COVID-19

Since March 2020, this site has provided information about the university's response to COVID-19. Originally offering detailed plans about future "repopulation" efforts, the primary focus of this website today is on planning your in-person experience on campus at The Beach.


Steps for Planning Your Time On Campus


1) Pre-Arrival Daily Health Screening

Students, faculty, and staff must complete a pre-arrival health screening questionnaire each day before coming to campus. The online questionnaire is available on the single sign-on site.

External contractors and anyone visiting campus who does not have access to the COVID-19 prescreen in the Campus Single Sign-On (SSO) service should use the Visitor COVID-19 prescreen.

Entry into some campus spaces will be contingent on you displaying the current day's "green checkmark" on your mobile device resulting from clearing online health screening.

If the result of your pre-screen questionnaire is a "red X," you will be subject to additional questions. If necessary, you will be contacted for follow-up. Do not go to campus until you have been cleared.

2) Vaccinations

If you are accessing campus facilities this fall, you are required to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

All members of the campus community have access to an online vaccination certification on the university's single sign-on screen.

As part of the certification, you will need to upload proof of having been vaccinated, usually in the form of a JPG or PDF of your immunization card. A screenshot of a digital record is also an option. Antigen test results are not accepted at this time.

The form allows you to qualify for a legitimate medical or religious exemption, or you may indicate that you will not access campus facilities this fall.

Those seeking a qualified religious exemption should indicate the specific exemption attestation statement on the certification page. Questions about religious exemptions may be directed to 562-985-7616 or by email

Student medical exemptions are reviewed by the Bob Murphy Access Center and medical documentation can similarly be uploaded on the certification page.

If you have only received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, you won't be able to submit the certification form yet. As soon as you receive the second dose and your vaccination card is updated, you may then submit the form.

The City of Long Beach health department is offering third doses, or booster shots, to qualifying students, staff and faculty at the mobile clinic outside the University Bookstore. Student Health Services continues to administer first and second dose vaccines to the campus community.

Students, managers, volunteers, and members of CSUEU, CFA, UAPD, UAW, and Teamsters labor unions

You are required to complete the online vaccination certification by Sept. 30, with the exception of members of the CFA and CSUEU labor unions who have a deadline of Oct. 27. Teamsters have a deadline of Nov. 27.

If you remain unvaccinated, see the TESTING area of this website for details.

Members of SUPA, APC

Your participation in the vaccination certification is encouraged as discussions continue about appropriate campus-based practices.

If you remain unvaccinated, see the TESTING area of this website for details.

3) Testing

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must participate in an ongoing COVID-19 testing program. See the VACCINATIONS section on this website for details.

In addition, all student-athletes are required to test weekly. Those participating in club sports are also required to test weekly while in season or practicing. Students residing in campus housing are also required to test on a regular basis. 

Those who require routine testing or are being tested due to a COVID-19 exposure in class, will be prompted routinely by email to upload test results to the website or a designated email address. Please follow the instructions noted in the email.
 
Failure to upload your test results will result in a referral to the Dean of Students (for students), to Human Resources (for staff), or to Faculty Affairs (for faculty). Antigen tests are not being accepted at this time.

If you are a student required to participate in the testing program, failure to do so will ultimately result in a hold being placed on your record.

Testing on Campus

Testing is offered in a number of locations on campus in addition to the many options offered off campus by outside healthcare providers. Effective Sept. 20, the following locations are available:

  • Between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays outside the University Bookstore. Walk-ins and appointments welcome.
  • From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays at the Chartroom. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.
  • Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 may be tested at Student Health Services.  

4) Face Coverings

Consistent with guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, face coverings secured  over both the nose and mouth  are required indoors for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Gaiters and bandanas are not considered acceptable face coverings. Face coverings may be made from a variety of materials. Those materials must be solid, and preferably 2-ply. Masks with one-way bypass valves are not allowed as they do not provide the necessary protection. Those communicating with hearing-impaired students should wear clear face masks or face shields. Face shields should extend below the chin and/or have an attached drape at the chin. Shields and clear face masks are available through the Bob Murphy Access Center.

Settings in which face masks or shields are required include the following:

  • Indoor common areas including, but not limited to, restrooms, meeting/conference rooms, lecture halls, classrooms, corridors, stairwells, elevators, laboratories, and reception areas
  • Private offices or rooms occupied by more than one person
  • On public transit, including ride-sharing services (campus shuttles) 
  • Childcare and other youth settings (FCS-CDC & IPCDC)
  • Waiting for or riding in public transportation or ride-sharing services
  • Obtaining health care services (SHS)
  • Faculty and staff who will be communicating with hearing-impaired individuals who are registered with the university should wear clear face coverings in instances where the ability to see the mouth is essential. Such coverings include clear masks or clear face shields. These face coverings are available upon request at the Bob Murphy Access Center. Center staff can be contacted for more information.

Persons exempt from face-covering requirements include:

  • Individuals who are outdoors (six-foot distancing is recommended for those who are unvaccinated from the COVID-19 virus)
  • Individuals who have applied to the University and are approved for an exemption due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering
  • Individuals for whom wearing a face covering poses a potential health or safety risk as determined by local, state, or federal regulators and approved by the University
  • Individuals who are alone in a room 
  • Individuals operating a single-occupancy vehicle
  • Children under the age of 2 (Children between the ages of 2 and 8 should wear a covering with adult supervision.)
  • Employees and students when they are eating or drinking

5) Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is no longer a requirement of CAL-OSHA or public-health guidance, except in lunch or break rooms where six feet of spacing must be maintained between employees who may be eating or drinking. Individuals who are not vaccinated are also recommended to maintain six feet of physical distancing from others while outdoors. Please see face-covering requirements posted on this website for additional details.

6) Online Training

To learn more about campus-specific practices, policies, and procedures related to illness prevention, online training presentations have been created for faculty and staff and for students.

External guests coming to campus must register prior to viewing their version of the training presentation.

7) Cleaning and Ventilation

While professional cleaning reduces health risks, every member of the CSULB community has a joint responsibility to sanitize their own work area and shared resources, including meeting rooms and commonly touched surfaces. Disinfecting materials will be provided in these areas so occupants can do their part to prevent the transmission of pathogens on surfaces.

The following steps have been taken relating to building ventilation in preparation for general building re-occupancy and sustained occupancy:

  • All building mechanical air handler systems were inspected and repaired per manufacturer recommendations.
  • Mechanical ventilation duct systems were disinfected and all buildings were temporarily closed and flushed with 100% outside air.
  • New mechanical equipment filters were installed to the highest efficiency possible.
  • Mechanical ventilation was increased to the highest point without impacting cooling and heating the buildings.
  • Ceiling fans, where applicable, were turned off or programmed to blow air up if an interior space requires the use of fans as part of the building climate control system. 
  • Ongoing maintenance of mechanical ventilation systems in all buildings was increased, including changing out of high-efficiency filters as needed; inspection and repair of mechanical equipment; disinfection of duct systems; and increasing clean outside air into buildings, when feasible.

Public-health officials note that ventilation and other indoor air quality improvements are an addition to, and not a replacement for, mandatory protections including wearing face coverings (except in certain high-risk environments that require using proper respiratory protection), washing hands frequently, and limiting activities that bring together people from different households.

In the event that a member of the community who has been on campus later tests positive for COVID-19, the affected areas will be isolated, flushed with outside air for the remainder of the day and disinfection crews dispatched to perform cleaning. In the event that several people in one area test positive, the building will be closed for 4-5 days and the HVAC system flushed for up to three days. Air filters will be vacuumed and the building will receive enhanced cleaning.

8) Prevention (Tips for Staying Healthy)

  • Receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Using soap, scrub your hands for at least twenty seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Routinely disinfect frequently touched items in your home.
  • Use a face covering as recommended or required by current public-health guidance.
  • Get plenty of rest, consume ample water, and eat healthy meals.

9) Reporting Illness and Responding to Exposure

You should not come to campus if you are ill.

If you are a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, if you believe you may be positive but have not yet been tested, or if you know of a student who you believe may have contracted COVID-19, please fill out this form to notify Student Health Services and prepare to self-quarantine if you are unvaccinated.

If you are a faculty or staff member, you should immediately report an illness to your supervisor. In addition, if you have COVID-related symptoms, please complete the daily health screening questionnaire even if you are not reporting to campus.

It is vital that confirmed or suspected positive cases of COVID-19 are reported as quickly as possible to support health officials in their response.

You can also participate in an online exposure-notification system established by the State of California.

Quarantine

Fully vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine at this time, yet guidance is determined on a case-by-case basis. They should monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

Those who are not fully vaccinated or are unvaccinated should plan to quarantine by staying separate from others for 10 days after exposure, then continue to monitor for symptoms for days 11 through 14 after the exposure.

If symptoms develop, individuals should be tested for COVID-19 immediately. Otherwise, testing seven days post-exposure is ideal, but should be no sooner than five days after exposure.

For more information on quarantining best practices, visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health website.

10) Contact Tracing

Using both voluntary reports of symptoms and illness from Beach community members as well as pre-arrival daily health screening information, the university will continue its contact-tracing work.

In the event of your exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be notified by email what actions you must take, which may include self-monitoring for symptoms, testing for COVID-19 or avoiding contact with others.

If you were in the same general area as an affected person, but not at risk of exposure as defined by current public-health guidance, you will not be contacted.