COVID-19 News and Information

Updated August 2, 2021

Fresno Pacific University looks forward to students, faculty and staff returning to work and study at all campuses this fall as the university transitions from a hybrid working and learning environment back to face-to-face interactions.

Staff will be back in their offices by August 2, the end of the current hybrid plan. Faculty also have their return dates, all in anticipation of welcoming students back in person on August 16, for those in degree completion programs, and on August 23, for those in traditional undergraduate and graduate programs.

Throughout the pandemic the university has sought out and acted upon regulations and guidelines from the federal, state and local authorities, and we will continue to do so, recognizing that the fight against this disease is not over.

UPDATE AUGUST 2: As the fall semester approaches, unfortunately, the state of California is seeing a new rise in COVID-19 cases due in large part to the proliferation of the Delta Variant around the world. The rise in new cases compels updated recommendations both at the federal and state level.

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, wear masks again in all indoor settings in communities where the virus has high or substantial transmission levels. Currently, most of the state of California falls into high or substantial levels of transmission.
  • The California Department of Public health changed its recommendations to align with CDC recommendations on wearing masks indoors for all individuals.
  • As we continue to follow state and local guidance, we are updating our campus mask policy. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, masks will be required to be worn while indoors on all FPU campuses, regardless of vaccination status. If you are alone in your office, you do not have to wear a mask.

As of June 23, social distancing is no longer required, and COVID screening procedures will be suspended unless otherwise needed.

Faculty and Staff: To ensure FPU is complying with state regulations, employees will need to present their vaccine card to the Human Resources Office in order to be cleared to work without a mask indoors. Employees can stop by HR, email hr@fresno.edu to schedule a virtual meeting or scan their card and send it to hr@fresno.edu. Cards will not be retained, just viewed for validation. N95 masks will be available for non-vaccinated employees who request one.

Students: Residential students and student-athletes will be required to be vaccinated before returning to the main campus.

Everyone is highly encouraged to be vaccinated before returning to their campus, and according to a recent survey a majority of faculty and staff either have been vaccinated or plan to be before school starts. There are, however, some members of the FPU community who do not desire vaccination due to religious beliefs or overriding health issues, and those exceptions will be respected. Those individuals will be required to wear a mask. To maintain reasonable caution, many of the safety barriers will remain in place in classrooms and other public spaces, at least through the fall semester.

As we care for one another, please remember also to care for yourself. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other malady should 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 over the last 15 months as ‘transition,’ ‘flexibility’ and ‘resilience’ have been the watchwords of the pandemic,” 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: 3
    • North Fresno: 1
    • Merced: 0
    • Visalia: 0
    • Bakersfield: 0
  • Students
    • Main: 9
    • North Fresno: 0
    • Merced: 0
    • Visalia: 0
    • Bakersfield: 0

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.