This week's COVID-19 news and updates

Week of January 18, 2021

  • Caltech's COVID-19 testing facilities were closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Surveillance testing and symptomatic testing resumed on Tuesday, January 19.
  • Members of the Caltech community reporting to campus are required to participate in the campus surveillance program.
  • Caltech's health and medical employees have been invited to be vaccinated through a clinic run by the Pasadena Public Health Department. Caltech's Vaccine Working Group has applied to be a state-approved community partner for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to campus. The Institute is working to make vaccines available to Caltech community members at the earliest point in time.
  • An independent faculty group has explored the effectiveness of several dozen commercially available masks (access.caltech credentials required)
  • Under the current Safer at Home order, Caltech has been approved to maintain laboratory research functions; all private and public gatherings of individuals from different households are prohibited at this time and outdoor dining has been closed.

Caltech commitment

Caltech is committed to providing the educational, research, and residential experience that is at the core of our mission. In turn, we all have a responsibility and must commit to practices that protect the health and well-being of the entire community and mitigate the spread of infection on campus. Read the full statement.


Latest communications

January 15, 2021
Update on Vaccine Planning and Distribution Process 
Caltech's health and medical care staff and the Institute's special response officers were invited to register to be vaccinated at a Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) clinic. 

January 11, 2021
Supporting Student Success in Remote Learning
As we move into winter term, instructors and TAs are encouraged to keep in mind lessons learned from recent terms on helping support student success in remote learning.

January 9, 2021
First Week of Surveillance Testing
The first week of the new surveillance testing program for Caltech community members who are reporting to campus has been completed, and thank you to all who participated. We hope the information in this memo will address many of the questions we have received; it also offers guidance to help make the scheduling, collection, and case management processes more efficient.