January 14, 2023 updates
Booster vaccines are strongly encouraged for those that are eligible to ensure significant protection from COVID-19 and its variants.
Appointments to receive a booster vaccine can be scheduled at https://myturn.ca.gov/.
Quarantine Protocols (Exposure)
Effective January 14, 2023, the rules for isolation and quarantine have changed to be in-line with recent guidance released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The rules are now based on symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. The updated rules for individuals exposed to COVID-19 are as follows:
Isolation (COVID-19 Infected)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, must isolate for at least five (5) days.
- Isolation can end after the five days if symptoms are not present or are improving and a test on day five is negative.
- If fever or other symptoms are not improving, isolation must continue for 10 days.
The full CDPH guidance for isolation and quarantine can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Guidance-on-Isolation-and-Quarantine-for-COVID-19-Contact-Tracing.aspx.
Free COVID-19 testing continues to be available on-campus for all Hancock employees and students regardless of vaccination status. Though testing is required for unvaccinated students and employees to access campus, Hancock strongly recommends vaccinated individuals also test on a regular basis to mitigate the risk of exposure on campus.
All faculty, staff, and administrators should contact the COVID Response Team at extension 3318 or by emailing email@example.com. Additional information can be found the COVID Reporting Handout below.
When reporting student cases, please include in your email:
- Student Name
- H Number (if known)
- COVID status (exposed, positive, pending results, symptomatic, or household cases etc.)
- Last day in class (if known)
- Class or CRN (for suspected classroom exposures)
If there has been an exposure in an office, class, or in the household, employees and students must wear a face covering for 10 days after exposure. Employees and students are clear to remain on campus, as long as they do not have symptoms. Employees and students must test three to five days after exposure and submit those results to the firstname.lastname@example.org . If symptoms develop, must follow symptomatic protocol procedures and not clear to be on campus until negative COVID test and symptoms have resolved.
Off-Campus Testing Locations:
Testing is also available at various off-campus locations at no cost. Please visit the sites below for more information.
- Santa Barbara County: https://publichealthsbc.org/testing/
- San Luis Obispo County: https://www.emergencyslo.org/en/testing-locations.aspx
Exposure Decision Tree (January 14, 2023 Update)
Board Resolution 21-22 Vaccine and Testing Mandate