Vaccine Mandate Follow Up and Protocols For On-Campus COVID-19 Cases (8/3/2021)

Key points:

  • Thank you for your positive response to our COVID-19 vaccination requirement. The deadline to apply for exemptions or deferral is Aug. 9.
  • Given the overall rise of COVID-19 cases, we can expect to see positive cases on campus. Below, you can learn more about the protocols in place to contain the spread of the virus.

Dear colleagues,

We are writing to thank you for your strong and positive response to the COVID-19 vaccination requirements we outlined last week. We also want to offer additional details on our protocols for handling cases that arise on our campus in the weeks and months ahead.

Since July 28, over 80 employees have provided proof of being vaccinated, and we have received just a few requests for exemptions and deferrals. Just over 83% of faculty and staff now have been fully vaccinated and have submitted their information to the College.

The deadline to comply with the vaccine requirement is approaching. If you haven’t done so please upload your vaccine record now. Requests for exemptions or deferrals are due to Brenda Rushforth, chief human resources officer, by Monday, Aug. 9.

As you may have seen in the news, COVID-19 cases are increasing in Los Angeles County as the more contagious delta variant takes hold, with the impact overwhelmingly affecting unvaccinated individuals. Nationally, the CDC estimates that more than 97% of patients who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since January have not been vaccinated. And while post-vaccination “breakthrough” infections are occurring, these individuals typically experience less severe illness because the vaccines are highly protective.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health notes the key message for all of us remains the same:

“The evidence continues to show that the vaccination offers the most protection from COVID and the variants of the virus. … All three vaccines being administered in L.A. County are highly effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.”

Protocols for on-campus cases

With students, faculty and staff arriving on campus in greater numbers we can expect that, over the next weeks and months, some members of our community will become infected with COVID-19, even those who are vaccinated.

To help contain the spread of the virus, in partnership with Hamilton Health Box (HHB,) we have put extensive and proven protocols in place for faculty and staff. (Student Health Services will be responsible for managing COVID-19 protocols related to our students).

If you’re experiencing symptoms:

  • Call Nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan at (909) 607-0616. She will assess your situation and give you a COVID-19 test at the HHB clinic on campus.
  • Remember that you can ask to be tested for COVID-19 whether you are symptomatic or not regardless of your vaccination status; to arrange a test at the HHB clinic, call Nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan.

If you test positive:

  • If you receive a positive test, Nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan will contact you and give you the appropriate instructions. She will let you know whether you need to leave campus and, if so, when you can return.
  • Stephanie will also begin the contact tracing process. She will only call people if they meet the definition of exposure and will test these individuals.

How to know if you’re exposed to a positive case:

  • The criteria for exposure are contact for 15 minutes total in a 24-hour period at a distance of less than 6 feet. Passing people in a hallway, standing in lines, or working in the same building are not considered exposures.
  • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, call Nurse Stephanie Garcia-Barragan at (909) 607-0616.
  • If you are exposed, the quarantine/isolation criteria differ depending on whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, symptomatic or asymptomatic. Stephanie will advise you as to the appropriate course of action.

We know we face challenges as our campus comes back to life. When COVID-19 cases arise on our campus, we will be ready.  We also will need your cooperation and patience.

The keys to our success will be for everyone to get vaccinated and upload their vaccine cards, fill out the daily health check and follow public health guidance as we resume the in-person education at the heart of our mission.

Thank you!


Rob Goldberg
VP, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer

Brenda Rushforth
AVP, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer