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CHHS Response to COVID-19

Published March 16, 2020

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is committed to the health and well-being of our students, employees, and the general public. As our State’s public health response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, we want to keep you updated on what CHHS is doing to protect the health and safety of our campus community. For the latest updates on our campus response to COVID-19, please see the CSULB COVID-19 informational website.  

CHHS Updates 

Alternative Instruction  

Alternative instruction for in-person classes will now begin on Monday, March 23. Additionally, this virtual instruction will be extended for the remainder of the Spring Semester.

Our faculty members are working hard to transition to an online modality. Help us make this transition easier by checking for updates on BeachBoard and staying in contact with your professors. 

Important Closure Information  

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden: Closed until July 1. 

LifeFit Center @ The Beach: Closed starting on Friday, March 13th. We will place a hold on all LifeFit memberships and will extend memberships accordingly when we re-open. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): All classes and events are canceled for the Spring 2020 session (April 6 – May 30). We will make a determination about the Summer session as the situation evolves. 

Canceled or Postponed Events  

Out of an abundance of caution, and to assist with the state recommendations for social distancing, we have canceled or postponed campus events including: 

  • 3/14: CNSA: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training 
  • 3/15: Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training (PALS) 
  • 3/18: CNSA: Care Plan Workshop 
  • 3/19: CSULB 2020 Hospitality Career Expo 
  • 3/25/20: Nursing Research Event 
  • 4/5: CNSA Monthly Meeting 
  • 4/21: CNSA Yoga 
  • 4/26: Run Ride Roll CSULB Pyramid Rally 

Online Career Services

Our Career Coordinator, Amy Gleason, has moved our career services online via Zoom. Register for workshops and Ask a Career Coach sessions on the CHHS on BeachSync.

 Here are some upcoming workshops you can attend online:  

  • Practice Your Interview Skills: Wednesday, March 18 - 11:00am to 12:00pm 
  • Practice Your Interview Skills: Thursday, March 19 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm 
  • What Employers Want You to Know: Wednesday, March 25 - 11:00am to 12:00pm 
  • What Employers Want You to Know: Thursday, March 26 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm 

 Students may also schedule an individual appointment with Amy through SSC.

Preventative Measures to Protect The Beach Community  

Reducing Risk of COVID-19 Exposure

Currently, the risk of COVID-19 exposure at CSULB is low, particularly with the Academic Continuity Plan in action. Here are some preventative measures individuals can take to reduce transmission and COVID-19 exposure: 

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this 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 readily available, use a 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.
  • Practice Social Distancing. Social Distancing means maintaining a minimum distance of approximately 6 feet from others when possible. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, and fatigue. Close contact means being within approximately 6 feet for a prolonged period and/or having direct contact with infectious secretions.

Source: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Reducing Transmission of COVID-19 to Others

  • Stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap is not readily available.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick.  If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. 
  •  If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  Use detergent or soap and water before disinfection.

Source: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Reducing Fear and Anxiety 

Mitigating fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19 is an important strategy for reducing COVID-19 Transmission. Here are some tips to help you cope during this stressful time:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • The common cold, flu, and other respiratory illnesses can produce symptoms that are similar to COVID-19.  So if you do not feel well, do NOT Panic! Call your health care provider or local public health department to be evaluated for testing if you are symptomatic, may have had contact with a person with coronavirus, or recently traveled to countries that have community spread.

Reminders: 

  • Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk of spreading the virus.
  • Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in. Be compassionate. 

Source: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Are you a CSULB student feeling stressed or anxious? Call Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) to speak to a counselor today: (562) 985-4001. 

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