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Update on COVID-19 Monitoring and Preparation

We understand members of the campus community have questions and concerns about COVID-19. Because the situation is rapidly evolving and there are still many  unknowns, we have activated the Cal Poly Humboldt Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 

The EOC is a group of designated and trained staff who plan, prepare, and respond to unexpected events that may affect daily operations of the campus. Activating the EOC provides the University a centralized command structure and, as close partners with state and local agencies, ensures information is current and accurate. 

Another group called the Pandemic Planning Committee (made up of campus stakeholders) is in the process of discussing policy and business continuity decisions in the event of a pandemic, as well.

The University continues to monitor the situation, closely working with and following stringent guidelines from the CDC, State of California, and Humboldt County health agencies.

We ask the campus community to avoid making assumptions based on someone’s identity, health condition, or rumors, and to stay informed. 

Official information about COVID-19 relating to Humboldt will be available on the University’s COVID-19 website. Check the CDC’s website and other credible sites for health guidelines, travel advisories, and the latest information on the virus.

Thank you for your patience during this evolving situation. We will continue to share the latest information with the campus community as it becomes available.

If you are ill and have traveled out of the country in the last two weeks or if you have had close contact with a person known to be infected by COVID-19:

  • Notify your local health care provider as soon as possible.

  • Stay home and do not come to campus for classes or for work.

  • Students with fevers, cough, or severe illness should call the Student Health & Wellbeing Services team *before* visiting the Student Health Center at 707-826-3146.

  • Staff and faculty should contact their healthcare providers or the emergency room to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health Recommendations

  • Stay home if you are sick or have a fever. You should remain at home until your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours.

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face and eyes, nose, mouth.

  • Routinely clean your home, particularly high touch surfaces like doorknobs.

  • Consider limiting attendance at optional large gatherings because this is where colds, flu, and other respiratory viral infections are spread.

Travel Guidelines and Advisory

  • Please be aware that travel to the entire country of China is not authorized. Read the State Department bulletin for details on travel restrictions.

  • Minimize unnecessary traveling. Consult the CDC or State Department website for more information on travel recommendations.

  • Because the situation is fluid, any students, staff, and faculty who plan to travel out of the country during spring break (March 16-20) are urged to be aware of any travel restrictions.