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March 10, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates: CSU 'Staycation' around the corner

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

This pandemic seems to be marked by one sacrifice after another. Holidays marked by family gatherings reduced to visiting with distant relatives via online chat. Special occasions spent at home instead of being on the road or in the air.

Again, we've asked you to sacrifice - in this case, CSU's traditional spring break - and we know that at this time in the semester, that's a big sacrifice to ask. This week typically marked by student trips to the beach are also a time faculty and staff travel with their families, or just enjoy a quieter week around the office when they can get caught up on work responsibilities.

The last thing you want to hear is, "it's for your own good." And, it is. Technically, it's for CSU's collective good by reducing everyone's exposure to COVID-19 while traveling - and COVID-19's spread upon your return. This sacrifice will hopefully be among the last we have to make as a university as we attempt to glimpse the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

March 22-27 Staycation

In lieu of spring break, we are thankful to the Student Government Association for planning its week of "Staycation" events March 22-27. We know this isn't a substitute for that traditional spring break trip you take. But, during a year of turning lemons into lemonade, we tip our hats to your student leaders for their leadership and out-of-the-box thinking.

In addition to their slate of events on both of our campuses that include food, music and service, SGA leaders have worked with the Provost's Office to reduce the amount of high-stakes assignments, exams or other academic demands on you this week. CSU's Executive Leadership Team hopes this "space" in the semester gives students the mental and intellectual break needed to recharge ahead of the last half of the spring.

> View the full slate of Staycation events. (PDF)

If you do find yourself in a position to sneak away from campus for a few days or for an extended weekend trip, please continue to make wise choices by wearing your face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands, and monitoring your symptoms closely upon your return.

Seasonal Allergies Awareness

That yellow layer of dust on your car can signal only one thing - spring has officially sprung. For many of us, pollen means seasonal allergies like sneezing, congestion, runny noses, itchy or watery eyes, headaches and sore throats. Wait, aren't those some of the same symptoms of COVID-19? They are, which is why knowing the difference is important!

> Check out the CDC's infographic to differentiate between COVID-19 symptoms and seasonal allergy symptoms.

Remember: when in doubt, give us a shout! Even if you're not sure what the symptoms indicate, if they might be related to COVID-19, or if you've tested positive or been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19, let us know by completing the online self-report form so we can explore your situation with you.

As of Monday, March 8, our case management efforts included nine active positive cases of COVID-19 among students and employees. Another 22 individuals were among those in case management for active exposures or symptoms.

Share Your Feedback

Our online ideas and questions form remains available if you have comments, suggestions or concerns. Thank you for sharing those, as well as for all you're doing to keep yourselves and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
Shana Young and Julio Llanos, Co-Chairs
COVID-19 Response Team