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COVID-19 Updates

WesternU is dedicated to open and transparent communication through difficult situations such as COVID-19. On this page, you’ll find the updates to campus from the onset of COVID-19 with the most recent update on top.

  • November 24, 2021

    Telecommuting and COVID-19 Booster Update

    Good afternoon Faculty and Staff: I hope you enjoy this long Thanksgiving weekend. With the end of the year quickly approaching, this is a reminder that 2021 Telecommuting Agreements end on December 31. I want to make sure you have ample time to renew them. All Telecommuting Agreements submitted during 2021 will have an automatic end date of December 31, 2021. All current Telecommuting Agreements expire December 31, 2021. If you intend to work in a remote- or hybrid-work arrangement for 2022, please see the attached Telecommuting Policy and Telecommuting Agreement, also downloadable from the COVID-19 website. To continue working remotely in the new year, you must submit a new Telecommuting Agreement no later than December 17, 2021 to this site: Telecommuting Agreement Upload Site. Read more. All other employees (those without Telecommuting Agreements) are expected to return to campus the week of January 3. Unless your supervisor indicates otherwise (to stagger returns during the first week), you are expected to return to campus on Monday, January 3, 2022. COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations The CRT recommends that all eligible WesternU students and employees get the COVID-19 booster vaccination. Please submit proof of your COVID-19 booster vaccination (snap a photo of your card and email it to Student/Employee Health) to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Booster. We at WesternU are learning to live with COVID-19, and each of us plays a key role in leading us into a healthier future. We do this the WesternU Way – with caring, respect, empathy, and trust that have ever made us innovative, courageous, and nimble. These bedrock values inform all we do as a beacon of compassion for the communities we serve. With gratitude and thanks for being part of the WesternU community. Stay safe. Be well.
  • November 16, 2021

    Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plans

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    A special thank you

    Many faculty and staff members have worked on campus throughout the work-from-home mandate helping to keep us all safe. We are very appreciative of their efforts to keep the campus operational for our students and community throughout the pandemic.

    Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plans

    The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), Colleges, and Operating Units are collaboratively working on in-person, on-campus plans for January 2022 that align with minimizing COVID-19 transmissions. COVID-19 transmission is expected to increase since WesternU community members may interact with non-WesternU individuals over the winter break. Preparations for a University-wide testing plan and specific College and Operating Unit plans are underway. Testing Plan: We will be implementing a centralized testing protocol for employees and students who will be in-person at any WesternU campus location.
    • Employees and students will be initially tested using both an RT-PCR and rapid antigen to establish a baseline.
    • Surveillance testing will be conducted based on the number of positive cases and local transmission rates. Students on clinical rotations will follow COVID-19 protocol direction of the rotation sites.
    • Exempted unvaccinated employees and students are required to be tested at least weekly with a rapid antigen test.
    • We will use on-campus testers and testing.
    College Plans: Students, the Colleges will be communicating College-specific plans to you. Operating Unit Plans: Employees, your supervisors will be communicating Operating Unit plans to you. All current telecommuting (remote work) agreements expire on Dec. 31 and will need to be submitted (or resubmitted) for approval. Watch for further information coming from Human Resources. Please watch for further communication regarding Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plans. As you begin your holiday travel and plans, we hope you enjoy the time together with friends and family. We also wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Stay safe. Be well.
  • November 5, 2021
    Good morning Students, Faculty, and Staff. As we continue the fall semester with many of our classes being taught remotely, many faculty members have requested on-site delivery of exams and many students have requested on-site study rooms. This need presents a unique challenge for WesternU due to our limited space requiring physical distance. The CRT is working with all our colleges to keep our on-campus space aligned with necessary COVID-19-related health and safety measures and to ensure these spaces are being used for our students’ most pressing purposes.

    Classroom, Study Room, and Breakout Room Usage for Students

    Students needing to come to the Pomona and Lebanon campuses for examinations or to participate in online classes because of internet connection should make arrangements with their respective colleges. Students needing to use University facilities for study rather than for examinations or for online classes should use any available study or breakout room, one student per room. After normal business hours, all study and breakout rooms in HEC and HPC are available for single-occupancy use on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms and lecture halls in Pomona and Lebanon are not available for individual student study. If space is not available during normal business hours, a college may schedule a classroom for students to use.

    Updated Travel Guidelines

    With the holidays coming up, many people will be travelling. These updated travel guidelines have been developed to help keep you and our campus communities as safe as possible when travelers return. They are also included in the Institutional Requirements for WesternU.
    Domestic and International Travel
    Not Vaccinated Fully Vaccinated
    After you travel:
    • Mandatory COVID-19 test 4-5 days after travel AND
      • stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days, even if you test negative.
      • If your test is positive, isolate  yourself and submit the COVID-19 Report Survey. The contact tracing team will provide you with a return to campus date.
    • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    Fully vaccinated AND asymptomatic persons may return to campus provided: ·         Monitor for symptoms. ·         Mandatory COVID-19 test on initial date of return to campus and at least 5 days after travel. o   If negative, you may proceed to campus as long as you remain asymptomatic. o   If positive, isolate yourself and submit the COVID-19 Report Survey. The contact tracing team will provide you with a return to campus date. You must also notify your clinical site if you travelled internationally and follow any requirements they provide for you to be on-site.

    NEW! COVID-19 Website & Travel Information

    Check out our newly designed COVID-19 website that just went live yesterday! We hope you find the information easy to navigate and helpful as together we are working to keep our campuses safe and students on track in their studies. Other helpful travel resources: Enjoy the weekend! Stay safe. Be well.
  • October 29, 2021
    Good afternoon Students, Faculty, and Staff. Here is the long-awaited guidance from state and local health authorities regarding COVID-19 boosters. Keep reading for Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) COVID-19 booster guidance for WesternU faculty, staff, and students.

    Guidance for the Public

    Los Angeles County Public Health has recently released COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information: Covid-19 Boosters are Recommended if you are: Consider getting a booster in California if you are:
    • Age 18-49 and have an underlying medical condition,
    • Age 18-64 and are at higher risk of exposure due to your occupational or institutional, setting; this includes all essential workers.
    The Oregon Health Authority has issued similar guidance. See Vaccine Boosters and Third Doses. These groups should receive a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna in Oregon: Those vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna who are 18 through 64 years may get the booster if they:
    • Have underlying medical conditions, and
    • Are at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to occupational or institutional setting.
    Whether you are in California or Oregon, the CDC recommends everyone who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine get a second dose of J&J at least two months after the first dose. We know that navigating whether you and your families should consider COVID-19 boosters can be confusing. This Bloomberg Law article has a helpful chart. Scroll down in this article and see Can I get a COVID-19 booster shot?

    Guidance for WesternU

    The CRT recommends that these WesternU students and employees get the COVID-19 booster:
    • Those who work with the public or in providing patient care services,
    • IT, Plant Operations/Facilities, and Campus Security, and
    • Any employee who has a lot of contact with others on campus as part of their job.
    COVID-19 and the flu might share similar symptoms. See Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19​ | CDC.

    Get your Flu Shot

    Students, faculty and staff in Pomona and Lebanon can contact their primary care physicians or check with their local pharmacies for COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 boosters, and flu shot availability. WesternU Health Pharmacy also offers flu shots. WesternU Health Pharmacy Open to WesternU Students, Faculty, Staff, and External Community Members Monday – Friday – 8 AM to 4:30 PM They accept most health insurances. $35 (with no insurance). Please be prepared to wait 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered. No appointment necessary.
    • Call the WesternU Health Pharmacy at 909-706-3730 with questions about vaccines in California.
    • Contact Dr. John Pham for information regarding vaccines in Oregon.
    Students and employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 boosters, and Flu vaccinations should submit proof (screenshot or photo) to Student/Employee Health at stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. Please visit our Coronavirus Updates website for COVID-19 information and resources. 

    Updated Institutional Requirements for WesternU

    WesternU has updated its Institutional Requirements for WesternU, including extensive revisions to the University Mask Mandate. The University Mask Mandate information applies to the entire WesternU community. Individual colleges or departments may opt to have a more stringent mask-related policies. WesternU requires masks to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status and whether indoors or outdoors, to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Our primary objective is to keep you safe so that our students can effectively stay on course with their studies and graduate on time. The mandate will remain in effect until the University’s Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) deems it safe to reassess. Please view the Institutional Requirements for WesternU. You will see the updated information is highlighted in YELLOW.

    COVID-19 Safety Tips for Halloween

    If you or your family are planning to celebrate Halloween this year, we hope you have fun. We also hope you stay safe. Please remember that Halloween masks do not protect you against COVID-19. COVID-19 face masks should be worn under costume masks. Here are other tips for staying safe during Halloween: For addition information and policy information, please see Campus Reopening Guidance. Enjoy the weekend. Stay safe. Be well.
  • September 17, 2021

    Good afternoon Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    Thank you for helping WesternU lead the way in vaccine compliance. Your willingness to step up and get vaccinated is helping to make our campuses and our communities safer.

    Our students have a 98% vaccination rate. Our faculty and staff have a 90% vaccination rate. We are far above the national vaccination rate of 63% (for those 12 and older, according to the CDC).

    In addition, all but about 15 of our roughly 5,000 students, faculty and staff have provided their vaccine status and/or exemption information. This will help our University make the best, most well-informed decisions to ensure everyone’s safety.

    We will continue to monitor trends in hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases and adjust our campus protocols accordingly. Thank you for studying and working from home when possible and for wearing a mask and following safety protocols while on campus. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, submit a COVID-19 Report Survey and a Contact Tracing Team member will reach out to you with additional guidance.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has developed a COVID-19 Variants FAQ to answer commonly asked questions about variants. Please read this information carefully for the most up-to-date information.  

    If you haven’t done so already, please send your COVID-19 vaccine documentation to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu.

    Lost vaccine card?

    Did you receive your vaccine in California and lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    Did you receive your vaccine in Oregon and lose your card or proof? The Oregon Health Authority provides information about obtaining your immunization records.

    FLU SEASON

    Flu season is here, and you are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. See the CDC Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season.

    Students, faculty and staff in Lebanon and Pomona can contact their primary care physician or check with their local pharmacies for flu shot availability.

    The WesternU Health Pharmacy is also holding a Drive-Through Flu Vaccination Clinic on our Pomona campus Friday, September 24. Click to view flier

    Open to WesternU Students, Faculty, Staff, and External Community Members

    September 24, 1 – 5pm

    Parking Lot 17 on S. Gibbs St. & E. 1st St.

    See the Campus Map

    We accept most health insurances.

    $35 (with no insurance).

    Please be prepared to wait 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.

    No appointment necessary.

    Call the WesternU Health Pharmacy at 909-706-3730 with questions about the flu vaccine.

    Please visit our Coronavirus Updates website for COVID-19 information and resources. 

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • September 10, 2021

    Good afternoon Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    Thank you for following the WesternU Safety Protocols to keep yourself and others healthy.

    Studying and working remotely when possible and reducing the number of people on our campuses provides the best opportunity to keep students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible and focused on academic success and performance excellence. See the WesternU COVID-19 Dashboards, indicating reported positive COVID-19 cases are not significantly increasing, but holding steady.

    Travel Updates

    If you are planning to travel, remember to use as many safety protocols (face coverings, physical distancing, washing hands, hand sanitizer) as possible. 

    • Essential domestic conferences and research travel may proceed.
    • The current mandate for no university/business international travel is still in effect.

    The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has reviewed and made updates to our current travel guidelines that are above what LA County is currently requiring. These changes are as of yesterday, September 9, 2021. Please refer to the NEW (09/09/21) Institutional Requirements for WesternU, pages 3 and 4, for information on from the most current travel procedures. If you do not see the 09/09/21 version, try refreshing your browser.

    Vaccination Reminder

    WesternU implemented it’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy effective July 19, 2021. As of Wednesday September 1, 2021, changes were made to the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy including the requirement that all faculty, staff, residents, trainees, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions discussed within the policy, regardless of whether they are on-site, or attending class.  

    COVID-19 vaccine documentation must be sent to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu by Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 5pm. 

    Flu Season

    Flu season is here, and you are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine. Flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. See the CDC Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season.

    Flu Shots Available! Mark Your Calendars

    WesternU Health Pomona

    Drive-Through Flu Vaccination Clinic

    Open to WesternU Students, Faculty, Staff, and External Community Members

    September 24, 1 – 5pm

    Parking Lot E on 1st St. next to the VCC Building

    See the Campus Map

     

    We Accept WesternU Student and Employee Insurances

    Covered by Medi-Cal

    $35 (with no insurance)

    Please be prepared to wait 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.

     

    No appointment necessary.

     

    Call the WesternU Health Pharmacy at 909-706-3730 with questions about the flu vaccine.

    Please visit our Coronavirus Updates website for COVID-19 information and resources. 

     

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • September 4, 2021

    Good afternoon Faculty, Staff, and Students:

    First off, thank you for everything you are doing to keep yourselves and our campuses safe. The pandemic is showing us the importance of being resilient in times of uncertainty. We will get through this together by continuing to be vigilant in tracking the data, following the national, state, and local guidance, and taking care of ourselves and each other.

    COVID-19 Cases

    COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and in California and Oregon.

    • See the CDC’s national COVID-19 Integrated County View of reported COVID-19 cases.
      • The map within this link showing COVID-19 spread across the country is alarming. Use caution if you travel anywhere.

    Travel

    If you are planning to travel, remember to use as many safety protocols (face coverings, physical distancing, washing hands, hand sanitizer) as possible.

    • Essential domestic conferences and research travel may proceed.
    • The current mandate for no university/business international travel is still in effect.

    The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has reviewed and made updates to our current travel guidelines that are above what LA County is currently requiring. Please refer to the NEW Institutional Requirements for WesternU, page 3, for information on return from travel procedures.

    Mask Up

    To reduce the risk of transmission, we are doing everything we can to eliminate the mass of people on our campuses. This is so that students can continue their necessary in-person training and stay on track with their academic progress.

    When you are on any of our campuses (and not completely alone in a closed room), you must WEAR A MASK inside and outside regardless of your vaccination status.

    Get Help

    We know these are challenging times for everyone and coping with COVID-19 ups and downs can be difficult. As we continue to forge forward, protecting your emotional and mental health is just as important as protecting your physical health. WesternU offers tools and resources for dealing with personal stress:

    • Employees: WesternU provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a valuable resource to help employees manage life’s daily challenges at no cost. It offers help on a variety of issues, including emotional well-being, work issues, parenting and childcare, education, and legal assistance. Learn more about EAP.
    • Students: WesternU provides full-time students with direct access to an EAP for Students through OptumHealth. Under this EAP for Students, students and any member of the student’s immediate household are eligible for free counseling sessions. Learn more at Optum Health.
    • See this CDC information for coping with stress during COVID-19.

    Please visit our Coronavirus Updates website for more information and resources.

    Enjoy Life

    As we approach this last official holiday of summer, please enjoy some relaxing time, and have a nice Labor Day weekend.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • September 2, 2021

    Hello WesternU Faculty, Staff, Students, Residents, and Trainees,

    As a graduate health sciences university, our employees and students should lead the way in promoting the shared responsibility of keeping themselves and their communities healthy and safe. Getting vaccinated offers an added layer of protection against COVID-19 that could also protect your family, friends, and community. Moreover, COVID-19 can be very serious for people with disabilities, chronic health conditions, and those unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Stopping this pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Get a COVID-19 vaccine to slow the spread and keep our whole campus community safe.

    WesternU implemented it’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy effective July 19th, 2021. As of Wednesday September 1st, 2021, changes have been made to the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy including the requirement that all faculty, staff, residents, trainees, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions discussed within the policy, regardless of whether they are on-site, or attending class.  

    COVID-19 vaccine documentation must be sent to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu by Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 at 5pm.

    Thank you to the over 4,400 employees and students that have submitted their vaccine records and exemption/exception/deferral forms already. If you have not done so already, please submit one of the following to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu with the subject line “COVID Vaccine”:

    All faculty members, staff, residents, trainees, and students who fail to submit the required COVID-19 vaccination proof or applicable exemption, exception, or deferral documentation listed above by the established deadline, will be unable to be on-site in any capacity effective the day after the deadline, and subject to the following:  

    1. Students who remain out of compliance by the established deadline, will be subject to a hold, placed on a summary suspension, and referred to their respective College as a possible violation of Standards of Student Conduct for further administrative action, up to and including dismissal.
    2. Faculty, staff, residents, and trainees who remain out of compliance by the established deadline, will be placed on an unpaid leave, and referred to Human Resources for further administrative action, up to and including termination and their supervisors will be notified.

    While on-site, please remember to continue taking precautions, including those listed in the WesternU Institutional Requirements and Campus Policies, such as handwashing, physical distancing, disinfecting surfaces, mandated COVID-19 testing, and masking up according to the applicable mask expectations to our respective sites:

    If you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy, please reach out to the stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. The Student-Employee Health Office (SEHO) is available to discuss which options are available to you. If you want to know more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/vaccines.

    Thank you for doing your part to keep WesternU healthy and safe!

  • August 27, 2021

    Good afternoon Students, Faculty, and Staff,

    Since the Aug. 26 announcement that we will begin moving curriculum not requiring face-to-face instruction online starting Sept. 7, the CRT and deans have received very well-presented concerns from students and faculty. Thank you to those students and faculty who took the time to send feedback. We feel it is our duty to explain our decision, the risk to the university, and the risk to our students’ education.

    Positive COVID-19 cases at WesternU have more than doubled over the past few weeks – going from 14 in July to 33 as of Tuesday, August 24 (a 136% increase in less than a month). See the data.

    While 33 positive cases might seem small in absolute numbers, the number of people on campus has vastly increased in August compared to July; the increased number of people on campus suggests that our risk of an even larger outbreak has grown significantly. Reducing the number of individuals on campus means more effective on-campus COVID testing, allowing the University to preserve in-person labs, clinical skills training, and other hands-on activities critical to students’ educational progress.

    Why is this so important?

    First and foremost, ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff who have family members at high risk of COVID-19 infection is paramount. Second, we want to ensure that our students’ educational progress is as uninterrupted as possible.

    Consider this: The LA County Department of Public Health requires the University to report more than three (3) cases of COVID-19 to identify possible “clusters.” See the LA County public health order: Guidance for COVID-19 Exposure Management in Institutes of Higher Education. If the trend toward rising positive case numbers is not curbed, WesternU runs the risk of being found in violation of public health officer orders, and the University could be completely shut down.

    We are doing everything possible to ensure this does not happen so that we can continue to provide clinical education, labs, and other necessary hands-on curriculum in-person, on campus. We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of this semester.

    Students, we share your frustration. You are the future frontline workers who will be involved in clinical rotations in hospitals and other high-risk health care settings, performing services that are invaluable to the health of our communities. It is our job to get you there – safely – with your education complete and on-time. Please remain diligent in following safety protocols and continue to stay flexible and resilient. Together, we will get through this pandemic.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • August 25, 2021

    Good evening Faculty, Staff, and Students:

    As you are aware, the CRT monitors the COVID-19 safety mandates from the local, state, and national public health authorities, as well as reporting positive COVID-19 cases on our campuses. The cases are surging in California, in Oregon, and nationwide.

    In establishing the reopening protocols over the summer, the CRT did not know as much as we know today about the Delta Variant. In less than 3 weeks of the campuses beginning to reopen, we found that the reported positive cases of WesternU students and employees have more than doubled – going from 14 cases for the month of July to 33 cases as of Tuesday, August 24 (a 136% increase in less than a month). If allowed to continue unchecked, this puts our university, faculty, staff, students, and our families and communities at risk. See the data.

    For these reasons, WesternU is announcing these mandates effective immediately:

    1. Faculty and Staff: We are extending the stay-at-home order for all employees who can effectively work from home. Employees are not required to be physically back in their offices on Monday, Aug. 30 or have a telecommuting agreement in place at this time. Supervisors are requested to assess whether those staff currently on campus need to remain on campus for support purposes, or whether they can return to a remote work environment. Offices that require a physical presence on campus should operate with minimal staff where possible.
      1. The only employees expected to be on campus beginning Monday, Aug. 30 are those providing direct student/patient/instruction/research support or are required for supporting the day-to-day operations of the university, e.g., Facilities, HR, IT, Security, EHS.
      2. All current Telecommuting Agreements will have their start date modified to reflect the new return date once it is established.
    2. Students: WesternU will continue to focus on those mission critical activities necessary to ensure the success of our students.
      1. Clinical education, labs and other necessary hands-on curriculum will continue in-person, on campus. Otherwise, education will move to remote platforms starting Sept. 7. The Colleges will provide further detail.
      2. Labs will be scheduled for supervised anatomical, clinical, or patient care skills practice by the college leadership.
      3. Students will be expected to be on campus only during scheduled educational activities. 

    These faculty, staff, and student mandates will remain in effect until December 31, 2021. We will revisit them at that time.

    While we cannot prevent transmission of COVID-19 off campus, we can minimize on-campus transmission while providing our students the instructional support to stay on track with their academic programs. We have more than 18-months of experience doing this, and we have shown that we can quickly pivot in the best interest of the health and safety of the WesternU community while keeping our students on track to succeed.

    Thank you for doing everything you can do to stay healthy – for yourself, for those around you, and for our communities.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • August 20, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) establishes institutional COVID-19 logistical support (internal link) and safety protocols. Safety protocols are guided by recommendations coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and LA County Department of Public Health.

    WesternU COVID-19 safety protocols require you to:

    • Get vaccinated (submit vaccination card to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu) or you will be required to submit valid vaccination exemption documentation to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu and get tested on a weekly basis.
    • Submit a COVID-19 Report Survey if you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, and a Contact Tracing Team member will reach out to you with additional guidance.
    • Always wear a face covering inside and outside on WesternU campuses.
    • Take your face covering off only to take a drink of water.
    • Do not eat in study rooms (the only exception to this is if you are in the room as a single occupant). Eat in the designated eating areas on campus. Be sure to wipe down all areas you touch and don’t eat with other people sitting directly across from you, as this could increase your risk of exposure while eating.

    Optional protocols are strongly encouraged:

    • When possible, physically distance (6 ft. apart) if you find yourself around a lot of people (except when required in certain teaching environments).
    • Use the hand sanitizer that is placed throughout the buildings across all campuses.
    • Wash your hands regularly.

    Fall 2021 College curriculum delivery status:

    WesternU Colleges follow CRT guidance and in addition establish COVID-19 safety protocols and curriculum delivery specific to their programs. The College-level protocols and curriculum delivery vary from College to College because program and professional requirements vary, as do the facilities available for in-person activities. The descriptions below offer some explanation of the variations dictated by the differing needs for the best education possible under pandemic conditions.

    College of Dental Medicine (CDM)

    The College of Dental Medicine continues focusing on the success of the 21st century learner through use of active learning environments, high-fidelity treatment simulation and authentic patient care settings. The didactic instruction involves a blend of in-person and remote delivery of content using an adaptive learning platform, content reinforcement sessions, media rich presentations and a formative assessment system. Foundational pre-clinical skills are developed by replicating patient care processes in a simulated environment. The College’s clinical education engages students in comprehensive patient care systems both on-campus and in community-based settings.

    College of Graduate Nursing (CGN)

    The CGN faculty facilitate learning through a hybrid curriculum that varies in each program. The Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSNE) program is composed of both on campus, face-to- face learning in both the classroom and the simulation center, as well as virtual interactive experiences. The FNP Master’s Program and FNP Certificate students and the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) students learn through virtual sessions and come to campus for in-person clinical skills training. All three programs, MSNE, FNP and ENP, attend clinical in-person in a variety of settings including the hospital, clinic, urgent care, and the larger community. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students and the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) students study through virtual interactive learning environments and practice competencies in clinical sites with faculty supervision.

    CHS-Pomona

    • Physician Assistant Education: Cohort 2022: Currently on clinical rotation assignments, will return on-campus for Senior Seminar once a month beginning in September. Cohort 2023: Currently on campus 100% for lectures and labs.
    • Physical Therapy Education: Cohort 2022: Currently on clinical rotation assignments, will return to on campus didactic lectures on Monday, August 23, 2021. Cohort 2023 & 2024: Hybrid Schedule – content dependent. Online for non-clinical skills curriculum. On campus lectures and lab for clinical skills curriculum.
    • Physical Therapy Education – Post Professional: Completely online program.
    • Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS): Cohort 2022: Hybrid Schedule – content dependent.
    • Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS): Completely online program.

    CHS-Northwest-Lebanon

    • Occupational Therapy Education: Starting Fall 2022
    • Physical Therapy Education: Cohort 2024: Currently on campus 100% for lectures and labs

    College of Optometry (CO)

    The College of Optometry has on-campus, in-person instruction in the classroom setting for large group didactic learning, mid-sized group instruction in pre-clinical skills and laboratories, and small group clinical education and patient care services in years 1 – 3 of its curricula. Students and faculty members are also participating in clinical education and patient care services off-campus in affiliated clinical sites and community partner sites in years 1 – 4 of its curricula.

    College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM)

    CPM continues to deliver its pre-clinical curriculum in years one and two in a hybrid model. Didactic lectures are delivered online, along with distribution of assignments, that are then followed by in-person events designed to assess, enhance, and affirm student understanding. Hands-on, in-person workshops are conducted to correspond with online learning. Year three students are in hospital rotations throughout Southern California and participate in didactic learning one-half day weekly throughout the academic year. Fourth-year students participate in hospital rotations around the country and return to campus in December for board review and residency interview preparation. These experiences can be converted to virtual ones. During the 2020 academic year, substitute online learning events were developed that allowed our students to continue their education when hospitals cancelled rotations. This allowed us to graduate the class without interruption and with approval of our accrediting agency.

    College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

    The CVM has adopted a responsive posture to the changing environment created by the pandemic and is implementing a hybrid delivery of the curriculum that is uniquely specific to each class cohort. Curricular delivery is adjusted accordingly in response to analysis of surveillance data (vaccination rates, diagnostic testing results, infection indices, and new CRT and CDC guidelines). Present curriculum delivery structure by class cohort:

    • DVM 2022 are in off-campus clinical rotations.
    • DVM 2023 are in online courses for the first eight weeks of the semester. Off-campus clinical activities are planned for the remainder of the year.
    • DVM 2024 and 2025 are in a hybrid curriculum.

    COMP and COMP-Northwest

    COMP and COMP-Northwest will continue to deliver a hybrid curriculum composed of virtual didactic lectures and in person clinical skills training integrated throughout the first two Pre-clinical Years. The third and fourth Clinical Years will be in person and in compliance with hospital and clinical site COVID Protocols. We will deliver a virtual overlay curriculum for any third or fourth-year student whose clinical site is canceled due to COVID to prevent delays in on-time graduation.

    College of Pharmacy (COP)

    The College of Pharmacy is primarily delivering the curriculum in-person to first, second, and third- year students. Some of the lectures in a few courses are being delivered via zoom or with pre-recorded lectures at the discretion of the course facilitator and lecturer. Fourth-year clinical rotations are in person following COVID protocols at the rotation site. Students who test positive can attend class via zoom or have access to the recorded lecture in consultation with the course facilitator.

    Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS)

    GCBS is committed to the safe and effective education of our students. Given the outstanding vaccination rates among our students, faculty, and staff, we are able to safely return to the classroom and laboratory. As such, unless LA County or the WesternU CRT determines differently, all students should be in the classroom for all didactics and be in the lab, as requested by their research mentor.

    This information is also posted on the Coronavirus Update website.

    Special thanks to all faculty, staff, and students for following safety protocols to keep ourselves and our entire campus as safe as possible. Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • August 16, 2021

    Dear WesternU Students,

    The COVID-19 virus spreads via airborne particles and droplets when an infected person exhales by breathing, speaking, eating, coughing, or sneezing. The droplets vary from microscopic to visible particles. See the Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air and Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is important to have multiple protocols in place that all work with each other to most effectively mitigate COVID-19 spread.

    First and foremost, we care about your safety and health during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. You are the health care providers of the future, and we are honored to have you here at WesternU. We care deeply about you staying healthy so that you can focus on your studies and get through your academic programs on schedule and as planned.

    As health care professionals, we are recognized as essential professionals – ones that provide the research, teaching, learning and service to help our communities through health care crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The very nature of our vocation requires we work closely with one another and with patients, whether human or animal.  It also calls for personal accountability for the curriculum to be delivered in an effective way.

    It has come to the Corona Response Team’s (CRT) attention that some students have been seen in study rooms eating, drinking, and not wearing face coverings. These rooms also have occupancy restrictions and we have seen some rooms with many more people in them than what is posted on the door.  Actions such as these put the entire campus community in jeopardy with the risk of COVID-19 exposure or spread, especially to those who remain unvaccinated.

    The CRT has designed and implemented over the past year and a half a multi-faceted system of COVID-19 mitigation protocols that are in compliance with local public health authority mandates and have helped to keep our campus locations as safe and healthy as possible. Some of our strategies includes daily symptom and exposure screenings, vaccination mandate for students, faculty, and staff, COVID-19 testing, masking requirements, optimized air handling in buildings, CRT review of all hands-on curricular activities with the implementation of additional safety protocols based upon the risks inherent in these activities (increased PPE, disinfection protocols, cleaning), and review of any extracurricular activities. While no individual mitigation is guaranteed to keep you from getting COVID-19, you have a healthier chance of not contracting the virus, by complying with this system of protocols which requires you to:

    • Complete the Daily Screening Survey before coming to campus and reveal any symptoms daily. If you have symptoms, do not come to campus, and contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu.
    • Get vaccinated or you will be required to get tested on a weekly basis.
    • Submit a COVID-19 Report Survey if you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, and a Contact Tracing Team member will reach out to you with additional guidance.
    • Always wear a face covering inside and outside on WesternU campuses.
    • Only take your face covering off to take a drink of water, if needed.

    Further, there will be times when you will use your common sense:

    • When possible, socially distance (6 ft. apart) if you find yourself around a lot of people (except when required in certain teaching environments).
    • If you eat, do not eat in study rooms. Eat in the designated eating areas on campus. Be sure to wipe down all areas you touch and don’t eat with other people sitting directly across from you, as this could increase your risk of exposure while eating.
    • Use the hand sanitizer that is placed throughout the buildings across campus.
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    • Do not come to campus if you are sick!

    Student safety protocol violations will be addressed at the College level.

    Students, we have a profound responsibility to ourselves, our WesternU community and the external communities we serve to adhere to safety protocols established at the institutional level and at the college/program level. Please help us keep our campuses safe and our in-person curriculum intact.

    Have a great week.

    CRT

  • August 13, 2021

    Good morning WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students,

    With COVID-19 cases surging in Oregon and California, both states have initiated masks indoors.

    Protecting ourselves and one another

    • Get vaccinated. Find a vaccine:
    • Wear a mask! Make sure your mask fits and is worn properly. Read here for more information regarding wearing a mask.
      • N95s are available for campus and clinical use. Contact your College/Department’s representative to obtain one.
    • Practice hand hygiene! Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Keep surfaces clean! Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

    Before coming to campus, be prepared to answer the Daily Screening Survey.* If you are experiencing symptoms or an exposure, it’s best to reach out to COVIDTracing@westernu.edubefore you come to campus for guidance.

    • If you are experiencing ANY symptoms, please submit a COVID-19 Report Survey, get tested and stay home!
    • If you are exposed to a COVID-19 case, submit a COVID-19 Report Survey and the contact tracing team will reach out to you with additional guidance. Guidance will vary based on your vaccination status, type of exposure, and presence of symptoms.

    Our Pomona and Lebanon campuses have been safely open for activities, including hands-on courses, labs, and clinical skills since last summer. We can keep each other safe and healthy by each doing our part!

    * Supervisors are notified when a direct report completes the Daily Screening Survey. In multiple instances, we have been notified that an employee’s supervisor has changed. We are aware of this and the proper databases are being updated.

    Weekly COVID-19 Testing

    If you are participating in the weekly COVID-19 testing, please make sure to report your test results here. Additional information about COVID-19 testing on campus can be found on the WesternU COVID-19 Testing webpage or by contacting COVIDTesting@westernu.edu.

    Masks on Pomona and Lebanon Campuses Required (Inside and Out)

    The University is mandating masks be worn inside and outside all buildings on our campuses(whether individuals have had the COVID-19 vaccine or not). Lecturers have the option to wear clear masks so students can see their mouths or a face shield with a drape (a face shield only is not acceptable). Face shields and drapes may only be used during lecturing if the lecturers have medical exemptions stating they cannot wear a mask.

    Important Resources:

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • August 6, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty and Staff.

    This has been an exciting week as we welcome many students to campus and prepare for fall classes to start – knowing some students have already started their fall studies. Thank you for all that you do to ensure our students feel welcomed and supported.

    Important Dates

    July 16: The Phase I Return-to-Campus began for all employees with direct student responsibilities and continues with the return deadline of Sunday, August 29, unless the Department Head or Supervisor has designated an earlier date for the employee’s return.

    August 30: Anyone who is needed back on campus prior to August 30 because their job responsibilities require their physical presence can be recalled by their supervisor at any time. All employees are due back August 30 unless they have a formal Telecommuting Agreement in place.

    September 15: All students and employees must send proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption by this date (or earlier if instructed by your College). Scan or take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine. Students should include their College and class year. Employees, please include your department.

    Exemption Forms can be accessed below:

    Telecommuting Agreements

    In anticipation of the influx of agreements that will be executed in the coming weeks, Human Resources (HR) has collaborated with IT’s SharePoint team to create an upload site titled, Telecommuting Agreement Upload Site. On this SharePoint site, employees can upload their signed Telecommuting Agreement. HR and Payroll will have access to the site to ensure correct stipends are issued and the arrangements can be logged for record keeping.

    For those agreements already sent to HR@westernu.edu or the Employee Relations (ER) team, it has been uploaded on the employee’s behalf. Telecommuting questions can be sent to WesternU Telecommuting at telecommuting@westernu.edu. Any issues related to enforcing agreements already signed, can be routed to Employee Relations at EmployeeRelations@westernu.edu.

    Mandatory Testing for the Unvaccinated

    Please visit the testing webpage for additional information regarding campus testing, including how to submit your self-administered COVID-19 test results.

    Pomona:

    ALL Faculty, Staff, and Students who are not fully vaccinated and coming to campus – including those with an approved exemption – must participate in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.

    • Starting Monday August 9, tests will be distributed to students and employees by their Colleges. All other employees can obtain test kits from the WesternU Health Pharmacy or Bookstore. Please contact COVIDTesting@westernu.edu if you need assistance picking up a test.

    Lebanon:

    WesternU Lebanon is experiencing positive COVID-19 tests for more than 8% of those being tested. This means Lebanon is back in the Purple Tier and 25% of faculty, staff, and students will be randomly tested on a weekly basis. Testing will be conducted by the COMP-Northwest COVID Tracing Team (CTT) led by Dr. Jeannie Davis.

    • Every Monday and Wednesday between 8-11am and 1-3pm at COMP-Northwest A2 buildingDirectly across 2nd Street in the Medical Plaza.
    • Unvaccinated employees and students together with those selected for random testing will be contacted by the COMP-Northwest CTT team.
    • If you require testing outside of these hours, please contact Dr. Jeannie Davis or Dr. John Pham for other information regarding vaccines or testing in Lebanon.
    • Test kits will be distributed upon request.

    Voluntary Testing for All

    COVID-19 test kits will be available to all faculty members, staff, students, trainees, and residents if you:

    • Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. You must receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to any WesternU campus/location.
    • Have close contact exposure to a known COVID-19 case. Quarantine is still required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated at the time of exposure.
    • Are returning from domestic or international travel, regardless of vaccination status.

    Masks on Campus Required (Inside and Out)

    The University is mandating masks be worn inside and outside all buildings on our campuses (whether individuals have had the COVID-19 vaccine or not). Lecturers have the option to wear clear masks so students can see their mouths or a face shield with a drape (a face shield only is not acceptable). Face shields and drapes may only be used during lecturing if the lecturers have medical exemptions stating they cannot wear a mask.

    Important Resources:

    WesternU faculty, staff, and students persevere through pandemic roadblocks and challenges to succeed – not only for themselves – but for their families and their communities. With the start of this academic year, the WesternU community is renewed once again, and we remain faithful and committed to our founding vision – to teach, to heal, together.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • July 30, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    COVID-19 Testing

    Screening Testing

    Screening testing can be a useful tool in combatting outbreaks on campus and promoting the well-being of our community. WesternU is implementing screening testing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated to protect the health and safety of the WesternU community by monitoring for potential COVID-19 infection and utilizing that information to reduce transmission. Anyone who has not submitted proof of vaccination to Student/Employee Health must be tested weekly.

    • If you have been vaccinated, take a photo of your vaccine card, and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.
      • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
      • Employees, please include your department in the subject line. 

    Pomona

    Starting Monday, August 2, 2021, ALL Faculty, Staff, and Students who are not fully vaccinated and coming to campus – including those with an approved exemption – must participate in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.

    • To assist with starting the surveillance testing program, two employees from University Compliance will provide on-campus testing during Welcome Week (August 2-5 from 7am -10am).  
    • Testing will occur during Welcome Week on the 6th floor of the WesternU Health parking garage. Drive-up and walk-up testing is available.
    • This will allow us to collect consent forms and provide at-home kits for individuals who will need to continue weekly testing.
    • After Welcome Week, tests will need to be distributed by the colleges. All other employees can obtain test kits from the WesternU Health Pharmacy.

    COVID-19 testing will be available to any faculty member, staff, student, trainee, and resident if you:

    • Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. You must receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to on-site.
    • Have close contact exposure to a known COVID-19 case if you are not fully vaccinated at the time of exposure.
    • Are returning from domestic or international travel, regardless of vaccination status.

    Screening testing for fully vaccinated individuals may also be required based on local and campus infection rates. COVID-19 screening testing frequency is based on local, state, and federal guidance as well as community and campus outbreaks.

    Lebanon

    Testing will be conducted by the COMP-Northwest CTT team led by Dr. Jeannie Davis.

    • Starting Monday August 2nd – Every Monday at 1pm in Seminar Room 1 (second floor of the COMP-Northwest building)
    • If you require testing outside of these hours, please contact COVIDTesting@westernu.edu

    Please contact Dr. John Pham for other information regarding vaccines or testing in Lebanon.

    Visit the WesternU Coronavirus website for more COVID-19 Testing information.

    Masks on Campus Required (Inside and Out)

    The CRT monitors the COVID-19 situation nationally, regionally, and locally. They then develop their protocols consistent with the mandates and consistent with a core WesternU tenet, to keep our communities healthy and safe for all. For this reason, the CRT is mandating masks inside and outside all buildings on our campuses (whether or not they have had the COVID-19 vaccine).

    Anticipate the Unexpected

    WesternU has learned important lessons fast in 2020-21, pivoting quickly to an online learning and working mode. As we move into an in-person fall academic year, please remember some of our lessons learned and be ready capitalize on them. We have built some strong institutional muscle-memory of being flexible, and we encourage you to continue to do so. With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, flu season coming, and the ongoing reality of other potential infectious diseases, we should be prepared that we will face some ups and downs.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its recommendations due to the Delta variant. We will continue to be flexible and make changes based on CDC, state, and local health mandates. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate this changing landscape together.

    • If we get a spike of reported COVID-19 cases on either of our campuses, we might need to close buildings and send everyone home for a few days or even longer.
    • If someone test positive for COVID-19, they will be sent home for a 10-day mandatory quarantine (this could be a faculty member, employee, or student).

    This may cause disruption in how we learn and work. Please be thinking of ways that you can shift back and forth between in-person and remote learning and working with ease until the World Health Organization (WHO) has lifted the global pandemic order. See the WHO Global Coronavirus Dashboard.

    WesternU is one of the most comprehensive graduate schools for the health professions in the U.S. and we are working to ensure we maintain a healthy environment for our students and employees – the WesternU Way – with compassion, respect, and commitment to excellence for the health of our communities.

    For more information on the WesternU response to COVID-19, please visit the Coronavirus Information website. The COVID-19 Campus Policies and Institutional Requirements will be updated to reflect any changes that occur.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • July 24, 2021

    Good evening WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    Even as we are asking students, faculty, and staff to prepare for a safe return to campus this fall, WesternU has been busy preparing the environment to keep you safe.

    Enhanced Physical Plant

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spread of COVID-19 occurs via airborne particles and droplets. Read more: Indoor Air and Coronavirus (COVID-19). WesternU Facilities follow the guidance of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the professional leader in advancing healthy indoor environments.

    • During the campus closure, the Facilities Office increased the frequency of changing HVAC filters from every four months to every three months. To ensure capturing as many particles and droplets as possible, Facilities increased the filters to MERV 13 where possible. Some of the older buildings will not accept a filter above MERV 8 or MERV 11. Each unit has a label indicating the maximum MERV level that will maintain the required hourly air changes.
    • They have also ramped up the speed of Air Conditioning units and fans as much as possible. In areas where students are in close proximity, they have added portable UV-C air cleaners. All occupied buildings have been set to run for at least an hour after business hours during the closure. 
    • The facilities HVAC, plumbing and electrical crew has stayed on campus during the entire closure. They have maintained the buildings as we would when the campus is open. Our crew with the help of outside vendors used this time to carry out deferred building repairs and upgrades.
    • The facilities custodial crew has also stayed on campus during the closure cleaning the common areas of occupied buildings or spaces. As we return to campus, we will be asking our night crew (ABM) to assist during the day to handle the increased demand. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added across campus throughout every building.

    Dr. Brent Fung, Associate Professor/Associate Dean for Patient Care and Clinical Education in the College of Dental Medicine, said that WesternU Health was able to remain open throughout the pandemic due to the enhanced indoor filtration in conjunction with enhanced PPE, patient screenings, and infection prevention and control measures without a single known case of COVID-19 transmission.

    Updated Signage

    Updated campus signage indicates that masks are required for everyone (vaccinated or not) when inside a WesternU building in Pomona and Lebanon.

    The Qualtrics Survey is also required every day a person enters a building. This is required of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

    In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, the Qualtrics Survey data will allow for effective tracking and tracing of people who had been in the vicinity of the infected person.

    Located in various lobbies across our campus locations, you will find posters with a QR code link to the Fall 2021 Institutional Requirements for Return-to-Campus. The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) created this extensive document as a source for all faculty, staff, and students to help them prepare for in-class and in-office study and work.

    Enhanced Communication

    The Coronavirus Updates information (now found in the prominent top banner of westernu.edu) is consolidated on the Employee/Student Health website. On this site, we have brought together various Policies and resources to provide the most up-to-date information as the COVID-19 situation continues to morph and change. Employees, see Guiding Our Remote Workers Back to Campus (SharePoint).

    The summer is going fast, and it won’t be long, and our campuses will be bustling with students and the exciting activities that come with a new academic year. Together, we are creating a culture of health and safety on campuses in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Thank you for everything you do to keep our campus locations safe for all.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • July 19, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

     As a health sciences university, our primary concern is the health and safety of those in our community – both internally (our WesternU faculty, staff, and students) and externally (our WesternU alumni, fellow citizens, and family members). The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) is guided by recommendations coming out of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and LA County Department of Public Health.

     

    Today, WesternU joins the growing list of universities mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all students and employees studying or working in person on either of our campuses (Pomona and Lebanon) or other affiliated facilities. Exemptions will only be granted for documented medical and religious reasons. Under the WesternU COVID-19 Policy, you must show proof of vaccine or an approved exemption by September 15, 2021.

    Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the single most important step you can take to prevent infection by and transmission of this novel coronavirus.

    See the WesternU COVID-19 Policy (Posted on the Coronavirus Website)

    Not Vaccinated?

    Pomona

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic is located in the Veterinary Clinical Center (VCC) on the Pomona campus. The address is 611 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766. The clinic continues to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays and is available:

    • Friday, July 23: 12pm – 7pm

    Schedule an Appointment HERE. Or text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site to you.

     

    Lebanon

    WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

     

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    Learn more about how WesternU is working to keep our campuses safe on our Coronavirus Updates website.

     

    Have a great week.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • July 16, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    Yesterday, LA County Public Health modified its masking order requiring everyone to wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status starting on Saturday, July 17 at 11:59pm. Some exemptions will apply. Read more. This is consistent with CRT recommendations already in effect on our campus locations. It is also a reminder that there will likely be ups and downs as we come through this pandemic, and it is important to remain flexible, resilient, and vigilant in our efforts to combat COVID-19.

     

    • Phase I (current phase) Return-to-Campus is now beginning with the return of those Colleges and work units that must prepare for the arrival, instruction, and enrollment of our students for the fall semester, prior to August 29, 2021
      • For those Phase 1 employees not already on-campus, Department Heads and Supervisors should notify all relevant Phase I employees that they are expected to report to campus nowunless the Department Head or Supervisor has designated an alternate date for their return.
    • Phase II will begin on August 30, 2021, with the return of all other employees.

     

    See the July 12 campus update for more information on Return-to-Campus.

     

    Safety Protocols in Effect for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses

     

    • Face coverings are required in all buildings (whether you are vaccinated or not), although they do not need to be worn if in a private workspace without others around.
    • Face coverings are required outside on University property for the unvaccinated.
    • N95 masks will be made available to all vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff members when requested for campus or clinical usage; however, the use of the N95 mask in non-clinical settings is optional unless otherwise directed.
    • Eye coverings are optional and temperature checks will not be required in all buildings except those involved in direct patient/pet care.
    • You must complete the Daily Qualtrics Survey and be cleared before coming to campus.
    • NOTE: Any curriculum-based activities do not need to be sent to CRT for approval as those should be updated and added to each College’s Demobilization plans – if this causes their Demobilization plans to change, they should notify the CRT of the change so it can then be reviewed.

     

    Not Vaccinated?

    Pomona

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic is located in the Veterinary Clinical Center (VCC) on the Pomona campus. The address is 611 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766. The clinic continues to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays and is available:

    • Friday, July 23: 12pm – 7pm

     

    Schedule an Appointment HERE. Or text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site to you.

    Lebanon

    WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    Learn more about how WesternU is working to keep our campuses safe on our COVID-19 Updates website.

     

     

    For CRT COVID-19 updates and return-to-campus policies and protocols, please visit Student/Employee Health.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • July 12, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty and Staff.

    As a reminder, Western University of Health Sciences will resume on-campus activities for the Fall 2021 semester. In order to do so safely, the University will use a phased approach for reopening. 

    • Phase I (current phase) is now beginning with the return of those Colleges and work units that must prepare for the arrival, instruction, and enrollment of our students for the fall semester, prior to August 29, 2021
      • For those Phase 1 employees not already on-campus, Department Heads and Supervisors should notify all relevant Phase I employees that they are expected to report to campus by Wednesday, July 15th, unless the Department Head or Supervisor has designated an alternate date for their return.
    • Phase II will begin on August 30, 2021, with the return of all other employees.

    The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority; therefore, we will continue to adhere to appropriate safety protocols. Accordingly, those employees returning to campus in Phase 1 (prior to August 29, 2021) will continue to adhere to the Campus Reopening Guidelines,  until further notice/directive by the CRT.  Additionally, effective immediately, all CRT-approved College/Unit remobilization plans should be activated.

    TELECOMMUTING UPDATE

    Employees will recall that in March 2020, the University implemented the COVID-19 Workplace Procedure and the Temporary Remote Work Agreement (COVID-19). That Agreement will terminate with the campus re-opening, effective August 30th, 2021. In its place, the University will adopt the Telecommuting Policy & Procedure, that may allow interested employees the option to telecommute (either partially or fully), provided their position duties/responsibilities are conducive to remote work and the employee meets certain eligibility requirements as outlined in the policy.

    Consequently, all employees are expected to return to their normal duties/activities on campus (or a WesternU designated/affiliated site) on August 30, 2021, unless they have a formal Telecommuting Agreement approved (as defined by policy) by August 29, 2021. Not all employees, due to their roles/responsibilities, will be eligible to telecommute. If you have questions regarding the Telecommuting Policy or the Telecommuting Agreement, please contact Employee Relations at  employeerelations@westernu.edu.

    Attached as a reminder are the institutional requirements for our return to campus.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • July 10, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Employees.

    Important Notice for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses

    In anticipation of a fall return to campus and consistent with the COVID-19 Workplace Policy and practices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this communication is to help you understand the institution-level safety requirements you can expect when you return to campus.

    Institution-level Safety Requirements Overview 

    • Everyone coming to campus must complete the Qualtrics Survey.
    • Everyone must wear a face mask indoors whether vaccinated or not.
    • Unvaccinated employees and students must wear a face mask outdoors if physical distancing is not possible.
    • There is no need to practice physical distancing inside of our buildings except for shared break rooms or areas while eating.
    • We are mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for students once the FDA approves a vaccine.

    See the Complete Institution-level Campus Reopening Guidelines Here.

    College/Unit-level Safety Requirements

    • Individual Colleges/programs and Units/departments may have unique safety requirements. These will be communicated with you through your college/program and/or unit/department leader.

    Institutional Requirements for Return to Campus

    Stay safe, be well.

  • July 2, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    As of now, the CRT has confirmed a return-to-campus this fall for students, faculty, and staff (per the College’s and Unit’s demobilization plans). We anticipate starting the academic year at full capacity in the labs and classrooms, if deemed safe by local public health authorities.

    The CRT is considering the return date for staff and is finalizing a Telecommuting Policy and Return to Work Guidelines.

    Safety Protocols in Effect for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses

    • Face coverings are required in all buildings (whether you are vaccinated or not), although they do not need to be worn if in a private workspace without others around.
      • Fully vaccinated lecturers who maintain social distance from students may choose not to wear a face covering.
    • Face coverings are required outside on University property for the unvaccinated.
    • You must complete the Daily Qualtrics Survey and be cleared before coming to campus.
    • NOTE: Any curriculum-based activities do not need to be sent to CRT for approval as those should be updated and added to each College’s Demobilization plans – if this causes their Demobilization plans to change, they should notify the CRT of the change so it can then be reviewed.

    Loosening Activity Restrictions

    If you are planning an off-campus activity, you no longer need to submit the CRT Activity Questionnaire. Although off campus activities do not need the CRT’s approval, these events must follow the safety protocols mandated by the site where it is taking place, and the regulations of the health department for the area the event is being held. In addition, organizers of the event are asked to maintain a list of attendees in case contact tracing needs to be performed.   

    On-campus activities for Pomona and Lebanon still require a CRT Activity Questionnaire submission at least two weeks prior to the schedule event for the CRT to review and approve.

    Vaccination Clinic

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic has moved just across the esplanade. It is now located in the Veterinary Clinical Center (VCC) on the Pomona campus. The address is 611 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766. The clinic continues to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on Fridays through the end of August.

    • Friday July 9 (Second dose due July 30) – Fully vaccinated August 13
    • Friday July 16 (second dose due August 6) – Fully vaccinated August 26
    • Hours: 12pm – 7pm

    WesternU encourages everyone eligible but unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will provide some limited protection against the virus before the semester begins. Schedule an Appointment HERE.

    Lebanon Vaccines

    WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can schedule an appointment and review vaccine eligibility at COVID-19 Vaccination by County. WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    So far, over 3,200 students and 700 employees (nearly 70% of our entire population) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    For CRT COVID-19 updates, please visit Student/Employee Health.

    Enjoy the long July 4 weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • June 25, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    On April 9, WesternU announced it was planning for face-to-face, on-campus learning for the Fall Term 2021, including in-person classes, student laboratory experiences, experiential learning, and clinical assignments (all subject to change per applicable guidelines).

    The CRT is now confirming a return-to-campus this fall for faculty and staff (per the College’s and Unit’s demobilization plans). We anticipate starting the academic year at full capacity in the labs and classrooms, if deemed safe by local public health authorities.

    While the CRT is hopeful that enough people have been fully vaccinated, there is always the possibility of a COVID-19 resurgence. So, it is recommended to remain flexible with plans should circumstances occur that would cause the health authorities to reimplement social distancing and other health and safety requirements.

    Safety protocols below are reviewed on a weekly basis by the CRT. In preparation for new students arriving to campus from all over the country and bringing large groups back to campus, the following safety protocols remain in effect until further notice.

    Safety Protocols in Effect for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses 

    • Face coverings are required in all buildings (whether you are vaccinated or not), although they do not need to be worn if in a private workspace without others around.
      • Fully vaccinated lecturers who maintain social distance from students may choose not to wear a face covering.
    • Face coverings are required outside on University property for the unvaccinated.

    Loosening Activity Restrictions

    If you are planning an off-campus activity, you no longer need to submit the CRT Activity Questionnaire. Although off campus activities do not need the CRT’s approval, these events must follow the safety protocols mandated by the site where it is taking place, and the regulations of the health department for the area the event is being held. In addition, organizers of the event are asked to maintain a list of attendees in case contact tracing needs to be performed.   

    On-campus activities for Pomona and Lebanon still require a CRT Activity Questionnaire submission at least two weeks prior to the schedule event for the CRT to review and approve.

    Vaccination Clinic

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic has moved just across the esplanade. It is now located in the Veterinary Clinical Center (VCC) on the Pomona campus. The address is 611 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766. The clinic continues to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays and is available on campus the following dates:

    • Friday July 2 (Second dose due July 23) – Fully vaccinated August 6
    • Friday July 9 (Second dose due July 30) – Fully vaccinated August 13
    • Hours: 12pm – 7pm

    WesternU encourages everyone eligible but unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will provide some limited protection against the virus before the semester begins. Schedule an Appointment HERE.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    So far, over 3,200 students and 700 employees (nearly 70% of our entire population) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    For CRT COVID-19 updates, please visit Student/Employee Health.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • June 18, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    NEW! The State of California announced this week that it is Safely reopening California, and LA County followed suit as seen in this safety brief. Oregon announced it will remove mask restrictions when the state hits a 70% vaccination mark. Linn County, Oregon (where many of our faculty, staff, and students reside) is still among the counties with higher case rates of COVID-19, although cases went down this past week.

    Cal/OSHA announced new guidelines for the workplace on June 17. And Oregon OSHA offers guidance for the workplace.

    After careful consideration on a weekly basis of national, state, and local safety COVID-19 guidelines, the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has recommended that WesternU campuses in Pomona and Lebanon continue the requirement of wearing face masks for all individuals indoors and for unvaccinated individuals outdoors when social distancing is not possible. The CRT also encourages everyone to continue following the safety precautions of washing hands, using hand sanitizer, social distancing when possible (inside and outside) and most importantly, consider getting vaccinated.

    Loosening Restrictions

    If you are planning an off-campus activity, you no longer need to submit the CRT Activity Questionnaire. Although off campus activities do not need the CRT’s approval, these events must follow the safety protocols mandated by the site where it is taking place, and the regulations of the health department for the area the event is being held. In addition, please send an email to Student/Employee Health at stu-emphealth@westernu.edu and include the name, location, date and time of the off-campus activity, and the list of attendees in case contact tracing needs to be performed.   

    On-campus activities for Pomona and Lebanon still require a CRT Activity Questionnaire submission at least two weeks prior to the schedule event for the CRT to review and approve.

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    As an esteemed health sciences university, we would like to

    achieve over 90% of current WesternU faculty, staff, and students

    fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

    Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site near you!

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    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, locate in the HPC on the Pomona campus, offers COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays. The next vaccination clinic will be:
    Friday, June 25: Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

    NEW! WesternU encourages everyone eligible but unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated ahead of Fall semester. Receiving the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by July 18 allows for the two-week time period needed to be fully protected by August 2. If the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccines are your preference, it is strongly recommended that you begin your two-dose series as soon as possible to have some limited protection before the semester begins.

    The Pfizer vaccine is available on campus the following date:

    Friday June 25 (Second dose due July 16) – Fully vaccinated July 30

    NEW! The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the Health Professions Center (HPC) on the Pomona campus, will be relocating to the Veterinary Clinical Center (VCC) starting on Friday, July 2. New Clinic Address: 611 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA  91711

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    So far, over 3,200 students and 700 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    For CRT COVID-19 updates, please visit Student/Employee Health.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • June 12, 2021

    Good morning WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    NEW! The State of California is expected to announce a reopening milestone on June 15, Cal/OSHA is expected to announce new workplace guidelines next week, and LA County is sticking to restrictions – at least for now. Linn County, Oregon (where many of our faculty, staff, and students reside) is still among the counties with higher case rates of COVID-19. After careful CRT consideration on a weekly basis, WesternU campuses in Pomona and Lebanon will continue to follow established safety protocols – wearing face masks, social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer at least until we obtain proof that 90% of our employee and student population is vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Loosening Up

    NEW! If you are planning an off-campus activity, you no longer need to submit the CRT Activity Questionnaire. Although off campus activities do not need the CRT’s approval, these events must follow the safety protocols mandated by the site where it is taking place, and the regulations of the health department for the area the event is being held. In addition, please send an email to Student/Employee Health at stu-emphealth@westernu.edu and include the name, location, date and time of the off-campus activity, and the list of attendees in case contact tracing needs to be performed.   

    On-campus activities for Pomona and Lebanon still require a CRT Activity Questionnaire.

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    We would like to see over 90% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated by the end of June.

    Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site near you!

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, offers COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays. The next vaccination clinic will be:

    Friday, June 18: Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

    Vaccine Policy in Development

    WesternU is developing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all faculty, staff, and students once the first COVID-19 vaccine obtains full FDA approval, subject to any mandated legal exemptions. Get your vaccine proof in now, before this becomes a mandate.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    So far, over 3,060 students and 700 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    For CRT COVID-19 updates, please visit Student/Employee Health.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • June 4, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    (NEW) The State of California approaches June 15 with a reopening goal, while LA County is sticking to restrictions – at least for now. This, combined with the fact that some counties, including Linn County, Oregon (where many of our faculty, staff, and students reside), are still considered to be counties in high risk for COVID-19. After careful CRT consideration on a weekly basis, WesternU campuses in Pomona and Lebanon will continue to follow established safety protocols – wearing face masks while indoors, social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer at least until we obtain proof that 90% of our employee and student population is vaccinated against COVID-19.

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    We would like to see over 90% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated by the end of June.

    Get your vaccine now before it becomes a WesternU policy.

    Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site near you!

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    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, offers COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays. The next vaccination clinic will be:

    Friday, June 11: Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

     

    Should I be vaccinated if I have had COVID-19?

    Yes. Even if you have already had COVID-19, you should be vaccinated when it is offered to you. The protection that someone gains from having COVID-19 will vary from person to person, and we also do not know how long natural immunity might last.

    (NEW) How do we know vaccines are safe?

    This from the Ad Council COVID Collaborative, “Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.” See MORE.

    Vaccine Policy in Development

    WesternU is developing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all faculty, staff, and students once the first COVID-19 vaccine obtains full FDA approval, subject to any mandated legal exemptions. Get your vaccine proof in now, before this becomes a mandate.

    (NEW) In case you missed it, The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) held a COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar on May 7, 2021. View the webinar recording and supplemental materials.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    So far, over 2,600 current students (roughly 70%) and 670 employees (roughly 59%) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. An additional 300+ incoming students have submitted vaccine records. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    Have you Taken the IPC Training?

    • The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 training has been updated. It is a required training annually for every WesternU Employee and Student. If you completed the module prior to May 1, you must reset the course and retake with the new content. It only takes about 10 minutes for most.
    • Deadline to complete the training is August 6, 2021. Go to COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control Training. Some of you may encounter a message stating you have already completed the course. This message applies to last year’s test. There is a “Reset Course” option you can use when you log into the course. Clicking on the button will remove your old certificate and allow you to start the course again.  

    See the CRT’s recently updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

    Summer is right around the corner, and hopefully we will be moving past COVID-19 restrictions soon. Until then, thank you for following the safety protocols to – not only remain in compliance with local health authorities – but to keep yourselves and those around you as healthy as possible.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • May 28, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    The CRT re-evaluates safety protocols on a weekly basis, and for now, the WesternU campuses in Pomona and Lebanon will continue to follow established safety protocols – wearing face masks while indoors, social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer at least until we obtain proof that 90% of our employee and student population is vaccinated against COVID-19.

    NEW! With all the new information we have learned this past year, the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 training has been updated. It is a required training annually for every WesternU Employee and Student. If you completed the module prior to May 1, you must reset the course and retake with the new content.

    Deadline to complete the training is August 6, 2021. Go to COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control Training. Some of you may encounter a message stating you have already completed the course. This message applies to last year’s test. There is a “Reset Course” option you can use when you log into the course. Clicking on the button will remove your old certificate and allow you to start the course again.  

    (NEW!) What did you say?

    Wearing a face covering and social distancing can cause serious hearing issues for those with hearing problems and for those without hearing problems. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) offers guidance to improve communication while wearing face coverings. See Communicating Effectively While Wearing Masks and Physical Distancing.

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    We would like to see over 90% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated by the end of June.

    Get your vaccine now before it becomes a WesternU policy.

    Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site near you!

    ________________________________________________________________________

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, offers COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays. The next vaccination clinic will be:

    Friday, June 4: Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

    NEW! Should I be vaccinated if I have had COVID-19?

    Yes. Even if you have already had COVID-19, you should be vaccinated when it is offered to you. The protection that someone gains from having COVID-19 will vary from person to person, and we also do not know how long natural immunity might last.

     Vaccine Policy in Development

    WesternU is developing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all faculty, staff, and students once the first COVID-19 vaccine obtains full FDA approval, subject to any mandated legal exemptions. Get your vaccine proof in now, before this becomes a mandate.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    NEW! So far, over 2,600 current students (roughly 70%) and 670 employees (roughly 59%) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. An additional 300+ incoming students have submitted vaccine records. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    NEW! See the CRT’s updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

    Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend!

    Stay safe, be well.

  • May 21, 2021

    Good evening WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    On May 13, the CDC announced the relaxing of face mask requirements, and the State of Oregon announced it would follow suit. On May 17, the State of California announced it will keep existing mask guidance in place until June 15.

    Please note that the LA County Health Officer Order remains in effect across LA County, and masks are still required in settings as described in the orders and protocols, posted here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/reopening-la.htm#orders.

    Masks are still required for everyone at:

    • Large events, public transportation, retail, and business establishments
    • Workplaces (under Cal/OSHA masking and distancing requirements)

    Masks are still required for all unvaccinated people:

    • Outdoors anytime distancing cannot be maintained

    Masks are still not required for fully vaccinated people:

    • Outdoors unless attending crowded events
    • Indoor and outdoor visits with other fully vaccinated people and with unvaccinated people from one household without high-risk people

    The CRT reviews the national, state, county, and local health authority guidelines and re-evaluates necessary safety protocols on a weekly basis.

    As for now, the WesternU campuses in Pomona and Lebanon will continue to follow established safety protocols – wearing face masks while indoors, social distancing, washing hands and using hand sanitizer at least until we obtain proof that 90% of our employee and student population is vaccinated against COVID-19.

    We would like to see over 90% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated by the end of June.
    Get your vaccine now before it becomes a WesternU policy.

    Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site near you!

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, offers COVID-19 vaccines on most Fridays. The next vaccination clinic will be:

    Friday, May 28 Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

    Vaccine Policy in Development

    WesternU is developing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all faculty, staff, and students once the first COVID-19 vaccine obtains full FDA approval, subject to any mandated legal exemptions. Get your vaccine proof in now, before this becomes a mandate.

    Already Vaccinated?

    Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    • Students, please include your College and class year in the subject line.
    • Employees, please include your department in the subject line.

    So far, over 2,500 current students (roughly 67%) and over 650 employees (roughly 59%) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    Colleagues, as we wrap up Commencement week 2021, we do so with immense pride in our health care professions and a profound sense of gratitude to the graduates of 2021. WesternU graduates persevered through pandemic roadblocks and challenges to succeed – not only for themselves – but for their families and their communities. The WesternU community is renewed once again, and we remain faithful and committed to our founding vision – to teach, to heal, together.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • May 14, 2021

    Good evening WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    With the CDC announcement and the State of Oregon announcement, there is a lot of buzz about masks or no masks for those who are fully vaccinated. See the Associated Press roundup story: States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means.

    This is our Health Care Leadership Moment

    The medical community is split on the use of masks; and for now, WesternU campus locations in Pomona and Lebanon will continue to follow the safety protocols – wearing face masks while indoors, social distancing, washing hands and using hand sanitizer at least until we obtain proof that 90 % of our employee/student population is vaccinated against COVID-19. We are a community of healers, and wearing a mask demonstrates concern for others – whether they are vaccinated or not. The CRT will continue to re-evaluate necessary safety protocols on a weekly basis.

    Vaccine Policy

    WesternU is developing a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all students, faculty, and staff once the first COVID-19 vaccine obtains full FDA approval, subject to any mandated legal exemptions.

    Vaccinated?

    Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine. Students, please include your College and class year. Employees, please include your department.

    If Not Vaccinated, Find a Vaccination Site
    Text your ZIP code to 438829 to find the closest vaccination site to you!

    So far, over 2,500 current students (roughly 67%) and over 650 employees (roughly 59%) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    We would like to see over 90% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated by the end of June.

    Did you receive your vaccine in California and lost your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    As health care professionals, we are committed to continuing to co-create a healthy workplace and a healthy place to teach, study, and learn. Together we are getting through what for many has been the most difficult year of our lives. Thank you for everything you do to keep yourself and others healthy and safe.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • May 7, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    As of Tuesday, May 4, Los Angeles County qualifies for yellow tier for coronavirus management. This means additional COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and most indoor business operations are open with modifications. Read more.

    Many Oregon counties remains in a high-risk level. Read more. However, on Tuesday, May 4, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown announced that all Oregon counties in the extreme-risk level were moved back to a high-risk level – a good sign, but not out of the woods yet. Read more.

    As the vaccines continue to roll out, please remember to remain vigilant regarding safety protocols both on and off Pomona and Lebanon campuses. Masks and safety protocols are still required on campus regardless of vaccination status.

    Vaccine Rollout

    The CDC is encouraging everyone age 16 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Please note that some Counties might require a parent or guardian to accompany any 16 or 17-year-old to the vaccination appointment to provide consent.

    Vaccines.gov helps you find locations that carry COVID-19 vaccines and their contact information. Because every location handles appointments differently, you will need to schedule your appointment directly with the location you choose. Read more.

    Pomona Students, Faculty, Staff

    Lebanon Students, Faculty, Staff

    Find a COVID-19 vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website or  visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you.

     

    Review vaccine information at COVID-19 Vaccination by County. WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

    WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, is now offering COVID-19 vaccines on Fridays.

    Friday, May 14 Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

    Plans are also in progress to deliver vaccinations to partnering California Unified School Districts (details to come). So far, the clinic has administered over 23,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. Learn about volunteering at the Clinic, and sign up to volunteer.

    Already Vaccinated?

    See the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    Submit your proof of vaccination to Student Employee Health. Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    All WesternU students, faculty, or staff members must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Student Employee Health (even if you received the vaccine from the WesternU Vaccine Clinic). This is the only way we can work to provide guidance on how we can continue to open activities on campus.

    • So far, over 2,400 current students (roughly 65%) and over 600 employees (roughly 55%) have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going! We would like to see over 80% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students fully vaccinated.
    • Did you receive your vaccine in California and lost your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    Vaccine Policy Coming Soon

    The number of colleges and universities requiring students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for fall 2021 is growing and now includes two of the nation’s largest university systems. Read more from CNBC. The CRT is working on a COVID-19 vaccination policy that covers both students and employees.

    The CRT agrees with the Deans’ Council regarding mandatory vaccination of students for COVID-19 once the first COVID-19 vaccine obtains full FDA approval. An August implementation date appears reasonable. 

    For students (except for students enrolled in programs delivered solely online), two exemptions from this mandate will be allowed:

    • Medical contraindications supported by a letter from an appropriate health care provider; and
    • Religious exemptions supported by a letter from an appropriate religious leader. 

    Any unvaccinated students (except those enrolled in an entirely online program) will be mandated to comply with an appropriate surveillance testing strategy, also being developed.

    Colleagues, it is extremely important that we support one another through what will likely be a rocky worldwide recovery from COVID-19. We have students, faculty, and staff who come from countries all over the world. Many countries are still suffering. See the BBC Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country. As healthcare providers, we are bound by a common mission To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities. It is indeed our duty to keep ourselves safe and to keep others safe.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • Apr 30, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic continues to receive local and national media recognition for the way it is inspiring, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that enhances and extends the quality of life in our communities.

    Many thanks to Dr. White, Dr. Kotha, and to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers for giving their time and compassion to bring vaccines to LA County. See They’re on the Frontlines of the U.S. Vaccine Rollout.

    Vaccine Rollout

    Everyone age 16 and older in LA County and in Oregon is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The CDC is encouraging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Please note that some Counties might require a parent or guardian to accompany any 16 or 17-year-old to the vaccination appointment to provide consent.

    Pomona Students, Faculty, Staff

    Lebanon Students, Faculty, Staff

    Find a COVID-19 vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website or visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you.

     

    Review vaccine information at COVID-19 Vaccination by County. WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

    WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic

    Starting on Monday, May 3, the WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, is scaling back operations and will only offer COVID-19 vaccines on Fridays.

    Friday, May 7 Hours: 9am – 7pm
    Schedule an Appointment: HERE

    Plans are also in progress to deliver vaccinations to partnering California Unified School Districts (details to come). So far, the clinic has administered over 22,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. Learn about volunteering at the Clinic, andsign up to volunteer.

    NEW! This just in from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

    Authorization to administer COVID-19 vaccines in California has expanded to include dentists, podiatrists, veterinarians, and many other health professionals. Please see the list of all licensees authorized to administer vaccine in California.

    WesternU Colleges have provided hundreds of hours volunteering during the pandemic – including working with vaccination sites. WesternU is providing interprofessional training across its colleges to prepare more students across disciplines to help in vaccination efforts. See: WesternU is providing interprofessional training across its colleges to prepare more students across disciplines to help in vaccination efforts.

    We invite you to watch the CDPH archived webinar, All Hands on Deck: How to Become a Volunteer COVID-19 Vaccinator.Slides are also available. For additional information, please go to the CDPH training webpage for non-traditional and expanded vaccinators. To register as a volunteer, please visit My Turn Volunteer.

    Already Vaccinated?

    See the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others.

    Submit your proof of vaccination to Student Employee Health. Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.

    All WesternU students, faculty, or staff members must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Student Employee Health (even if you received the vaccine from the WesternU Clinic). This is the only way we can work to provide guidance on how we can continue to open activities on campus.

    • So far, over 2,400 students and over 600 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. Let’s keep the momentum going! We would like to see over 80% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students vaccinated.
    • Did you lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    Save the Date! The CRT Presents: COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
    Friday, May 7 at Noon

    Submit your Questions for the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall HERE.
    (Must be logged into the network to access the Qualtrics form).
    Please submit your questions by 5pm on Tuesday, May 4.

    The CRT is developing informational town halls for prospective students, current students, faculty, and staff to discuss any concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Mark Wednesday, May 7 on your calendar, and the CRT will follow up with links to the town halls.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

    Brent Fung, DDS
    Associate Dean for Patient Care and Clinical Education
    Associate Professor, CDM

    Trena Rich, RN, MSN, APRN, CHC, CHRC
    Executive Director, University Compliance

    Nishita Patel, MD, FACP
    Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease, COMP-Pomona
    Associate Professor, CDM

    Shelby Reyes, MPH, CHES
    Manager, Infection Prevention & Control

    On and Off-Campus Event Requests

    If your College/Unit is planning any kind of event, please review the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) protocols and guidance documents for private events and live indoor events and apply the appropriate guidelines when developing your WesternU activity questionnaire. Please submit your activity questionnaire to CRT at least 14 days prior to the event. Proposed events may also require the submission of a Proposed Event Form to LACDPH at least 14 days prior.

    Masking and Safety Protocols

    The CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask. However, at this time, masks are still required on campus regardless of vaccination status. Until Oregon Health Authority and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health align with CDC guidelines, we will continue mandatory mask wearing on campus, including outside areas. Of Note: On April 29, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown announced she has extended her declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19 until June 28, 2021, unless earlier rescinded or extended.Read more. As the vaccines continue to roll out, please remember to remain vigilant regarding safety protocols both on and off campus.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well and have a great weekend!

  • Apr 23, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    The CRT is receiving a greater number of event proposals as we approach the end of the academic year. Please review updated Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) protocols and guidance documents for private events and live indoor events and apply the appropriate guidelines when developing your WesternU activity questionnaire. Please submit your activity questionnaire to CRT at least 14 days prior to the event. Proposed events may also require the submission of a Proposed Event Form to LACDPH at least 14 days prior.

    Submit your Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine
    to Student Employee Health at stu-emphealth@westernu.edu

    As a WesternU student, faculty, or staff member, you must submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to Student Employee Health (even if you received the vaccine from the WesternU Clinic). This is the only way we can track “herd immunity,” which provides guidance on how we can continue to open activities on campus.

    • So far, over 2,300 students and over 550 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. This is good – but we believe there are many that have not yet submitted their proof. Let’s keep the momentum going! We would like to see over 75% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students vaccinated.
    • If you have not submitted your proof, it is easy! Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.
    • Did you lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    Save the Date! Friday, May 7 at Noon

    The CRT is developing informational town halls for prospective students and for current students, faculty and staff to discuss any concerns people might have regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Mark May 7 on your calendar, and the CRT will follow up with details regarding the town halls.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

    Brent Fung, DDS
    Associate Dean for Patient Care and Clinical Education
    Associate Professor, CDM

    Trena Rich, RN, MSN, APRN, CHC, CHRC
    Executive Director, University Compliance

    Nishita Patel, MD, FACP
    Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease, COMP-Pomona
    Associate Professor, CDM

    Shelby Reyes, MPH, CHES
    Manager, Infection Prevention & Control

    Vaccine Information: Increased Eligibility

    Currently, all California and Oregon residents over the age of 16 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that some Counties might require a parent or guardian to accompany any 16- or 17-year-old to the vaccination appointment to provide consent.

    • Read LA County Eligibility Details Here
    • Read Oregon Eligibility Details Here
    • WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic
      The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 20,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. The Clinic will be scaling back on-site operations at the end of April. Plans are being developed for a limited number of vaccinations each week after May 1 primarily serving WesternU students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Other plans are in progress to deliver vaccinations into underserved neighborhoods.
    • WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic Volunteers Needed
      The CRT is calling for volunteers (WesternU faculty, staff, students only) to perform various functions, including people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more. Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and arranges volunteer time with their college or supervisor may consider volunteering. Licensed health care providers are needed to help deliver vaccines.
      Learn about volunteering, shifts, and sign up to volunteer.
    • Pomona: The CRT is now encouraging all eligible people (including WesternU students, faculty, and staff) to get a COVID-19 vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website OR visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you. The CRT will send weekly WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic available vaccination appointment links via email to WesternU faculty, staff, and students through the end of April.
    • Lebanon: WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can schedule an appointment and review vaccine eligibility at COVID-19 Vaccination by County. WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

    Students – Stay tuned for information on study rooms

    The University is currently working to provide study rooms for students. More information will be forthcoming.

    WesternU in the News

    President Wilson recently appeared on Coffee with America to talk about the uncertain future of COVID-19 in America and across the globe. Coffee with America is a weekly television program that reaches a total of 100 million households. Watch the video here.

    Planning on Travelling? Know Before you Go!

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    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • Apr 16, 2021

    Good evening WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    By now, I am sure you have heard that the CDC and FDA have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States out of an abundance of caution, effective Tuesday, April 13. If you or someone you know received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine within the past three weeks develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, the CDC advises contacting a health care provider. See Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines.

    WesternU Health | Oliver Station in Portland, Oregon had received 100 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccination last week from Johnson & Johnson. They immediately shifted to administering the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine when notified on Tuesday.

    In Case You Missed It

    Last September, WesternU’s own College of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, David J. Sanchez, PhD, was among the first to join the clinical trial for the Moderna vaccine. He spoke with WMBC-TV, a New Jersey-New York metropolitan area of about 18 million people, about the challenges of developing a new vaccine and his personal experience participating in a Phase III clinical trial.

    Submit your Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine to Student Employee Health

    Thank you for answering this call from last week: As a WesternU student, faculty, or staff member, you must submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to Student Employee Health (even if you received the vaccine from the WesternU Clinic). This is the only way we can track ‘herd immunity’ which provides guidance on how we can continue to open activities on campus. Let’s keep the momentum going!

    • So far, over 2,200 students and over 500 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. This is good – but we believe there are many that have not yet submitted their proof. We would like to see over 75% of WesternU faculty, staff, and students vaccinated.
    • If you have not submitted your proof, it is easy! Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.
    • Did you lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    Vaccine Information: Increased Eligibility

    As of Thursday, April 15, all LA County residents aged 16 or over are now eligible to be vaccinated.
    Read LA County Eligibility Details Here

    As of Monday, April 19, Oregon is expected to expand eligibility for vaccines to residents over the age of 16.
    Read Oregon Eligibility Details Here.

    Please note that some Counties might require a parent or guardian to accompany any 16- or 17-year-old to the vaccination appointment to provide consent.

    • WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic
      The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 19,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. The Clinic will be scaling back on-site operations at the end of April. Plans are being developed for a limited number of vaccinations each week after May 1 primarily serving WesternU students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Other plans are in progress to deliver vaccinations into underserved neighborhoods.
    • WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic Volunteers Needed
      The CRT is calling for volunteers (WesternU faculty, staff, students only) to perform various functions, including people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more. Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and arranges volunteer time with their supervisor may consider volunteering. Licensed healthcare providers needed to help deliver vaccines.
      Learn about volunteering, shifts, and sign up to volunteer.
    • Pomona: The CRT is now encouraging all eligible people (including WesternU faculty, staff, and students) to get your vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website OR visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you. The CRT will send weekly WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic available vaccination appointment links via email to WesternU faculty, staff, and students through the end of April.
    • Lebanon: WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can schedule an appointment and review vaccine eligibility at COVID-19 Vaccination by County. WesternU Health Oliver Station now has vaccines for WesternU students and employees. Please contact Dr. John Pham for more information.

    Planning on Travelling? Know Before you Go!

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  • Apr 9, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    The economy is opening quickly as the number of COVID-19 vaccinations goes up and the number of positive COVID-19 cases decline. Here is where we stand today:

    Submit your Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine to Student Employee Health

    As a WesternU student, faculty, or staff member, you must submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to Student Employee Health (even if you received the vaccine from the WesternU Clinic). This is the only way we can track ‘herd immunity’ which provides guidance on how we can continue to open activities on campus.

    • So far, over 2,000 students and over 300 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. This is good – but we expect there are many that have not yet submitted their proof.
    • If you have not submitted yours, it is easy! Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Vaccine.
    • Did you lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic Volunteers Needed

    The CRT is calling for volunteers (WestemU faculty, staff, students only) to perform various functions, including people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more. Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and arranges volunteer time with their supervisor may consider volunteering. Licensed healthcare providers needed to help deliver vaccine.

    Learn about volunteering, shifts, and sign up to volunteer.

    Vaccine Information: Let’s Get Vaccinated!

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the General Public (LA County residents)

    If the WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic does not appear on the LA County COVID-19 Vaccine website, or if the posted link(s) do not show any WesternU appointments available, you are encouraged to get your vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website OR visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students

    • Pomona: All WesternU employees and students are eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine. Book an Appointment Here. Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted. You are also encouraged to get your vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website OR visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you.
    • Lebanon: WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can find COVID-19 Vaccination by County information here. The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them. Contact the Clinical Education Department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. Many of our faculty, staff, and students live in Linn and Benton Counties.
    • LA County residents accepted to WesternU for the 2021-22 academic year may register for the vaccine using the links above. You must make an appointment and bring proof of enrollment acceptance to your vaccination appointment. We strongly encourage new accepted students for 2021-22 to wait until after April 15, 2021, when we expect that everyone over age 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine in California, (that is if LA County agrees).
    • Family and friends of students and employees may register for the vaccine with WesternU provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

    Planning on Travelling? Know Before you Go!

    With the warmer weather here and activities opening up in our communities, I know it is tempting to get out and enjoy the company of family and friends. You are encouraged to do so – safely. Please know that even if you are vaccinated, you are still required to follow the safety protocols on and off campus. We are getting through this pandemic, WesternU! And we are doing so by working together to ensure a safe environment for all. Thank you for everything you are doing to keep yourself and others safe.

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  • Apr 9, 2021

    Good morning WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    Just wanted to share some WesternU COVID-19 related news updates:

    • Big News! Los Angeles County announced $15 million in state funding granted to local partners critical to vaccinating residents in communities most highly impacted by COVID-19. The WesternU Health Pharmacy has made the list to receive funding ranging from $250K to $500K to deploy resources and enhance capacity. See Los Angeles County, Governor Newsom and Blue Shield of California come together to secure $15 million to expand vaccine infrastructure in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
    • Big News! WesternU is planning for face-to-face, on-campus learning for the Fall Term 2021, including in-person classes, student laboratory experiences, experiential learning, and clinical assignments (all subject to change per State and County guidelines). Some classes will still be available in a hybrid and/or online offering. Safety protocols remain in place. Watch for more information from your College and/or program.
    • BIG News! The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 16,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. The Clinic will be scaling back on-site operations at the end of April. Plans are being developed for a limited number of vaccinations each week after May 1 to primarily serve WesternU students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Other plans are in progress to deliver vaccinations into underserved neighborhoods.
    • Big News! This week, WesternU Health | Oliver station in Portland, Oregon received 100 doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccination from Johnson & Johnson. This vaccine is a one-shot vaccine, and it will help to vaccinate the vulnerable and underserved who were not able to get the vaccine through other means. Many thanks to the Oregon team and the Community & Governmental Affairs team for working hard to make this happen.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • Apr 2, 2021

    Good evening WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    We have some exciting and important updates this week!

    Given the decline in COVID-19 cases, the success of the vaccine rollout, and the continued trajectory of other pandemic indices, WesternU is pleased to inform you that our programs are actively developing plans for the highly anticipated return to face-to-face on-campus learning for the Fall Term 2021. Please bear in mind that all of these plans must remain in alignment with state and county guidelines and could be subject to change depending on the local COVID situation at that time. Watch for more information from your College and/or program. We also encourage you to consider obtaining the COVID-19 vaccination to help minimize your risk to the disease.  If you complete the vaccine series, please send copies of the vaccination card to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we carefully prepare for the coming fall semester.

    • Starting Monday, April 5 there will no longer be any requirements for COVID-19 testing prior to initial return to campus or regular surveillance testing. The campus testing center will be closed starting Monday, April 5. If you require testing for symptoms, exposures or clinical rotations please request a test from your College/Department. Contact COVIDTesting@westernu.edu if you need assistance contacting the correct individual.
    • The Pomona WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic location in the HPC will be closing on April 30. After April 30, WesternU Health may choose to offer clinics in the Patient Care Center – this will be dependent upon vaccine availability and patient demand.
    • WesternU students and employees who have received their vaccinations must submit proof of vaccination-this includes those who have received their vaccinations at the WesternU Health Clinic. So far, 1800 students and 250 employees have submitted proof of vaccine to Student Employee Health. If you have not submitted yours, it is easy! Simply take a photo of your vaccine card and email it to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. The name on the example card at right has been covered for privacy.
    • Did you lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.
    • Check out this CDC COVID Data Tracker to see how COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out across the USA.

    As we prepare for a potential fall 2021 return to campus, we are still in Reopening Phase 1 on the Pomona and Lebanon campuses

    This means only those who are required to be on campus should come to campus. All safety protocols and regulations remain in place – even for the fully vaccinated.

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 14,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. As the number of vaccinated goes up and the number of cases goes down, we are all getting more comfortable – but the caution is to not get complacent. Please continue to be vigilant with the safety precautions on and off campus.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the General Public (LA County residents)

    If the WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic does not appear on the LA County COVID-19 Vaccine website, or if the posted link(s) do not show any WesternU appointments available, you are encouraged to get your vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website OR visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students

    • Pomona: All WesternU employees and students are eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine. Book an Appointment Here. Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted. You are also encouraged to get your vaccine at any of the locations listed on the LA County website OR visit this VaccineFinder website to find a location near you.
    • Lebanon: The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them (i.e., MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc.). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can find COVID-19 Vaccination by County information here. On Friday, March 26, Governor Kate Brown Announces Accelerated Timelines for COVID-19 Vaccination.
    • LA County residents accepted to WesternU for the 2021-22 academic year may register for the vaccine using the links above. You must make an appointment and bring proof of enrollment acceptance to your vaccination appointment. We strongly encourage new accepted students for 2021-22 to wait until after April 15, 2021, when we expect that everyone over age 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine in California, (that is if LA County agrees).
    • Family and friends of students and employees may register for the vaccine with WesternU provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

    Employee and Student Travel Update

    • International travel still not approved at this time.
    • Domestic travel must be considered essential business travel
      • Essential travel for employees and students:
        • Approved for student rotations.
        • Approved for conferences for Licensed professional if there is no online attendance option.
        • Approved for non-professional conferences if attendee is presenting or an Officer/Board member and there is no online attendance option.
        • Approved for essential functions (such as recruiting) in support of the University business.
      • Must be able to follow locally mandated quarantine requirements/protocols without additional cost to the institution.
      • Strongly recommend:
        • Attendees be fully vaccinated prior to attending.
        • Airline and hotel reservations be refundable.
      • Assuming above requirements are met, requests must be reviewed and approved by Dean and Provost for academic travel and unit Senior Vice President for administrative travel.
      • Where possible, videoconferencing for meetings between our Pomona and Lebanon campuses should continue to be used, however essential travel to conduct necessary on-site business is permitted (with prior approval of Dean or appropriate Division Senior Vice President). Employees traveling between campuses must be able to follow locally mandated quarantine requirements/protocols without additional cost to the institution or impact to their ability to perform their duties.

    Two general reminders for using the appropriate method for travel booking and use of credits:

    1. Per travel related policies, bookings are to be made through the University’s travel program, Concur and Christopherson Business Travel.
    2. Existing travel credits are to be exhausted, prior to spending new University funds, appropriately.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • Mar 26, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    This past year has been a long and challenging one for many, and together we are getting through this pandemic! As the states start to loosen up and ease restrictions a bit, remember that we are still in Reopening Phase 1. The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) is recommending WesternU remains in Reopening Phase 1 for the rest of this semester and will re-examine this status in May. Our primary mission is to ensure our graduates graduate on time and that all students get through this semester with minimal disruption. This means only those who are required to be on campus should come to campus. All safety protocols and regulations remain in place – even for the fully vaccinated.

    We are Still in Reopening Phase 1 on the Pomona and Lebanon Campuses

    WesternU complies with the State of California Reopening Stages and the State of Oregon Reopening Phases. To comply with both states while maintaining consistent reopening of both campuses, we have developed a “Crosswalk” document mapping the relationships between California’s Stages and Oregon’s Phases to arrive at WesternU’s Reopening Phases. See the Crosswalk COVID 19 Phases Crosswalk to see what we can and cannot do in Reopening Phase 1.

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 10,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who have worked together to make the WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic a success. Together, we are helping to vaccinate LA County and keep our communities safe.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for the General Public (LA County residents)

    If the link does not show any WesternU appointments available, it means all available slots for the next week have already been filled.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students

    • Pomona: All WesternU employees and students are eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine. Book an Appointment Here. Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted.
    • Lebanon: The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them (i.e., MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc.). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can find COVID-19 Vaccination by County information here.
    • LA County residents accepted to WesternU for the 2021-22 academic year may register for the vaccine using the links above. You must make an appointment and bring proof of enrollment acceptance to your vaccination appointment. We strongly encourage new accepted students for 2021-22 to wait until after April 15, 2021, when we expect that everyone over age 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine in California, (that is if LA County agrees).
    • Family and friends of students and employees may register for the vaccine with WesternU only if they meet the eligibility criteria.

    WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic Volunteers Needed

    The CRT is calling for volunteers (WesternU faculty, staff, students only) to perform various functions, including people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more. Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and arranges volunteer time with their supervisor may consider volunteering.

    The CRT is specifically in need of WesternU licensed providers
    to volunteer on Wednesdays.

    Learn about volunteering, shifts, and sign up to volunteer.

    WesternU employees and students who are volunteering and it will be their first time coming to campus since Jan. 1, 2021 should not be symptomatic for COVID-19 and should have a negative Rapid Antigen Test. Please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQs.

    For questions related to volunteering, please email Vaccine_volunteer@westernu.edu

    Volunteer Roles

    Role

    Description

    Wayfinder & Accessibility

    No license required. Volunteers will help with guiding patients through the process, provide wheelchair assistance if needed, and answer general questions. Need at least one bilingual Spanish volunteer.

    Eligibility

    No license required. Verify appointments, vaccination tier, and perform temperature checks. Need at least one bilingual Spanish volunteer.

    Medical Screening

    No license required. Review medical risk, hand out observation wait time stickers. Need at least one bilingual Spanish volunteer.

    Medical Screening— WesternU Licensed Provider

    License required. Responsibilities to include: answering medical questions, supervising medical screening process, and assisting with reviewing patient medical risks.

    Registration

    No license required. ONLY WesternU Employees or Students to assist with checking patients in and providing vaccine card.

    Vaccine Draw — WesternU Licensed Provider

    License required. ONLY WesternU Employees. Pharmacy preferred.

    Vaccine Administration

    ONLY WesternU Students or WesternU Licensed Providers to administer vaccines.

    Vaccine Administration — WesternU Licensed Provider

    Licensed required. ONLY WesternU Employees. Supervisor of vaccine administrators and process.

    Observation

    No license required. Check on patients post vaccine. Assist patients in scheduling follow-up second dose appointment.

    Observation — WesternU Licensed Provider

    Licensed required. ONLY WesternU Employees. Supervise Observation area and volunteers. Responsible for administering aid if needed.

    Refreshment

    Assist with lunch setup and take down. Maintains bottle water supply.

    Music and Entertainment

    Volunteers to perform in stairwell or outside to entertain people in line.

    Team Lead

    Team leads are needed for each volunteer role. Team leads are responsible for training and providing overall supervision of the processes and volunteers of their designated volunteer group. Team leads MUST be able to dedicate a minimum of three consecutive days.

    Submit Proof of Vaccination to WesternU

    WesternU students, faculty, and staff who have received their vaccinations from the Pomona WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic must submit proof of vaccination to this email address: stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. This includes students, faculty, and staff who have received their vaccinations at the WesternU Health Clinic. The database your vaccination information goes into belongs to the State of California, and the Student-Employee Health Office does not have access to this information. Starting April 12, fully vaccinated (>2 weeks since final dose in vaccine series) students and employees with proof of vaccination on file with Student-Employee Health will no longer require monthly rapid antigen testing.

    Did you lose your card or proof? The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. If you have misplaced or lost your proof of vaccination, you may request a copy here.

    Colleagues, if you are planning to travel, remember that travel restrictions and guidelines remain in place – even for those who have been vaccinated. Student travel is permitted only for the purpose of attending clinical experiential activities.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • Mar 19, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    NEW! On Monday, March 15, the state opened vaccine eligibility to persons aged 16-64 years of age with significant, high-risk medical conditions or disabilities that put them at higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness specifically:

    • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
    • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
    • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
    • Down syndrome
    • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
    • Pregnancy
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
    • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
    • People who, because of a developmental or other significant high-risk disability, meet certain criteria.

    NEW! Read Eligibility Details Here

    NEW! Eligible General Public: Learn How and Where to Book Your Appointment

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 8,500 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who have worked together to make the WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic a success. Together, we are helping to vaccinate LA County and keep our communities safe.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information for WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students 

    • Pomona: All WesternU employees and students are eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine. Book an Appointment Here. Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted.
    • Lebanon: The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them (i.e., MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc.). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. WesternU Oregon students, faculty, and staff can find COVID-19 Vaccination by County information here.
    • LA County residents accepted to WesternU for the 2021-22 academic year may register for the vaccine using the links above. You must make an appointment and bring proof of enrollment acceptance to your vaccination appointment.
    • Family and friends of students and employees may register for the vaccine with WesternU only if they meet the eligibility criteria.

    NEW! We are Still in Phase I on the Pomona and Lebanon Campuses:
    See Safety Requirements Below

    WesternU complies with the State of California Reopening Stages and the State of Oregon Reopening Phases. To comply with both states while maintaining consistent reopening of both campuses, we have developed a “Crosswalk” document mapping the relationships between California’s Stages and Oregon’s Phases to arrive at WesternU’s Reopening Phases. See the Crosswalk COVID 19 Phases Crosswalk.

    NEW! COVID-19 Testing

    Pomona On-Campus COVID-19 Testing at the VCC Commons will begin new hours starting Monday, March 22:

    • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7am-10am.
    • You must register prior to arriving for your COVID-19 test through http://covidtest.westernu.edu .

    Oregon On-Campus Testing will continue to be coordinated by Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at Mirabelle Fernandes Paul mfernandespaul@westernu.edu.

    Travel

    Travel restrictions and guidelines remain in place – even for those who have been vaccinated. Student travel is permitted only for the purpose of attending clinical experiential activities.

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

    Stay safe, be well.

  • Mar 12, 2021

    Good morning WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    NEW! The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic, located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 6,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. Many thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who have worked together to make the WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic a success. Together, we are helping to vaccinate LA County and keep our communities safe.

    See WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic Earns Rave Reviews.

    While WesternU COVID-19 indicators look positive, you will see that we still have a few people reporting testing positive for COVID-19 on our campuses. So, it is critically important to remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19. The WesternU COVID-19 dashboards track the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Contact Tracing Team, the number of tests conducted, and vaccines administered.

    On Monday, March 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume (fully vaccinated means ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine). See Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

    IMPORTANT: These guidelines are for fully vaccinated people to resume certain activities in home (residential) settings. Everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue with all mitigation strategies when in public settings. This includes continuing to comply with all safety protocols on the WesternU campuses in Pomona and Lebanon.

    WesternU testing and travel protocols remain unchanged. See the March 6 campus update to review the testing and travel protocols.

    NEW! Watch Barbara O’Malley and Trena Rich
    discuss these important updates in this CRT Minute” Zoom Video.

    Tools for Staying the Course

    NEW! Colleagues, we know these are challenging times, and we have endured a global pandemic for over one year now. As we continue to forge forward, protecting your emotional and mental health is just as important as protecting your physical health. WesternU offers tools and resources for dealing with personal stress:

    • Employees: WesternU provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a valuable resource to help employees manage life’s daily challenges at no cost. It offers help on a variety of issues, including emotional well-being, work issues, parenting and childcare, education, and legal assistance. Learn more about EAP.
    • Students: WesternU provides full-time students with direct access to an EAP for Students through OptumHealth. Under this EAP for Students, students and any member of the student’s immediate household are eligible for free counseling sessions. Learn more at Optum Health.
    • See this CDC information for coping with stress during COVID-19.

    Vaccine Eligibility

    NEW! According to LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), starting Monday, March 15, people under age 65 who are deemed to be high risk of COVID-19 with severe health conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine (those over age 65 are already eligible). Please check the LACDPH website for information:

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information

    • Pomona: All WesternU employees and students are eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine. Book an Appointment Here. Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted.
    • Lebanon: The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them (i.e., MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc.). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. WesternU students, faculty, and staff can find additional information regarding vaccine eligibility at Linn County Department of Public Health.

    Remember, together we are creating a culture of health and safety on our campuses in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

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  • Mar 6, 2021

    Good morning WesternU students, faculty, and staff.

    NEW! The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic located in the HPC on the Pomona campus, has administered over 3,500 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since its opening on February 11. The CRT is receiving questions regarding the protocols for WesternU vaccinated students, faculty, and staff. To clarify:

    The Spring 2021 Testing Protocol for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses Remains in Effect – Even for Those Who Have Received the Vaccination

    SLIGHTLY REVISED! Spring 2021 Testing Protocol for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses

    1. Started first week of January

    1. Provide RT-PCR testing for all individuals returning to campus for the first time and have not received a COVID-19 vaccination
    2. If RT-PCR results are negative, the individual will be allowed to return to campus
    3. Individuals with a positive RT-PCR result will be advised to start home isolation protocol as defined by the local Public Health authority; and
    4. The University’s Contact Tracing Team begins tracing process

    If an individual has proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, they do NOT
    need to take the RT-PCR test

    2. Begins weekly thereafter

    1. Rapid Antigen testing of those individuals coming to campus by cohort
    2. For individuals with a positive Rapid Antigen result
      1. Specimen for an RT-PCR test will be collected
      2. Individuals will be advised to start home isolation protocol as defined by local Public Health authority; and
      3. If RT-PCR results are positive, the University’s Contact Tracing Team begins the tracing process
    3. If RT-PCR results are negative, the individual will be allowed to return to campus

    If an individual has proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, they are still required to take the Rapid Antigen test per the protocol above

    If You Have Traveled

    • California: If you have participated in non-essential travelfrom your primary WesternU residence, then you must quarantine for 10 days upon return regardless of testing, past COVID infections, or vaccination status.
      • If travel was deemed essential (i.e., for clinical rotations, essential work, etc.) then you may end quarantine early and return to campus with a negative Rapid Antigen test. If returning to clinical site, follow any guidelines provided by your site to return.
      • If you are returning from essential travel and have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, a negative rapid antigen test will be required upon return to campus.
    • Oregon: Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival regardless of testing, past COVID infections, or vaccination status.
      • Per the Oregon Health Authority: “Essential travel” includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

    Tracking the Numbers

    The WesternU COVID-19 dashboards track the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Contact Tracing Team, the number of tests conducted, and vaccines administered. The data are updated weekly.

    How to Make an Appointment

    Testing

    COVID-19 Vaccine

    • Pomona: All WesternU employees and students are eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine. Book an Appointment Here.
    • Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted.
    • Lebanon: The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them (i.e., MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc.). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. WesternU students, faculty, and staff can find additional information regarding vaccine eligibility at Linn County Department of Public Health.

    Volunteer at the Pomona Campus WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic

    WesternU faculty, staff, and student volunteers perform various functions, including people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more.

    Learn about volunteering, available shifts, and where to sign up to volunteer.

    Colleagues, as we enter Year 2 of a global pandemic, thank you for your continued vigilance in adhering to safety protocols – on and off campus. Whether you have received the vaccine or not, continue to wear a face covering, check your temperature, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and remain at least 6 ft. apart. Together, we are creating a culture of health and safety on our campuses in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19.

    Stay safe. Be well.

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  • Mar 4, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    This week, while we continue to watch the number of COVID-19 cases go down and the number of COVID-19 vaccinations go up, we look to the future with great optimism. As a University community, we are prevailing in what has been an unprecedented circumstance and year. I would like to take a moment and remember some of the historic moments of this past year.

    As you read through this COVID-19 Timeline of Events, the WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) is credited for mobilizing the entire campus to participate in creating protocols keeping our campuses compliant with national, state, and local guidelines. They have reviewed plans, virtual events, guidelines – all in the spirit of keeping our campuses safe.

    However, they could not have done this without our Colleges, our Units, and our Departments. This message is a tribute to all of you, our Students, Faculty, and Staff. Thank you for a remarkable year.

    COVID-19 Timeline of Events

    This is meant to be a partial listing of events – there is no way to include all of them here.
    Each College, Unit, and Department has overcome its own set of challenges.

    2020

    Late January

    • President Wilson brings the emerging pandemic issue to the President’s Cabinet and in February, he convenes the CRT – one of the first response units of its kind. This swift mobilization is among the earliest pandemic responses by any university in California, and potentially in the country.

    February 24

    • At the request of the President, Dr. Gary Gugelchuk comes out of retirement to advise WesternU’s coronavirus response efforts (after serving the University for 34 years) and becomes known as the CRT Czar.

    February 28

    • Trena Rich is announced as the leader of the initial Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), including:
      • Ms. Trena Rich
      • Dr. Nishita Patel
      • Dr. Tracey McNamara
      • Dr. Robert Warren
      • Dr. Gary Gugelchuk
      • Dr. Clive Houston-Brown

    The CRT is charged with sorting through conflicting national, state, county, and city edicts regarding employee and student safety.

    March 1

    • President Wilson delivers the first all-campus email message regarding the COVID-19 situation and WesternU’s mobilization efforts.
    • The COVID-19 website goes live providing updates and meeting compliance mandates on a national, state, and local level.
    • President Wilson is the first University President to confer with national leaders at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to promote national planning and sharing of information across all health disciplines for the looming severe disruption of didactic and clinical education.

    March 11

    • Course facilitators switch to online delivery of course content. 

    March 12

    • Employees are ordered to work from home until further notice.

    March 13

    • The University established a Coronavirus Logistical Support Team (CLST) led by NeeCee Cornish to triage questions and direct them to the appropriate group(s). The team leads the efforts to provide ongoing logistical support for the transition to a remote-work environment. Team members include Matt Curran, Carolyn Erdman, Desiree Pacheco, Heather Watkins-Imani, Jill Ferreira, and Sara Goldblatt.

    March 16

    • While many student clinical rotations are suspended temporarily, the College of Pharmacy obtains a waiver because our students are licensed interns and considered to be part of the workforce.

    March 19

    • U.S. President Donald Trump urges no gatherings with more than 10 people.
    • State Governors Brown of Oregon and Newsom of California declare each state a disaster area.
    • Governor Newsom orders all California residents to remain in place (stay at home).
    • WesternU President Wilson announces in-person Commencement ceremonies are cancelled.

    March 20

    March 23

    • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issues stay-at-home order for all Oregon residents.

     March 23

    • The CLST launches the Coronavirus Logistical Support SharePoint site with information for Students, Faculty, and Staff during the remote-work period (must be logged in to network to access).

     March 24

    • President Wilson launches a weekly update: Putting People First Newsletter to inspire and motivate WesternU employees working remotely.

    April 1

    • All WesternU Deans were leaders in advocating adaptation of graduation, state licensure, and other professional requirements across the health disciplines. Administrators, Deans, and others literally worked around the clock paying attention to every detail of the quickly unfolding events. This allowed the University to quickly and efficiently pivot in a manner to sustain the academic curriculum and the administrative support units necessary for our students to progress and graduate on time.

     April 27

    • The CLST announces their Quarantine Connected Contest to help morale during the continued remote-work period. WesternU’s Faculty and Staff share images and videos of how their teams continued staying connected throughout the quarantine.

     April 30

     May 11

    • The University announces Skill Share, an initiative that allows for employees working remotely to engage in mission-critical projects across the university to learn new skills.

    May 15

    • The University’s first virtual commencements begin.

    June 10

    • The University forms the Demobilization Task Force (DMTF) to begin planning for a return to campus. Over time, the DMTF sets up 12 work teams to focus on specific planning efforts for the return to campus:
      • Contact Tracing
      • PPE Supply Chain
      • Communication
      • Signage
      • Social Distancing/Space Assignment
      • Cleaning
      • Work Mode
      • Orchestration
      • Core CRT
      • Employee Relations
      • Home Ergonomics
      • Vaccination

    June 26

     June 28

    • CRT begins weekly email updates to campus regarding the status of COVID-19 and safety on campus in Pomona and Lebanon. Updates are posted on the Return to Campus website.

     July 20

    • The CLST announces a second contest called Summer Staycation COVID-19 Edition. This contest is extended to all of the WesternU’s community. The CLST received many photo and video entries of how our Students, Faculty, and Staff were enjoying the summer while adhering to continued safety mandates.

     July 27

    • New Student Orientations begin virtually.

    July 31

    • CRT launches process for contact tracing in accordance with CDC and state/local guidelines.

    August 7

     August 21

    • CRT gains national media recognition for developing two algorithms to help physicians and other health care providers think through issues related to student exposures to COVID-19 at home or while on clinical rotations.

    September 4

    • CRT launches the Qualtrics Survey for monitoring Students, Faculty, and Staff that might have COVID-19 symptoms coming to campus.

    October 9

    • CRT releases a Crosswalk document for returning to campus effectively mapping the California’s Stages and Oregon’s Phases processes.

    October 16

    December 22

    • The CRT issues the WesternU COVID-19 Testing Protocol for Spring 2021.

    December 30

    • CRT Pomona drive-through RT-PCR testing begins for those required to be on campus – testing over 600 people in the first week.

    2021

     February 8

    • Employee Health & Safety (EHS) begins providing the COVID-19 RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing for the Pomona campus in the VCC building.

    February 11

    • WesternU is designated an LA County community health care partner and within just 36 hours’ notice, begins issuing COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Students, Faculty, Staff, and eligible LA County residents – administering over 1,000 vaccinations in the first week.

    February 13

    February 19

     By the Numbers

    • 50+ weekly CRT updates to campus.
    • 2,000+ questions/emails responded to.
    • 150+ activities and demobilization plans reviewed for campus safety.

    Of Significance

    • Throughout this time, WesternU Health and WesternU Pet Health continue to provide care. Although limited to emergency and urgent care in most services during the early months, the communities we serve are well supported. Our Students, Faculty, and Staff were (and continue to be) essential front-line workers throughout the pandemic. 
    • WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff play a significant role in local and national media. See WesternU COVID-19 Media Stories

    CRT members:

    Core CRT

    Expanded Current CRT

    • Ms. Trena Rich
    • Ms. Denise (NeeCee) Cornish
    • Dr. John Pham
    • Dr. Nishita Patel
    • Dr. Robert Warren
    • Dr. Brent Fung
    • Dr. Preeti Kotha
    • Ms. Shelby Reyes
    • Dr. Gary Gugelchuk
    • Dr. Clive Houston-Brown
    • Ms. Barbara O’Malley

     

    • Ms. Michael Butler
    • Ms. Laura Aung
    • Ms. Chique Magsino
    • Ms. Linda Emilio
    • Mr. Quincy Kinsey
    • Ms. Jill Ferreira
    • Mr. Matt Curran
    • Mr. Todd Clark
    • Mr. Mark Haupt
    • Dr. Stephanie White
    • Ms. Selina Rivera
    • Ms. Sara Goldblatt

    Colleagues, this is just a sampling of events that happened over this past year. Each College, Unit, and Department experienced its own unique challenges and worked to overcome them. As we remember this year, let us do so with a grateful spirit – recognizing the suffering and pain that so many in our community and our world has endured. I, for one, am grateful to be part of this incredible community of health care providers and health care advocates. We are committed to one common mission: To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • Feb 26, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU students, faculty, and staff.

    NEW! The CRT is dedicated to communicating in a manner that promotes transparency. To this end, our new dashboards track the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Contact Tracing Team, the number of tests conducted, and vaccines administered. The data are updated weekly.

    Track COVID-19 in California and Oregon.

    Testing Reminders

    Pomona: To register for pre-screening and a COVID-19 test, visit http://covidtest.westernu.edu (while signed in with your WesternU credentials). Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with links to consent forms and instructions. You may also visit the COVID-19 Testing SharePoint page for additional information. Testing will be done on a walk-up basis during your appointment timeframe.

    Lebanon: RT-PCR testing is available in Lebanon on an as-needed basis and administered through Samaritan Health Services. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding WesternU Oregon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at mfernandespaul@westernu.edu.

    Vaccines-Pomona

    NEW! On Monday, March 1, LA County will extend Tier 1, Phase A (plus people over age 65) vaccine eligibility to the following sectors:

    • Education and Childcare
    • Emergency services
    • Food and agriculture
    • Veterinarians

    Opening this new Tier for vaccines makes all WesternU employees and students eligible for the FREE COVID-19 vaccine.
    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic (in the HPC) will be open next week:
    Wednesday – Saturday (March 3-6).

    Hours and appointments available will be based on doses we are provided from the county. You must make an appointment to get the vaccine – no walk-ups accepted.

    Learn more about vaccinations in LA County
    and schedule your appointment here.

    The WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic is open to WesternU employees, students, citizens of LA County, and members of the public working in human and animal health care in LA County. WesternU Health administers the Vaccine Clinic in accordance with COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidelines. See the new WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic public-facing website. The Clinic, located in the HPC, is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine only.

    Vaccine-Pomona Reminders

    • If you need the second vaccine, try to make your second appointment at the same site you received the first one. According to the CDC, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with any other COVID-19 vaccine products. Because of this, we will turn away anyone whose first COVID-19 vaccine is not from the same manufacturer WesternU is administering.
    • When you come to campus to get the vaccine, please allow extra time. You must wait 15-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to make sure you do not experience a reaction. A Health Professional Observation Team monitors all vaccine recipients for any adverse reaction to the vaccine. During this observation time, you will be able to schedule your follow-up appointment to receive the required second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
    • WesternU employees, community members, and volunteers will all park behind the VCC in Parking Lot E.
    • Do not come to campus for a vaccine if:
    • Please review WesternU COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions regarding vaccines. If you do not find the answer to your question, email the Coronavirus Response Team at CRT@westernu.edu.

    Vaccines-Lebanon Reminders

    The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Oregon students rotating with them (MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. WesternU students, faculty, and staff, see additional information at Linn County Department of Public Health. Visit the Linn County website to determine your eligibility for the vaccine.

    NEW! We need you!

    The CRT is calling for volunteers (faculty, staff, students only) to perform various functions, including people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more. Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and arranges volunteer time with their supervisor may consider volunteering.

    Learn about volunteering, shifts, and sign up to volunteer.

    Volunteers coming to campus for the first time since Jan. 1, 2021 should not be symptomatic for COVID-19 and should have a negative Rapid Antigen Test. Please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQs.


    Dr. Stephanie White, Chief Medical Officer at WesternU Health, provides instruction to volunteers as they prepare for the day’s Clinic.


    Dr. Stephanie White and Dr. Preeti Kotha, Director of Pharmacy Services and Operations, are on hand to answer questions and assist guests and volunteers throughout the day.

    For questions related to volunteering, please email Vaccine_volunteer@westernu.edu

    Other Resources

    Did you know?

    WesternU is the only graduate level health sciences university offering 9 different health care specialties allowing for interprofessional healthcare professions to work together in a caring and compassionate manner to heal. According to this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health article, interprofessional teams play a strong role in building resiliency during on-going crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. See How to Build—And Lead—Resilient Health Care Teams During COVID-19. Stay strong, WesternU. We are getting through this together.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • Feb 19, 2021

    We are living in historic times, and we have more good news! State dashboards indicate that COVID-19 cases are trending down in California and Oregon. Here at WesternU, we are pleased to report the same downward trend in COVID-19 cases. Contact tracing incidents are also down. Thanks to all of you for helping us get through this pandemic.

    NEW! See our WesternU COVID-19 Cases Dashboard.

    Testing-Pomona

    The Student-Employee Health Office (SEHO) and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) work together with faculty, staff, and students to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

    NEW! SEHO and EH&S took over Pomona COVID-19 testing on Monday, Feb. 8. So far, more than 2,400 tests have been conducted on the Pomona campus. Thank you to faculty, staff, and students assisting in this effort.

    NEW! See our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.

    To register for pre-screening and to register for a COVID-19 test, visit http://covidtest.westernu.edu (while signed in with your WesternU credentials). This will assist the SEHO with the mandated local Public Health authority reporting.

    Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with links to consent forms and instructions. You may also visit the COVID-19 Testing SharePoint page for additional information.

    Testing will be done on a walk-up basis during your appointment timeframe.

    Testing-Lebanon

    RT-PCR testing is available in Lebanon on an as-needed basis and administered through Samaritan Health Services. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding WesternU Oregon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at mfernandespaul@westernu.edu.

    Vaccines-Pomona

    WesternU, an LA County community health care partner, began providing FREE COVID-19 vaccines to eligible WesternU community members and LA County residents on Thursday, Feb. 11. The vaccines were administered according to LA County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidelines. Members of the public working in human healthcare in LA County are also eligible to receive the vaccine.

    NEW! See our COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard  for daily totals.

    WesternU eligible faculty, staff, students, and community members can schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointment at LA County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine website. Check this website for the Vaccination schedule and vaccine type, e.g., Pfizer or Moderna, for WesternU. Days and times are subject to change.

    Last week’s vaccine media story is receiving lots of love. See WesternU Begins Administering COVID-19 Vaccines.

    Pomona Vaccine Clinic Location

    WesternU employees, community members, and volunteers will all park behind the VCC.

    Pfizer Vaccine Only

    • Currently, we have access to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine only. We are receiving and administering up to 975 doses per week.
    • If you need the second vaccine, try to make your second appointment at the same site you received the first one. According to the CDC, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with any other COVID-19 vaccine products. Because of this, we will turn away anyone whose first COVID-19 vaccine is not from the same manufacturer WesternU is administering.
    • When you come to campus to get the vaccine, please allow extra time. You must wait 15-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine to make sure you do not experience a reaction. A Health Professional Observation Team monitors all vaccine recipients for any adverse reaction to the vaccine. During this observation time, you will be able to schedule your follow-up appointment to receive the required second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
    • NEW! Do not come to campus for a vaccine if:

    Vaccines-Lebanon

    The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Lebanon students rotating with them (MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information. Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. See additional information at Linn County Department of Public Health.

    If you have any questions or would like more information regarding WesternU Oregon vaccines, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at mfernandespaul@westernu.edu

    NEW! Thank You, Pomona Campus Volunteers!

    The CRT called for 45 volunteers (faculty, staff, students only) and our community rose to the challenge. Thank you for volunteering. Volunteers perform various functions from people way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, data entry, and more.

    Learn more about volunteering, shifts, and sign up to volunteer.

    Volunteers coming to campus for the first time since Jan. 1, 2021 should not be symptomatic for COVID-19 and should have a negative Rapid Antigen Test. Please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQs.

    Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and arranges volunteer time with their supervisor may consider volunteering.

    Volunteer Carolyn Erdman enters data as part of the volunteer effort.

    If you have questions related to volunteering, please email Vaccine_volunteer@westernu.edu.

     Other Resources

    NEW! Colleagues, as we round this corner and seek to have at least 70% of our total campus population vaccinated, I ask that we not let our guards down and continue the safety protocols – even after testing and vaccines. See this WebMD article stating that herd immunity might take up to 9 months or even longer.

    Together, we create a campus community and culture dedicated to keeping ourselves and our communities safe – even through the most trying times. Thank you for your continued dedication.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • Feb 11, 2021

    WesternU Pomona Vaccines – Breaking News!

    WesternU has been designated an LA County community health care partner providing vaccines in accordance with LA County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Guidelines (See Phase 1A and 1B). In this capacity, WesternU will administer COVID-19 vaccinations to the WesternU community and to LA County residents in the HPC Student Commons. FREE vaccinations begin on Thursday, Feb. 11.

    • WesternU eligible faculty, staff, students, and community members schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at LA County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine website.
    • Ongoing Vaccination Schedule (subject to change): Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 3pm.
    • WesternU employees, community members, and volunteers will all park behind the VCC.

    Pfizer Vaccine Only

    • Currently, we will have access to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine only. We will be receiving and administering up to 975 doses per week.
    • When you come to campus to get the vaccine, please allow extra time. After receiving the vaccine, you will be required to wait 15-30 minutes to make sure you do not have a reaction. A Health Professional Observation Team will be monitoring all patients for any adverse reaction to the vaccine. During this observation time, you will be able to schedule your follow-up appointment to receive the required second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
    • Unless you have an appointment to be vaccinated, do not come to campus for a vaccine. Additionally, do not come to campus if you are symptomatic. Report any symptoms using the WesternU COVID Daily Reporting Survey.
    • If you need the second vaccine, please try to make your second appointment at the same site you received the first one. This is to ensure you receive the same branded vaccine. Please Note: The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with any other COVID-19 vaccine products, according to the CDC
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be available on-site at no charge (N95 Respirators not included). Remember to follow all safety protocols on (and off) campus. Wear a mask, social distance, wash hands, and use hand sanitizer.
    • We expect this will be an evolving process, so we thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.

    Call for Volunteers – We Need You!

    The CRT has identified a need for 45 volunteers with some starting Thursday, Feb. 11 by 7 am, IF they have passed the Rapid Antigen Test, for training to help with various stages of the COVID-19 immunizations.

    Any WesternU student or employee that is not assigned to curricular activities and/or arranges volunteer time with their supervisor may consider volunteering.

    Volunteers will perform various functions: patient way-finders, health screenings related to safe receipt of immunization, patient data entry into the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), drawn vaccine runners/area cleaners, and vaccinators (approved licensed professionals and students under supervision).

    Volunteers coming to campus for the first time since January 1, 2021 should be non-symptomatic and should have a negative Rapid Antigen Test. Please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQs.

    WesternU Lebanon Vaccines 

    The major clinical rotation sites have agreed to vaccinate WesternU Lebanon students who are rotating with them (MultiCare, SHS, PeaceHealth, St Charles​, Providence, etc). ​Contact the clinical education department for more information.  Students who have Kaiser can go there for vaccines. Linn County Department of Public Health is open to seniors over 80, K-12 educators, and 1a health care personnel. See more at Linn County Department of Public Health.

     If you have any questions or would like more information regarding WesternU Oregon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at mfernandespaul@westernu.edu

     Other Resources

    Colleagues, this CA designation is a great honor and speaks to our collective commitment to providing excellence in health care education and services to our communities. Together, we are getting through this pandemic as safely as possible, and now we will play an even greater role in helping our communities get through it. Thank you in advance for volunteering your service and for getting the vaccine when you are eligible.

  • Feb 5, 2021

    The Student-Employee Health Office (SEHO) and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) assist the WesternU campuses in providing and maintaining a safe and healthful workplace. Beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, EHS will be providing the COVID-19 RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing for the Pomona campus in the VCC building. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) from SEHO will be on site, working with College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) students to assist in administering testing for those required to be on campus or in class.

    Pomona Campus
    New COVID-19 Testing Location
    starts Monday, February 8

    DAYS

    TIMES

    LOCATION

    Room

    Monday – Thursday

    7 am – 2:45pm

    VCC Building

    Commons

    Friday

    7 am – 12:45pm

    VCC Building

    Commons

    COVID-19 Testing Registration

    To register your information for pre-screening and to register for a COVID-19 test, visit http://covidtest.westernu.edu (while signed in with your WesternU credentials). This will assist with mandated LA County Department of Public Health reporting.

    Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with links to consent forms and instructions. You may also visit the COVID-19 Testing SharePoint page for additional information.

    Testing will be done on a walk-up basis during your appointment timeframe. 

    Baseline RT-PCR Test for all Students/Employees Returning to Campus for the First Time

    • All students returning to campus for hands-on curriculum and clinical activities regardless of the length of time on campus, must take an RT-PCR baseline test no earlier than 7 days prior to their initial return date. ​
    • All employees returning to campus at least 2 hours or more per week must take an RT-PCR baseline test no earlier than 7 days prior to their initial return date. ​
    • If you received a positive, laboratory confirmed COVID diagnosis in the past 90 days, you need to receive a rapid antigen test on your initial date of return instead. ​

    Rapid Antigen Test for all Students/Employees Returning to Campus Ongoing

    • All students and employees on campus will receive a rapid antigen test once per month. Your testing date will be determined by your College/Department.
    • If your Rapid Antigen Test is positive, you will be asked to undergo confirmatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing. You will also be sent home to begin isolation until the RT-PCR results are known.

    We are currently planning on testing people even if they have already received the COVID-19 vaccination. The test results are not affected by vaccination status.

    • For those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and at least 2 weeks have passed since the last one was received, you can obtain the rapid antigen test on the day of your return to campus. The SEHO asks that you send your immunization record that shows both doses were received to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu.

    You may register for both the RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests via http://covidtest.westernu.edu. Because the amount of people being tested, we recommend you arrive at least 1 hour prior to your scheduled class. Again, this protocol may continue to evolve, so stay tuned for updates and thank you for your continued patience.

    Lebanon Campus COVID-19 Testing Schedule

    RT-PCR testing is available in Lebanon on an as-needed basis and administered through Samaritan Health Services. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding WesternU Oregon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at mfernandespaul@westernu.edu. Thank you for your patience as we work through testing implementation to comply with the Oregon Health Authority mandates and work to ensure a safe campus environment for all.

    Remember

    • Do not come to campus for testing unless you are required to be in a class, or you are required to work on location.
    • Do not come to campus for your Rapid Antigen Test if you are symptomatic. Report your symptoms using the WesternU COVID Daily Reporting Survey.

    Vaccines

    WesternU is communicating regularly with California and Oregon health authorities about COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Please be patient as we continue to navigate this process. In the meantime, WesternU President Wilson and Dr. David Sanchez are making national news and building awareness of WesternU as experts in COVID-19 vaccinations. See Medical experts: Public perception around COVID-19 vaccine needs to change.

    Other Resources

  • Jan 29, 2021

    Testing schedule for Pomona

    COVID-19 testing on the Pomona campus will continue on the same schedule next week. Regular RT-PCR drive-up testing – no appointment necessary – (9 am-2:45 pm) and rapid antigen walk-up testing (9 am-2:45 pm) will be available Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 5. Colleges or departments needing rapid antigen testing between 7-9 am must schedule appointments in advance. Please email CRT@westernu.edu with your testing request immediately.

     

    Testing is in the parking lot behind the Administration & Alumni Center (AAC) at 359 E. Second St. Enter off Gibbs and exit on Palomares.

     

    For pre-screening and to register for a COVID-19 test, visit http://covidtest.westernu.edu.

     

    • You will be asked to upload a photo of your WesternU photo ID when you register for the RT-PCR test. *(See below for additional Student ID instructions)
    • You will be required to show your WesternU ID and a Government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver license, passport) when you arrive.

     

    Testing schedule for Lebanon

    RT-PCR testing will be available in Lebanon from noon to 5 pm Thursday, February 4, administered through Samaritan Health Services. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding WesternU Oregon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu or Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul at mfernandespaul@westernu.edu.

     

    *How To Find Your Student ID

    Students who have not received their ID badge yet or are not sure of their ID number, please follow these steps:

    1. Log into the YOU portal https://you.westernu.edu
    2. Click on Self-Service (BanWeb) located in the top right corner
    3. From Self-Service, click on the Student Services link located in the top right corner
    4. Access the Student Records Menu
    5. Access the Account Summary Link
    6. Your Student ID is located in the top right corner of the screen

    Vaccine distribution

    WesternU is communicating regularly with California and Oregon authorities about COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Most, if not all, doses are going to large-scale point of distribution vaccine sites, or Mega PODs. Please be patient as we continue to navigate this process.

     

    California vaccine information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19Vaccine.aspx

    Oregon vaccine information: https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/

     

    Proof of vaccination

    If you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, please submit documentation to the Student/Employee Health Office at stu-emphealth@westernu.edu.

     

    Additional resources

    Please visit the Coronavirus FAQ for more information about testing, vaccinations, travel and more.

    View the Jan. 14, 2021 COVID-19 Testing Webinar recording and supplemental materials: https://www.westernu.edu/health/covid19-protocols/

  • Jan 22, 2021

    Good evening WesternU students, faculty, and staff,

    COVID-19 Testing

    COVID-19 testing on the Pomona campus has resumed. Regular RT-PCR drive-up testing – no appointment necessary – (9am-2:45pm) and rapid antigen walk-up testing (9am-2:45pm) are available weekdays through Friday, February 5, 2021.

    Additional information on testing after this date will be coming soon. Scheduled appointments made by Colleges for rapid antigen testing between 7-9 am have also resumed. Testing is in the parking lot behind the Administration & Alumni Center (AAC) at 359 E. Second St. Enter off Gibbs and exit on Palomares.

    For pre-screening and to register for a COVID-19 test, visit http://covidtest.westernu.edu.

    • You will be asked to upload a photo of your WesternU photo ID when you register for the RT-PCR test.
    • You will be required to show your WesternU ID and a Government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver license, passport) when you arrive for your scheduled appointment.

    WesternU Oregon is working with Samaritan Health Services for COVID-19 testing. Specific dates/times/directions will be sent to the WesternU Oregon faculty, staff, and students. If you have any immediate questions or concerns regarding WesternU Oregon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu.

    Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 updates:

    https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates:

    http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/index.htm

    Eye protection recommended

    The CDC recommends that health care personnel wear eye protection to help prevent the spread of infection. Eye protection, such as face shields and goggles, protect your eyes from splashes, sprays, and infectious droplets. Your eyes are a potential portal of entry for COVID-19. See the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)’s The Basics of Eye Protection for COVID-19.

    The CRT highly recommends wearing a face shield when working within 6 feet of others. Anyone volunteering to be part of vaccination administration is encouraged to wear a face shield along with other PPE. Face shields are available to all WesternU employees and students.  They can be requested through your college or department’s designated PPE requestor via the PPE request form, available on this page.

    Vaccine reminder

    If you are receiving your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please make your second appointment at the same site to ensure you receive the same branded vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products, according to the CDC

    Call for volunteers

    WesternU is looking for faculty and staff volunteers to help conduct COVID-19 testing. Please help us keep our University safe. Volunteer opportunities will be posted on Skill Share: https://www.westernu.edu/skillshare/.

    WesternU encourages students to volunteer at vaccine administration sites if it is part of your curriculum or if you can get service credit. Please help be part of the solution to mass vaccinate.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please check the Coronavirus FAQ, which is updated often as new questions are submitted and new information is made available.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • Jan 15, 2021

    Good evening WesternU students, faculty, and staff:

    The COVID-19 testing process is an evolving one, and our first week back from winter break resulted in hundreds of tests for our essential students, faculty and staff, as well as a lot of questions. In response, the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) held a COVID-19 Testing Webinar on Jan. 14, which attracted 125 participants. Thank you to all who submitted questions and who participated in the webinar.

     A link to the CRT webinar and copy of the questions and answers will be

    distributed to campus the week of Jan. 18.

    Please also refer to Frequently Asked Questions related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

    Please send pandemic related-questions to the Coronavirus Response Team at CRT@westernu.edu. Please DO NOT email the CRT with any HIPAA-protected information.

    Email the Student/Employee Health Office at stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. Please use this email to send vaccination records, including records of the COVID-19 vaccine, and health-related files in compliance with FERPA/HIPAA.

    Contact tracing-related questions and reporting can be sent to COVIDTracing@westernu.edu.

    Send COVID-19 test results to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu for Pomona or COVIDTesting-Oregon@westernu.edu for Lebanon. This email is only to submit test results. Testing-related questions should be directed to your college/department, the CRT or Contact Tracing.

    Thank you to Dr. Gary Gugelchuk for hosting the event. Thank you to our CRT panelists: Trena Rich, Shelby Reyes, Dr. Nishita Patel, Dr. Robert Warren, Dr. John Pham, Dr. Preeti Kotha and Dr. Brent Fung. And thank you to all CRT members for your hard work that began nearly a year ago and will continue on as we create a culture of health and safety in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • January 8, 2021

    Good morning WesternU Community,

    Our first week of Pomona campus testing got off to a fast startFrom Jan. 2 – 4, we tested over 600 people – those essential faculty, staff, and students needed to care for patients and/or participate in essential lab work. As with any monumental effort such as this, there were some glitches that we had to work through. So, we thank you for your patience. The good news is – the testing is working. One of our testing goals is to keep the campus safe, and we were able to detect 6 positive COVID-19 cases over the three days, and these people were sent home to recover – protecting themselves and others. Please see the WesternU COVID-19 Statistics with reported student and employee cases since Aug. 2020.

    Do Not Come to Campus – Unless Absolutely Necessary

    Supervisors and managers: COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate in California and Oregon. Please make sure that only essential employees are coming to campus to work. Anyone who can work from home must work from home.

    Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases

    Report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure and positive COVID-19 cases using this COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure, Case Reporting Form. And please remember patient confidentiality and only report cases via email to the WesternU Contact Tracing Team at COVIDTracing@westernu.edu. DO NOT send any personal information (including names) of persons with COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, or positive cases via email to the CRT.

    WesternU Lebanon
    WesternU-Lebanon is working with Samaritan Health Services for COVID-19 testing. Specific dates/times/directions will be sent to the WesternU-Lebanon faculty, staff, and students. If you have any immediate questions or concerns regarding WesternU-Lebanon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu.

    Please see these resources with regular updates related to COVID-19:
    Oregon Health Authority

    CA.Gov COVID-19 Updates

    WesternU’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

     

    CRT’s WesternU COVID-19 Testing Webinar
    Save the Date and Send Your Questions to CRT!
    Thurs. Jan. 14, 2021
    Noon

    Webinar Zoom Link: https://westernu.zoom.us/j/99796377518?pwd=c1pjRVVXOWJEQXBSVWlKN0h6RkVIZz09

    Webinar Password: 541438

    Colleagues, the COVID-19 testing process is an evolving one, requiring us to make rapid changes when necessary to deal with the changing circumstances. The CRT has been working through your questions related to COVID-19 and are featured here: Frequently Asked Questions related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The CRT is holding a webinar next week to answer as many questions as we can. We encourage you to:

    1. Study the current FAQs
    2. Submit any new questions now to CRT leaders so that they are prepared to answer quickly. Submit your questions here by 5pm on Monday, Jan. 11: https://westernu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8e4fHZv1jmlIklv.

    To the entire WesternU community, whether you are working/studying from home or on our campuses for essential duties, best of luck during our spring semester and please do everything you can do to keep yourself and others safe. We will get through this together by recommitting to our collective and noble mission:

    To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • January 4, 2021

    Good evening WesternU faculty and staff.

    As previously announced, all individuals who will be on campus on a regular basis are required to take an RT-PCR test and receive a negative result before being allowed to return to campus to work.

    Due to the relatively low RT-CRT test positivity rates, quick turnaround time with RT-PCR results, and complexity experienced today with our current rapid antigen test process/forms, we are pausing the rapid antigen testing for the remainder of this week to streamline the process (RT-PCR testing will still be available). Once appropriately streamlined, we will re-start rapid antigen testing. This means anyone planning to return to campus on a regular basis effective this week or early next week must take the RT-PCR test early enough (at least 2 days prior) to be sure to receive their results before they are scheduled to return to work on campus.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Jan 3rd, 2021

    Good afternoon WesternU employees, I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break.

    If you are arriving on campus for the first time since January 1st, 2021 and have not been tested for COVID with an RT-PCR test in the past 7 days, you MUST proceed immediately to the WesternU testing site to be tested. Prior to going you need to go to the website covidtest.westernu.edu to register, and then go to the parking lot between the University Service Center (USC) building and the bookstore (near the fountain mid-campus) to be tested. The testing site is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm until January 15th.

    If you had COVID testing outside of WesternU in the past 7 days, you MUST submit your test results to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu to be cleared for return on campus.

    For additional questions, please go to the WesternU COVID FAQ webpage.

    Please watch this video of the rapid antigen test so you are familiar with the process when you are given this test during the semester. Thanks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCpj-LBTxOo

    Stay safe and be well.

  • Jan 1, 2021

    Good morning WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students. A Happy New Year to all!

    Thank you for the questions and feedback you submitted after receiving the December 30, 2020 Return to Campus update. The CRT has developed answers to the questions received:

    Q: How much will the RT-PCR test cost?

    A: The test is free to all WesternU Employees and Students.

    Q: I would like to have my partner and child tested but they are not an employee or student at WesternU. Can they be tested too?

    A: No. COVID-19 testing is open only to WesternU employees and students.

    Q: Do I have to take the COVID-19 test through WesternU, or can I take it anywhere and show proof of our test results?

    A: You are free to have your COVID-19 test performed by WesternU or some other organization.  Regardless of where you go for testing, your test would have to be administered within a certain time frame to be valid. You need to have the RT- PCR test (not a rapid antigen) done ideally 2-5 days before your return, but no more than 7 days prior to your return, as this will give the lab sufficient time to process your test specimen and get the results back to you. Please note, any lab results from outside of a WesternU sponsored testing event should be submitted to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu for tracking purposes .

    Q: I scheduled an appointment for testing on campus but need to cancel it now. What do I do?

    A: You do not need to cancel the appointment.

    Q: Do I have to have an appointment in order to get tested?

    A: Although an appointment is preferred, COVID Wellness (the company performing the testing) will have a walk-up testing line. Please note, you may have to wait while those with appointments are taken care of first.

    Q: I am a first year student and I would like to schedule a COVID-19 test through the university. However, I still have not received my WesternU photo ID. Is it possible to book the appointment without it?

    A: How To Find Your Student ID

    1. Log into the YOU portal https://you.westernu.edu
    2. Click on Self-Service (BanWeb) located in the top right corneryou-portal
    3. From Self-Service, click on the Student Services link located in the top right corner
    4. Access the Student Records Menu
    5. Access the Account Summary Link
    6. Your Student ID is located in the top right corner of the screen

     Colleagues, we know this is a challenging time and hope this Q&A helps to answer some of your questions. Please visit Frequently Asked Questions related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for NEW Q&As just added. See the Return to Campus website for the latest Updates.

    Save the Date!

    The CRT is arranging webinars on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 6 at Noon to answer any questions you might have regarding testing. Save the date and meet some of our CRT leaders working hard to keep our campus as safe as possible. Watch for webinar details coming soon!

    Happy New Year! Together we will make 2021 the healthiest possible for each of us at WesternU and for the communities we serve.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • Dev 30th, 2020

    Dear WesternU Faculty and Staff,

    The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) has spent much time diligently working through the many details needed to develop and implement COVID-19 testing protocols for anyone coming onto the Pomona or Lebanon campuses. Please see these initial WesternU COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Spring Semester for those coming onto campus.

    WesternU Pomona

    WesternU Pomona has contracted with COVID Wellness for COVID-19 testing for those coming onto campus starting on Monday, January 4, 2021. Those of you who will be coming onto the Pomona campus for Spring semester will have multiple opportunities for testing, and we encourage you to get tested at least 48-72 hours prior to your need to be on campus. A separate communication will be sent to students required to be on campus. Remember, COVID-19 testing is for asymptomatic individuals onlySymptomatic individuals should not come to campus. Also, if it is not absolutely necessary for you to come to campus, please do not come and continue working from home as arranged with your supervisor.

     

    WesternU Pomona COVID-19 Testing (You must schedule an appointment)

    Pomona drive-through RT-PCR testing begins on
    Saturday and Sunday, January 2 and 3.
    Many other dates are available.

     Location
    The parking lot behind the Administration & Alumni Center (AAC) at 359 E. Second St.
    Enter off Gibbs and exit on Palomares.

     Hours
    9am – 2:45pm

    Walk-up testing is also available.

    For pre-screening and to schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment, visit http://covidtest.westernu.edu.

    • You will be asked to upload photos of your WesternU photo ID when you register for the appointment.
    • You will be required to show your WesternU ID and a Government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver license, passport) when you arrive for your scheduled appointment.

    Please note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, we recommend you not receive a RT-PCR test; however, you will still be able to obtain a rapid antigen test for COVID-19. For COVID-19 tracking purposes, please send your positive COVID-19 test results to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu.

    WesternU Lebanon

    WesternU-Lebanon is working with Samaritan Health Services for COVID-19 testing. Specific dates/times/directions will be sent to the WesternU-Lebanon faculty, staff, and students. If you have any immediate questions or concerns regarding WesternU-Lebanon testing, please contact Dr. John Pham at jtpham@westernu.edu.

     

    Spring 2021 Testing Protocol for Pomona and Lebanon Campuses

    1. Begins first week of January
      1. Provide RT-PCR testing for all individuals returning to campus
    • If RT-PCR results are negative, the individual will be allowed to return to campus
    • Individuals with a positive RT-PCR result will be advised to start home isolation protocol as defined by the local Public Health authority; and
    • The University’s Contact Tracing Team begins tracing process
    1. Begins weekly thereafter
      1. Rapid Antigen testing of those individuals coming to campus by cohort
      2. For individuals with a positive Rapid Antigen result
    • Specimen for an RT-PCR test will be collected
    • Individuals will be advised to start home isolation protocol as defined by local Public Health authority; and
    • If RT-PCR results are positive, the University’s Contact Tracing Team begins tracing process
    • If RT-PCR results are negative, the individual will be allowed to return to campus

    Please see updated COVID-19 FAQs on the COVID-19 website.

    Happy New Year! And remember…safety first!

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • Dec 22, 2020

    The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) is diligently working through the many details needed to develop COVID-19 testing protocols for anyone coming onto the Pomona or Lebanon campuses. I am pleased to share with you our initial WesternU COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Spring Semester for those coming onto campus.

    WesternU COVID-19 Testing Protocol
    Spring Semester 2021

    This testing protocol is for asymptomatic individuals only.

    Symptomatic individuals should not come to campus.

    Goals

    1. Identify and isolate asymptomatic contagious faculty, staff, and students before return to campus.
    2. Identify significant outbreak(s) during spring semester.

    Testing

    1. Begins first week of January
      1. Provide RT-PCR testing for all individuals returning to campus*
        • If RT-PCR results are negative, the individual will be allowed to return to campus
        • Individuals with a positive RT-PCR result will be advised to start home isolation protocol as defined by Public Health authority; and
        • Contact Tracing Team begins tracing process
    2. Begins weekly thereafter
      1. Rapid Antigen testing of those individuals coming to campus by cohort*
      2. For individuals with a positive Rapid Antigen result
        • Specimen for an RT-PCR test will be collected
        • Individuals will be advised to start home isolation protocol as defined by Public Health authority; and
        • If RT-PCR results are positive, Contact Tracing Team begins tracing process
        • If RT-PCR results are negative, the individual will be allowed to return to campus

    * NOTE: Logistics of the RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen testing process and protocol are still being finalized and will be communicated in upcoming emails over the Winter Break.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information

    WesternU is working diligently with local and state government officials in California and Oregon to acquire vaccines for our faculty, staff, and students.

    For WesternU students located in any states and engaged in clinicals (including California and Oregon), you might be offered the vaccine at your clinical site. If you do receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinical site, please provide a copy of the vaccine administration form to WesternU’s Student-Employee Health. The record will be kept in your health record for future reference. This is a rapidly evolving situation with nuances by state and by clinical site. Watch for more information to come from us, and we encourage you to also check with your clinical site for information available.

    Resources:

    LA County Public Health

    Oregon Health Authority

    CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

    At WesternU, we are a community committed to creating a culture of health and safety in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Enjoy this holiday season and the Winter Break.

    Stay safe. Be well.

  • December 18, 2020

    Vaccines, Travel, Testing, Winter Break, and Tracing

    The Path Forward

    Good morning WesternU Community,

    As this historic and unprecedented year comes to a close, we look forward to a New Year and the beginning of the end of COVID-19. Vaccine information is rapidly evolving, so here is what we know now.

    Vaccines

    Pfizer and Other Vaccines on the Horizon

    On December 11, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. This triggered the CDC to release their COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

    Moderna is very close to FDA approval with their vaccine, and other pharmaceutical companies have vaccines in the pipeline.

    Both California and Oregon have confirmed that the vaccine has arrived in each state. Health care providers, those in long-term care facilities and other high-risk populations are among the first being administered the vaccine. Initial doses of any COVID-19 vaccine will be limited; therefore, the university will be required to follow a phased approach to vaccine allocation as mandated by the local public health authorities. Both states are developing plans for vaccine dissemination. Learn more at LA County Public Health and Oregon Health Authority.

    What Does this Mean for WesternU?

    WesternU is working diligently with local and state government in both states to acquire vaccines for our students. Watch for more information to come.

    Also, WesternU students working on rotations might have access to the COVID-19 vaccine at the health services organizations for which they are working. This vaccine distribution is at the discretion of the health services organizations. It is not expected the public will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine until next spring or later. WesternU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to check with their health care providers for COVID-19 vaccine information. Student-Employee Health asks that you provide a copy of the vaccine administration form to them if you do receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinical site. The record will be kept in your health record for future reference.

    Even after vaccines are available, it will be imperative to continue to follow safety protocols, and we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, CA, OR, and local public health officials.

    • Wear a face covering everywhere you go.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit or any other COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home.
    • If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 10 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home.
    • Avoid travel.
    • Avoid gatherings.

    Travel

    If you travel, you are responsible for securing and paying for your own COVID-19 tests due to personal travel upon return to California or Oregon.

    As you know, the CDC is advising against any unnecessary travel. See CDC Travel. The state of California and the state of Oregon have issued stay-at-home orders with variations by county. I encourage you to see the state plans and impact/variations by county on the links below.

    California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

    Building a Safe & Strong Oregon

    Know Before You Go: Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return. Check these websites for travel alerts and information:

    If you Go: Upon return, WesternU faculty, staff, and students will have these options:

    1. Individuals will be required to remain off campus and self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
    2. Individuals may provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result that meets one of following specifications:
      • One negative RT-PCR test result that was taken on either day 5, 6, or 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
      • Two negative rapid antigen test results on subsequent days: day 5 AND 6 OR day 6 AND 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus).

    Students!

    These travel recommendations do not apply to students traveling between rotation sites. Depending on the country, state, and local COVID-19 safty requirements, students may need to factor in quarantine period mandates as part of their rotation schedules.

    Other Travel Resources

    1. WesternU Travel Guidelines
    2. International Travel
    3. Domestic Travel
    4. Returning Traveler
    5. Student Rotations
    6. Reporting Suspected Cases

    COVID-19 Testing Coming in 2021

    The Coronavirus Response Team(CRT), working with the Deans, is developing a COVID-19 testing protocol which will be in place in January for faculty, staff, and students coming to the Pomona and Lebanon campuses.

    Watch for more COVID-19 testing information to come.

    Winter Break

    December 18, 5pm – January 4, 8am

    WesternU will close for Winter Break at 5 pm today, Friday, December 18, 2020 and reopen at 8 am Monday, January 4, 2021. For WesternU Pomona, essential services, including patient care clinics, will remain open (with hours determined by the clinics). Several other employees will be working from home, as well.

    Essential services staff and the few researchers who must come to campus to use the research laboratories during the Winter Break are required to complete the Qualtrics Survey and follow all WesternU safety protocols. See the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening Survey Training Documentation for instructions on using the Qualtrics Survey.

    Safer at Home in CA and OR

    If WesternU employees can complete work remotely, they should continue to do so now and until further notice.

    Tracing

    Contact Tracing Continues During the Winter Break

    As a reminder, anyone who has been recently exposed (within the last 14 days) to a person known to have a current case of COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms, is asked to report this on an internal COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Reporting form.

    It is important that you inform us if you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19 – even over the Winter Break.

    Thank You

    And Enjoy the Winter Break

    To the over one hundred faculty, staff, and student volunteers on the CRT, the Demobilization Task Force (DMTF), and in our various Colleges and Operating Units, we could not succeed through this pandemic without your continued hard work and dedication. We appreciate you and are grateful for your support.

    Enjoy this holiday season and the Winter Break. If you are required to work, thank you for your service.

  • December 11, 2020

    ‘Tis the Season’ to Keep Yourself Healthy

    Travel Considerations Amid a Pandemic

    Good afternoon WesternU Community,

    As you know, COVID-19 cases continue to wreak havoc on travel plans, and it is likely that you are rethinking any holiday travel plans you might have had. Travel of any kind is not advised, and the safest way to spend the holidays is avoiding gatherings and staying with the people within your own household. See CDC Travel.

    Minimize the spread of COVID-19

    It is imperative that we follow safety protocols, and we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, CA, OR, and local officials.

    • Wear a face covering everywhere you go.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit or any other COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home.
    • If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 10 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home.
    • Avoid travel.
    • Avoid gatherings.

    If you do choose to travel

    Know Before You Go: Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return. Check these websites for travel alerts and information:

    If you Go: Upon return, WesternU faculty, staff, and students will have these options:

    1. Individuals will be required to remain off campus and self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
    2. Individuals may provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result that meets one of following specifications:
      • One negative PCR test result that was taken on either day 5, 6, or 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
      • Two negative rapid antigen test results on subsequent days: day 5 AND 6 OR day 6 AND 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus).

    Students!

    These travel recommendations do not apply to students traveling between rotation sites. Depending on the country, state, and local COVID-19 safty requirements, students may need to factor in quarantine period mandates as part of their rotation schedules.

    If you travel, you are responsible for securing and paying

    for your own COVID-19 tests due to personal travel upon return to CA or OR

    Message from EHS

    Campus leaders, please share this information with all members of your College/Operating Unit:

    • Wear the proper PPE: face mask and eye protection(at minimum). If you have an N95 respirator mask, cover it with the regular face mask for extra protection.
    • Maintain social distancing, 6 feet at minimum, from others not in your household.
    • If you are traveling or are around people you have not seen for a while, you should keep your face mask/respirator and eye protection on to decrease your risk of exposure or spreading COVID-19 in case you are an asymptomatic carrier.
    • If you have traveled outside of the area of the campus, you must follow local public health authority quarantine guidelines prior to your return to campus.
    • For further guidance on what to do when traveling go to COVID-19 Travel Planner | CDC and type in the name of the location, you are going to. Specific information will be provided.

    Other Travel Resources

    1. WesternU Travel Guidelines
    2. International Travel
    3. Domestic Travel
    4. Returning Traveler
    5. Student Rotations
    6. Reporting Suspected Cases

    Colleges, Get Your PPE Orders in Now!

    Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) assists the WesternU campuses in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment. In anticipation of the Winter Break, EH&S is requesting that all PPE orders be submitted no later than 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 15. This will ensure the EH&S team will have enough time to process orders and arrange for pickup or shipping to the appropriate location before the Winter Break begins.

    Learn more about PPE ordering.

    Why wear eye protection?

    The CDC recommends that healthcare personnel wear eye protection to help prevent the spread of infection.

    Eye protection, such as face shields and goggles, protect your eyes from splashes, sprays, and infectious droplets. Your eyes are a potential portal of entry for COVID-19.

    See The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)’s The Basics of Eye Protection for COVID-19.

    Winter Break

    WesternU will close for Winter Break at 5 pm Friday, December 18, 2020 and reopen at 8 am Monday, January 4, 2021. For WesternU Pomona, essential services, including clinics, will remain open (with hours determined by the clinics). Essential staff and the few researchers who decide to come to campus to use the research laboratories during the Winter Break are required to complete the Qualtrics Survey and follow all WesternU safety protocols.

    Together we create a culture of health and safety in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19.

    As students and employees in an esteemed health care educational institution, it is our responsibility to be exemplars and leaders in the community for acting to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 – especially during this holiday season. Part of our commitment to the health sciences is knowing about and reflecting in our actions support of current public health recommendations.

    Stay safe. Be well. And enjoy this holiday season with confidence that you are doing your part to stay healthy.

  • December 4, 2020

    The ongoing fight against COVID-19 is now increasingly more important daily. The State of California and the State of Oregon continue to struggle with the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Both states have issued stay-at-home orders with variations by county. I encourage you to see the state plans and impact/variations by county on the links below.

    California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

    Building a Safe & Strong Oregon

    Don’t Let Your Guard Down!

    With the Oregon stay-at-home order and the County of Los Angeles on the verge of releasing even more severe stay-at-home orders, please remain vigilant in complying with the safety guidelines – on and off campus. With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, it is more important now than ever. Keep yourself and others safe.

    As a reminder, anyone with new onset of COVID-19 symptoms, exposures to confirmed COVID-19 cases, or has tested positive COVID-19 should report it to the University’s Contact Tracing Team (CTT) as soon as possible using the COVID-19 Exposure, Symptoms, Case Report Survey. Please do not return to campus or your clinical site until you have heard from a CTT member. If you have any questions or need to submit test results in a confidential manner, please send them to COVIDTracing@westernu.edu.

    Important Testing Information

    WesternU is in the process of negotiating with a lab to provide COVID-19 testing services for both Pomona and Lebanon campuses. More information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, we urge you all to follow the stay-at-home orders as much as feasibly possible to help us all get through this pandemic as safely as possible.

    IHE Protocols

    The County of Los Angeles Department of Health has updated the Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education (IHE). As mandated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, WesternU has posted the LA County PHD Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education on the COVID-19 website.

    As required by LA County, signs are posted in the entry areas of our Pomona campus buildings with a QR code directing people to the website where they can read the protocols.

    This sign is downloadable off our Return to Campus website under the WesternU COVID-19 Signage tab.

    The protocols outline many tasks that the CRT and DMTF are currently working on to ensure compliance with the health order.

    WEAR-MASK
    TEMPERATURE CHECK at ENTRY
    WASH-HANDS
    SOCIAL-DISTANCING_2

    WesternU’s Travel Guidelines

    WesternU issued Travel Guidelines posted on the COVID-19 Travel Related FAQs. The guidelines apply to all WesternU faculty, staff, and student travelers (except for students traveling between rotation sites). Please review the guidelines to understand the risk related to traveling and what you must do upon return to Oregon and California. We are also aware that the CDC has recently modified their travel requirements; however, WesternU is required to follow local public health authority rules if they are more stringent, which they are for LA County and for Lebanon.

    These travel recommendations do not apply to students traveling between rotation sites. Depending on the country, state, and local COVID-19 safty requirements, students may need to factor in quarantine period mandates as part of their rotation schedules.

    If you have traveled: Upon return, WesternU faculty, staff, and students will have the following options:

    1. Individuals will be required to remain off campus and self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
    2. Individuals may provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result that meets one of following specifications:
      1. One negative PCR test result that was taken on either day 5, 6, or 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
      2. Two negative rapid antigen test results on subsequent days: day 5 AND 6 OR day 6 AND 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus).

    You are responsible for securing and paying for your own tests due to personal travel.

    During this self-isolation time-period, individuals are required to remain off campus. Employees must adhere to University policies governing sick leave. Students must adhere to College and Program-level attendance policies.

    Vaccines on the Way

    Now that COVID-19 vaccines are being prepared for shipment in the US, the CDC has determined that healthcare workers will be one of the first to be vaccinated. Although this is great news, we do not know how or when vaccines will be available to WesternU students, faculty, and staff. The University is in communication with the LA County Department of Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority. Please know that the health of our students, faculty, and staff is our priority and we will work with our state and local government in obtaining vaccines. We will provide updates related to COVID-19 vaccinations when more information is available.

    With multiple COVID-19 vaccines in development, the race is on for what company will make it to market first. WesternU College of Pharmacy Associate Professor David J. Sanchez, PhD, participated in Moderna’s Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against COVID-19. Read about Dr. Sanchez’ experience with the vaccine trial and other potential vaccines on the horizon at WesternU News. The CDC has also issued these Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination.

    For more information on how WesternU is responding to COVID-19, visit COVID-19 and Return to Campus.

  • November 25, 2020

    This week, as we prepare for the Thanksgiving break, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude. Thank you to our students, faculty, and staff for working together to keep one another and our communities safe.

    • Thank you for wearing face coverings.
    • Thank you for social distancing.
    • Thank you for washing your hands and using hand sanitizer.
    • Thank you for not gathering in crowds.
    • Thank you for helping us comply with national, state, and local safety protocols – on and off campus.

    This has been a year of unprecedented challenges, yet you have persevered and continue to amaze me with your adaptability and resiliency. To the over one hundred faculty, staff, and student volunteers on the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), the Demobilization Task Force (DMTF), and in our various Colleges and Operating Units, we could not succeed through this pandemic without your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you and are grateful for your support.

    Celebrate Safely

    Our individual actions when off campus will directly impact the health and safety on campus and in our communities upon return.

    See these resources for celebrating the holidays safely:

    All my best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break.

  • November 20, 2020

    The rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country has many concerned about the holidays this year. The State of Oregon just released Oregon, California & Washington Issue Travel Advisories last week as a cautionary message for travelers. Please review this advisory and note the West Coast states are discouraging non-essential travel which includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

    WesternU’s Travel Guidelines

    WesternU issued Travel Guidelines posted on the COVID-19 Travel Related FAQs. The guidelines apply to all WesternU faculty, staff, and student travelers (except for students traveling between rotation sites). Please review the guidelines to understand the risk related to traveling and what you must do upon return to Oregon and California.

    Celebrate Safely

    The CDC offers suggestions for how to celebrate the holidays as safely as possible. Lower risk activities include:

    • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
    • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that does not involve contact with others
    • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
    • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
    • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

    See additional resources:

    Even while you are not on campus, as employees and students in an esteemed health care educational institution, it is our responsibility to be exemplars and leaders in the community for acting to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Part of our commitment to the health sciences is knowing about and reflecting in our actions support of current public health recommendations.

    Thanksgiving Break

    As the Thanksgiving holiday is quickly approaching, we wanted to remind everyone that both WesternU campuses will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Please Note: The University continues to carefully follow the necessary national, state, and local safety mandates. Therefore, as a reminder, the resumption of normal business hours after the Thanksgiving break covers essential services including clinics and others with prior approval to be on-campus. All others should continue to heed our remote-work status. And, if you must visit campus, please follow the important health and safety protocols listed below.

    Safety First

    Please remember to remain diligent in complying with safety protocols – on or off campus. We want you to stay safe and keep our communities as healthy as possible.

    • Complete the Qualtrics Survey prior to entering any WesternU building. WesternU relies on our campus community to actively cooperate in keeping each other safe and well during this time. Therefore, it is imperative that you, as a member of our campus community, answer the Qualtrics survey truthfully and accurately. If you have any associated symptoms (or any of the other criteria identified in the survey), it is far more responsible for an individual to miss a class (or make alternate arrangements to being on campus on that day) than for that individual to come on campus and possibly expose others.
    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. View this short CDC video on face coverings.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 10 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to remain on campus, and will be advised to go home, notify your supervisor or College, and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    Social Distancing – 6-Ft. Apart – Inside

    On our Pomona campus, while most people are now wearing face coverings and other PPE appropriately, we are getting reports of people not practicing social distancing. We understand the need to grow closer in conversation; but please refrain from doing so.

    6-ft. apart is farther than it sounds. Please make sure you are at least two arm’s length apart.

    This is what correct social distancing looks like in the Eye Care Institute on the Pomona campus.

    Social Distancing – 6-Ft. Apart – Outside

    This is what correct social distancing looks like on the Pomona campus esplanade.

    Get Your Flu Vaccination

    Take the time during this holiday season to get your flu vaccination. The CDC strongly recommends everyone 6 months and older receive this flu season’s flu vaccine. Children can obtain the vaccine at the WesternU Pharmacy if they are at least 9 years old.

    Schedule an appointment today at the WesternU Pharmacy. Walk-ins welcome (call to verify holiday hours).

    WesternU Pharmacy
    795 E. Second Street Suite 1
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 706-3730
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Please know that you are required to wait 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination before you can leave, so schedule accordingly. The vaccine is $35 and covered by most insurance plans.

    For our Oregon campus, please contact your primary care provider, or visit a local pharmacy such as Rite Aid or Walgreens to get your flu vaccine. For your convenience, appointments can also be made through WesternU Health at Oliver Station, Kaiser Permanente and Samaritan Health.

    For more information on how WesternU is responding to COVID-19, visit COVID-19 and Return to Campus.

  • November 13, 2020

    As you are aware, colleges and universities in Los Angeles County are not able to resume all in-person academic instruction, and COVID-19 cases are increasing in the county. However, under a waiver, WesternU has several college programs providing hybrid learning involving hands-on pre-clinical education and clinical education involving patient care. These programs include on-campus components with strict compliance with safety protocols. In addition, other colleges are planning for similar hands-on activities beginning in the spring semester which will take place on-campus and/or at University-leased space to provide for social distancing. Of course, this is contingent upon the approval from Los Angeles County.

    For the rest of students, faculty, and staff not engaged in hybrid learning or work, our sense is that we will continue to study and work remotely, and we will reassess this spring whether we will have a full return to campus in summer/fall 2021. It is imperative that we follow safety protocols, and we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, CA, OR, and local officials.

    As mandated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, WesternU has posted the LA County PHD Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education on the COVID-19 website.

    As required by LA County, signs are being posted in the entry areas of our Pomona campus buildings with a QR code directing people to the website where they can read the protocols.

    This sign is downloadable off our Return to Campus website under the WesternU COVID-19 Signage tab.
    The protocols outline many tasks that the CRT and DMTF are currently working on to ensure compliance with the health order.

    The LA County Road Map to Recovery is phased, thoughtful, and methodical, as together we work to bring our economy and our society back to work, back to school, and back to other activities as safely as possible.

    Campus Reopening Phases

    WesternU complies with the State of California Reopening Stages and the State of Oregon Reopening Phases. To comply with both states while maintaining consistent reopening of both campuses, we have developed a “Crosswalk” document mapping the relationships between California’s Stages and Oregon’s Phases to arrive at WesternU’s Reopening Phases. See the Crosswalk COVID 19 Phases Crosswalk.

    Until reopening restrictions are lifted, WesternU will continue to work under the COVID-19 Workplace Procedure Policy. This policy can be found on the WesternU Policy Portal site.

    Remote Work Expectations and Requirements

    The Center for Innovation (CFI) has developed “Managing and Measuring Employees: Working from Home Guidelines.” These are the best practices for managing, tracking, and reporting remote work assignments and progress.

    All supervisors of employees working remotely should review and implement these best practices.

    Safety First

    Please remember to remain diligent in complying with safety protocols – on or off campus. We want you to stay safe and keep our communities as healthy as possible.

    We Care About You

    We are creating a culture of health and safety on campus in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Of equal importance is maintaining our mental well-being. We know these are difficult and stressful times.

    WesternU provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a valuable resource to help employees manage life’s daily challenges at no cost. It offers help on a variety of issues, including emotional well-being, work issues, parenting and childcare, education, and legal assistance. Learn more about EAP.

    WesternU provides full-time students with direct access to an EAP for Students through OptumHealth. Under this EAP for Students, students and any member of the student’s immediate household are eligible for free counseling sessions. Learn more at Optum Health.

    For more information on how WesternU is responding to COVID-19, visit COVID-19 and Return to Campus.

  • November 6, 2020

    With the holiday season upon us, it is likely that WesternU faculty, staff, and students might want to travel and celebrate the season with family, friends, and community. These WesternU Travel Guidelines have been developed by the Colleges with input from the CRT and DMTF. The intent of these guidelines is to clearly communicate the steps that must be taken if one chooses to travel. This will help us preserve a safe environment for all on our campuses and in our communities.

    WesternU Travel Guidelines

    Who is Impacted?

    These guidelines apply to all WesternU faculty, staff, and students who travel out of the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus) OR who have travelled by any mode of transportation other than personal car (including, but not limited to, airplane, boat / cruise ship, bus, or train).
    DID YOU KNOW

    Anyone can get ill from the virus that causes COVID-19, but older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness if they become infected with COVID-19.

    Know Before You Go: Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return.

    The following CDC sites can help you to assess the risk of travel:

    International travelers: Know your countries risk assessment level for COVID-19, review these CDC travel recommendations:

    If you Go: Upon return, WesternU faculty, staff, and students will have the following options:

    1. Individuals will be required to remain off campus and self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
    2. Individuals may provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result that meets one of following specifications:
      1. One negative PCR test result that was taken on either day 5, 6, or 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus); OR
      2. Two negative rapid antigen test results on subsequent days: day 5 AND 6 OR day 6 AND 7 from the date of their return to the state of California (for Pomona campus) or the state of Oregon (for Lebanon campus).

    You are responsible for securing and paying for your own tests due to personal travel.

    During this time-period, individuals are required to remain off campus. Employees must adhere to University policies governing sick leave. Students must adhere to College and Program-level attendance policies.

    Please note, these travel recommendations do not apply to students traveling between rotation sites. Depending on the country, state, and local COVID-19 safety requirements, students may need to factor in quarantine period mandates as part of their rotation schedules.

    WesternU faculty, staff, and students, during this unprecedented pandemic, our goal is to keep you and our communities as safe as possible. Thank you for adhering to these guidelines.

  • October 30, 2020

    Universities across the country are stepping back reopening plans due to the number of rising COVID-19 cases. On many campuses, this is due to personal choices that students, faculty, and staff make on their own time. Attending gatherings, parties, or events without following safety protocols results in exposure.

    As employees and students in an esteemed health care educational institution, it is our responsibility to be exemplars and leaders in the community for acting to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Part of our commitment to the health sciences is knowing about and reflecting in our actions support of current public health recommendations.

    These kinds of activities increase your risk of contracting COVID-19, and here is how we suggest you handle it if you find yourself in these situations:

    Going to restaurants/barsAvoid restaurants/bars and if you must go, follow safety protocols
    Attending social gatherings/ralliesBe observant, if the crowd is not practicing physical distancing or wearing face coverings, leave
    TravelingTry to avoid travel and follow WesternU’s travel guidelines. See Travel Related FAQs. Also see the CDC Travel Information. Please remember to report planned and recent travel by completing the Travel History form.
    Receiving visitors from out of townEncourage potential visitors to wait until the pandemic is over, and then they should visit often
    Hiking on crowded trailsTrails can get narrow fast. Wear face masks and social distance.

    Here at WesternU, we are fortunate to have a community concerned with the health and welfare of others. We have had very few reported cases of COVID-19. We are learning to live, study, and be together safely.

    Students studying and social distancing

    These WesternU students continue to learn while on rotation at WesternU Health in Pomona. Studying in the Medical Center conference room, they are wearing appropriate PPE, socially distanced (6 ft. apart), and separated with plexiglass – specially installed by Facilities to create a safe learning environment.

    From left, second-year PA student, Mathew Rexinger, third-year CPM student, Anthony Wright, and third-year COMP students, Alice Wang, and Luke Roi.

    Halloween

    Halloween is this weekend; and while this should be a fun and festive time for all, this is not the typical year. Please remember that by keeping yourself safe, you keep those around you safe. Both California and Oregon offer some fun guidance on how to safely celebrate Halloween.

    Fall Back

    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.

    Vote

    WesternU’s Office of Community and Governmental Affairs reminds everyone to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information, visit the California Secretary of State and the Oregon Secretary of State websites. According to the WesternU Employee Handbook, if an employee does not have sufficient time outside their regular work hours to vote, up to 2 hours of paid time off will be allowed at the beginning or at the end of the workday to exercise this right. If possible, employees should make their requests of their supervisor at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of Election Day. Every effort should be made to vote either before or after the employee’s normal workday. If you are going to the polls, there might be long lines, so remember the safety protocols. Many cities have polling places that are open now and will be open until 8pm Tuesday. Check your city’s Registrar of Voters website for more information.

    Remember the Safety Protocols on (and off) Campus!

    Thank you for remaining diligent in complying with safety protocols – on or off campus. We want you to stay safe and keep our communities as healthy as possible.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    For the latest COVID-19-related news stories, see WesternU Responds to COVID-19 at Return to Campus.

  • October 23, 2020

    After weeks of planning, the WesternU Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is holding its first-ever drive-thru flu clinic for WesternU faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, October 29 from 10 am – 2pm in Pomona. The event will take place in the PCC Parking Structure. Those interested in getting the vaccine will enter at the corner of East 1st St. and S. Towne Ave. and exit to S. Palomares St. Students, faculty, and staff will be directing traffic and monitoring safety protocols. See the AMCP Drive-thru Flu Vaccination flyer. The vaccine is $35 and covered by most insurance plans.

    Get Your Flu Vaccination

    Protect yourself and those around you from influenza. According to the CDC website, October is the right time to get your flu vaccine. The CDC strongly recommends everyone 6 months and older receive this flu season’s flu vaccine. Children can obtain the vaccine at the WesternU AMCP if they are at least 9 years old.

    If you cannot make the drive-thru event on October 29, schedule an appointment today at the WesternU Pharmacy. Walk-ins welcome.

    WesternU Pharmacy
    795 E. Second Street Suite 1
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 706-3730
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Please know that you are required to wait 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination before you can leave, so schedule accordingly. The vaccine is $35 and covered by most insurance plans.

    For our Oregon campus, please contact your primary care provider, or visit a local pharmacy such as Rite Aid or Walgreens to get your flu vaccine. For your convenience, appointments can also be made through WesternU Health at Oliver Station, Kaiser Permanente and Samaritan Health.

    Please remember to remain diligent in complying with safety protocols – on or off campus. We want you to stay safe and keep our communities as healthy as possible.

    For the latest COVID-19-related news stories, see WesternU Responds to COVID-19 at Return to Campus.

  • October 16, 2020

    Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our campuses safe for students, faculty, and staff. By working together to establish and follow safety protocols in alignment with the CDC, CA, OR, and local officials, we are creating and maintaining a campus culture committed to safety in which we each play a role in keeping ourselves and others safe. This is more important than ever, given the fall enrollment numbers released this week. WesternU has an enrollment of 3,816 students for the 2020-21 academic year, an increase from the 2019-20 count of 3,792. The University welcomed more than 1,100 new students in the fall. Read more. Let us keep up the good work, not let our guards down, and continue to create a safe environment for all.

    Great news, and special thanks to our Community & Governmental Affairs Office

    WesternU has secured Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest students to last them through their clinical rotations this academic year. WesternU Community & Governmental Affairs Manager Michelle A. Steinhebel, MPP, and Sean Tate, a lobbyist for WesternU Oregon, worked with several state and county legislators to obtain this PPE for WesternU students. Oregon provided 3,500 N95 respirator masks and 17,500 surgical masks for third- and fourth-year osteopathic medical students completing their rotations. Read more.

    Get Your Flu Vaccination

    Protect yourself and those around you from influenza. The CDC strongly recommends everyone 6 months and older receive this flu season’s flu vaccine. Children can obtain the vaccine at the WesternU Pharmacy if they are at least 9 years old. Children younger than age 9 may go to the WesternU Health Patient Care Center.

    Schedule an appointment today at WesternU Health Pomona. Walk-ins welcome.

    WesternU Health
    795 Second Street
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 706-3730

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Please know that you are required to wait 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination before you can leave, so schedule accordingly.

    For our Oregon campus, please contact your primary care provider, or visit a local pharmacy such as Rite Aid or Walgreens to get your flu vaccine. For your convenience, appointments can also be made through WesternU Health at Oliver Station, Kaiser Permanente and Samaritan Health.

    Beat the Bug and get vaccinated!

    Return to Campus Planning

    WesternU’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in safety for our faculty, staff, students, health care providers, and for the public we interact with and serve. We are dedicated to protecting public health, supporting WesternU Health patient care and clinical staff, and continuing the institution’s vital missions of education and research. When we return to campus, the current safety protocols will still apply. Read more in this new guide that Environmental Health & Safety has produced. The Guide for Returning to Campus is also posted on the Return to Campus website.

    Campus Reopening Phases

    WesternU complies with the State of California Reopening Stages and the State of Oregon Reopening Phases. To comply with both states while maintaining consistent reopening of both campuses, we have developed a “Crosswalk” document mapping the relationships between California’s Stages and Oregon’s Phases to arrive at WesternU’s Reopening Phases. See the COVID 19 Phases Crosswalk.

    Follow Safety Protocols!

    • Complete the Qualtrics Survey prior to entering any WesternU building.
    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 14 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to remain on campus, and will be advised to go home, notify your supervisor or College, and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    For updates and information go to Return to Campus.

  • October 9, 2020

    WesternU Strength and Resilience

    This week, Dr. Lopez, Dean of the College of Graduate Nursing, reminds us of what makes WesternU strong and resilient: A WesternU strength is the interprofessional approach to education. This is the idea that it takes a team to deliver the best patient care. Decreasing hierarchy in health care adds value and increases optimal patient outcomes. Doctors, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists, podiatrists, optometrists, veterinarians, and all professions are needed and are vital to excellent care.

    One of these professionals, Dr. Sanchez, Associate Professor in the WesternU College of Pharmacy, conducts research in the immune response to viruses. Dr. Sanchez said that when he heard that 30,000 volunteers were needed to test a particular COVID-19 vaccine, he wanted to help move the development along. Watch this interview as he discusses participating in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Great ShakeOut

    Are you ready for the Great ShakeOut 2020?

    WesternU will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020. We will not be evacuating our Pomona and Lebanon campus buildings. Because so many of us are working or studying from home, WesternU’s Emergency Management Committee asks that you take this opportunity to evaluate your surroundings and make a plan for responding to emergencies. What potential or actual hazards are in your immediate surroundings? How would you evacuate the area if the primary exit door was blocked? Do you have “Go bags” for yourself and your family that contains critical items such as food, water, medications for a few days, some cash, and a change of clothing? What about a “Go bag” for your animals?

    Earthquake preparedness tips from the Earthquake Country Alliance

    Learn how to prepare, survive, and recover using 7 steps. Print off this flier or share with friends and family

    Understand specifics for your state in Oregon or California.

    Organize your disaster supplies using this Checklist.

    Return to Campus Planning

    WesternU’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in safety for our faculty, staff, students, health care providers, and for the public we interact with and serve. We are dedicated to protecting public health, supporting WesternU Health patient care and clinical staff, and continuing the institution’s vital missions of education and research.

    Please see the NEW Guide for Returning to Campus also posted on the Return to Campus website.

    Campus Reopening Phases

    WesternU complies with the State of California Reopening Stages and the State of Oregon Reopening Phases. In order to comply with both states while maintaining consistent reopening of both campuses, we have developed a “Crosswalk” document mapping the relationships between California’s Stages and Oregon’s Phases to arrive at WesternU’s Reopening Phases. See the COVID 19 Phases Crosswalk.

    Follow Safety Protocols!

    • Complete the Qualtrics Survey prior to entering any WesternU building.
    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 14 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to remain on campus, and will be advised to go home, notify your supervisor or College, and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    Flu Vaccination

    Colleagues, as the weather cools down, I encourage you to get your flu vaccination: Beat the Bug and get vaccinated at WesternU Health Pomona. Walk-ins welcome.

    For updates and information go to Return to Campus.

  • October 2, 2020

    Since January of this year, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has been monitoring the COVID-19 health care crisis. In February, we established the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), a small group of experienced WesternU doctors and health care experts. They have worked tirelessly to review current data, CDC, state, and local guidelines and mandates, and information from infectious disease experts. The CRT reviews requests from Colleges and Units and makes evidence-based recommendations to the Demobilization Task Force (DMTF) to protect the University as a whole. The DMTF (a much larger body comprised of senior academic and administrative leaders, students, faculty, and staff) makes the ultimate decision to accept, modify, or reject CRT recommendations. Our entire campus has worked diligently to ensure a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

    It is this process of performing due diligence that has cleared us of another complaint to LA County Public Health Department. This week, another anonymous complaint regarding safety protocols on the Pomona campus was reported to the LA County Public Health Department (the first complaint was reported earlier this month). In both cases, WesternU submitted the necessary supporting documentation showing what we have done and continue to do to ensure the health and safety of everyone on our campus. Both cases were dismissed and closed. This follows an earlier anonymous complaint to OSHA, in which we also provided the necessary documentation to show we are following all national, state, and local health and safety protocols.

    Thank you to all faculty, staff, and students for helping us remain in compliance with safety protocols.

    We are in this together – let’s work together as a community to stay safe

    If you have an urgent safety concern or issue while on campus that requires immediate action, report it as soon as possible to your supervisor, Campus Security, or EHS at ehs@westernu.edu. Reports of non-compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines may be made anonymously 24/7 through the LiveSafe app following these steps:

    1. Access the Home Page on the App
    2. Click Report Incident
    3. Select the Non-Emergency Tip type
    4. Provide tip details in the box provided. You have the option to upload a photo, video or audio file.

    Report tips are reviewed EHS and Risk Management to determine appropriate course of action.

    General questions or concerns about reporting should be directed to the Employee Relations Demobilization Workgroup at erdmtfw@westernu.edu. If you prefer to contact Human Resources, feel free to do so at hr_admin@westernu.edu.

    Watch this short video on Reporting Tips using LiveSafe.

    Other Resources

    1. Report symptoms: If you have been recently exposed (within the last 14 days) to a person known to have a current case of COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, report on this form: COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Reporting form.
    2. Complete self-screen survey daily: All students, faculty, employees, and visitors must complete the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening survey on the day of their on-campus visit, prior to arrival. See more here.
    3. Learn About Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) assists the WesternU campuses in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment. Learn more.
    4. Get Your Flu Vaccination:Beat the Bug and get vaccinated at WesternU Health Pomona. Walk-ins welcome.
    5. Visit the Return to Campus Website for updates and information at Return to Campus.
    6. Always Follow Safety Protocols:
      • Complete the Qualtrics Survey prior to entering any WesternU building.
      • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. View this short CDC video on face coverings.
      • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 14 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
      • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to remain on campus, and will be advised to go home, notify your supervisor or College, and speak to your health care provider.
      • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
      • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
    7. Learn more about COVID-19 at our COVID-19 Website.

    Colleagues, I know this is a lot to remember, and these are stressful times. We will get through this pandemic together. Please take care of yourselves both physically and emotionally. See this CDC information for coping with stress during COVID-19.

  • September 25, 2020

    Safely Coming to Campus in Pomona and Lebanon

    As a reminder, anyone who has been recently exposed (within the last 14 days) to a person known to have a current case of COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, is asked to report this on an internal COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Reporting form. It is important that you inform us if you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19. See the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening Survey Training Documentation for instructions on using the Qualtrics Survey.

    With the use of the Qualtrics Survey,
    you no longer need to complete the Facilities Building Access Form.

    All students, faculty, employees, and visitors must complete the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening survey on the day of their on-campus visit, prior to arrival. The survey can be completed quickly and easily in three different ways:

    Preferred Method: Access the COVID-19 Qualtrics Survey from the LiveSafe App

    LiveSafe is a free mobile application used predominantly by colleges and universities to enhance public safety and enable broad campus emergency notification. The app can be downloaded to smart devices from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon, and other app distribution platforms. By registering on the app with a WesternU email address and self-created password, students, faculty, and staff automatically receive emergency notifications and other important news about the University, and have easy access to important University forms and procedures, including incident report filing, facilities requests, and the COVID-19 symptom screening form.

    Install the App in 3 Easy Steps

    • Step 1: Download “LiveSafe” for free from Google Play or the App Store.
    • Step 2: Register with your mobile phone number and fill out your profile. Verify your account.
    • Step 3: Select “WesternU” for the Pomona, CA campus or “WesternU – Lebanon” for the Lebanon, OR campus.

    For detailed information, access these documents:

    Read more.

    Access the COVID-19 Qualtrics Survey through a QR Code

    This QR code has been created for ease of access to the Qualtrics Survey. Your answers to the Qualtrics screening will determine if you receive a green response on your phone screen stating you are clear to go on campus, or a red response stating you should not go to campus.

    Access the COVID-19 Qualtrics Survey Online

    If you cannot download the Live Safe App, and do not have a QR code reader on your phone, please visit https://covid.westernu.edu/ to complete the survey online. If taking the survey online, some are finding it easy to take a screen shot of their results with their phones to show upon entry to buildings on campus.

    For those who do not have the ability to access this survey via a smart phone, you might be asked if you have any COVID-19 symptoms as you enter the building.

    Be Counted

    Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. Be counted, for yourself, for your neighbors, and for your communities. Learn about the Census and get counted here. September 30 is the deadline to be counted.

    Vote

    Make plans to cast your November 3 ballot. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends and family. Study the ballot measures for your state and local government. And Vote.

    • Learn about voting and elections in the USA here.
    • Learn about the ballot measures in California here.
    • Learn about the ballot measures in Oregon here.

    Get Your Flu Vaccination

    Protect yourself and those around you from influenza. The CDC strongly recommends everyone 6 months and older receive this flu season’s flu vaccine. You can obtain your vaccine at the WesternU Pharmacy.

    Schedule an appointment today at WesternU Health Pomona. Walk-ins welcome.

    WesternU Health
    795 Second Street
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 706-3730

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Please know that you are required to wait 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination before you can leave, so schedule accordingly. Beat the Bug and get vaccinated!

    Remember: Safety First

    Visit our Return to Campus website for WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) weekly updates.

  • September 18, 2020

    SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Safely Coming to Campus

    With the guidance of the CDC, CA, OR, and local officials, we are learning to live with COVID-19. As our students, faculty, and staff are slowly being allowed to return to campus, it is mandatory that everyone coming to campus comply with the following safety protocols while on any WesternU location:

    • Complete the Qualtrics Symptoms Survey prior to entering any WesternU building (we are encouraging people to access the survey through the LiveSafe app, see information below).
      • NOTE: With the use of the Qualtrics Survey, you no longer need to complete the Facilities Building Access Form.
    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. View this short CDC video on face coverings.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 10 days, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.40 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to remain on campus, and will be advised to go home, notify your supervisor or College, and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    As a reminder, anyone who has been recently exposed (within the last 10 days) to a person known to have a current case of COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, are asked to report this on an internal COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Reporting form. It is important that you inform us if you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19.

    Qualtrics Survey: With the use of the Qualtrics Survey, you no longer need to complete the Facilities Building Access Form.

    All students, faculty, employees, and visitors must complete the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening survey on the day of their on-campus visit, prior to arrival. The survey can be completed via the LiveSafe app (see information below). Also, this QR code has been created for ease of access to the Qualtrics Survey. If you do not have a QR code reader on your phone, please visit https://covid.westernu.edu/ to complete the survey. If taking the survey online, some are finding it easy to take a screen shot of their results with their phones to show upon entry to buildings on campus.

    Your answers to the Qualtrics screening will determine if you receive a green response on your phone screen stating you are clear to go on campus, or a red response stating you should not go to campus.

    See the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening Survey Training Documentation for instructions on using the Qualtrics Survey.

    For those who do not have the ability to access this survey via a smart phone, you might be asked if you have any COVID-19 symptoms as you enter the building.

    Preferred Method: Access the COVID-19 Qualtrics Survey from the LiveSafe App

    LiveSafe is a free mobile application used predominantly by colleges and universities to enhance public safety and enable broad campus emergency notification. The app can be downloaded to smart devices from the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon, and other app distribution platforms. By registering on the app with a WesternU email address and self-created password, students, faculty, and staff automatically receive emergency notifications and other important news about the University, and have easy access to important University forms and procedures, including incident report filing, facilities requests, and the COVID-19 symptom screening form.

    Install the App in 3 Easy Steps

    • Step 1: Download “LiveSafe” for free from Google Play or the App Store.
    • Step 2: Register with your mobile phone number and fill out your profile. Verify your account.
    • Step 3: Select “WesternU” for the Pomona, CA campus or “WesternU – Lebanon” for the Lebanon, OR campus.

    For detailed information, access these documents:

    Read more.

    OSHA: OSHA and LA County Public Health Department Update

    We reported last week that we were notified by OSHA regarding an anonymous complaint they received stating WesternU was not following COVID-19 safety protocols on our Pomona campus. WesternU has submitted the necessary supporting documentation showing what we have done and continue to do to ensure the health and safety of everyone on our campus.

    We have also been made aware of similar anonymous complaint filed with the LA County Public Health Department. The necessary information and documentation were provided to the LA County Public Health Department on Wednesday of this week. We were informed the health and safety protocols the university has in place meet and exceed the requirements mandated by the LA County Public Health Department. The case was closed.

    CENSUS: Be Counted for Something Important

    According to the U.S. Census 2020 website, this year marks the 24th time the country has counted its population since 1790. It is critical that you participate in the Census if you care about your community and how it is funded for critical services. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. Be counted, for yourself, for your neighbors, and for your communities.

    Learn about the Census and get counted here.

    VOTE: Get out the Vote

    Every vote counts. When you vote, are you exercising a right? A duty? An obligation? That’s up to you. What you are doing for sure is having a say in who leads and makes the decisions that impact our current and future realities. You also have a say in important ballot measures at the state and local level. Make plans to cast your November 3 ballot. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends and family. Study the ballot measures for your state and local government. And Vote.

    • Learn about voting and elections in the USA here.
    • Learn about the ballot measures in California here.
    • Learn about the ballot measures in Oregon here.

    FLU: Flu Season is Here – Get Your Flu Vaccination

    Protect yourself and those around you from influenza. The CDC strongly recommends everyone 6 months and older receive this flu season’s flu vaccine.

    Schedule an appointment today at WesternU Health Pomona. Walk-ins welcome.

    WesternU Health
    795 Second Street
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 706-3900

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

    Please know that you are required to wait 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination before you can leave, so schedule accordingly. Beat the Bug and get vaccinated!

    Colleagues, as always, you have my gratitude for working together to make our Return to Campus as safe as possible. Together, we are creating an environment of awareness, understanding, and respect for health and safety protocols that benefit us all.

  • September 11, 2020

    Remembering 9/11

    On this solemn day, we renew our promise to never forget those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We continue to honor their memory and thank all those who risk their lives every day to serve others. If you have not done so already, please take the time today to watch the WesternU Military Medical Student Association’s annual September 11 memorial service: https://youtu.be/rgMh5NWZpTc. Thank you to our WesternU students for creating this moving video and for your service to our country.

    I certainly hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe during this pandemic and through these historic wildfires in both California and Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division has released Wildfire Smoke and Your Health. I encourage you to read this – poor air quality is another reason to wear your face covering wherever you go.

    Flu season is here

    Make plans now to protect yourself and those around you from influenza. The CDC strongly recommends everyone 6 months and older receive this flu season’s flu vaccine. I’m pleased to report that flu vaccines are now available on the Pomona campus at the WesternU Health Pharmacy located in the Patient Care Center. See the Q&A below from Dr. Preeti Kotha, Director, Pharmacy Services and Operations, who just released this Beat the Bug flyer.

    1. Will there be a charge for the flu vaccine?
      a. Yes, flu vaccines are available at $35.
    2. Does insurance cover it?
      a.Yes, both the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan (students) and Blue Shield (employee) covers the flu vaccine. Kaiser health insurance will not cover this charge. Kaiser members must go to a Kaiser clinic to get the flu vaccine charge covered.
    3. Are walk-ins welcome?
      a.Absolutely, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Please know that you are required to wait 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination before you can leave.
    4. Should you get a flu vaccine if you had COVID-19?
      a.A person can get the flu vaccine if they are not sick on the day of the vaccination. Additionally, a person with a cold and/or minor illness can receive the flu vaccine, but if the individual is moderately to severely sick, we recommend that they get the flu vaccine when they are feeling well and/or are fully recovered.
    5. If you get the flu vaccine, will you be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s released?
      a.So far there is no study that contraindicates them, but it is always best to contact your health care provider.
    6. Will there be side effects?
      a.The flu vaccine we provide in the pharmacy is comprised of inactive vaccines. Common side effects include local mild soreness and/or redness and rash. A mild-grade fever and/or lethargy is also noted in some cases.

    Schedule an appointment today at WesternU Health Pomona. Walk-ins welcome

    WesternU Health
    795 Second Street
    Pomona, CA 91766
    (909) 706-3900

    Planning to visit the campus? Two locations, one University

    The Pomona campus and the Lebanon campus are united in our dedicated efforts to keep you safe on campus. So far, over 200 people have successfully completed the Qualtrics daily survey released last week. All students, faculty, employees, and visitors to either of our campuses must complete the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening survey on the day of and prior to their on-campus visit. This QR code has been created for ease of access to the Qualtrics Survey. If you don’t have a QR code reader on your phone, please visit https://covid.westernu.edu/.

    Your answers to the Qualtrics screening will determine if you receive a green response on your phone screen stating you are clear to go on campus, or a red response stating you should not go to campus.

    See the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening Survey Training Documentation for instructions on using the Qualtrics Survey.

    For those who do not have the ability to access this survey via a smart phone, you might be asked if you have any COVID-19 symptoms as you enter the building.

    Remember, when you come to the Pomona or Lebanon campus

    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. View this short CDC video on face coverings.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to remain on campus, and will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    Colleagues, we are all living in challenging times. We can only be good care givers to others if we are good care givers to ourselves. Please follow all of these precautions as we continue to work together and Return to Campus in the safest way possible.

  • September 4, 2020

    WesternU has received a Cal/OSHA (California Division of Occupational Safety and Health) complaint against the Pomona Campus, which contained the following alleged conditions:

    • WesternU was not enforcing the use of face coverings.
    • WesternU was not enforcing social distancing.
    • WesternU was allowing office cubicles to be shared between employees.

    As we all are aware, COVID-19 has altered the normal facilitation of operations at the University since March. During this time, WesternU has developed and implemented rigorous institutional compliance and enforcement measures to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We want to assure the WesternU community that we have exhibited continuous compliance with all state health and safety orders and we categorically deny the allegations contained in this complaint.

    Additionally, we want to remind the WesternU community of our established safety protocols regarding face-coverings and social distancing which can be found below and on our Return to Campus website. WesternU does not condone or allow the sharing of office cubicles by employees at this time. If you perceive that any employees are being required to share an office cubicle while on campus, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ehs@westernu.edu.

    As a WesternU community member, when you are on either of our campuses, you must adhere to the following:

    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. View this short CDC video on face coverings.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.40 degree Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to be on campus, and you will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    If you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or appears to be exhibiting signs and symptoms associated with this virus, please complete this internal form to let Student-Employee health know of the incident.

    Qualtrics Survey

    Beginning this weekend, every student, staff and faculty member coming to the Pomona campus must complete a Qualtrics COVID-19 Symptoms screening each day before they arrive on campus. This QR code has been created for ease of access to the Qualtrics Survey. If you don’t have a QR code reader on your phone, please visit https://covid.westernu.edu/.

    Your answers to the Qualtrics screening will determine if you receive a green response on your phone screen stating you are clear to go on campus, or a red response stating you should not go to campus.

    See the WesternU COVID-19 Self-Screening Survey Training Documentation for instructions on using the Qualtrics Survey.

    For those who do not have the ability to access this survey via a smart phone, you might be asked if you have any COVID-19 symptoms as you enter the building.

    If you have any COVID-19-related concerns or believe that someone is not in compliance with the safety protocols, please alert your manager, dean, or contact Environmental Health and Safety at ehs@westernu.edu. For more information on the WesternU response to COVID-19, please visit the Return to Campus website.

  • September 2, 2020

    WesternU continues to operate under the safety protocols implemented since we closed our campus in March. These safety protocols, listed below, are in place for our own protection and for those around us. All individuals coming to campus are required to follow these mandatory protocols.

    For Pomona and Lebanon campuses, these protocols are mandated by LA County Public Health and by the Oregon Health Authority. WesternU is at risk of closing our doors if we are found to be violating local, county, state, or federal health safety mandates. I know none of us would want that to happen, and together we can prevent this from happening.

    When you are on either of our campuses

    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering. View this short CDC video on face coverings.
    • Your temperature might be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.40 degree Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to be on campus and you will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • You must always practice social distancing (6 feet apart).

    Anyone found in violation of any of these safety protocols will be asked to comply or to leave the campus and their Dean/manager will be notified of the violation.

    These mandatory safeguards are consistent with the national, state, and local guidelines and orders. By working together, we are Returning to Campus in the safest way possible.

  • August 28, 2020

    Beginning next week, we will have some new procedures in place in Pomona for monitoring COVID-19 symptoms when you are on campus.

    • Every student, staff and faculty member coming to campus must complete a Qualtrics COVID-19 Symptoms screening each day before they arrive on campus. Your answers to the Qualtrics screening will determine if you receive a green response on your phone screen stating you are clear to go on campus, or a red response stating you should not go to campus. Information on how to access the Qualtrics survey with further information will be released shortly.
      • For those who do not have the ability to access this survey via a smart phone, you might be asked if you have any COVID-19 symptoms as you enter the building.
    • Although temperature checks are no longer required by the CDC, State, and local public health authorities, the University is required to check COVID-19 symptoms daily for anyone on our Pomona campus, per local public health authorities. The Lebanon campus will have its own procedures in place. In order to comply with this mandate, CGN students might be in various buildings on campus. You might be asked to show your Qualtrics result (green or red) upon entry. If green, you will be allowed through. If red, you will be asked to step aside, and an information sheet will be provided on where to go for more information related to COVID-19.

    It is believed that this will help increase the University’s compliance for completing the COVID-19 symptoms survey. It also helps to fulfill valuable community service or academic hours needed by our CGN students.

    By working together, we are Returning to Campus in the safest way possible.

  • August 21, 2020

    Today, with pride, I share this good news that will also be shared with the media.

    The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) is gaining national recognition from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) for developing two algorithms to help physicians and other health care providers think through issues related to student exposures to COVID-19 at home or while on clinical rotations.

    CRT member, John T. Pham, DO, Vice Dean of COMP-Northwest and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, played a major role in developing the algorithms as an easy way to communicate the complexities of COVID-19 exposure and response.

    “As a physician, I like to use algorithms when I am dealing with tough medical cases – a step-by-step play of how to respond to certain situations,” Pham said. “We use this frequently in patient care, and I thought the same process could be applied to thinking through COVID-19 exposure.”

    See the algorithms here and posted online:

    Tyler Cymet, DO, FACP, FACOFP, Chief of Clinical Education, AACOM posted the documents online promoting them to the national AACOM audience. AACOM leads and advocates for the osteopathic medical education community to improve the health of the public.

    Pham said the algorithms could be easily adapted to any company, organization or industry. “It’s good to share our best thinking with the country,” Pham said. “Hopefully, the CRT work will provide guidance to many organizations currently struggling with COVID-19.”

    Rob Warren, DO, MBA, Associate Provost for Clinical Affairs and Executive Director for WesternU Health, agrees. “The more information that is shared widely, the better off we all are,” he said.

    This national recognition of CRT best practices is testament to the hard work of the CRT, the DMTF, the Colleges, and Administrative Units all working together to keep our campuses safe. Keep up with updates on the Return to Campus website.

  • August 14, 2020

    This week, as we fully settle into our new academic year, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to our students, faculty, and staff for working together to keep one another and our communities safe.

    • We are doing this by offering and taking most lecture-based classes online.
    • We are doing this by not offering or participating in any co-curricular activities in person.
    • We are doing this by not having large gatherings on either campus (Pomona or Lebanon).
    • We are doing this by paying careful attention to safety protocols when we must be on campus.
    • We are doing everything we can do to comply with national, state, and local safety protocols.

    Thank you to the over one hundred faculty, staff, and student volunteers working together (in addition to their regular jobs and studies) on the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), the Demobilization Task Force (DMTF), and in our various Colleges and Operating Units. By working together, we are Returning to Campus in the safest way possible.

    From our faculty, staff, and students providing health care to patients to our faculty, staff, and students isolated at home, please know that each and every one of us plays a critical role in the midst of this pandemic. Our individual actions are contributing to the creation and maintenance of a culture of health and safety on campus and in our communities.

  • August 7, 2020

    The WesternU Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S) has received several messages from WesternU staff that they are noticing a larger number of people than expected on campus, in offices, and in research labs. Additionally, several messages are voicing their concerns about face masks not being worn and social distancing not being maintained as required by Public Health.

    Given that the LA County Public Health Department can come on campus at any time without warning, WesternU senior leaders, CRT, EH&S and DMTF are concerned that the University could be cited for non-compliance with the Public Health Officer’s orders. Should this occur, it could lead to an order to immediately shut down all research and other activities on campus.

    In order to assist the University in complying with all social distancing and face covering mandates, I am requesting all non-patient care staff complete the Facility Building Access During Remote Work form. This alerts Facilities and Security about who is planning to be on campus.

    As a reminder, when on campus all faculty, staff, and students should maintain social distancing (6 feet apart) and wear face coverings/masks (including in research labs and in offices where others are present). Learn more about our safety protocols on our Return to Campus website.

    Please help us in following the current guidelines for smooth running of WesternU academic and research activities while protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, trainees, and campus visitors.

    Here are three documents for your review and use. Please note, all Primary Investigators are required to complete and submit the PI Form for Return to Research, even if already actively back on campus doing research.

    Stay Up-to Date on Covid-19 Guidelines

    Please know that our researchers’ work is of utmost importance to all of us at WesternU and beyond. Thank you for helping us maintain a healthy environment for all.

  • July 31, 2020

    A few of our deans and Colleges have had students on campus in Pomona for several weeks in some capacity – with students taking classes online when they can and attending small group sessions on campus. The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) continues to work with other deans and leaders across the University to ensure a safe return to campus for our students, faculty, staff, and community in this ongoing pandemic. They do this by monitoring and adhering to national, state, and local guidelines and protocols. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the timing of hands-on experience where you will be working directly with faculty, clinicians, and other students will vary by College/Program/location.

    We have been alerted that the local public health department is coming onto campuses in Southern California without notice. These officials are asking what our process is and they want to see our Pandemic Response plan to determine if we are complying with all mandated health and safety regulations.

    To ensure we are in compliance, the CRT, Colleges and Operating Units are working together to ensure proper procedures and protocols are being put in place, and followed, so as to provide the safest learning and working environment possible. Review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

    Coming to Campus

    If you plan to visit one of our campus locations and your work has not been designated as essential to complete on campus, you must complete the Facility Building Access During Remote Work form to alert Facilities and Security of your planned arrival to campus. If you do not know if your work is essential to complete on campus, please ask your supervisor. Only those who have completed this form will be considered for approval.

    Remember, When you are on Campus

    • Anyone coming on campus must have their University ID badge to be let in.
    • Everyone over the age of 2 years is required to wear a face covering while on any WesternU property/campuses.
    • You must practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • Your temperature will be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, have any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.40 Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to enter the building and you will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider.

    These mandatory safeguards are consistent with the national, state, and local guidelines and recommendations and are in place for your own protection and for the protection of others.

    In light of the continued restrictions on international and non-essential domestic travel for university business, the moratorium on transferring money from unit travel accounts for other purposes will remain in place until further notice.

    International Travel

    Because of the uncertainties associated with COVID-19 quarantine requirements and sudden international border lockdowns, international travel on behalf of the University is not permitted. This restriction also includes student international clinical educational activities. Personal international travel is permitted, but the traveler must self-isolate away from WesternU Property/campuses for 14 days after their return. All international travel, including personal travel, must be reported to the University on the Travel History Survey Form prior to departure. See the CDC international travel recommendations.

    Domestic Travel

    All non-essential University-related domestic travel outside California (for Pomona-based faculty, staff, and students) or Oregon (for Lebanon-based faculty, staff, and students) is not permitted. Excluded from this is student travel to and from clinical educational experiences in the United States. University-related business travel must be deemed and approved as essential by the appropriate University Senior Vice President or President before making travel arrangements.

    • A copy of the approval documentation must be emailed to the CRT at CRT@westernu.edu.
    • Travel plans must be reported to the University on the Travel History Survey Form.
    • The Travel History Survey Form information is used for contact tracing purposes upon your return from travel if needed.

    Personal domestic travel is permitted, and this also must be reported in advance to the University on the Travel History Survey Form. Depending on the local COVID-19 infection rates in the area(s) to which the individual has traveled, the traveler may be required to stay off WesternU Property/campus for a period of 14 days following his or her return. If a period of self-quarantine is required, the traveler will be informed via email from the Office of Student and Employee Health, along with other instructions, on or before the anticipated date of return from travel. See the CDC domestic travel recommendations.

    Contact Tracing

    WesternU’s role in contact tracing is to provide the local public health specialists with preliminary facts about COVID-19-positive students, faculty, and staff. Employee and student volunteers are being trained to gather basic information for the public health contact tracers. The more detailed contact tracing process will be done by a public health specialist in CA or OR.

    Like physical distancing, contact tracing is a tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It involves a public health professional tracing and contacting every person that has been in contact with an infected person. Learn more at CDC Contact Tracing, California Contact Tracing and Oregon Contact Tracing.

    Other Resources

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    California Department of Public Health

    Oregon Health Authority

    County of Los Angeles Public Health

    WesternU Students in the News

    Our WesternU students are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Read some of their remarkable stories of bravery and heroism here. Also, be sure to visit our Return to Campus website to view frequent updates and information.

    Colleagues, WesternU is one of the most comprehensive graduate schools for the health professions in the U.S. and we are working to ensure our campus openings are done the WesternU Way – with compassion, respect, and commitment to excellence for the health of our communities.

  • July 23, 2020

    A Message to Incoming New Students for Fall 2020,

    At WesternU, we contribute significantly to meeting the need for critical health care professionals in the United States and across the world. Your talent and training are needed now more than ever. You are joining us at the perfect time.

    We have followed and are constantly tracking any changes in mandates and guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),California Department of Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and local officials such as the County of Los Angeles Public Health. We are reopening our campus locations in Pomona and Lebanon in a careful, staged manner. As we do so, your safety is our primary concern.

    For the 2020/2021 academic year, each of our Colleges is leveraging technology in new and innovative ways to continue delivering high-quality, integrative curriculum in a robust manner. Your College’s faculty has developed many asynchronous and synchronous learning modules that allow you to review and study content online. Also, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the timing of hands-on experience where you will be working directly with faculty, clinicians, and other students will vary by College/Program.

    In general, we expect that most students will take lecture-based classes online. We also expect there will be no co-curricular activities and no large gatherings on campus.

    When you are on campus, you will practice these safety measures:

    • You will be required to wear a face covering while on either of our campus locations.
    • You must practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be available.
    • Your temperature will be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and/or are positive for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, you will not be allowed to enter the building and you will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider for further instruction.

    WesternU students, we are learning to live with COVID-19, and you will play a key role in leading us into a healthier future. You will do this the WesternU Way – with caring, respect, empathy, and trust that have ever made us so innovative, courageous, and nimble. These bedrock values inform all we do as a beacon of compassion as we serve our communities.

    Please visit our Return to Campus website for re-opening information and updates. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to seeing you this fall and welcoming you to the WesternU family.

  • July 17, 2020

    Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) assists the WesternU campuses in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment.

    In order to ensure that WesternU has an adequate inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) for students, faculty, and staff – the Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) requests that all orders for PPE be routed through EH&S for processing. Since the domestic supply chain for PPE is experiencing significant delays and inflated prices, it is beneficial for the University to combine its total PPE purchases to secure lower prices and more timely deliveries.

    EH&S and Procurement Services are currently working together to ensure an efficient, effective, and timely workflow that will meet the needs of the University. To ensure the University has sufficient PPE supplies, the following process has been established and will be in place until further notice:

    1. Individual colleges/departments must designate a contact person and back up for PPE requests.
    2. Please send the contact name and college/department to EHS@westernu.edu.
    3. The approved contact person may submit a PPE Request form, which is then automatically routed to EH&S.

    EH&S will be responsible for fulfilling PPE Requests by:

    • Filling or partially filling the request from WesternU Inventory and providing pick-up instructions to the contact person within 2 business days; or
    • If the request can only be partially filled, or not filled at all, EH&S will inform the requestor of this fact and route a purchase request to Procurement Services.

    Procurement Services will be responsible for ensuring adequate PPE inventory and other PPE as requested.

    WesternU Administration cares very much about maintaining a safe, healthy environment for learning; therefore, Procurement Services and EH&S are diligently working and succeeding in identifying PPE needs and purchasing appropriate levels of PPE supplies to ensure no disruption in teaching/rotations occur due to internal inventory shortages. Additionally, we are purchasing PPEs now in anticipation of shortages occurring again this fall if a second wave of COVID-19 hits.

  • July 10, 2020

    The Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) and the Demobilization Work Task Force (DMTF) teams continue to vet return-to-campus plans for colleges and units in accordance with national, state, and local officials in Pomona and Lebanon. This includes the LA County Department of Public Health for the Pomona Campus and the Oregon Health Authority for the Lebanon campus.

    Important Updates

    • Everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a face covering while on either of our campus locations.
    • When on campus, you must practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
    • Your temperature will be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
    • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed to enter the building and you will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider.

    Important Update Regarding Returning from International and Domestic Travel: You are asked to inform your college or department of your return from travel date. If you have traveled within the United States or internationally, you will be required to stay off campus for 14 days. During this time, it is recommended that you monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and check your temperature on a daily basis. While the average time from exposure to showing symptoms is 5-6 days, it can take anywhere from 2-14 days before symptoms may appear. During this time, you could be actively shedding the COVID-19 virus, which is why you should stay off campus during this time frame.

    Please report any out-of-state or international travel using this Travel History Form posted on the COVID-19 website.

    International Students: You might have seen recent media suggesting that international students may need to leave U.S. if their universities transition to online-only learning in 2020-21.

    WesternU is not an online university.

    In response to local and state public health orders, we will be utilizing a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—and you will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. Our Office of the Registrar will submit the required documentation to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and all current international students will be issued updated I-20’s to reflect the changes for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ivan Noe, University Registrar at inoe@westernu.edu.

    Deans/Colleges

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Request

    As you know, we have centralized purchasing of PPE to maximize cost efficiencies and streamline distribution across the University. A link to a form has been added to the COVID-19 website (see Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Request) to help ensure high quality customer service and track the different PPE requests throughout the University. Examples of PPE that may be requested include:

    • Face Mask
    • Face Shields
    • Gloves
    • Goggles
    • Respirator Mask (N95)

    You may request other items, as well (such as gowns), and include an explanation as to why the item is needed.

    You are allowed to request multiple types of PPE. Please provide accurate quantities and sizes as requested. If you have an urgent request, please complete the form and contact Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) directly at 909-469-8231 or via email at ehs@westernu.edu.

    All Faculty and Students

    Any curriculum that can be reasonably delivered online should be provided in this manner to prevent unnecessary gatherings on campus.

    All Employees

    Employees who can effectively fulfill their roles and responsibilities remotely will be encouraged to continue doing so.

    Please visit our Return to Campus website for further information.

    This situation is dynamic and constantly changing. Updates will be provided as circumstances warrant and as plans change.

  • June 28, 2020

    With the guidance of the CDC, CA, OR, and local officials, we are learning to live with COVID-19. We are currently working on plans to reopen our campus locations in Pomona and Lebanon in a careful and staged manner to ensure the safest environment possible for our faculty, staff, and students. We are currently in Pre-Phase I of a 3 Phase re-entry plan. WesternU will have institutional-level re-opening protocols and each of the Colleges will have protocols specific to the College.

    Indeed, our campuses are slowly re-opening in step-wise fashion for essential activities as public health directives and best- practices allow. Moreover, ALL colleges with clinical rotations– CDM, CGN, CHS, COMP, COO, COP, CPM, and CVM – have begun to resume and also in compliance with approved safety guidelines and protocols. GCBS is mobilizing resumptions of essential on-campus didactic and laboratory activity and the dean will provide an update.

    We are creating a culture of health and safety on campus in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19.

    What to Expect When We Return to Campus*

    • On campus, we are practicing social distancing (6 ft. apart), everyone is required to wear protective gear, such as a face covering or mask, and gloves if your role calls for their use.
    • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer that is located throughout every building on campus.
    • Temperatures will be checked as you enter buildings and you must disclose if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
      If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees, you will not be allowed to enter the building and will be encouraged to see your health care provider.
    • Where feasible, buildings will have directional pathways with a clear entry and exit to encourage traffic flow and prevent foot-traffic congestion.
    • Restrooms will have reduced access to stalls and sinks to maintain social distancing.
    • You will likely see people using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face coverings, face masks, face shields, and other personal protective equipment.
    • You might see employees and housekeeping staff taking extra precautions in cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
    • Most student lectures will take place online.
    • Students will be allowed on campus for small group instruction (at the present time) if instruction cannot reasonable be delivered online. Students on campus for instruction, labs, and testing must adhere to social distancing and wear appropriate protective gear.
    • The University Convocation is cancelled.
    • College White Coat ceremonies will be determined by individual Colleges.
    • Welcome Week activities are being planned now and will be delivered in hybrid fashion (some parts digital and some parts in person).
    • Employees who can effectively fulfill their roles and responsibilities remotely will be encouraged to continue to work from home, if possible.
    • For employees, work shifts might be staggered, or employees may be kept in small cohort-style groups so that if one person gets sick, the exposure to others is limited.
    • Some conference rooms, reception areas and other open spaces might have plexiglass installed as a barrier to help stop the spread of germs.
    • As a reminder, we are a smoke-free campus.

    *This situation is dynamic and constantly changing. We will keep you updated as our planning continues.

    Returning from International Travel-Students/Employees

    Employees or student who are returning from international travel should stay off campus for 14 days and should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms should occur, they should contact their health care provider. See CDC travel guidelines.

    Remote Work Expectations and Requirements

    The Center for Innovation (CFI) has developed Managing and Measuring Employees: Working from Home Guidelines.” These are the best practices for managing, tracking, and reporting remote work assignments and progress. All supervisors of employees working remotely should review and implement these best practices. At a minimum:

    • Supervisors are expected to formally assign tasks to employees working remotely, monitor progress, and review status with them on at least a weekly basis. They are encouraged to connect with their direct reports working remotely via Zoom on a regular basis and be available to them for ad-hoc contact via Zoom and other forms of communication during normal work hours.
    • All staff working remotely are expected to maintain daily summary logs of work assignment progress and submit these logs to their supervisors on at least a weekly basis. They are also expected to be available via phone, email, text, Zoom, etc. during their normal work hours.

    The University is working to ensure all buildings are safe for reentry, including social distancing and other safety measures. Until the buildings are cleared to reopen, the employee/student should not come to campus/work unless specifically authorized to do so by their supervisor/Dean following approval of the unit demobilization plan. They should reach out to their supervisor or College to see if there are things they can do off campus until we can safely reopen the campus.