01/18/2022 - New COVID-19 cases reported to Caltech
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To: The Campus Community
From: Jennifer Howes, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Wellness
Date: January 18, 2021
Re: New COVID-19 Cases Reported to Caltech
Since our last update on Friday, January 14, Student Wellness Services (SWS) has learned that 20 members of the Caltech community have tested positive for COVID-19:
- Four undergraduate students, three of whom live in Caltech housing;
- Three graduate students, none of whom live in Caltech housing;
- And 13 employees.
This brings the total number of reported COVID-19 cases among members of the Caltech campus community and off-campus facilities to 684 since March 2020.
The affected individuals are now isolating. In collaboration with the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD), SWS will identify and notify anyone in the Caltech community who may have had close contact with these individuals. Anyone found to be at risk of exposure will be provided specific instructions for quarantining and isolation. Currently, a total of 14 students are isolating in spaces set aside in Caltech housing for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Please note that due to the volume of case reports, individualized responses to questions and the community positive case updates may be significantly delayed. Furthermore, SWS's capacity for on-campus testing is not sufficient to meet current demand, so members of the community are being advised to seek community testing resources whenever possible.
Do not come to campus if you are ill. Please review the isolation and quarantine procedures if you test positive or learn you are a close contact of someone through activities off campus.
The Institute's vaccination policies require that all employees and students who are eligible for a booster shot get boosted as soon as they are able to do so. In addition, all undergraduate students—regardless of vaccination status and living location—and graduate students living in Caltech housing or enrolled in in-person classes for the winter term, as well as all individuals in the campus community who have an approved exemption to the Institute's vaccination requirement, are required to participate in the twice-weekly surveillance testing program.
All employees who are reporting on-site, including faculty members and instructors who are involved in in-person instruction, are strongly encouraged to enroll and participate in the surveillance testing program as well.
The Institute's self-collection surveillance testing program is facilitated through an on-site laboratory located in the Beckman Institute.
It is imperative that all members of our community remain diligent in adhering to all preventative measures and to county and city health orders that have been implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The safety and well-being of Caltech's students, staff, and faculty is our top priority. All members of the Caltech community are expected to:
- Immediately notify SWS if you are ill, have had a positive test for COVID-19, or have been exposed to anyone with a positive test for COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are ill, have a fever, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.
- Participate in Caltech's surveillance testing program.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Wear a high-quality (N95 or KN95) mask when indoors.
More information about Caltech's response to the pandemic can be found on the Caltech Together coronavirus website. Reports of illness, testing metrics, and confirmed case counts can be found on a dedicated dashboard. Please note that JPL tracks COVID-19 cases separately and is not included in these data.