Respiratory Viruses and Symptoms
Dear Cal Lutheran Faculty and Staff,
Thank you for all you are doing to help keep our campus safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While we have a ways to go before the pandemic is over, we are fortunately seeing a weekly reduction in COVID-19 cases both at the county level and on our campuses. At the same time, however, we are also seeing an increase in other respiratory viruses, colds, and flus.
This week, the California Department of Public Health issued a Health Advisory Notice about an increase in respiratory viruses other than SARS-CoV-2 circulating in California. Because of this, we reiterate Cal Lutheran’s policy regarding individuals with COVID symptoms, which often mimic the symptoms of other respiratory viruses.
All students, staff, and faculty with symptoms of COVID, such as cough, sore throat, and fever, should avoid going to class or coming to work until all of the following are met:
- Receive a negative COVID test.
- Symptoms are improving.
- No fever in the prior 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
Free COVID-19 testing sites are listed at https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/coronavirus-testing/
Even if you test negative for COVID, please stay home until your symptoms are improving. The symptoms do not need to be entirely gone. As many of us have experienced, sometimes symptoms of a respiratory virus can last for weeks, long after the contagious period has ended. However, to limit the spread of illness on campus, we do ask that you stay home until your symptoms are improving.
Additionally, Health Services recommends getting your annual Flu Shot, washing your hands often, and cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces often. Consistent mask wearing indoors will also help limit the spread of colds and flus, in addition to COVID-19.
As a reminder, if you have a COVID-19 exposure or test positive for COVID-19, please email COVID19reporting@callutheran.edu.
Saul Miller, PhD, PA-C
Interim Director of Health Services
- Winter and Spring 2022 Operations – Virtual Classes Week of January 17
Wed January 12, 2022
Classes across all academic programs at the University will meet virtually from January 17 to January 23.
- Submitting Booster Information & New Isolation/Quarantine Protocol
Thu January 6, 2022
Effective January 18, 2022, all students must show evidence of having received a booster (medical exemptions will be reviewed).
- Spring 2022 Classes and COVID Status
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After careful consideration please know that classes will resume as follows.
- Booster requirement in response to the COVID-19 Omicron Variant
Thu December 23, 2021
Effective January 18, 2022, all students, faculty, and staff must show evidence of having received a booster.
- COVID Booster Information (and Flu Shot Reminder)
Mon November 22, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and associated regulatory agency guidance.
- Respiratory Viruses and Symptoms
Thu September 30, 2021
Cal Lutheran’s policy regarding individuals with COVID symptoms, which often mimic the symptoms of other respiratory viruses.
- COVID information and Healthy Campus Measures (HVAC, Testing, Vaccines)
Fri September 17, 2021
This update provides information about the overall university COVID status, and is intended to communicate information about various campus initiatives and practices.
- Mask Requirements, Daily Health Check, and Tracing
Mon August 23, 2021
View mask requirements starting Tuesday, August 24 (for all Cal Lutheran Campuses)
- Updated Mask Guidance - Effective Monday, July 26
Fri July 23, 2021
In accordance with respective county guidance, as of Monday, July 26, 2021 all individuals at the Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and PLTS campuses, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks in indoor public or common spaces.
- Indoor Mask Mandate: Woodland Hills and Westlake Village Campuses
Fri July 16, 2021
Los Angeles County has reinstated mandatory mask wearing indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.