Message from Dr. Vincent Vigil to Students About Healthy Holidays
The first extended break of our 2020-21 academic year is next week! I write today offering a friendly reminder to please celebrate responsibly during the break and throughout the holiday season so that the Cal State Fullerton educational experience can continue without interruption. More specifically, I encourage you to follow health and safety guidelines set forth by federal, state, and local agencies as it pertains to COVID-19 (e.g. face-coverings, social/physical distancing, etc.). As a campus, we have done a remarkable job following proper guidelines to mitigate risks associated with coronavirus. We must continue to act responsibly because our time together on campus may depend on it.
As you might have heard, COVID-19 cases are rising across the country. Yesterday, Orange County moved back to Tier 1, which is commonly known as the “widespread” or “purple” tier. Visit California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy to learn about the tier rating system for California counties. COVID-19 is still as concerning as ever, and it is critical that we continue to do our part to keep safe and to ensure the semester moves forward without interruption.
While the individual and collective difficulties created by the virus remain high, we must continue to learn about mitigation measures and other resources available to limit the risk of exposure and infection. To assist us this holiday season, the California Department of Public Health recently set forth guidance for out-of-state travel and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a list of recommendations to incorporate when celebrating the upcoming holiday with others. I hope these resources are helpful.
Below are campus reminders pertaining to COVID-19.
- Health Services is offering free COVID-19 testing! It is open to all symptomatic and/or exposed CSUF students, by telehealth appointment and determined by the provider. There is no walk-in testing. To access care and support, please call Health Services at (657) 278-2800.
- As a student with an in-person class, activity, or as a housing resident, it is important to report a COVID positive test result or exposure using the CSUF COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. Whether you test positive for COVID-19 or become aware that you may have been in close contact with someone who either has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-19, please report.
- Remember, you are automatically enrolled in the “Return to Campus During COVID-19” course in Canvas and you are assigned a Health & Safety video in this course. If you haven’t already, watch this video and complete the acknowledgement form.
- Visit Titan’s Return: CSUF’s Response to COVID-19 website, to stay current with COVID-19 information at CSUF.
Thank you for taking the time to read my message. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Have a fun, restful, and safe time during your break and throughout the holiday.
Vincent E. Vigil, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Division of Student Affairs
California State University, Fullerton