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Positive Cases and Cal Lutheran Return to "Purple Tier"

Cal Lutheran Students, Staff, and Faculty,

I want to let you know that a number of students have tested positive for COVID-19 following an off-campus gathering and outline the steps we are taking in response.

Cal Lutheran’s Health Services was notified last week that a student living off campus tested positive, and staff members immediately began tracing their contacts and directing close contacts to get tested and quarantine. This uncovered several more cases traced to the off-campus gathering, which was attended by some residential students and other students living off campus who have been in university facilities.

So far, eight students who may have been on our Thousand Oaks campus while they were contagious have tested positive. Seven other students who have not been on campus also tested positive. Those living on campus were moved into isolation, and the others have been instructed to isolate themselves. Residential students who had close contact with someone who tested positive have been moved into quarantine.

In coordination with Ventura County Public Health, we tested more than 200 students on Sunday and will test up to 350 additional students by the end of the day Tuesday in order to quickly identify other possible cases. Most of these students were not identified as close contacts, but may have been in the same buildings as students who tested positive or interacted with people who were close contacts.

The KNOW page will be updated with the latest case counts on Tuesday morning. 

Effective immediately, we will return to operating under the rules governing the state’s more restrictive “Purple Tier” in which we began the semester rather than the “Red Tier” Ventura County entered on Oct. 6. This means:

  • Indoor lectures will no longer be permitted.
  • Lab and studio usage is permitted, but instructors are encouraged to make other arrangements for the last week of class.
  • Activity inside Forrest Fitness Center will no longer be permitted. 
  • Indoor chapel services will no longer be permitted.
  • Indoor meetings or organized activities will no longer be permitted.
  • Indoor student advising will no longer be permitted.
  • Indoor dining at Ullman Dining will no longer be permitted.

In addition, the Merry Morning Cheer scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. The other Merry Morning Cheer dates will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

Please continue to follow the guidance on our KNOW page and adhere to the Cal Lutheran Compact. Remember to report COVID-19 symptoms, testing and test results to Covid19reporting@callutheran.edu. Thank you for all you are doing to help protect our community.

Please email covidquestions@callutheran.edu or contact me directly regarding any questions.

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