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Campus Update: March 23, 2020

  • Instruction: All classes, including final exams, will continue to be held virtually through the end of the semester.  For questions related to instruction, email academic_affairs@csueastbay.edu
  • New travel restrictions: International travel is prohibited until further notice. Cal State East Bay students in study abroad programs are required to return to the U.S. as soon as possible and as long as it is safe to do so. Contact Thomas Tyner at the Center for International Education at 510-885-7510 or email thomas.tyner@csueastbay.edu for assistance.
  • Housing: Students living in campus housing are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent home residences, where they can attend the remainder of the semester virtually. However, those who have no other housing options or have other concerns, such as limited access to technology, will be allowed to remain in housing on a case-by-case basis. Residents will receive a notice from housing today with further move-out instructions. For more information visit the Student Housing and Residence Life website or for any other assistance, please contact housing personnel at housing@csueastaby.edu . Residence halls and campus dining will remain operational with social distancing measures enforced. 
  • Commencement:  With great regret, the in-person May commencement,  which is our communities’ most important day of the academic year, is being postponed and we are exploring and seeking input on ways to recognize, honor and celebrate our graduates for their remarkable achievements. We understand the significant impact of this decision and the disappointment each of you are feeling. Consideration of public health for all attendees and participants will determine rescheduling. We will provide an update to the university community when we have more information. For questions concerning commencement, email commencement@csueastbay.edu for assistance.
  • Parking permits: Cal State East Bay is offering prorated refunds for Spring 2020 parking permits. Please fill out the required form and get more information on the Parking & Transportation Services website   

 Starting Monday, March 23, the City of Hayward will open a testing facility so sick people, first responders and health care workers with recent suspected exposures to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be tested for infection. For more information on coronavirus and the City of Hayward’s response to the pandemic, go online to the City’s COVID-19 Updates webpage. Or call the Hayward COVID-19 hotline at 510-583-4949, which is staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

We appreciate your understanding as these changes occur. Please know that each decision is made after much consultation and with the goal to safeguard everyone in our community as best we can.

Cal State East Bay Public Health Advisory

To our East Bay Campus Community,

We are writing to notify you that a member of our campus community may be infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  A possible positive result was obtained yesterday from a test that was not developed for diagnosing COVID-19. While the positive result has not been validated by a laboratory-approved test, we are nevertheless sharing this information with our campus community out of an abundance of caution.

The individual who was tested is a graduate student who does not live on campus.  The individual has no symptoms and is self-isolating at home, as recommended by local public health authorities. 

We have coordinated closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department and have followed guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local public health authorities in responding to this possible case of COVID-19. 

In situations like these, we will protect the privacy rights of individuals while also ensuring the health of our broader campus community.  We will work with local public health authorities to determine whether there are members of the campus community who may be affected by this incident.  We understand that the news we are sharing may be unsettling to some, but we want to assure you that your health and safety remain our priority.  We will continue to communicate information as needed and will be diligent about consulting with the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the American College Health Association, as appropriate, to provide you with the best-known information and resources. 

This is a challenging time for our community and for the world given the unprecedented circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a reminder for us all, please be mindful of the measures everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Remain at home if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow; immediately throw the tissue in the trash if you use a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Practice social distancing and maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands with others during this health crisis. 

For additional information, advisories, FAQs, and resources, please visit our websiteand the websites of the Alameda Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Suzanne Espinoza
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

 Dr. Abayomi Jones
Executive Director, Student Health & Counseling Services  

Advisories

By order of the Health Officer of Alameda County and Contra Costa County, the Cal State East Bay campuses (Hayward, Concord and Oakland) will adhere to the “Shelter in Place” order from 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. April 7, at which point it will be either extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. During this period, we will significantly reduce the density of campus population in the interest of safety and health for our students, staff and faculty. 

A limited number of employees will be available on campus to ensure continuity of essential services. All online classes will continue as planned; however work, events and activities are cancelled through this time frame. Residence halls and Pioneer Kitchen (the Dining Commons) will remain open. Those employees designated to maintain the minimal services and public safety personnel are to report as required by their supervisor. 

We will work with those affected to develop a telecommute working arrangement where possible and will provide accommodations in other instances. As we obtain further clarity from the County Public Health Authorities, Chancellor’s Office and the Governor’s Office and if circumstances change, this directive may be adjusted. 

To ensure that individuals who need to pick up their paychecks are able to do so, checks will be available on Monday, March 30 between 10:00-12:00 p.m. at the cashier’s office (first floor in the SA Building. As per normal protocol, identification is required in order to pick up checks.You will receive an email update from the university before April 8 as this situation evolves. 

I appreciate everyone taking the extra step to be kind and patient with one another. As always, continue practicing these four ways to prevent spreading COVID-19 and check the website for updates. Taking these safety precautions is to the benefit of us all.  

Leroy M. Morishita
President

As outlined by Governor Newsom and Chancellor White, to best protect the well-being and health of all Californians, beginning tomorrow, March 16 2020, Cal State East Bay employees at all three campuses who are 65 years of age or older have to stay away and work from home. Further, any CSUEB employees who have compromised immune systems also have to stay away and work from home. If you seek clarification about the latter, please contact Andre Johnson, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, at (510) 885-2164 or at andre.johnson@csueastbay.edu

We will work with those affected to develop a telecommute working arrangement where possible and will provide accommodations in other instances. As we obtain further clarity from the Chancellor’s Office and the Governor’s Office and if circumstances change, this directive may be adjusted. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and adaptability to the quickly changing situation we are in. Even I will be abiding by Governor Newsom's directive and will be working from home and not be on any of the campuses.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Leroy M. Morishita
President

By order of the Health Officer of Alameda County and Contra Costa County, the Cal State East Bay campuses (Hayward, Concord and Oakland) will adhere to the “Shelter in Place” order from 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. April 7, at which point it will be either extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. During this period, we will significantly reduce the density of campus population in the interest of safety and health for our students, staff and faculty. 

A limited number of employees will be available on campus to ensure continuity of essential services. All online classes will continue as planned; however work, events and activities are cancelled through this time frame. Residence halls and Pioneer Kitchen (the Dining Commons) will remain open. Those employees designated to maintain the minimal services and public safety personnel are to report as required by their supervisor. 

We will work with those affected to develop a telecommute working arrangement where possible and will provide accommodations in other instances. As we obtain further clarity from the County Public Health Authorities, Chancellor’s Office and the Governor’s Office and if circumstances change, this directive may be adjusted. 

To ensure that individuals who need to pick up their paychecks are able to do so, checks will be available on Monday, March 30 between 10:00-12:00 p.m. at the cashier’s office (first floor in the SA Building. As per normal protocol, identification is required in order to pick up checks.You will receive an email update from the university before April 8 as this situation evolves. 

I appreciate everyone taking the extra step to be kind and patient with one another. As always, continue practicing these four ways to prevent spreading COVID-19 and check the website for updates. Taking these safety precautions is to the benefit of us all.  

Leroy M. Morishita
President

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for the compassion you have shown for one another and our students.  I appreciate your understanding and flexibility in altering how we are now providing instruction given these unforeseen circumstances that we all must now face together. New information is emerging on a daily basis— if not hourly— that requires adjustments and adaptations. Activities, conferences and events that took months to plan are now cancelled or postponed. None of us imagined this for our Spring Semester. 

Cal State East Bay’s highest priority is keeping everyone healthy and safe. Right now, practicing “social distancing” in order to protect our health and those of our families is in the interest of our greater community. By moving instruction almost totally online, we have reduced the need for most of our 14,000+ students to be on campus during the week.  From the facilities workers who clean the classrooms to our students, we are taking this situation extremely seriously. Cancelling and postponing events is disappointing to us all, and we are making these decisions after careful discussion and consultation with professionals and public health officials

For students feeling worried or overwhelmed, please refer them to the Student Health & Counseling Center at 510 885-3735. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1 800 367-7474.

I appreciate everyone taking the extra step to be kind and patient with one another. To protect yourselves, family and colleagues, continue practicing these four ways to prevent spreading COVID-19, check the website for updates, and if you feel unwell, please stay home. Taking these safety precautions is to the benefit of us all.  

Leroy M. Morishita
President

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships on Thursday.

This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

Cal State East Bay athletics had already canceled all home events in an effort to protect at-risk populations and prevent the spread of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The East Bay women's water polo game against McKendree on Thursday, March 12 has been canceled. In addition, all baseball and softball home contests next week are canceled, as well as men's golf's Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout March 16-17 at Corica Park in Alameda.

In addition, In consultation with the California Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Presidents/Chancellor Board, the CCAA suspends all intercollegiate athletic activities, including in-person campus recruiting (on and off campus) until further notice effective immediately.

While there are no confirmed cases on any East Bay campus as of Wednesday, the university's goal is to reduce the density of people on campus in order to help mitigate the spread of the transmission of COVID-19.

Cal State East Bay Athletics continues to work diligently with CSUEB campus officials to take preventative measures and combat the evolving coronavirus situation in our region. 

Pioneer Athletics will continue to monitor the situation and follow advice from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD). 

As a reminder, good hygiene and staying home when sick can help protect individuals and the greater community from COVID-19 and other germs. Everyone is reminded to:

  • 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;
  • Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.

To date, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 affecting any Cal State East Bay campus and the health risk to the general public remains low.

The health of our students, staff, and faculty always guides our decision making. Equally important is our mission that we provide our students with a quality academic experience and support the completion of their degrees. We have been in regular contact with the Alameda and Contra Costa departments of public health as well as the California State Department of Public Health.

Although guidance from these departments of public health have not recommended limiting in-person instruction, recent announcements by other local universities have amplified concerns within our community. After consulting with the leadership of the Academic Senate and Associated Students, Incorporated, the university is taking the following actions for all three East Bay campuses beginning Wednesday, March 11. Our goal is to reduce the density of people on campus in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

March 11-March 15:

  • All in-person lecture, discussion, and seminar courses are to be moved online. To allow preparation time, all of these courses are canceled through the end of this week. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 16 at the regularly scheduled date and time.
  • While most activity, workshop, lab, and studio courses may not permit alternative modalities and will continue to meet in person, those that can be taught in alternative modalities should move online. Faculty will be advised on how to manage instruction in a safe environment.
  • Courses currently offered online will continue as scheduled.
  • All faculty should notify their students of the next class session.
  • All campus operations including the University Libraries, Housing, Dining Services, and Student Health & Counseling Services will remain open. Advising and tutoring will continue to be provided online, in-person and by phone.
  • University facilities remain available to students needing to participate in their courses.
  • At this time, all athletic events will proceed as planned.
  • Faculty support for these changes can be found at our Online Campus website that provides resources for using online tools and obtaining technical support.
March 16-April 12:
  • All redesigned in-person courses proceed online at their scheduled day and time.
  • The campus operations will remain open.
  • Spring break remains March 30 to April 2.
Wednesday, April 8
  • A decision will be made whether to continue with these revised modalities based on the latest COVID-19 information at that time.

All campuses will remain open. During this time staff and faculty should maintain their presence on campus.

In closing, I would ask each of you to take good care of yourselves and of each other as we learn more about COVID-19. Spreading misinformation and stereotypes will only feed into greater fear. Maintaining the health and safety of our Cal State East Bay community remains our greatest priority and each of us can play a part in helping us to stay informed and prepared. We can and must support each other in a creative, positive and collaborative manner.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at academic_affairs@csueastbay.edu.

Leroy M. Morishita
President

Cal State East Bay, in accordance with guidance provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa County Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the Greater Bay Area. We are not aware of any cases at any Cal State East Bay campus or facility, or with any member of our campus community, and are only providing this information to raise awareness.  

Student Health and Counseling Services are vigilant and on alert to potential infectious disease presentations consistent with our protocols for patient care.

The risk to the general public remains low and there are no new recommendations beyond routine sanitation and illness precautions. 

Nonetheless, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Wash hands frequently 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Refrain from shaking hands 
  • Minimize time in densely crowded spaces 
  • Drink plenty of water, eat regular meals, and get a full night’s rest

Although coronavirus has been identified in over 30 countries, there are few isolated cases within the United States and currently there are no reported cases in Alameda County. Yesterday three patients from the quarantined cruise ship in Japan were transferred from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County to Contra Costa County hospitals for treatment. According to health officials, while the three patients have tested positive for the virus, none have begun exhibiting symptoms. Health officials are actively monitoring travelers and potential external sources of infection, going as far as quarantining travelers and investigating potential cases. The risk to the general public remains low and there are no new recommendations beyond routine sanitation and illness precautions.

Cal State East Bay, in accordance with guidance provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa County Health Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is carefully monitoring the situation to ensure the health and safety of our university community. Monitoring developments in the spread of coronavirus is our priority, and we will continue to provide updates as needed.

If you or someone you know has recently been in contact with someone suspected of having the coronavirus, and are experiencing fever, cough or any symptoms of respiratory distress, call ahead before going to the doctor but please seek medical care.

All students, staff and faculty are reminded to practice healthy habits and good hygiene.

  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and get sufficient rest.
  • Stay current with your vaccinations.
These are the closest hospitals to Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus:
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Cal State East Bay officials continue to closely monitor information about an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China last month and has begun to spread to other countries, including the United States. The university is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community in accordance with guidance provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Contra Costa County Health Servicesand the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this time, Cal State East Bay is not aware of any students, faculty or staff who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Cal State East Bay’s Hayward and Concord campuses, as well as the Oakland Center, remain open.

“It is cold and flu season,” said Dr. Abayomi Jones, executive director of student health and counseling. “The flu is much more common than the coronavirus. It is best to practice healthy habits and good hygiene in general, which can reduce the risk of many infections.”

Healthy habits include:

  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and get sufficient rest.
  • Stay current with your vaccinations.
Students are able to seek medical attention by calling the Student Health and Counseling Center at (510) 885-3735. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary care provider for support.
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