COVID-19 News and Information

Updated March 1, 2022

Beginning Saturday, March 12, 2022, in keeping with the new guidelines issued by the State of California, Fresno Pacific University will no longer require the wearing of masks at any of its campuses or facilities. This includes all students, faculty, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends masking for all individuals indoors, but it will not be required. For all those who share an office, we recommend that you consider your neighbor as you determine to continue to wear your mask.

Those who wish to continue wearing a mask are encouraged to do so, either out of consideration for their own health conditions, health conditions of a loved one or simply personal preference. Individuals may also ask others to wear a mask while in their presence, and we ask everyone to be courteous of others and respectful of the request.

Masks remain available for students, faculty and staff in the Information Center in McDonald Hall as well as the Campus Life, Human Resources and Campus Safety offices on the main campus, and the front desks at all regional campuses. We continue to encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated, including a booster, unless you have an excluding medical condition or religious objection.

As a reminder, the FPU COVID-19 Prevention Plan is available on our website and will be updated to reflect the changes to the mask requirement. Our website continues to be the source for all information on our pandemic response and is available by visiting www.fpu.edu/covid. Current statistics from the Fresno County Department of Public Health are also available at Fresno County COVID-19 HUB.

While we must remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, the case numbers and other health statistics continue to move in a positive direction, and we are happy to see these same trends among our own students, faculty and staff. Our top priority continues to be the health of the entire FPU community.

Reporting symptoms

Should you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please adhere to the following protocols:

  • All traditional undergraduate and seminary students are to contact the Campus Life/Student Development Office to report symptoms and testing information.
    • Main campus students: Campus Life 559-453-2249
      • Office hours – Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Campus Safety (after hours) – 559-453-2298
  • Regional campus students are to contact the main phone line at their respective campus.
    • Office hours – Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. & Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Bakersfield 661-617-4500
      • Merced 559-354-5900
      • North 559-573-7800
      • Visalia 559-302-4100
    • Campus Safety (after hours) – 559-453-2298
  • If an employee (except faculty) reports that they have COVID-19 symptoms or report they will be or have been tested for COVID-19, they need to notify their supervisor. The supervisor will then immediately contact the Human Resources Office for further instructions.
  • If a faculty member has COVID-19 symptoms or is going to be tested for COVID-19, they need to notify their supervisor and the Human Resources Office immediately for further instructions.
      • Human Resources 559-453-2115
      • Office hours – Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Outside of office hours, contact Campus Safety – 559-453-2298

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: 31
    • North Fresno: 4
    • Merced: 3
    • Visalia: 2
    • Bakersfield: 1
  • Students
    • Main: 103
    • 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 person 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 isolated). 

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.