CSUMB is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our campus community and the surrounding public. We will accomplish this by providing University safety measures such as making COVID-19 testing and masks available, reviewing ventilation systems and cleaning/disinfecting.
Below are activities and resources that the campus community members may utilize as their own personal protective measures to support the health and safety of others.
Do not come to campus if you are sick or symptomatic. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
- For tips on staying healthy, go to the Campus Health Center webpage.
- For more information about the Coronavirus disease in the U.S., visit the CDC Coronavirus webpage.
If you are exhibiting symptoms, have been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or believes you may be infected, contact your healthcare provider. COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout Monterey County, including on campus. Referral to community testing sites do not require a physician’s order, but an appointment may be necessary and may be made directly by a patient or their family members.
All Monterey County residents are eligible for testing, regardless of insurance status. Although OptumServe will bill your insurance company for testing, there is no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. To make an appointment, visit the website or call 888-634-1123. You may learn more about Community Testing Sites on the County of Monterey Health Department webpage.
Steps for prevention
Personal Protective Measures are actions students and employees are strongly encouraged to maintain in order to ensure your own and others health and safety.
- COVID-19 vaccination
- Perform daily self-check (monitor symptoms/temperature checks)
- Diagnosis/post-exposure COVID-19 testing
- Avoid crowds and physical contact
- Wear face coverings or N95 respirators and face shields
- Maintain comfortable distance (three to six-foot distances)
- Thoroughly wash hands
- Custodial cleaning daily high touch points, daily routine of public areas, and enhanced cleaning weekly in all areas
- Clean public work spaces before use (supplies are available)
The CDC recommends that we help respond to this public health threat by taking standard precautions for the prevention of contagious respiratory illnesses like the flu. These steps include:
- Get vaccinated as soon as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and do not come to work or attend class if you are ill or symptomatic.
- Wear a mask in all indoor spaces if you are unvaccinated.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are contaminated with germs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Self-quarantine and isolation
Any person who recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or have cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the CDC recommendations related to self quarantine or isolation and practice preventative health behaviors. Additionally, they should continue to monitor for symptoms and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
Do not come to work or class if you are sick or symptomatic.
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Skin rashes
- Monitor your symptoms carefully.
- Review the recommendations on the CDC website for managing the illness.
- Contact your primary health care provider or call the Campus Health Center at 831-582-3965 before visiting either facility to make appropriate arrangements.
- If notified that you are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 reporting form.
- Email or call CSUMB Student Disability Resources at 831-582-3672 promptly if you experience symptoms that impact your course work.
Faculty and staff
Contact your primary health care provider before visiting the provider's office to facilitate appropriate arrangements.
If notified that you are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 reporting form. CSUMB employees should email their manager with information related to a confirmed case of COVID-19. State employees should copy University Personnel and Corporation employees should copy Corporate Human Resources when sending this notice.
If tested positive, employees will stay home and isolate for up to 10 days. They should also immediately report a positive test result using the online form and self-isolate. If employees are feeling well enough, they can work remotely. There will be on-campus exposure response tracing for anyone the employee had close contact. Depending on the status of the case (if an outbreak), this may trigger a testing protocol.
COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, free, and highly effective. CSUMB encourages all Otters to be vaccinated if they are medically eligible. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination, please review the information provided by the CDC.
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
Delivery sites are now widely available at many pharmacies and clinics. Find a vaccination site near you, get vaccinated today.
The Campus Health Center is administering both the initial vaccination dose series and booster. Students and employees may make a vaccination or booster appointment by calling 831-582-3965.
- Initial vaccination dose series: Pfizer (3 weeks between two dosages) and Moderna (4 weeks between two dosages) vaccines. J & J is not available at the Campus Health Center.
- Booster dose eligibility: 5 months from the second Pfizer or Moderna dose and 2 months after the Johnson and Johnson vaccine
Students and employees vaccinated at the Campus Health Center must update their vaccination status in the Otter Vaccination Registry by submitting their completed vaccination record.
Individuals who are unvaccinated and in-progress of vaccination who test positive for COVID-19 may vaccinate at any point after the 10 day isolation period, and 24 hours after symptoms have ceased. Call your physician or the Campus Health Center to discuss your specific situation.
As of September 22, 2022, the Campus Health Center (CHC) will administer the bivalent boosters. Call the CHC at 831-582-3965 or use the online appointment scheduler and select 'COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Moderna appointment' or 'COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Pfizer appointment'. Booster appointments only available on Thursdays.
Monterey County Health Department will have a limited supply of bivalent boosters at the annual CSUMB flu clinic.
Face masks are required to receive a bivalent booster and flu vaccine at the Campus Health Center and the Annual Flu Clinic in the OSU.Off-campus locations offering the bivalent vaccine. Select: Moderna Booster Newly Authorized Bivalent (age 18+) or Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Newly Authorized Bivalent (age 12+)Once you have received your bivalent booster, you may update your Otter Vaccination Registry vaccine status by clicking the Otter Vaccination Registry button at the top of the COVID-19 information web page.
FAQ regarding vaccinations
I’ve already tested positive for COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes, you will still need to get vaccinated. The university policy does not allow for exemptions for those who have had COVID-19, and public health officials recommend vaccination for people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
What will happen to me if I am unable to get the second vaccine in time to be fully immunized (allowing for 3-4 weeks after the first shot) before I go to campus?
This should not be a problem as ample time has been built in to allow for both shots and the two weeks following. In the rare event that an individual has not completed the vaccination process, they will be required to participate in additional public health and safety measures.
If medical experts determine in the future that boosters are required, will the new policy also require proof of boosters?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and the CSU will continue to review the guidance from local, state, federal and global health agencies and revise the policy as needed based on the goal of maintaining the health and well-being of all members of the campus community.
Annual Influenza Vaccine Administration
The annual influenza vaccine made available for free, by Monterey County Health Department, will be administered on campus every year in mid to late October. Students, employees and community members are welcome to participate in the two day flu vaccine clinic.
Monterey County residents age 5 years and older are eligible to make an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination.
Learn about Monterey County Health Department’s distribution effort for COVID-19 vaccinations on their webpage.
Students who feel stressed or overwhelmed may contact the Personal Growth & Counseling Center by calling 831-582-3969 to inquire about a screening appointment for brief counseling. After-hours support continues on the same PGCC number.
PGCC also offers You@CSUMB, an online well-being platform helping students engage with a variety of physical wellness, mental health and academic support resources. Use your Otter ID and password to create an account.
University employees and any member of their household may contact the confidential Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-367-7474, available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
University and Corporation employees may also utilize You@CSUMB to access a variety of resources.
Corporation employees may contact The Hartford at 1-800-96-HELPS (3577).