Updated August 16, 2022
Weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing is mandatory for all unvaccinated (exempt) students, employees, and contracted workers and those eligible for a booster dose who are overdue in receiving it.
Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms may receive diagnostic testing at the Student Health & Wellness Center, through their healthcare provider, pharmacy, or other testing location.
In compliance with Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards, Whittier College offers free COVID-19 testing for employees with COVID-19 symptoms during employees' paid time.
The College will also offer free diagnostic testing at the Student Health & Wellness Center during employees' paid time to employees who had a close contact in the workplace.
Whittier College will adhere to LA County infection control guidance regarding isolation and exposure.
If a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 occurs on campus, the area will be closed off for at least 24 hours or the longest time practicable. Trained facilities staff using personal protective equipment and proper ventilation will decontaminate infected areas.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) requires institutions of higher education to conduct contact tracing to assist the County in protecting our campus community and containing the spread of COVID-19. The College is required to report a cluster of three linked positive cases to the LADPH within one business day. Therefore, the timely cooperation of all affected individuals is extremely important.
The College’s COVID-19 Compliance Team will conduct personal interviews with individuals who test positive to obtain information required by LADPH and to ascertain with whom the positive case has been in close contact. A “close contact” is anyone who has shared indoor airspace with someone infected with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while the positive case was infectious. Staff members on the COVID-19 Compliance Team have completed contact tracing certification. Individuals may also be contacted by LADPH contact tracers.
Individuals who have been exposed to the confirmed case will be notified to test as appropriate. The entire campus community will be notified of COVID-19 outbreaks (occurrence of three or more epidemiologically linked cases within a 14-day period) and of the measures that will be implemented to control the spread.