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Health & Safety

Strategies will be implemented to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. These measures will be consistent with State, California State University system, and local public health guidelines.

August 16, 2022

Here’s what you need to know:

    • Anyone visiting campus is required to conduct a wellness self-check regardless of vaccination status, and if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you must stay home.
    • Guidelines are available for what to do if COVID-19 symptoms develop and how to best proceed with testing and self-quarantine if indicated.

      Daily Wellness Self-Checks

      Each day before coming to campus, everyone, including students, is required to do a wellness self-check. Taking your own temperature is not necessary unless required by your position or activity on campus—but if you feel feverish, verifying that is helpful as the CDC considers any temperature over 100.4 F to be indicative of illness. 

      Those who have symptoms of COVID-19, even if vaccinated, should stay home and not come to campus. 

      • Employees need to notify their supervisor that they have not passed the wellness self-check, however they do not need to disclose any additional information.
      • Students who have face-to-face courses need to notify their instructors and COVID Compliance Coordinator at health@humboldt.edu.

      The CDC states that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

      • Fever or chills (over 100.4 F)
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue (unusual level of tiredness)
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

      Also look for other less obvious signs you may be getting sick: 

      • Unusual or excessive feeling of fatigue or tiredness, this is commonly the first indication  
      • Pain or irritation in your throat
      • Headache
      • Nausea
      • Diarrhea 

      All or some of the aforementioned symptoms have been reported to have occurred earlier in the illness and in some cases, before people became aware they had contracted COVID-19. 

      If you have any of the above symptoms that are uncommon for you (for example, many people have allergies and may have some of those symptoms regularly), follow appropriate guidelines and refrain from coming to campus. How to determine when it is safe to return to work will need to occur on a case-by-case basis and depends on various factors. Contact Risk Management at Risk-Management@Humboldt.edu

      Failing the Wellness Self-Check

      Employees who fail their wellness check: Employees who notice symptoms during their wellness check should notify their supervisor immediately. The supervisor should notify HR immediately. They do not need to disclose why they were not cleared, only that based on the wellness checklist that they are not cleared to come to work. Employees regardless of vaccination status must not come back to work until one of the following has occurred: provide a negative test result, OR provide a doctor's note releasing them to come back to work, OR stay home for 10 days from the last day they were symptomatic. If either a vaccinated or unvaccinated employee tests positive, they will self isolate   for the requisite  period of time.

      Students who fail the wellness check: Students that notice symptoms during their wellness check should not attend any face-to-face instruction, utilize any of the dining service facilities, or use any of the communal spaces on campus. They should immediately inform their instructors. Students do not need to disclose why they did not pass the wellness check only that they are not cleared to come to campus. Students should call to schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center at (707) 826-3146. 

      Students will need to supply the campus COVID Compliance Coordinator, health@humboldt.eduwith a doctor’s note (from either their primary care provider or Student Health Center) or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to face-to-face instruction. Faculty should be flexible and make their best effort to ensure that the student is extended flexibility while waiting for an appointment or test results.

      Wellness Checks Guidelines

      Isolation & Quarantine Information

      Quarantine after Exposure to COVID-19

      Per CDC and CDPH guidelines, the University no longer requires quarantine for people who are exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19. Regardless of vaccination status, if you are have direct contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hr period) with a person who tests positive for Covid-19, you may come to work if you take the following precautions:

      • Wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95) anytime you are around others inside your home or indoors at work/in public for 10 days using the date of the last exposure as day 0.
      • Monitor for symptoms and practice social distancing.
      • Test on day 5 and again 48 hrs later—you must have two negative tests within 48 hrs.
      • If symptoms develop before day 5, immediately quarantine and test.
      • High risk exposures, such as a spouse or child testing positive are more likely to result in infection, in this instance, working from home for 5 days until testing (if operationally feasible) is recommended, though not required.

      Isolation after COVID-19 Diagnosis

      Regardless of vaccination status, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 you will need to isolate at home or in a campus residence. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

      • Stay home (PDF) for at least 5 days, using the day of positive test as day 0 (you may also use the first full day symptoms became the most severe as day 0).
      • Isolation can end after day 5 (no earlier than day 6) if symptoms are not present or are resolving and you have a negative antigen test result on or after day 5.
      • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
      • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
      • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
      • Wear a well-fitting mask (N95 or KN95) around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see section below on masking for additional information)

      Leave options may be available to employees, and students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students for information on how to proceed.

      Read more about what to do if you test positive

      If symptoms develop

      Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider, get tested at a testing location and contact their supervisor or, if needed, go to their local emergency room. It is important to call ahead before going to a health care provider.

      Students can call the Student Health Center at 707-826-3146 and ask for the nurse triage line.

       When the Student Health Center is closed:

      • Using the TimelyCare app from a phone or desktop, students can choose virtual care options including:
        • Medical care (on-demand and appointment-based)
        • Mental health counseling (on-demand and appointment-based)
        • Psychiatric support (upon internal referral)
        • Health coaching
      • Mad River Community Hospital (707) 822-3621
      • St. Joseph Hospital (707) 445-8121

      COVID-19 Prevention Plan

      The COVID-19 Prevention Plan (PDF) outlines the strategies and guidelines for the campus community to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 while employees are engaged in essential on campus activity. Most of the content is in the sections below, but the PDF provides further detail on health and safety protocols.

      COVID-19 Cases, Vaccinations, and Attestations on Campus

      Campus Cases

      Results are updated every Tuesday.

      7-Day Case Count (as of Tuesday) Cases Since Jan. 3, 2022 Total Cases Since March 2020
      Students 0 275 557
      Employees 9 253 270

      Campus Vaccination & Attestation Rate

      Results are updated every Tuesday. 

      Total numberAttested to vaccination or exemptionInitially VaccinatedReceived Booster
      All Students


      5,226 (98%)

      4,839 (91%)

      4,293 (81%)

      Students in F2F classes


      4,497 (99%)

      4,256 (94%)

      3,867 (85%)



      1,031 (99%)

      960 (93%)

      871 (84%)

      AttestedThese results are the total of all current enrolled students in classes for credit, both virtual and face-to-face (F2F), and employees working on campus or remote, who have confirmed they have been fully vaccinated and boosted, or have an exemption.

      VaccinatedOf those who have attested, these results show the number of students and employees who have been initially vaccinated (1 x Johnson & Johnson or 2 x Moderna/Pfizer).

      Received Booster: Of those who have attested, these results show the number of students and employees who have received a booster shot.

      COVID-19 Testing

      COVID-19 testing is available to Humboldt staff, faculty, and students at the Student Health & Counseling (SHC) building (near Library Circle). Bring your Humboldt ID to pick up a self-administered rapid test on a walk-in basis during open hours. The cost of testing will be billed to your insurance provider at no additional expense to you. 

      • Students and employees may come for testing during open hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.  No appointment is needed.

      • Wear a mask at all times (except when advised by the test collector to remove your mask) and stay 6 feet apart from others while waiting for your test.

      • Testing is highly encouraged, particularly following travel or high exposure events, regardless of vaccination/exemption status, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

      If you would prefer a PCR test, or would like to test outside of these hours, you may register for COVID-19 testing through Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services. Many local drug stores also provide testing.


      The University will provide information about any new cases weekly. Based on its policies and protocols, the University is protecting the privacy rights of the students and employees, while also working to share information necessary to protect the health of the campus and the broader community. Humboldt is working closely with Humboldt County Public Health, which will determine whether there are members of the campus community that need to be advised of their contact with this individual.