COVID-19 News and Information

Updated August 29, 2022

Fresno Pacific University is up and running fully face-to-face with limited restrictions for the Fall 2022 semester. Although the COVID numbers in Fresno, and across the country, have dropped precipitously (both by case count and ICU numbers), we know that we cannot fully let down our guard. 

With this said, we ask students, faculty, administrators and staff to continue to self-screen every day and follow the FPU COVID-19 Prevention Plan. If you find that you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure that you contact the Human Resources Office (employees), the Office of Student Development (for traditional undergraduate and seminary students) or your regional campus front desk (all regional campus students). The employees taking your phone call are trained to provide you with helpful resources and will assist you in developing a return to work/class plan once your symptoms subside.  

One of the important changes in the California public health prevention strategy is how to respond if you are a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19. People that have been in close proximity in shared airspace with someone for more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period are considered close contacts. This would include (but not be limited to) shared office space, residential hall rooms, small meeting rooms or shared vehicle space. A person that is asymptomatic, and considered a close contact, does not need to quarantine. The university asks all close contacts to wear a mask for 10 days and test with an antigen on day 5 if no symptoms have developed. If symptoms do develop, please test immediately. 

The Human Resources Office will continue to work with employees that may have been close contacts. Faculty will be notified if/when there is a positive case in their classrooms so they can encourage their students to monitor for symptoms and test on day 5 if they so desire. The Office of Student Development will work with students that can clearly articulate close contacts to remind them to mask and test on day 5. 

As of this time we are not offering asymptomatic testing on campus for individuals or groups (except for residential students that are close contacts). We ask that all employees and commuter students self-test at home or stop by a local clinic to complete any symptomatic or asymptomatic close contact testing.  

N95 masks, as well as cloth masks, are still available for any community member that needs access to these in the Student Life, Campus Safety, Human Resources offices; Information Desk; and the front desk of all regional campuses. Don’t hesitate to swing by and grab what you need. 

The FPU President’s Cabinet and COVID Working Group wish everyone a safe and productive start to your semester. Please, feel free to contact Jordan Sharp, executive director of human resources, or Dale Scully, vice president for campus life/interim director of athletics, with any further questions about our current COVID Prevention Plan and procedures. 

This website continues to be the source for all information on our pandemic response. Current statistics from the Fresno County Department of Public Health are also available at Fresno County COVID-19 HUB.

 

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
  • Employees (except faculty) who report they have COVID-19 symptoms or will be or have been tested for COVID-19 need to notify their supervisor. The supervisor will then immediately contact the Human Resources Office for further instructions.
  • Faculty members who have COVID-19 symptoms or are going to be tested for COVID-19 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 or less for 15 minutes or more.

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 of which the FPU has been made aware. 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 may be contacted and asked to self-quarantine (see Quarantine and Isolation below).

COVID-19 Case Reports by Campus

  • Employees
    • Main: 71
    • North Fresno: 6
    • Merced: 3
    • Visalia: 11
    • Bakersfield: 3
  • Students
    • Main: 122
    • North Fresno: 6
    • Merced: 0
    • Visalia: 5
    • 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.