Redlands Campus Health Alert, Coronavirus

May 22, 2020

To:  Faculty, staff, administrators
From:  Cory Nomura, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Donna Eddleman, University Dean of Student Affairs
Subject:  Redlands Campus Health Alert, Coronavirus

An essential employee working on the Redlands campus, who had limited contact with others, has reported a positive test result for COVID-19. The employee is in the hospital being treated for the illness. Three other essential workers the employee came in contact with are self-isolating in their residence. All affected campus areas have been disinfected and sanitized.

At this time, our campuses remain closed.

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises everyone to:

  • Clean your hands often. This includes washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 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.
  • Avoid close contact, especially with people who are sick. Stay at home as much as possible. Put distance—at least six feet—between yourself and other people, since some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. Do not gather in groups. Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, since you could spread COVID-19 even if you do not feel sick. Exceptions are children under age 2, those who have trouble breathing, and anyone who cannot remove the mask without assistance. The face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash, and then wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect. Frequently touched surfaces requiring daily cleaning include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Monitor your health. Be alert for symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and new loss of taste or smell. Stay home and follow other CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our highest priority, and we continue to work closely with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and follow guidelines provided by the CDC.