Health and Wellness in Spring Semester

January 6, 2022 - 11:04am

Humboldt State Students and employees are reminded to submit their vaccination attestation, acquire their COVID-19 booster shots, and to get tested when needed. 

As we return from the Winter Break, please continue to monitor your health and prepare for the upcoming semester. 

 

Vaccination Requirement

As of Jan. 23, all students, staff, and faculty are required to be up to date with their attestation status. This means that attesting that you are fully vaccinated (including a booster if eligible) or have submitted for the appropriate exemption. Learn how to submit your booster vaccination status here. Similar to the Fall, exemption from testing weekly will be granted to those that have attested to being fully vaccinated (including booster as of Jan. 23).

Should an individual receive an exemption (even after the first two initial shots) they will be subject to weekly testing. Those who have been approved for a religious or medical exemption last semester do not need to reapply, but they are strongly encouraged to test prior to coming back onto campus.

Beginning Jan. 23, any student, staff, or faculty member who is eligible must have received a COVID-19 booster to be considered fully vaccinated. Individuals are highly encouraged to seek their booster shots prior to coming back to campus as shots are limited in the region. HSU will be hosting booster clinics over the course of the next two weeks for students and employees. Students and employees are strongly encouraged not to wait to return to HSU for Spring Semester before receiving the vaccination, if possible. Visit My Turn California to find booster availability near you.

People are eligible for a booster six months after they received the second dose of the original vaccination (2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccination).

 

Daily Wellness Self-Checks

Each day before coming to campus, everyone, including students, is required to do a wellness self-check. Learn more about wellness self-checks and what symptoms to be aware of.

 

Testing Positive

Anyone who tested positive should inform the University immediately. Students should notify Student Health & Wellbeing Services (SHWS) and employees should notify their supervisor AND Human Resources (hr-covid-coordinator@humboldt.edu). More: Testing & Vaccination Guide on Campus Ready

 

Isolation

People are asked not to come to campus under certain conditions and to quarantine or isolate themselves in their home or campus residence for 5 days. Humboldt County has adopted the CDPH guidance for isolation which allows an individual to leave isolation after 5 days IF:

  • They have tested negative

  • They wear a mask at all times in public settings until 10 days after their last positive test. This includes common eating areas, meaning those who have tested positive within 10 days can only take food to go.

Conditions include:

  • Having tested positive for COVID-19

  • Developed symptoms of a COVID-19 infection

  • Have had close contact with someone known to be diagnosed with COVID-19

 

Leave

Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave (ECRL) for COVID-19 illness has expired, meaning employees will need to take sick or vacation leave if you are in isolation/quarantine. If you are unable to take sick leave, contact Bruce Curl (bruce.curl@humboldt.edu), Interim AVP of HR, to work out an alternative. 

 

Testing for COVID-19

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is highly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. 

Campus COVID-19 testing is available Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan. 6 from 12-5 p.m. If you need to administer a test, contact your supervisor.

Beginning January 10, free COVID-19 testing will be available to HSU staff, faculty, and students at the Banquet Room of the Student Activities Center (first floor).  

  • Students and employees may walk in for testing during open hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Fridays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

 

Instruction

In consultation with local county public health, Humboldt State University has decided to move forward with Spring semester as planned. The University will be closely monitoring the situation and keeping continuous communication with public health to reassess the situation. The high percentage of vaccination coupled with the booster requirement and universal masking in all of our spaces has provided us with the opportunity to proceed as planned.

 

Events

Events will continue as planned, though a moratorium on food and drinks at events of all sizes starts immediately. There will continue to be a requirement of all those attending to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test. Starting Jan. 23, those attending events will need to show proof of full vaccination (including a booster) or proof of a negative test result.

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