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Information about Coronavirus

March 3, 2020 message about coronavirus in the Greater Bay Area

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

Feb. 26, 2020 message to the Cal State East Bay community

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:
These are the closest hospitals to Cal State East Bay’s Concord campus:

Jan. 27, 2020 message to the Cal State East Bay community

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 Services and 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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