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February 4, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates: Classroom, common areas etiquette

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

A special thank-you to everyone for being mindful of our public health guidelines as we move full swing into the spring semester. Wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance and washing your hands all remain the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 — not only on our campuses, but off campus as well.

We are constantly refining our guidance and reminders based on best practices and suggestions our COVID-19 Response Team receives from the campus community. This week's reminders include:

Eating and drinking on campus

As you know, face coverings are required anytime you are on campus — whether that's inside a CSU building, while walking on campus, or in any outside venue. Face coverings should only be removed when eating or drinking in designated areas, and that should be combined with practicing physical distancing.

Due to risk of transmission, classrooms, computer labs, building lobbies, and other indoor common areas are not considered designated areas for eating. Eating on campus should be contained to designated areas like cafeterias or outdoor dining areas. Even in these areas, however, it's vital that you adhere to physical distancing signage.

Drinking in classrooms should be on a limited basis, with masks removed temporarily when sipping a beverage and not for prolonged periods of time.

Awaiting the vaccine

Our COVID-19 Response Team leadership continues to await additional information about the local availability of vaccines to students and employees. Links to the latest information is available on the university's website.

When the flu isn't the flu

It's no secret that cold and flu season is upon us — and that their symptoms are like those of COVID-19. Even if you're a frequent victim of "seasonal allergies," it's still important to alert our COVID-19 Response Team of suspicious symptoms as soon as they appear.

Self-reporting COVID-like symptoms, a positive test for COVID or exposure to someone who has tested positive is still among the chief ways you can partner with CSU to protect the entire university community. As of Monday, there were 35 active positive, self-reported cases on campus.

Have a suggestion?

If you see opportunities to make our campuses a safer environment for all Cougars, please submit your suggestions using our Questions/Ideas Form on our COVID-19 website.

Thanks for all you do to keep yourself and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.

COVID-19 Response Team