March 11, 2020
Dear Campus Community,
We are in close consultation with the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, San Joaquin County Public Health Services as well as the Offices of Education for Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties, our community college feeders and UC Merced to receive and share updates, and are following guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health.
As of this morning, one case of COVID-19 was confirmed in San Joaquin County and two in Stanislaus County. We are contemplating a series of options for alternate course delivery and will provide an update within the next day.
It is important to note campus is not closed and business operations are continuing as normal.
While both Stanislaus County Health Services Agency and the San Joaquin County Public Health Services indicate the risk to the Stan State Turlock and Stockton campuses remain at a low level, we are evaluating the additional impacts on the six-county region we serve. The options we are considering are consistent with many of our CSU sister campuses.
The health of our students, faculty and staff will always guide our decision making. As a result, we are communicating with the Office of the Chancellor, our local and state health agencies, Academic Senate and Associated Students and are considering options for alternate instructional delivery methods.
In the meantime, the following actions are being taken:
- Effective immediately, all non-essential faculty, staff and student travel is suspended.
- Near-term large campus 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. For the most up-to-date information about an event, please contact the event coordinator/host as listed on the University Events Calendar prior to attending.
- Rigorous cleaning of public areas is ongoing using disinfectants.
We understand this new development may cause anxiety and concern. Please be assured, we are responding and doing everything possible to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 within our campus communities.
All are encouraged to continue to take the preventive steps recommended by the CDC and our local county health agencies.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. We encourage you to check the University website and the following websites and their social media accounts routinely:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) webpage
- San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) website
- Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA) website
The Infectious Disease Response Team, in consultation with University leadership, Academic Senate, and Associated Students will continue to monitor events and provide regular updates.