Coronavirus Case and Our Community (3/26/20)

Dear Pomona College Community,

We are writing to let you know that a Pomona College student who left campus March 13, and has not returned since, notified the College yesterday that they tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 24.

With the global pandemic and community transmission of the virus in Los Angeles County, we will likely see more cases in our wider College community, and we are conveying our support to those affected during this time.

In these cases, the College, when dictated by the available information, will work to notify those who have worked or lived on campus in close proximity with the person without identifying them by name.

Consistent with federal and state laws governing patient confidentiality, we will not provide any information on the patients other than to confirm that they are a Pomona College student or employee.

Staff or faculty members diagnosed with coronavirus or told by a medical professional they may have it should contact Human Resources Assistant Vice President Brenda Rushforth at brenda.rushforth@pomona.edu. Students should contact Dean of Students Avis Hinkson at avis.hinkson@pomona.edu.

It bears saying again: Anyone who is ill should not come to work. Any student who is ill and still on campus should stay away from others. If you have a fever together with a cough and/or respiratory trouble please treat the situation as though you have the virus, contact your healthcare provider and self-quarantine.

Most Pomona College students have moved off campus for the semester and most College employees are working from home. Any students remaining on campus as well as employees working on campus due to the requirements of their job need to practice physical distancing, maintaining the minimum six feet between people. Faculty members using their classrooms and labs for academic purposes should follow these distancing rules as well, and not work in those spaces with students or meet in-person with students.

We recognize that this is a challenging time for many people in our community. We are coordinating efforts across the College to help ensure our community’s continued health and safety, and in this ongoing emergency, we will continue to provide updates at our coronavirus website.

Thank you to all of our extended family and friends who are providing care to those affected by this crisis. We are very proud of those on the front lines of this pandemic and we offer our gratitude, once more.

Sincerely,

G. Gabrielle Starr, president
Robert Gaines, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college
Avis Hinkson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students