Friday Nurse Notes

Friday, February 11, 2022

Dear Community,

Happy Friday and thank you for everyone’s continued efforts to keep campus safe and healthy. This week I will touch base on a couple of reminders about COVID-19 and share some information regarding the possible Norovirus infection.

COVID-19 Reminders:

  • All individuals on campus, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering/mask while indoors
    • Pitzer’s COVID policies are to be followed regardless of changes discussed by LA County
    • Pitzer is discussing and evaluating the updated mask mandate put into place by Governor Newsom and we will update the community if anything changes
  • If you test positive for COVID over the weekend with a self-administered antigen test, please notify Campus Safety as soon as possible for students and Nurse Zephyr for employees
  • Following their initial two weeks on campus, all Pitzer students will be required to complete free weekly COVID-19 routine testing, including once per week for vaccinated students and twice per week for unvaccinated students
    • If you have delayed your return to campus, you will still need to test two times each week for YOUR first two weeks back on campus
  • Employees that are up to date on their vaccinations are not required to test for COVID-19 weekly, however I recommend testing at least once a week if you have high contact with others
  • Employees that are not up to date on their vaccinations are required to test twice a week

Possible Norovirus:

  • Norovirus spreads through contact from an infected persons mucosa to another; this means that Norovirus is not airborne and does not require isolation or quarantine.
    • It is vital that individuals practice good hand hygiene, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth without washing their hands thoroughly
  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, it is vital that you ensure you are staying hydrated and keeping your electrolytes up. I would recommend drinking fluids such as water and Gatorade. I recommend eating foods that are gentle on your stomach, such as bread, rice, applesauce, and toast. Scents such as ginger and mint are helpful to combat nausea.
  • Student Affairs is coordinating with Dining Services to deliver impacted students a care package of foods and sanitation items specific to this suspected norovirus illness. Pitzer is providing food care packages, and additional supplies for students who are feeling unwell. These packages include items like soup, crackers, and electrolyte drinks. If you are not feeling well and would like a food care package delivered, please complete this support form.
  • You may notify and be evaluated by Student Health Services by calling (909) 621-8222 for an appointment or seeking TeleHealth support 24/7 at 7C.Health.  

See below the isolation summary as of Friday 02/11/2022  

  • Total Students Currently in Isolation: 10
  • Total Staff/Faculty Currently in Isolation: 0

I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Nurse Zephyr