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COVID-19 Campus Resources and Guidelines

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Information on CSUSM plans, procedures, resources and that are being implemented can be found on CSUSM as One.

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General Prevention

We are still recommending the general safety protocols for infection control:

  • GET VACCINATED - Use VaccineFinder to locate a COVID vaccine near you
  • Stay Home when you are sick or have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Face Coverings - when required and recommended utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or Community Protective Equipment (CPE)
  • Practice Cough Etiquette - Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Hand Hygiene – Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or utilize hand sanitizer when running water and soap is not available
  • Distancing – Although physical distancing is no longer required it is always recommended to give people their space when it is possible.  It is equally important to know what the comfort level is when you approach another person during your initial greetings.  Hugging and handshakes are not recommended
  • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils – Potlucks would not be recommended at this time
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Face Covering Guidance

Surgical, Paper, or Cloth Masks/Face Coverings

  • Currently all employees and students – regardless of vaccination status – are required to wear a mask indoors while on campus. 
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated must wear a face covering outdoors when social distancing is not possible and when in University vehicles or driving with others on University Business.
  • Facial Coverings are required in healthcare and childcare centers
  • A face covering is defined as a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no 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. Source: 8 CCR §3205(b)(8)
  • N-95 & KN95 Respirators are provided by request to employees through the Covered Cougar Distribution Center for voluntary use.
  • Face shields: Clear face shields will be offered to faculty, staff and students where applicable due to the nature of their work and/or their work areas. This may include work in research laboratories, in locations where maintaining sufficient social distancing is challenging. In this case, it is used in conjunction with a face covering.  Also, it is used for approved accommodations (via HR or DSS). The face shields are reusable and can be disinfected after use with disinfectant spray or disinfecting wipes.  The face shield when used without a face covering must include a drape.  This drape is adhered to the bottom of the shield.

Limited exceptions to wearing a facial covering include the following:

  • When you are alone in a private office or space.
  • Eating inside the workplace, which includes workstations, office areas, breakrooms, etc. but six feet of distancing must be maintained
  • Individuals who are under the age of 2
  • Medical exemptions through the Office of Human Resources. SH&S will assist in these situations
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For information and the latest resources for students, faculty and staff, visit the CSUSM As One web page.