UWest Health Alert

UWest COVID-19 Protocol

Spring 2022

UPDATE: 01/10/2022

  • Due to the current surge in COVID-19 infections in California and the related difficulty to get tested, the university has decided that the first two weeks of classes will be conducted remotely (Jan. 18-31).
  • Until further notice, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to provide weekly negative COVID-19 test results in order to come to campus once in-person instruction begins

Please read all the information below for instructions on how to submit proof of Covid-19 test results, Covid-19 vaccination and booster, what to do if you are exposed to Covid-19 or test positive, etc.

  • For questions about the Spring 2022 semester, contact reopening@uwest.edu.
  • For questions specific to Covid-19 requirements, please contact UWest’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer, Vanessa Karam vanessak@uwest.edu626-656-2130.
  • As always, please do not come to campus or go into public settings if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or if you (may) have been exposed to someone who is Covid-19 positive; get tested to be sure and stay home as required (see below). Seek medical care as needed.

Temporary Remote Start in Spring 2022

Remote for first two weeks
All classes will be held remotely via Zoom from Tuesday, January 18 through Monday, January 31. Beginning, end of day January 14, students can check their classes on Moodle for the Zoom link for each class.

In-person instruction is scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 2 (after the Lunar New Year holiday).

Beginning, February 2, all students are expected to attend classes on campus and in-person, except for those courses designated as ONLINE, REMOTE, or HYBRID REMOTE in the Schedule of Classes.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement

Weekly negative COVID-19 test requirement

All students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to submit proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test result on a weekly basis until further notice. The test must be taken within 5 days of coming to campus each week.

Where to get tested

Getting tests can be difficult at the moment. Everyone with a UWest student or employee ID is able to get a walk-up appointment at the Curative test site on campus. They are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Bring your ID (driver license or passport), UWest ID, and insurance information. The test is free, and results are usually available within 48-72 hours.

(Note if you do not have a UWest ID, contact eddiee@uwest.edu. If you are an F-1 student and do not have your insurance information yet, also contact eddiee@uwest.edu.)

Find info for other test sites in LA County here.

If you are having problems getting a test done in time, contact reopening@uwest.edu as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the last minute.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, it is recommended that you get a rapid anti-gen test instead of a PCR test as PCR tests may provide positive results long after an individual is recovered and no longer infectious. Alternatively, you may provide a doctor’s note verifying when you had COVID-19 and that you have recovered. Contact reopening@uwest.edu if you have any questions about this.

On-campus residents are required to provide proof of negative test to the residence hall staff in advance of move-in, including new residents and those returning from winter break, and provide weekly negative tests also. Contact Residential Hall Coordinator Eddie Bernal for more information (eddieb@uwest.edu)

How to submit negative COVID-19 test result

Students should upload their negative test result as soon as they receive it to Negative COVID Test Reporting (Student).

In-person test result screening

Please also have your negative test result available on your phone, in your email, or as a print-out when you come to campus on or after February 2. While the COVID-19 surge persists, the university will be screening everyone who comes to campus to ensure that they have obtained a negative test result each week. We have set up a system to do this as quickly as possible, but you may experience some delays entering the buildings, especially during peak class times. If possible, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early for your classes.

Note: You should still upload your test results each week here: Negative COVID Test Reporting (Student).

Vaccination & Booster Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated in order to come to campus. Since data clearly shows that those who have received their booster shots are much better protected from infection and severe illness from COVID-19, the university is also requiring everyone who is eligible to receive their booster shot and provide documentation of booster shot as soon as possible but no later than February 7, 2022.

You can schedule appointments or find walk-in clinics for vaccinations and boosters at myturn.ca.gov or Vaccines.gov. Appointments can also be made by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

Los Angeles County residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm 7 days a week for assistance with appointments.

How to know if you are eligible for booster shot

If you have had your two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination, you are eligible for the booster shot 5 months after your second dose of Pfizer.

For Moderna, it is 6 months, and for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, 2 months.

Find more information about vaccinations and boosters here.

If you received your full vaccination outside the U.S. using one of the other WHO approved vaccinations, you are eligible for the Pfizer booster six months after your last dose.

Vaccination and booster shots are free and widely available.

Where to upload proof of vaccination and booster

Students please upload your proof of vaccination (if you have not already done so) and your proof of booster shot to COVID Vaccination Verification (Student).

(Faculty and staff, please ask your supervisor where to upload your proof of vaccination/booster.

Requesting a Medical Exemption from the Vaccination Requirement

Requests for medical exemption undergo a confidential review process and must include documentation from a medical provider.

Exemption for medical reason/disability reasons:

What to Do if You Test Positive for Covid-19

If you test positive for Covid-19 or think that you may be, notify reopening@uwest.edu and remain at home in isolation. Do NOT come to campus, even if you are asymptomatic.

Isolation

Follow these Los Angeles County Public Health rules for isolation:

Everyone with COVID-19 must isolate for at least 5 days. How long you have to isolate depends on whether you have symptoms and if you get a negative follow-up viral test on day 5 or later. If you test on day 5 or later, it is better to use an antigen test because NAAT/PCR tests can stay positive even after you are no longer infectious.

Ending Isolation

If you tested positive and have symptoms or your doctor thinks you are positive:

You must stay home until:

  • At least 5 days have passed since your symptoms first started and
  • You have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later and
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and
  • Your symptoms are improving

-OR-

You must stay home until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first started and
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and
  • Your symptoms are improving

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

If you test positive and you never develop symptoms:

You must stay home until:

  • At least 5 days have passed the day your initial positive test was taken and
  • You have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later

-OR-

  • You must stay home for 10 days after your initial positive test was taken

Day 0 is the day your positive test was taken. Day 1 is the first full day after your positive test was taken.

Remember: When in doubt, stay home. Contact your professors and reopening@uwest.edu, and we will help you stay on track with your classes.

Bottom line: Keeping the campus and one another safe is a group effort. Thank you for doing your part.

Note: Everyone at UWest must follow the guidelines of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which differ from the CDC guidelines for ending isolation. Specifically, in LA County, individuals who are positive for COVID-19 can only end isolation after day 5 if they have a negative test result at that time, even if they have no symptoms. Otherwise, they must stay in isolation for 10 days total. See here.

What to Do if You Were Exposed to COVID-19

Inform reopening@uwest.edu and follow the LA County Department of Public Health guidelines for quarantine.

You are a “close contact” if you were exposed to someone who tested positive* for COVID-19 while they were infectious if:

  1. You were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  2. You had unprotected contact with body fluids and/or secretions from someone with COVID-19. For example, you were coughed or sneezed on, you shared a drinking cup or eating utensils, you kissed, or you provided care to them without wearing the right protective equipment.

Quarantine

YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE (you are exempt) if you do not have symptoms AND you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines. This means that you are either fully vaccinated and boosted or you are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster.

You must still follow the other steps below.

  •  QUARANTINE
    • You must quarantine (stay home and away from others)
      • You can end quarantine after Day 5 if you have no symptoms and you have a negative diagnostic test that was collected on Day 5 or later.
      • If you do not test, you can end quarantine on Day 10 as long as you do not have symptoms.
    • Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure
  • TEST
    • You should test immediately. If your test is negative, you should test again on Day 5 after your last exposure.
  • MONITOR YOUR HEALTH
    • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after your last exposure.
    • If you develop symptoms, you must isolate and test immediately.
      • if your test is positive, continue to isolate. Follow the instructions at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation. Your isolation period begins the day that your symptoms start.
      • If your test is negative, you can leave home once you have completed your quarantine period and you have been fever-free for 24 hours.
  • WEAR A MASK
    • Wear a well-fitting mask while around others, indoors and outdoors for 10 days after your last exposure.
      • Adults should wear a well-fitting medical grade mask (surgical or respirator).
      • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.

See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for more information.

When does my first day of quarantine start?
Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with the infected person.

  • If you live with or care for a person with COVID-19 and cannot avoid close contact with them while they are still in isolation you must quarantine. To calculate the end of your quarantine, use the day after the infected person ends isolation as your Day 1.
  • If you received a Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order and you don’t know when you were exposed to the infected person, use the date the order was issued as the date of your last contact with the infected person.

Restrictions during quarantine
To prevent you from spreading COVID-19, you must restrict activities and limit actions that may put you in contact with others.

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Only leave your place of quarantine to get medical care and don’t allow non-essential visitors.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home (unless they are also in quarantine). If you need to be in the same room as other household members, in addition to wearing your mask:
    • Keep 6 feet away. If you have to share a room, try setting up the room so that you can stay 6 feet apart, if possible. It is important to stay away from people who are not fully vaccinated and those who are at higher risk of serious illness.
    • Open windows to outdoor air (if safe to do so) to improve ventilation or use air filters and exhaust fans.
    • Use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, disinfect the bathroom after use.
  • Do not make or serve food to others, if possible. If there is no one else to prepare and serve food, then be sure to wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Clean or disinfect high touch surfaces often, especially if you must share spaces with other household members.
  • If you need help getting food or other supplies, call 2-1-1, or visit 211LA.org, or visit the Public Health resource webpage.
  • If you are experiencing homelessness or are unable to safely isolate or quarantine at home, call the COVID Info line 833-540-0473, open daily 8:00am–8:30pm.

 

UWest Safety Protocols

Our campus safety guidelines and preparations have been designed with additional layers of protection (beyond minimal standards), including:

  • Covid-19 vaccination and booster are required for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Campus is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Air purifiers are placed in each classroom.
  • Classrooms are assigned to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Masks are required for everyone when indoors.
  • Daily COVID-19 screenings are required for all unvaccinated individuals.
  • Plexiglass barriers are in place in all administrative offices.

Indoor Masking Requirement

UWest continues to require masking in all campus buildings at all times. Since cloth (woven) masks alone are not effective against the Omicron variant of COVID-19, we are requiring that everyone wear a surgical mask or other higher-grade mask. Please note that disposable masks should be replaced at least daily. Masks must cover nose and mouth completely at all times. Public health recommends a cloth mask over a surgical mask as a good way to ensure a close fit over nose and mouth.

Health Screenings for Contact Tracing

Those who are unvaccinated are at by far the highest risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. Therefore, the university continues to carry out daily health screenings for unvaccinated students and employees each day they come to campus as well as for all visitors. These screenings are conducted in compliance with CDC, state, and county requirements, and their purpose is to be able to contact trace should there be any instances of COVID-19 exposure or possible exposure on campus.

Please complete the health screening each day you come to campus at UWest online form (QR code below).

barcode to UWest online form.

Remote Services

Remote Services continue to be available for those who are not able to come to campus.

Academic Advising/Counseling

Students are encouraged to meet in-person with Undergraduat Academic Advisor Dr. Rickey Jones or your department chair for academic advising. Dr. Jones is available on Mondays and Wednesdays in AD 109; his office extension number is 2131.

For students who are not currently on campus, please email your department chair or Dr. Jones <rickeyj@uwest.edu> with your cell phone number and when he can reach you.

Admissions & Enrollment

  • Admissions Specialist Henna Hung is available during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-12pm and 1pm-6pm) by phone –(626) 571-8811, ext. 2120
  • Enrollment can be reached by calling (626) 571-8811, ext. 3375. If no one answers, please leave a message.
    • Enrollment can also be reached via text message at (626) 274-7351. Texts will be responded to during business hours (except in the event of an emergency).
  • Admissions/enrollment questions should go to admission@uwest.edu, except:
    • If you are working with a specific advisor – please contact them directly, or
    • If you are in need of Chinese translation – please email Henna at hennah@uwest.edu
  • Online Access to Admissions/enrollment

Campus Tours

Individuals and small groups are welcome to schedule a live campus tour by contacting enrollmentws@uwest.eduor calling (626) 571-8811, ext. 3375. Appointments and advance health screenings are required for the tour.

Disability Support Services & Accommodations

  • Keith Brown is available by email – ssc@uwest.edu
  • Online Access to Disability Support Services

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid appointments can be conducted remotely by phone or Zoom. To schedule an appointment, email financialaid@uwest.eduwith your full name, UWest student ID number, the reason you are emailing/what you need help with, and the best days/times to reach you.
  • General financial aid questions can also be emailed to financialaid@uwest.edu– please include your full name, UWest student ID number, the reason you are emailing/what you need help with, and the best days/times to reach you.
  • Financial Aid Director Lezli Fang is available by email – financialaid@uwest.edu– and by phone during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-6pm) – (626) 656-2138.
  • Financial Aid Office Yanela Morgan is available by email – financialaid@uwest.edu– and by phone during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-6pm) – (626) 656-2122.
  • Online access to Financial Aid Office
  • Financial Aid forms can be submitted electronically. Please fill out the appropriate form from UWest forms, print it out, scan it (or take a phone picture), and email it to financialaid@uwest.edu
  • The application deadline for the Lotus Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and UWest Scholarship has changed to June 15, 2020. The Golden Benefactor Award application deadline is Monday, June 1, 2020.

International Student Services

Please contact DSO Muge Meisenholder (mugem@uwest.edu). She will help you plan your entry/return to the United States.

  • UWest International Student Advisor Muge Meisenholder is available by email – mugem@uwest.eduand by phone – (626) 571-8811, ext. 3322.
  • Muge has set up LINE, WeChat, and Zoom accounts in order to connect with international students electronically. Please email Muge for account information.
  • Online access to International Student Services

US Government Covid-19 guidelines for F-1 students

UWest expects all international students to come/return to campus for Spring 2022 classes. So far, the US government has not released any special Covid-19-related provisions for F-1 students for Spring 2022, and it is possible that it will not. This means that all the usual F-1 regulations for full-time in-person attendance will be in place. You can check the Study in the States resource page for the latest updates regarding such provisions or contact Muge as indicated just above.

Fitness Center

UWest’s Fitness Center has reopened in a limited fashion. Currently use is reserved for on-campus residents and some clubs. The university will expand usage as the public health situation improves. While we are also eager to have all our students be able to access our fitness facility, please understand that it is a small space and that we must put everyone’s health and safety first. If you have any questions about Fitness Center usage, please contact vanessak@uwest.edu.

Housing

  • UWest’s live-in Residential Hall Coordinator, Eddie Bernal, is available by email at eddieb@uwest.eduand by phone – (626) 571-8811, ext. 3383.
  • Housing is available in Spring 2022 by application. Students interested in living on campus should contact RHC Eddie Bernal (eddieb@uwest.edu).
  • Proof of full vaccination is required for move-in. Please contact Eddie Bernal for more information.
  • Students who are arriving from outside the U.S. and are on the government’s exemption list for providing proof of vaccination must provide a negative Covid-19 test result taken in the previous 72 hours and will be able to move into a quarantine room and required to follow the quarantine guidelines and receive the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Contact eddieb@uwest.edu for more information.
  • There is no meal service during Spring 2022.
  • Online access to Office of Residential Life 

IT

  • Please direct all IT requests to helpdesk@uwest.edu
  • IT is working during regular business hours (M-F, 9am-6pm)

Library

  • Library access is restricted to current UWest students, faculty, and staff. Capacity is limited to 50 people.
  • Face masks are required of all visitors and staff.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and refrain from visiting the Library until you feel better. Use remote services instead.

Ling-Ling Kuo and Judy Hsu continue to monitor and provide assistance through all these communication channels, M-F 9am-5pm:

Registrar

Recreation Room

All students are welcome to use the Recreation Room, located under the Dining Hall, during opening hours to spend time between classes, study, and relax. At all times, please follow masking and distancing rules and exercise a high level of conscientiousness towards other users to avoid loss of privileges.

Student Accounts

Student Kitchen

Currently, the Student Kitchen is open to on-campus residents only. Rules are in place for number of residents using kitchen at one time as well as the regular safety and cleanliness rules.

Tutoring/Student Success Center

Wellness Center/Mental Health

  • Wellness Center Manager April Afoa is available by email – aprila@uwest.edu
  • Remote access to counseling services (via private, secure video/audio conferencing) will be available for students who are physically located in California only. (California law prohibits delivery of mental health services to students located outside of California. The Wellness Center may be able to help you find another mental health service provider in your area; please email April at aprila@uwest.edu)
  • Remote appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To make an appointment, email April at aprila@uwest.eduwith your name and the reason for your appointment, as well as good times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and you will receive an email with instructions.
  • Anyone who is in crisis and needs to speak with someone immediately should call the Los Angeles Mental Health Access Line at 1-800-854-7771, the National Suicide Life Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text Hello to 741741. All of these numbers are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Currently Closed

  • Campus Café
  • Dining Hall

COVID-19 FAQS (according to the CDC)

What Is It?

A highly contagious respiratory disease spreading from person to person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). The illness has caused a global pandemic and poses a serious public health risk. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness.

How Does It Spread?

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The virus spreads mainly from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • The virus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • The virus can also be aerosolized and linger in the air for longer periods of time than droplets, especially indoors.
  • People who become infected with the novel coronavirus often don’t develop symptoms for up to 14 days. And some never any develop symptoms at all. However, even asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus to others. That is why masking and distancing are so important.
  • There is some evidence that the virus can be transferred to surfaces and may remain active there for up to several days.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Symptoms a severe cold

This list is not exhaustive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. The CDC website has much more information, including when to seek emergency care and how to care for self or others who are ill with COVID-19.

How To Protect Yourself

By far the most effective way to protect yourself against Covid-19 is to get vaccinated. Other important precautions include:

Clean Your Hands Often!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact!

Wear a face covering

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Many cities and counties require a face mask when entering shops and other essential businesses/offices.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Double masking: Experts say you should consider wearing two masks, especially if you typically wear a single-layer cloth mask.

If you’re already wearing a triple-layer cloth mask, N95, KN95 or a KF94 mask, wearing two masks likely won’t offer additional protection.

Masking for travel: Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.​

How To Protect Others

Stay Home If You Are Sick!

Cover coughs and sneezes!

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Stay home if you are sick!

  • If you are sick: You should stay home and isolate as much as possible. If you must go out, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Clean and disinfect! 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.