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Covered Cougar Distribution Center

A team of representatives from Safety, Health and Sustainability are centrally procuring COVID-19 supplies for the university and leveraging available resources to build the university’s stockpile of supplies. This centralized approach provides for consistent, cost-effective bulk purchasing of COVID-19 safety supplies that align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and County health guidelines. Individual departments are not required to purchase these supplies independently.

Campus Community Resources:

  • Free 3-ply face covering locations
    • Cougar Central (Administrative Building 3rd floor)
    • Cougar Pantry (Commons 1st floor)
    • ELB 2nd floor
    • Kellogg Library 1st through 6th floors
    • Markstein Hall 1st floor
    • Science Hall 2 2nd floor
    • Temecula campus
    • USU 2nd and 4th floors
    • UVA front desk
  • Free KN-95 mask distribution locations
    • Clarke Field House – 1st Floor Student Front Desk
    • Cougar Pantry – Commons 1st Floor (104)
    • Administrative Building 4th floor- SHS Suite (CCDC) 4700
    • Kellogg Library – 3rd Floor
    • USU – 4th Floor Student Front Desk (East side)
  • Free Hand Sanitizer and 3-ply face covering station locations

    Additionally, the campus is providing 3-ply face coverings and hand sanitizer at the main entrances to every building. These stations are placed at the following locations:

    • Academic Hall 2nd floor Main Entrance
    • Arts 1st floor Main Entrance and East Entrance (vending machine area)
    • Clarke Field House Main Entrance
    • Commons Bookstore/University Store
    • Administrative Building 1st floor Main Entrance (Craven Circle) and President's Entrance, 3rd floor Tukwut Courtyard, 4th floor South Entrance (University Store), 5th floor East Entrance (Graduate Studies)
    • ELB 2nd floor North side (Writing Center) and South Side (CSTEM)
    • Kellogg Library 2nd floor Craven Circle (IITS), 3rd floor Main Entrance
    • Markstein 1st floor Main Entrance and West Entrance (near Veterans Center)
    • PSB/UPD Main Entrance
    • SBSB 1st floor Main Entrance and West Entrance
    • Science Hall 1 2nd floor Main Entrance
    • Science Hall 2 1st floor Patio Area and North Entrance (Loading Dock), 2nd floor Main Entrance
    • SHCS Main Entrance
    • Sports Center West Wing and East Wing Main Entrances
    • University Hall 2nd floor West Entrance, 3rd floor South Entrance (Nursing)
    • USB Main Entrance
    • UVA Main Entrance
  • 3-ply face coverings for purchase (10 for $1.00) vending machine locations
    • Commons- interior 1st floor
    • ELB- 6th floor
    • Kellogg Library/Craven Circle- exterior 2nd floor library entrance
    • Markstein Hall- exterior 1st floor
    • SBSB- interior 1st floor
    • USU- 3rd floor

Hours of Operation
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Tues, Thurs: 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Pickup Location
Administrative Building 4700

*Please wait to receive confirmation email before arrival.*

Equipment Guidelines

The following guidelines are provided to assist schools, colleges and departments in determining their COVID-19 safety supply needs in preparation for the fall.

  • Face Coverings (CPE)

    In January 2022, Cal/OSHA updated its standard and definition for face coverings indoors, stating that proper face coverings include a three-ply surgical or medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A proper face covering cannot have visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar or single layer of fabric.

    The California Department of Public Health also recommended in January that people upgrade from cloth face coverings to either surgical masks or KN95/N95/KF94 disposable respirators given the more transmittable Omicron variant.

    Local public health experts strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, due to a regional spike in positive cases. We fully support and respect those who wish to continue wearing facial coverings as an effective way to protect oneself and others.

    • Masks/face coverings are strongly recommended in indoor instructional spaces (classrooms, teaching laboratories and the Kellogg Library).
    • As of Monday 4/3/23, masking inside of SHCS is only required if an individual is feeling sick or exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness. Otherwise, masking is not required while inside SHCS. If a patient comes in and states that they are feeling unwell, then SHCS reserves the right to ask them to don a mask while in the lobby and exam rooms. 
    • Masks/face coverings are encouraged in all other indoor spaces (such as offices, conference rooms and indoor event spaces) and strongly recommened when participating in indoor gatherings and events lasting at least one hour, with 10 or more individuals.
    • Masks are not required for gatherings and events held outdoors.

    While masking will no longer be required in non-instructional indoor spaces, we expect that many members of our community will choose to continue masking, which is fully supported and encouraged. Public health leaders have emphasized the increased protection that face coverings provide as well as the value of masking, particularly for those who are immunocompromised or otherwise medically vulnerable.

     Keep in mind:
    • Good: a surgical mask
    • Better: a surgical mask with a cloth mask worn over it
    • Best: a KN95 mask (or the equivalent)
  • Gloves
    Nitrile gloves are available in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes. Latex gloves are available in very limited quantities.
  • Hand Sanitizer

    Everyone is encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water throughout the day, especially after they have been in a public place, used a shared object, or coughed or sneezed. When soap and warm water is not readily available, an approved hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be used. The CDC recommends hand washing with soap and warm water whenever possible as the best means of hand sanitization.

    • Hand sanitizer stations: Facilities Services has installed at least one new hand sanitizer station in the main entrance or lobby of each building. These stations are available for everyone’s use and will be refilled as needed. Departments do not need to request hand sanitizer stations.
    • Departmental hand sanitizer bottles: In locations where access to a sink or the building hand sanitizer stations is not readily available, a bottle of hand sanitizer may be requested to have available centrally in the area. When access to a sink is available, hand washing with soap and water is preferred.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    N95 Respirators: The availability of N95 respirators is limited. N95 respirators are typically reserved for health care workers and first responders (University Police); however, employees may submit a request for N95 respirators and must review the mandatory N95 information and complete the required training.

  • COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits

    Available only for close contacts identified by CSUSM Covid Case Management Team (CCMT).

Employee Resources:

Resource Request for COVID-19 Supplies

Departments and employees must be considerate of the supply limitation and should submit a Resource Request form to order supplies for their immediate needs only. We cannot accommodate stockpiling of supplies for future use.

Need additional supplies? Supplies can be replenished when available through an additional Resource Request form submission. Excessive requests will require a follow-up by SH&S staff members.

An Appointment and Resource Request form must be filled out for each item being requested by the employee. For instance, if you are requesting one box of 50 face coverings and two bottles of hand sanitizer, you must submit two separate forms.

Pickup and Timeline

Requestors will receive a confirmation email when their order is ready for pick-up. Supplies can be picked up by appointment Monday, Wednesday &  Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m and Tuesday & Thursday 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Fulfilled orders will be available at the front desk of ADM 4700 with the requestor's name. Please allow one business day for orders to be fulfilled after the request form is submitted. The requester will be notified if the order will be delayed or if their full request cannot be fulfilled due to supply shortages. 

*All fulfilled resource requests must be picked up within three business days from requested appointment date. If not, resources will be returned back to inventory and a new resource request must be made.*

Appointment and Resource Request Form for Employees 

These guidelines will be updated as needed to reflect current guidance from public health professionals and supply availability. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Office of Safety, Health, and Sustainability  at