In line with urgent public health efforts, most Pomona College students are now away from campus, and most staff members are working from home.

However, as more people across the region are diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), cases will likely continue to touch our community, and we want to let you know our approach to notifications as public health guidelines continue to develop.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health points to a 14-day window of exposure and a focus on notifying known close contacts when a person is diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). Close contact is defined as being at a distance of six feet or closer to the person for more than 10 minutes. (Please note: Privacy regulations require that we do not identify the person with the virus.)

If we learn from a student or employee that they have tested positive or the person tells us their doctor believes it is likely they have the virus, our first priority will be, when dictated by the available information, to notify the members of our community who have been in close contact with the person. Whenever possible, we’ll begin by gathering information on close contacts from the person with the reported infection.

Our aim in this emergency is practical: to quickly reach out to those identified by county guidance as having the greatest likelihood of exposure. Focusing notification work on close contacts within 14 days is designed to provide information that can be acted on to help slow the spread of the virus.

What Does It Mean If I Receive a Notification?

If you do receive a notification of possible exposure, please be aware that it does not mean you have the virus, but it does mean you must now follow the important public health guidelines that will be outlined in the notification. 

What Should I Do If I Am Diagnosed?

If you are a staff or faculty member diagnosed with coronavirus or told by a medical professional you may have it, please contact Human Resources Assistant Vice President Brenda Rushforth at brenda.rushforth@pomona.edu. If you are a student, please contact Dean of Students Avis Hinkson at avis.hinkson@pomona.edu.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Everyone can help with the effort to slow the spread of the virus by following state and regional health orders, practicing physical distancing [pdf], staying home/avoiding others if you are sick and engaging in frequent and thorough handwashing.