Urgent Community Update Regarding Coronavirus Response & Reporting (3/25/20)

Dear Pomona College Community,

As you may have heard, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health yesterday placed Claremont for the first time on the list of communities with a known coronavirus (COVID-19) case (with no additional details provided).

In light of this news and the fast-moving pandemic, we are writing to provide more information on steps we all can take to slow the spread of the virus and help protect one another as it reaches our community.

As a reminder, all staff members instructed by their supervisor to work from home need to do so. Anyone remaining on campus due to the requirements of their job needs to practice physical distancing, maintaining the minimum six feet between people. Faculty members using their classrooms and labs for academic purposes must follow these distancing rules as well, and not work in those spaces with students or meet in-person with students.

Anyone who is ill should not come to work. Any student who is ill and still living 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.

In the coming days and weeks, many more cases will emerge across Southern California and the nation. 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.

In these cases, the College, when necessary based on the available information, will work to notify those who have worked or lived on campus in close proximity with you of a case without identifying you by name.

In this ongoing emergency, It is urgent that we follow these steps to help reduce the spread of the virus and protect our community as much as possible. We will continue to provide updates at our coronavirus website



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