COVID-19 News and Information

Updated October 29, 2021

Fresno Pacific University students, faculty and staff are back on our campuses this semester as the university has successfully transitioned from a hybrid working and learning environment back to mainly face-to-face interactions.

Athletic contests, concerts and a play have all proceeded face-to-face with appropriate safeguards. Student musicians have even been spotted in The Forest, providing a soundtrack for those enjoying lunch outdoors.

As we have throughout the pandemic, FPU has sought out and acted upon regulations and guidelines from the federal, state and local authorities—such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the Fresno County Department of Public Health—and we will continue to do so, recognizing that the fight against this disease is not over. Precautions include:

  • Masks are required in classrooms, offices, residence halls and athletic facilities regardless of a person’s vaccination status. (The only exception is people who are alone.)
  • N95 masks have been made available for non-vaccinated employees who request one.
  • Residential students and student-athletes were required to be vaccinated before returning to the main campus.
  • Plexiglas shields in classrooms and many other public-facing areas.
  • Email alerts when a student or employee receives a positive COVID test.
  • Student isolation areas in university housing.

Quarantine update

As of October 27, 2021, the Fresno County Department of Public Health says that, in the case of exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, asymptomatic vaccinated individuals need not quarantine. It is suggested, and we encourage, they be tested on Day 5, but that is not required. If you develop symptoms, stay home.

In case of exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated, asymptomatic individuals should quarantine for 10 days with a suggested test on Day 5. They may return to work or class on Day 7 if they have a negative test from Day 5 or 6 and remain asymptomatic, or they may wait out their quarantine.

Employees should contact the Human Resources Office at 559-453-2245 or hr@fresno.edu. Students should contact the Campus Life Office at 559-453-2249 or stlife@fresno.edu. After hours contact the Campus Safety Office at 559-453-2298 or safety@fresno.edu.

Everyone is highly encouraged to be vaccinated, and a survey shows most faculty and staff were vaccinated before school started in August. We do, however, respect the wishes of those members of the FPU community who do not desire vaccination due to religious beliefs or overriding health issues.

As we care for one another, please remember also to care for yourself. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or any other illnesses with COVID-like symptoms, must stay home—or, for residential students, in their residence—until they are well. Notify faculty, residence life staff or supervisors as needed.

“We again thank everyone for all your hard work and tenacity,” said FPU President Joseph Jones, Ph.D. “Our gratitude goes to students, faculty, staff and the families and loved ones who have supported them. At FPU, we never forget our dependence on God, as he instructs us to ‘trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and not depend just on our own understanding; but in all our ways to acknowledge him, and he will grant us wisdom and guidance.’ God’s blessings over your summer and may he grant you peace and renewal for the fall season.”

Information will be updated here.

Updates by Population

Statistics of COVID-19 Cases at FPU

Fresno Pacific University maintains this page to update the community on the number of COVID-19 cases among administration, students, faculty and staff who have tested positive and have been on any FPU campus within five days of that diagnosis.

All employees and students are required to immediately report if they have contracted or are being tested for COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone who has contracted or is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19. Health experts define “contact” as within six feet of less for 15 minutes or more.

  • From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Main campus students report to the Campus Life Division 559-453-2249
    • Regional campus students report to your campus:
      • Merced 209-354-5900
      • North Fresno 559-573-7800
      • Visalia 559-302-4100
      • Bakersfield 661-617-4500
    • Employees report to your supervisor (supervisors will report to the Human Resources Office):
      • Administration report to your immediate supervisor
      • Faculty report directly to Human Resources
      • Staff report to your immediate supervisor
  • After hours and on weekends call the Campus Safety Office at 559-453-2298

Students and employees who have likely come into contact with a person who has made a report will be notified by the university via email within 24 hours of the university being informed. This website will be updated daily between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The information on this dashboard includes only positive cases of people who have been physically on campus and which the FPU has been made aware of. The university is not responsible if a student or employee fails to disclose they have tested positive or are awaiting test results.

Confidentiality laws prohibit the university from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals. Any faculty or staff individual who has tested positive will be instructed to isolate at home, and anyone believed to have been exposed will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine.

COVID-19 Case Reports by Campus

  • Employees
    • Main: 10
    • North Fresno: 3
    • Merced: 1
    • Visalia: 0
    • Bakersfield: 0
  • Students
    • Main: 24
    • North Fresno: 3
    • Merced: 0
    • Visalia: 4
    • Bakersfield: 1

Quarantine and Isolation

Anyone who has been vaccinated and is exposed or comes in close contact with someone with COVID-19 may not need to quarantine or isolate unless they start to experience symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who has not been vaccinated and is exposed or comes in close contact with someone with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine or isolate, depending on the circumstances.

Exposed or close contact means someone within six feet of an infected perosn for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, cumulative time, during the infectious period of the virus (starting from two days before the onset of the illness or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection until the time the person is isloated). 

Notification of COVID-19 Cases

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on any FPU campus, the university follows notification and other protocols as directed by local and state health authorities.