Cancellations & Closures
Stanislaus State is open; business, academic and other services are continuing, with certain exceptions, such as study abroad options. Stan State is transitioning to virtual learning and alternate modalities at both our Turlock and Stockton campuses. Please refer to the message from March 12 for details.
Employees and students are first notified of closures or other emergencies through the StanAlert Emergency Notification System (ENS). If the campus is closed or classes are cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19), a StanAlert message will be sent out along with information via email. Information will be shared on our social media platforms and on the University website.
Upon the guidance of the California Department of Public Health, all Stan State is cancelling events and events organized by others on our campuses that would convene 100 people or more until further notice. Near-term events and meetings (taking place within the next 1-2 weeks) are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they may be postponed or cancelled. View the status of University Events.
Any time the University has to close, the information will be shared via email, the website and on social media platforms.
Health & Safety
At this time, the risk remains low for the general public and the campus community. (source)
- Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of SLEEP, nutrition, stress-relief and exercise.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, if you are ill.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with others who are sick.
- Do not travel while sick.
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of State recommendations for travel. CDC currently advises against non-essential travel to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea. Aside from any risk from coronavirus itself, transportation bans and infrastructure disruption are significant. It is also possible that U.S. borders might close to re-entry from some areas, making it challenging to return.
A vaccine for this coronavirus is not available at this time, although a lot of labs are working on it. The seasonal flu vaccine does not prevent the coronavirus; however, it does prevent the flu — which is still circulating in our community, and prevention of those infections of which we have a better chance is more important now than ever. CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get the seasonal flu vaccine because it will help protect you for the most common strains of the flu prevalent now. You have a much greater chance of catching the seasonal flu than of catching the coronavirus at this time.
Many strains of coronaviruses are ubiquitous and are often responsible for symptoms attributed to the “common cold.” Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a concern because it is NEW and some people get quite ill, especially as there is less community immunity from novel viruses like this. Not enough is known yet about this virus to know exactly how worried to be, however it does appear to be quite transmissible and it is best to be prepared. In the meantime, remain vigilant regarding seasonal influenza and get vaccinated. CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 32 million flu illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths from flu. In the U.S., flu is currently a far bigger threat to the general public than coronavirus.
- Please don't come in for routine cold or flu symptoms — it won't help you recover faster and will just expose others.
- Please see this page for a summary of our advice; the only exception to this is that we DO want folks to call if they have fever or cough, especially if they have been in one of the COVID-19 hotspots.
- Appointments can be made by calling 209-667-3396. Please be advised, that due to the coronavirus, the SHC has implemented a telephone screening procedure for all patients experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms.
Students, faculty and staff returning from mainland China* after 2/2/20 will, per CDPH (California Dept of Public Health) guidance, be screened and quarantined for 14 days after their return with close monitoring by their local public health department.
CDC and CDPH do NOT currently recommend quarantine of asymptomatic individuals who returned from affected areas before 2/3/20, or travelers from elsewhere. It is important to be mindful that most people in those areas are not ill, and there is a significant impact (professional, psychological and potentially financial) on people who are excluded from their usual activities. There are however several important caveats that apply to anyone who has returned from a COVID-19 hotspot within the past 2 weeks:
- People who have NO symptoms may consider working from home as able and avoiding large gatherings or travel. They should monitor themselves closely for nonspecific symptoms including sore throat, sweats or headache, and self-isolate if these develop. This means practicing good hand hygiene and self-care, avoiding close contact with other people, wearing a paper mask if available if they must go out, and watching for worsening symptoms.
- People who develop a cough or shortness of breath or fever (>100.3F) should put on a paper mask if available, and call their healthcare provider for advice or go to the nearest emergency room. Students should call the Student Health Center immediately at (209) 667-3396 for further guidance.
It remains unclear how infectious COVID-19 is before people become symptomatic. With any virus, it is possible that an individual may harbor the virus in their nose and mouth before feeling ill but the chances of spreading it at that stage are very low given that they would not be spreading these secretions by sneezing or coughing. In addition, it is unclear how helpful testing these individuals would be, even if rapid tests were available locally (which they are not): a negative test before symptoms develop does not mean they could not test positive when they do. Most lab tests for infectious diseases are not able to pick up an early infection.
Quarantine in general means the separation of a person or group of people not known to HAVE, but reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent possible spread. It is not the same as isolating symptomatic people suspected to have an infection, which is what we routinely do when we are in the process of testing someone for COVID-19 or any other potentially serious communicable disease. Only the public health officer has the legal authority to order quarantine; if students are quarantined, they may do so at home or, if needed, on campus in designated quarantine spaces. Public health, and by delegation, Student Health Center personnel, support and monitor quarantined individuals closely to ensure they and others remain safe.
For more detailed information regarding quarantine and isolation, see this link.
Because we are now well into the spring semester, there are very few people on campus who have recently returned from an affected area. However, with our diverse and internationally engaged students, faculty and staff there will inevitably be people coming and going on a limited basis. We have no ability to track or count people traveling on their own, however, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs Loren Blanchard issued a memoranda on Feb. 27, addressing the CDC Warning – Level 3 Travel Notice with regard to CSU Students Abroad in Korea and Italy. Information about CSU responses to the coronavirus outbreak can be found on the CSU website.
The campus has been working to help ensure the safety of the campus environment: everything from expanded distribution and placement of hand sanitizers to enhanced disinfection and cleaning procedures of common areas. The Student Health Center is following evolving CDC guidance closely and instituting enhanced infection control measures in all clinical areas, along with requiring students and staff with cold or flu symptoms to wear a (surgical) mask when in the facility. Most importantly, a number of communications have gone out to faculty, staff and students emphasizing the importance of handwashing and staying home when ill.
A reminder: while formally fitted N95 masks are required for healthcare providers and emergency response personnel assessing or transporting a possible case of COVID-19, they are NOT recommended for the general public. They are not necessary and it is critical to preserve these supplies.
Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through contact with inanimate objects contaminated with the virus. However, current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces of inanimate objects. Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with soap and water followed by disinfection with an EPA-registered disinfectant is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Use a freshly mixed dilution of 1/3 cup household bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Be sure to use all products according to the directions on the label. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, counters, desks, toilets and sinks. Remember to wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
"Surgical masks" (the paper kind) may help limit transmission of YOUR COLD to others if you are sick; they are not recommended in this country for protecting a healthy person. Any value they have may be in stopping people from directly touching their mouth and nose, which is a common way that viruses and germs enter the body. Washing hands and avoiding touching your face work just as well. Properly fitted N95 respirators (the ones frequently used during air quality events) are recommended for healthcare providers caring for those with this virus but not for the general population.
In accordance with CDC guidelines reminding the general public that surgical masks won't protect much against catching viruses from others, the SHC will not be distributing masks.
Please visit the Instructional Continuity webpage to find resources related to instructional support, moving courses online, live web conferencing, asynchronous instruction and more. In addition, you will find times and dates for a series of workshops and webinars related to instructional continuity in the event of a full or partial campus closure. These workshops are hosted in partnership with the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Following updated guidance from the CSU, all University-related international and non-essential domestic travel is suspended. Please contact your appropriate dean or vice president if an exception is needed or if you have questions. If possible, please reconsider your Spring Break plans if they involve air travel — especially to states in the US or countries where the COVID-19 epidemic is active and/or evolving. Students, faculty or staff continuing with their current personal travel plans, especially to international locations, should be sure to review the CDC’s travel advisories and US State Department Travel Advisories before commencing travel. Before traveling, students should verify the terms of their health insurance coverage and determine what types of health care, and what circumstances will be covered if they travel out-of-state or to another country.
Updated: Wednesday, March 18