COVID-19 Information for Faculty/Staff: Working On Campus

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What personal protective equipment is being provided for employees still working on campus?

We deeply appreciate the work of staff members who are continuing to provide necessary and critical functions on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. CSUN is continuing to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) that may be necessary or indicated for certain duties. Fortunately, most on-campus continuing services do not require full personal protective equipment (PPE) protection, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) recommended guidelines for preventing COVID-19 infection.

The CDC, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the California Department of Public Health have also made a new recommendation to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They are now recommending that cloth or fabric face coverings should be worn, covering the nose and mouth, whenever we leave our homes for essential functions. These coverings may help trap the droplets that can contain coronavirus in infected people without symptoms that are released from noses and mouths when sneezing, coughing, singing or even talking. Infected individuals with COVID-19 symptoms should continue to isolate themselves at home and not go out. Unlike surgical or N95 masks used in hospitals, these coverings do not provide complete protection from incoming droplets, so complying with the prevention guidelines above remains important for everyone.

To help our employees who continue to provide critical services on campus participate in these efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus in our communities, CSUN would like to provide every employee working on campus with a CSUN bandana DIY kit to make their own face covering, protect others around us, and show our CSUN resilience and pride. The Surgeon General has just released a video on how individuals can use a scarf or bandanna to make their own face covering, which can be worn when around others and washed every day.

These kits are available for pick up at Postal Services (in the PPM Logistical Services Building) 8 a.m. to 12 pm and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. by managers for their employees working on campus. The kits are individually wrapped and contain a cloth for the covering and two ear ties. Participating employees should take the kit home, wash the fabric and ties in hot water, and dry them completely. Then, they can make their own mask as the Surgeon General demonstrates. Participation is voluntary.

I’m concerned I might have entered a building where someone confirmed to have COVID-19 works. Am I at risk?

CSUN facilities that have been visited by someone with confirmed COVID-19 will be closed and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations.

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
  • Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

For cleaning guidelines you can use at home, please visit CDC’s site Disinfecting Your Home if Someone is Sick including procedures for laundry, food, and trash.

I am working on campus; do I qualify for Emergency Pay?

Employees in Bargaining Unit 2, 5, 7, and 9 (CSUEU) and Bargaining Unit 6 (Teamsters) who were requested and scheduled to work on campus to provide critical services were provided emergency pay per their respective collective bargaining agreements from Friday, March 20, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

We ask supervisors to continue to ensure all work that can be performed remotely/virtually is encouraged and done so.

I don’t have a medical condition, but I am concerned about workplace exposure to the Coronavirus.

CSUN is closely monitoring the Coronavirus and updates specific to the CSUN community will be provided at https://www.csun.edu/COVID-19.

If an employee or collegue of yours appears ill while at work, the appropriate administrator in the area may send the employee home if they believe the employee has restricted ability to carry out their duties due to illness.

Further, on March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom as well as city and county officials issued “safer at home” orders. The directives seek to further reduce the spread of COVID-19. CSUN’s actions to move to virtual instruction and increase social distancing for students and employees are aligned with these orders and follow guidance from California State University Chancellor Timothy White, Governor Gavin Newsom, and federal, state and local public health officials. As an essential resource for our students and the State of California, we are not closing campus. However, we are focused on providing only essential operations for our students, which the orders encourage and permit. This means we have moved most work to virtual platforms and have reduced staffing to minimal levels to maintain operations while maintaining a six-foot social distance in all operations.

We all have a role to play in keeping students, faculty, staff and our campus community healthy and safe. You can help by staying informed and practicing good hygiene. Information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC is below:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.

Visit CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention and Treatment or Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19: What You Need to Know for additional details.