Staying Healthy and Minimizing COVID-19 Risks

Woman washing hands over the sink

Cal State East Bay has been working under the guidance of the California Department of Public Health, Contra Costa Health Services and Alameda County Public Health Department to minimize risks to campus visitors. The following practices are in place for the health of the university community:  

  • Staff must check their health daily for COVID-19 symptoms, practice frequent hand washing and use face coverings. 
  • The density of the campus population has been reduced dramatically with most classes moved online for fall semester 2020. 
  • Departments have completed risk assessments and safety plans.
  • Hand washing and social distancing protocol posters are posted in all buildings and restrooms. 
  • Directional signage and occupancy limits are posted in public spaces on all three campuses. 
  • Custodial Staff have increased sanitization frequency of building communal areas, such as entrances, hallways, elevators and lobbies. 
  • Hand air-dryers in bathrooms are rendered inoperable. 

Health officials are clear that social distancing and personal protection are the most potent tools against the spread of the coronavirus. Please be aware of your surroundings and comply with posted signs and floor decals to ensure proper health hygiene and social distancing. 

Choose from these topics for information and resources on how to stay healthy and minimize health risks:

The CDC recommends that everyone cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others to slow the spread of COVID-19. The face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. It is important to wear a face covering even if you do not feel sick since people infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. 

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing or personal hygiene. Employees are required to have a face covering when reporting to work on campus. Employees may remove their face covering in their own personal workspace. 

Keep in mind, the outside of masks and face coverings can be contaminated. Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops and remove the face covering without touching the front. Wash the covering after each use. If you are using a disposable mask, dispose of it in a trash can.

If employees report to work on campus and realize they forgot their face covering at home, they should go to the Department of Risk Management located in SA1600 to pick one up for use during the day. 

All Cal State East Bay students, employees and visitors should perform a daily self-assessment prior to coming to campus to check for any COVID-19-like symptoms. To complete a self-screening, check for COVID-19 symptoms over the past 24 hours that are not due to a chronic medical condition. These include a fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or greater, cough, shortness of breath or chest tightness, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain or body ache, new loss of taste and/or smell, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or fatigue. 

Any employees feeling ill, exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms, or if they or someone they live with has been diagnosed with COVID-19, should contact their manager immediately and not come to work. 

If your conditions change during the course of the day while on campus:

Employees should call their manager, distance themselves from other people, and go home as soon as possible. 

Students should distance themselves from other people and advise a Residence Advisor (if they live in Student Housing).

It is important to wash your hands frequently to protect yourself from getting sick and from spreading the virus to others. 

Here are the proper steps for hand washing:

  • First, wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. 
  • Then, lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. 
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Finally, dry your hands using a clean towel.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand and rub your hands together. Rub all surfaces of your hands until they feel dry. This should take about 20 seconds.

It’s important to wash your hands after each of the following instances—before, during and after preparing food, before eating, before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Also, wash your hands after touching commonly touched surfaces such as elevator buttons, microwaves, refrigerators or printers, after using the restroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing after touching garbage, and after touching or adjusting your face covering.

Watch a video on proper hand washing techniques below. 


The impact of COVID-19 is continually fluid, and the university will post information about campus repopulation and other resources on this website. If you have questions or comments that would improve this site, please submit them through this online form