Testing, Health, and Travel Information for Winter Break

December 18, 2020 - 11:16am

Humboldt County is currently in the purple pandemic tier. Community risk is considered widespread at this level and restrictions on travel and other activities are in place. Read about County restrictions here.

Campus residents should have notified Housing if they intend to move out during Winter Break. If you haven’t done so, contact Housing at housing@humboldt.edu as soon as possible.

Campus services, including COVID-19 testing for residents, will be reduced during break.

It is critically important to the health and safety of the campus community that students who indicated they will remain in the area adhere to travel and quarantine guidelines. 

COVID-19 testing will not be available at the Student Health Center after Thursday, Dec. 17 until the Student Health Center reopens on January 11. If you are a student resident who develops signs of COVID-19 during Break, contact housing immediately at housing@humboldt.edu or 707-826-3451.

During the Winter Break, non-symptomatic residents, non-resident students, staff, and faculty will need to seek health care through the following options:

Winter Break COVID-19 testing options

Winter Break medical care options

Symptomatic Housing students should contact Housing who will be working with our local Mad River Ambulance team to provide on campus testing for residents who have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • For College Creek, Campus Apartments & The Hill, contact 707.298.0178
  • For Creekview, Cypress & Canyon, contact 707.845.6028
  • Primary Care/ Urgent Care
    • Redwood Urgent Care – 2440 23rd St, Eureka. 707-298-2011
    • Priority Care Center – openings for certain Blue cross/Blue shield insurance carriers – 2316 Harrison Ave, Eureka, 707-442-0478
    • Humboldt IPA – can work with individuals with insurance to find a provider with an open practice – 707-443-4563 
    • Open Door Clinic – several practices have openings for individuals with Humboldt Partnership Insurance. You may be assigned to a certain clinic – 707-269-7073
  • Reproductive Health Care
    • Planned Parenthood – 3225 Timber Court, Suite B, Eureka, 707-442-5700
  • Mental Health/ Psychiatry
    • Humboldt County Mental Health – 1711 3rd Street Eureka, 707 268-2900
    • 24 hour crisis line – 888-849-5728
    • CAPS 24 hour line – 707-826-3236 
  • Hospitals
    • Mad River Community Hospital – 3800 Janes Road, Arcata, 707-822-3621
    • St Joseph Health – 2700 Dolbeer St, Eureka, 707-445-8121

Keep in mind that the Spring academic schedule has changed, and move-in for new residents and those who left during Winter Break has been pushed back.  

Spring 2021 Academic Schedule

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: Fully virtual Spring instruction begins
  • Feb. 22-26: Spring Break
  • Monday, March 8: Limited face-to-face instruction for approved courses will begin and continue through to the end of the semester
  • Monday, May 10: Final exams begin

Housing for Spring 2021

  • Friday, Feb. 19: Move in for new Housing residents and those who left over the Winter Break 
    • Housing sent out a communication to all residents, Winter Break stayovers, and new applicants about move-in details. All residents must check out with Housing when they leave for the break.

Other campus services will be limited or closed through Winter Break, and campus remains closed to the general public. Please note the following:

  • Children’s Center: Closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3
  • Oh SNAP!: Closed except for Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Housing Office: Closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3
  • J Cafeteria: Closed Dec. 19-Feb. 19
  • Campus Marketplace: Open noon-6 p.m. through Feb. 19; Closed Dec. 25 & Dec. 31
  • Bookstore: Dec. 21-23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3
  • Redwood Bowl: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily for students, staff and faculty
  • Parking Kiosk: Open Dec. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & Dec. 23 from noon-3 p.m. for separating employees, keys, mail, checks. Open on Dec, 31 from noon-1 p.m. for checks and separating employees only - no keys/mail.

While Humboldt County Public Health is strongly discouraging travel, please be sure to stay safe this Winter Break. 

Weather, road conditions, and oceans and rivers on the North Coast can be dangerous and conditions can change frequently. North Coast rivers and beaches can be especially dangerous, with the potential for high tides and large waves. Please see beach and river safety precautions from the Six Rivers National Forest

Winter storms, and frosty and icy conditions are not unusual this time of year. Please be aware of weather reports. Also, please be sure to check road conditions before you travel.

Additional resources from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration include: 

Please remember that Humboldt County Public Health strongly discourages any nonessential travel due to the pandemic. All students, staff, and faculty are required to: 

  • Quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus if you’ve traveled outside Humboldt County and your activities put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding travel.

More information is available on the Campus Ready website.


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