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COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information

This is our university’s central website for information and updates regarding COVID-19.
Reporting COVID Cases

Students: Report all students who test for COVID-19 to the campus Infectious Disease Response Team Infectious Disease Response Team overseen by the Student Health Center. Student assistants are required to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Tool for risk management and email the to report a test result.

Students: Email Report

Employees: Report all faculty, staff, auxiliary employee, and student assistant COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposures in the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Tool. Those who self-report must follow regular departmental procedures for being absent from work.

Employees: Report COVID Cases

Health Screening

Take Health Screening Survey

All students, faculty and staff are required to complete the Health Screening Survey EVERY time they come to campus.


Students: Returning to Campus
Faculty & Staff: Returning to the Workplace

All CSUSB students, faculty and staff are required to complete a 30-minute COVID training before they can come on to campus this fall.

Contact for any questions or concerns regarding the training modules.

Exposure Alert

Sign Up For CA Notify

Help California stop the spread by signing up for the Exposure Notification System (CA Notify).

Returning to Campus

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University-Issued Statements on Coronavirus

Show Your Coyote Pride with a Zoom Background

Zoom backgrounds promoting CSUSB vaccination clinics and being vaccinated.Vaccinated? Download a Zoom background for your next online meeting. 

Appointment available for you and your family. Everyone age 12 and above is eligible. Minors need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Message to the CSUSB Community

5/14/2021 – Reiteration of CSUSB Face Covering Policy

Yesterday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated guidance for vaccinated individuals on face covering requirements as a health and safety mitigation to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The campus community is advised that the California Department of Public Health has not yet made any adjustments to the state-wide face covering mandate.  As such, the current CSUSB Face Covering Policy remains unchanged and is still in effect.  CSUSB will continue to monitor any changes on state and county face covering guidance and make announcements as they are received.

Message to the CSUSB Community

4/29/2021 – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Saturday 5/1 at CSUSB

Coyotes Get Vaccinated

CSUSB partners with Rite Aid to host a vaccination clinic this Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CSUSB campus. CSUSB faculty, staff and students: Show your Coyote Pride by wearing Coyote Blue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the coronavirus?

The novel coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of respiratory illness first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus causing COVID-19 can cause mild-to-severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

How does it spread?

Researchers believe COVID-19 spreads the way other respiratory viruses do – through the droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, etc. A person catches the virus when these infected droplets enter their nose, mouth or eyes, either directly or through contaminated hands. Researchers also believe a person can spread COVID-19 even before showing symptoms.

How can I avoid coronavirus exposure?

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. As recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as regional health officers, it is critical to maintain vigilance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  In accordance with the current stay at home order, individuals:

  • Should only go out to conduct essential work and access essential services.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from any other person.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • It is essential to limit any outside contact should you or anyone in your house exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.

To avoid not only COVID-19 but also the flu and common cold, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, tables, light switches) with a disinfectant. In addition, avoid close contact with someone who is sick from a respiratory illness.

How can I protect myself?

The CDC recommends the following actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

Who is considered “fully vaccinated?”

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

How can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC offers a wealth of information about the vaccine including possible side effects, frequently asked questions, and how to separate facts from myths – Your COVID Vaccine.

What if I lose my vaccination card?

If you lose your vaccination card (proof of vaccine), contact the provider of your vaccine and request a replacement. Those vaccinated through a CSUSB sponsored clinic can take their ID to any Rite Aid store and request a replacement/proof of vaccine.

Am I allowed to come to campus?

Campus and departmental repopulation plans are currently being developed in anticipation of in-person operations beginning in July.  Until then, please contact your MPP or submit a Service Request to Risk Management to ensure you are following the proper procedures for coming on to campus.

Required Training – “Returning to Campus During COVID-19”

Daily Health Screen – ALL Faculty, Students, and Staff must complete the Health Screen Survey each day they come to campus.

Am I required to wear a face covering while at CSUSB?

Pursuant to guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health officials, all members and guests of the CSUSB community who are on campus property are required to always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. This includes any indoor space on campus, including lobbies, hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, and any open office space with multiple workstations, even if there are no other individuals present. Face coverings are also required in any outdoor space on campus where there is a potential to encounter another individual.

Face coverings help to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but they should be the last line of defense. Other preventive measures, including frequent hand washing, social distancing of six feet or greater, and minimizing the duration of contact time with others, need to be maintained even while wearing a face covering.

What is an acceptable face covering?

A cloth covering over the face and mouth, which can include a purchased or homemade mask, scarf, bandana, gaiter, or handkerchief. Please do not seek to acquire N95 masks, as they should be preserved for medical professionals and first responders.

Additional CDC guidance on the “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19” is available online. This guidance discusses wearing, cleaning and removing face coverings, as noted above. This document also has instructions on how to make your own face covering.

What are the expectations on how to properly wear a face covering?

  • The face covering should always cover both the nose and mouth. Wearing the face covering in a manner that leaves either the nose or mouth exposed is not in compliance with this requirement.
  • If you are reusing the face covering during the day, take care to ensure you are using the same side of the covering toward your face.
  • Face coverings should be changed if they become wet, soiled, or compromised in some fashion.
  • Face coverings should be washed daily if they have been exposed to the public.

Are there exceptions to the face covering requirement?

  • Anyone in an indoor area of complete isolation (i.e., private office, lab space, residence hall apartment/room) with the office/lab/resident hall unit door closed and do not expect other individuals to come into the room, may remove their face covering when inside. However, when you leave your office/lab/residence hall unit and proceed into an office common area or hallway (even if there are no other individuals present), you must wear your face covering.
  • Anyone driving alone in a vehicle or cart on campus, with no passengers in the vehicle, and the vehicle is not used by anyone else, may remove their face covering while driving. However, a face covering is required if the vehicle or cart is used by others, or if there are other passengers.

A face covering must always be immediately available, even when in an area that is a stated exception to the requirement.

Will face coverings be provided?

For employees required to work on campus, face coverings have already been provided by the appropriate supervisor. Please contact your supervisor if you require a replacement.  CSUSB will strive to provide face coverings to employees upon request, based on availability.

It is our shared responsibility to take the appropriate mitigation steps to prevent community spread of COVID-19, doing our part to create a safe campus environment. Students and employees are always expected to comply to this requirement while on campus. Employees not adhering to these instructions will receive corrective action by the appropriate supervisor. Students will be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for appropriate disciplinary action.

This face covering requirement is in effect until amended and applies to both the San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campuses.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Students – Report all students who test positive for COVID-19 to the campus Infectious Disease Response Team overseen by the Student Health Center. Student assistants are required to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Tool for risk management and email the to report a test result.

Employees – Report all faculty, staff, auxiliary employee, and student assistant COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposures in the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Tool. Those who self-report must follow regular departmental procedures for being absent from work.

Do remote workers need to report their COVID+ case?

Yes. This creates a record and allows campus officials to determine whether any follow up needs to take place.

Is there a test?

The CDC has distributed test kits to state health departments to determine if a person has the virus that causes COVID-19. At present, testing is not available at the CSUSB Student Health Center.

What items should I have at home?

The following items are recommended to have in the home:

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, fever reducers, decongestants, anti-diarrheal medication and cough drops
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Facial tissues
  • Face masks – to be used only if you or someone at home is sick
  • A 30-day supply of non-perishable food staples such as canned or instant soups (look for low sodium), canned fruit, canned tuna, etc.
  • Decaffeinated tea
  • Heat or ice packs
  • Toilet paper
  • Blankets
  • Laundry detergent
  • Household cleaners
  • Paper towels
  • Soap
  • Your health care provider’s phone number
  • Diapers, baby food if you have small children
How is CSUSB dealing with possible outbreaks?
  • The University has plans for managing illness should it affect our campuses. University leadership is actively engaged in making preparations on an ongoing basis.
  • The University is in close contact with the county and state departments of public health for up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 within our region.
  • Check the CSUSB COVID-19 website for the latest University-Issued Statements on Coronavirus.
When can I return to campus?

CSUSB now supports a 10-day quarantine for those who have experienced a close contact exposure to COVID-19 (within 6 feet, for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period with an infected person).  Those who are fully vaccinated and are not displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not need to quarantine.  However, if fully vaccinated and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and quarantine until you receive the result.

Is CSUSB restricting travel?

Commencing on or after June 1, 2021, CSUSB will resume limited review and approvals of faculty and staff business travel that includes air flights and/or overnight hotel stays. Local essential travel that does not include overnight stays remains at the discretion of appropriate administrators. You can learn more by reading the complete official notification – CSUSB to Restart Limited Faculty and Staff Business Travel.

What campus resources are available?

The University is committed to helping students continue their academic progress. It is also dedicated to assisting faculty and staff in their endeavors to maintain CSUSB’s educational mission.