CHSU is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from federal, state, local governments, in addition to our accrediting and licensing bodies.

This webpage provides regular updates and instructions for COVID-19 protocols. The University has published CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program guides for employees and students to provide a central location for the most recent policies and procedures for CHSU COVID-19 information.  

CHSU’s Response to covid-19

The President’s Executive Council at California Health Sciences University (“CHSU” or “University”) is serving as the task force to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from federal, state, local governments, in addition to our accrediting and licensing bodies.

Members of the President’s Executive Council include: Florence Dunn, Dr. John Graneto, Dr. Mark Okamoto, Jimmy Dunn, Richele Kleiser, Carlita Romero-Begley, PHR, SHMR-CP, Tanya Bohorquez, CPA, Ashley Emerzian, Esquire, and Kathleen Haeberle.

Employees and Students may check the CHSU website for regular updates and monitor their CHSU email accounts closely for more information and instructions. In addition, the University has published two documents, named the CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program for Employees and CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program for Students to provide a central location for the most recent policies and procedures for CHSU COVID-19 information. Those two documents update all prior communications from the University regarding COVID-19.

It is important to acknowledge that recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic are fluid and changing. In alignment with current guidance, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and appropriate federal, state and local agency recommendations, CHSU has and will be taking actions notated within the CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program to keep our campus community safe and informed. The CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program will be updated by the University President’s Executive Council as new information and guidance becomes available.

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CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program for Employees

CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program for Students

Latest Updates

August 3, 2021:

Good morning everyone.

I am writing with updates to masking requirements on campus. CHSU administration has been monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates.  As of August 2, 2021 the CDC has listed Fresno County as a “high transmission.” Accordingly, as of August 3, 2021, in alignment with CDC guidance masks are required for all members of our community indoors and when traveling in cars, regardless of vaccination status.  Unvaccinated people may still request N95 masks from the University if desired.  Masks are to be worn over the nose and mouth.  Masks must be two-layers of cloth.  Scarfs, bandannas, or other single layer items do not meet the masking requirement.  CDC information on how to wear a mask can be found here.  Masks are not required:  (1) when an employee is alone in a room or vehicle; (2) while eating or drinking at the workplace, provided the employee is six feet or more from others.  If you feel you cannot wear a face covering due to disability, you should contact human resources.

All students at both colleges have been notified of this information.

We will continue to monitor the University’s COVID-19 response, COVID-19 transmission rates and public health guidance.  We will alert you to any changes in our response protocol as a result.  Please contact me with questions.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


June 23, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

We hope all of you are adjusting well to working back on campus and certainly have enjoyed seeing everyone in person. We wanted to update you on the new Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) and how we will be implementing the updated ETS. As a reminder, the ETS are the rules set for the workplace related to COVID-19 response for all California businesses.

Updated CA Employer Rules for COVID Response

If you were out and about in the scorching heat over the weekend, you may have noticed many stores and restaurants modified their masking and physical distancing requirements.

On June 17, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“Board”) approved revisions to Cal/OSHA’s ETS. Under normal circumstances, there would be a ten (10) day review window; however, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order that same day requiring that the ETS changes take effect immediately. The new ETS provides some directives and some different options for employers to choose and implement. CHSU has elected the following plan below.

Masking Guidance

Masking Outdoors:

No masks required, regardless of vaccination status.

Masking Indoors (Including When Traveling in Vehicles):

  • CHSU has chosen to document vaccination status of all employees, which allows fully vaccinated employees to not wear a mask indoors.
  • However, unvaccinated employees must continue to wear cloth masks with at least two layers worn over the nose and mouth when indoors, in vehicles and when otherwise required by orders from the California Department of Public Health.
    • CHSU will have available N95 respirator masks to all unvaccinated employees for voluntary use upon request. Cloth masks, as noted above, are required for unvaccinated employees.
  • Under this option, in the event of a workplace outbreak of COVID-19, masks are once again required regardless of vaccination status. An outbreak is three (3) or more cases in an exposed group of workers.
  • To document vaccination status:
    • CHSU has elected to require employees to provide proof of vaccination. We will maintain a record of the employees who presented proof but not maintain a copy of the vaccine record itself in CHSU files.
    • All employees will be required to show proof of their vaccination record to Human Resources. We will be scheduling times to be at each building (120, 45, and 2500) this week, where employees can physically meet with us and show us their vaccination card.
    • Please do not email, text, or send via Teams scans, pictures, or copies of your vaccination record to HR. You must show your record in person or via remote video conference where the record can be clearly viewed as we are not keeping or maintaining the record.
    • If you will not be available to meet with HR at the scheduled times you may stop by the 45 building and show your vaccination record to one of us. (Outlook invites will go out with the dates and times.) If you believe you need to provide proof of vaccine remotely, please contact me to discuss the matter.
    • Until you show proof of being fully vaccinated to HR you will be considered unvaccinated and required to wear a mask. “Fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have passed since your final dose of the vaccine—one dose for Johnson & Johnson and the second dose for Pfizer and/or Moderna.
    • If you attended or were a helper at the COP graduation on May 15, and already showed proof of being fully vaccinated to HR, you do not need to provide proof again.
    • If you have previously shown proof of vaccination or confirmed your vaccination status verbally or in writing to anyone outside of Human Resources, you will need to show proof again to HR.
  • Close Contacts: Fully vaccinated employees no longer need to be excluded from the workplace following a close contact with a COVID-19 case, nor is testing required.

Return to Campus

As a reminder, as of last Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the University returned to a fully onsite work setting. All employees are expected to return to campus working their regular work schedule onsite.

Because CHSU is committed to supporting our employees, we recognize that some employees may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, may need to take a leave of absence, need accommodation for a disability, or have childcare or eldercare responsibilities. Employees impacted by COVID-19 should consult with the Office of Human Resources to determine what their available options are, including what benefits may be available under CHSU’s policies, and California state or federal law.

CHSU Intends to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Upon Full FDA Approval (Non-Emergency Use)

In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of students, employees, guests, and all members of our campus community, CHSU intends to require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any University location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

This requirement for all CHSU employees and students will be conditioned upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. This requirement will become effective at the beginning of the Fall 2021 term (July 17, 2021 for University and COM and August 13, 2021 for COP), or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later.

We are sharing this information now to give students and our employees ample time to make plans to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall term.

The COVID-19 vaccination requirement will allow for students and employees to seek an exemption based on medical or for a sincerely held religious belief. The policy and related implementation details are being finalized and will be made available soon.

If you have questions on any of the above information, need further assistance, or an accommodation, please contact me via email (cromerobegley@chsu.edu or humanresources@chsu.edu) or Teams.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


June 14, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

We look forward to seeing you in person and welcoming everyone back to campus tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Return to Campus

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor is terminating the executive orders that initiated the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also is phasing out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving in place a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

Beginning tomorrow, June 15, 2021, the University will return to a fully onsite work setting. All employees are expected to return to campus working their regular work schedule onsite.

Because CHSU is committed to supporting our employees, we recognize that some employees may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, may need to take a leave of absence, need accommodation for a disability, or have childcare or eldercare responsibilities. Employees impacted by COVID-19 should consult with the Office of Human Resources to determine what their available options are, including what benefits may be available under CHSU’s policies, and California state or federal law.

Current Masking Guidance

On June 3, 2021, Cal/OSHA proposed changes to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”). Those proposed revisions were expected to go into effect no later than June 15, 2021. However, during a special meeting that was held on June 9, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to withdraw the proposed revisions in light of the latest masking guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health.

Cal/OSHA is reviewing new masking guidance and will consider newly proposed revisions to the ETS at their next regularly scheduled Standards Board meeting this week.

In the meantime, the Cal/OSHA ETS issued in November 2020 remains in effect for all employers. Importantly, everyone still needs to wear a mask in the workplace unless an exception applies until new regulations are issued. As a reminder, the current ETS also includes the following:

  • An employer is to ensure that employees maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other persons unless it is not possible, in which case employees should be as far from others as possible. (Please adhere to all current room occupancies posted throughout campus.)
  • Employers must provide employees with face coverings and ensure they are worn over the nose and mouth when indoors and when outdoors, and within six (6) feet of another. Exceptions include:
    • When an employee is alone in a room;
    • When eating or drinking;
    • When using a respirator or other respiratory protection;
    • When an employee cannot use a face covering due to a medical or mental condition; or
    • When specific work tasks cannot be performed with a face covering.

Please keep in mind that the above standards apply to all employees regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to monitor this information and provide updates as they become available.

CHSU Intends to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Upon FDA Approval

In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of students, employees, guests and all members of our campus community, CHSU intends to require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any University location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

This requirement for all CHSU employees and students will be conditioned upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. This requirement will become effective at the beginning of the Fall 2021 term (July 17, 2021 for University and COM and August 13, 2021 for COP), or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later.

We are sharing this information now to give students and our employees ample time to make plans to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall term.

The COVID-19 vaccination requirement will allow for students and employees to seek an exemption based on medical reasons or for a sincerely held religious belief. The policy and related implementation details are being finalized and will be made available soon.

If you have questions on any of the above information, need further assistance, or an accommodation, please contact me via email (cromerobegley@chsu.edu or humanresources@chsu.edu) or Teams.

We continue to wish all of you good health and happiness and look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

CHSU encourages widespread and early COVID-19 vaccination of all eligible individuals to help ensure the health of the community.

In the interest of maintaining the health and safety of students, employees, guests, and all members of our campus community, CHSU intends to require faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any University location to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 by September 30, 2021. Details can be found in the CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program for Employees and Students guides.

Providing education and encouragement to our administration, faculty, staff and students to receive their COVID vaccine is a high priority and will help ensure we are safer as a campus community.

The CDC has release new guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated. Learn more https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Our federal, state, and local public health officials offer great resources to learn more about COVID vaccine eligibility and education about the vaccine. Please reference the important resources below, which are valid as of the date this is sent and may change over time. We also encourage all members of our community to consult their pharmacist and/or healthcare provide to learn more about vaccine safety and eligibility.

RELATED LINKS:

Fresno County COVID-19 Vaccine Information
California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccines
California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine: find out if it’s your turn
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
CDC Benefits of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
FDA Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccines
CDC Guidelines When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

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