testing as soon as possible. For additional information on the daily health check and Redlands app, see the December 23, 2020, memo to the University community.

News you can use 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first guidance for fully vaccinated people (those who have received the full course of vaccination at least two weeks ago).

According to the new guidance, fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

The COVID Task Force is evaluating how these new guidelines might affect University policy. In the meantime, at work U of R employees should continue to follow the existing University Interim COVID-19 Policies for All Employees.

Recommended read 

Youyou Zhou and Julia Belluz walk readers through “America’s Covid-19 deaths, explained in 8 charts and maps” as part of Vox’s One Year Later series.

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