Orange County Moves to “Medium” Community Level

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered the Orange County COVID-19 community level back to medium.

While we remain in this elevated tier and many return to the campuses in the coming days, please take personal responsibility for your health and review the protocols outlined on the CU Staying Healthy website.Know your risk, protect yourself, take action if you are exposed to COVID-19 or other viruses, and take action if you are sick or test positive for COVID or Flu.

Chapman encourages four primary protocols to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other viruses:

  • Masks: If you are at high risk of getting very sick, wear a high-quality mask or respirator. Masks are highly recommended if you have symptoms, test positive or are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Vaccination: The university highly recommends, but does not require that all faculty, staff and students who are eligible get a fall COVID booster and a flu shot.
  • Testing: The university continues to provide on-campus testing at no cost to Chapman community members at the COVID-19 Testing Center, 145 Sycamore Avenue, in Orange, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. Testing kits also are available in the Public Safety office at the Rinker campus.
  • Daily Health Screen: Faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus must complete the Daily Health Screen to access campus facilities. Stay home if you are sick.

Chapman will also:

  • Continue to monitor at high-traffic building entrances to check required “Clear” messages after the completion of the Daily Health Screen.
  • Maintain Increased campus and surface cleaning.
  • Require visitors to complete the Visitor Health Survey when accessing campus buildings or attending events.
  • Schedule a COVID-19 booster and flu shot clinic in the coming weeks.

For those who have traveled and/or those who may have been exposed during the long break, please take extra precautions. With COVID-19, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases still spreading across the country, we ask for diligence in the protocols proven to slow the spread of these viruses within the Chapman and broader community.

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Rachel Morrison

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