Summer Session and Masking - 05.24.22

May 24, 2022

Briefly:

  • Indoor masking generally is no longer required on campus, effective May 23rd.
  • Specific offices, programs, and individuals may require masking in their respective spaces.
  • Faculty instructors will determine if masking is required in their Summer Session class.
  • Individual students may request that all students mask in their class.

Dear Pitzer Community:

As summer begins, we want to wish you all well and thank you for your continued vigilance regarding the well-being of our community.

As of May 23, 2022, indoor masking generally is no longer required on campus. However, Pitzer’s COVID-19 Task Force, with appropriate consultation, has determined that specific offices, programs, and individuals will be able to determine the masking policies for their spaces on campus.

This practice includes Summer Session courses. For example, if an instructor decides masks will be required in their classroom, then all students in attendance will be required to mask. Furthermore, if a student requests everyone in their class to mask, all other students and the faculty instructor must mask.

The Pitzer COVID Clinic and Student Health Services (SHS) will remain open for COVID-19 testing this summer as follows:

  • Students, at SHS:  Monday−Friday, 8:00 a.m.−5:00 p.m. (Closed daily noon−1:00 p.m.)
  • Faculty and Staff, at Pitzer COVID Clinic:  Monday/Wednesday 9:00 a.m.−1:00 p.m.;
    Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m.­−noon and 1:00−3:00 p.m.

More information on SHS is here.

Below are reminders of COVID-19 guidance and resources that remain current: 

The College continues to ask all persons to complete the Healthy Pitzer online screening questionnaire prior to coming to campus. Screening is still recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in its Exposure Management Plan for higher education institutions.

Consistent with public health guidance, well-fitting, high-quality medical masks should be worn when required. N95 and other masks are available for free in the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Faculty Office, Facilities, Gold Student Center, Dining Hall, and the Nurse Clinic.

If you are a close contact with someone who has tested positive, follow these quarantine guidelines.

Students that have tested positive and remain in the local surrounding area and are accessing Pitzer and/or The Claremont Colleges during the summer are responsible for adhering to medical guidance, including isolation directives from SHS and/or their off-campus medical provider. 

The Office of Student Affairs can be reached during normal business hours at (909) 621-8241. Staff and faculty may reach Nurse Zephyr at (909) 607-2180 during the Pitzer COVID Clinic hours shown above.

More information on Pitzer’s COVID-19 protocols, case numbers (the dashboard), and tier levels can be found at COVID-19 Dashboard – Pathway Forward (pitzer.edu). Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community healthy and safe. 

Summer COVID Clinic Information for Faculty and Staff - 05.16.22

The testing clinic is in West Hall living room Q222, testing hours are 9 am-1 pm Monday/Wednesday and 9 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm Tuesday/Thursday.  Please see testing instructions below for more details.  

The clinic will be open this Friday 05/20/2022 from 9 am-12 pm for anyone who would like a test. Please remember to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, as there have been large events at the end of the semester.

Testing Schedule: 

  • Testing is available on campus and is free to all Pitzer employees.  Appointments can be made through Healthy Pitzer, detailed instructions can be found below.  
  • If you have recently had a COVID-19 infection, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your testing schedule, as you may be exempt from PCR testing for 90 days post a positive COVID test. 

COVID-19 Testing Instructions

 How to make an appointment:

  • Routine Testing: Please make an appointment for testing through Healthy Pitzer, after logging in you will see Appointments on the second tab.  The first time that you log into Healthy Pitzer you will be required to sign Pitzer and HHB consent forms, these forms must be completed prior to testing. 
  • Please bring your phone to your appointment and be ready to log into Healthy Pitzer, we will use the barcode found in the top right corner of the homepage for testing. 
  • The test will be a self-administered nasal swab and the process only takes a few minutes. 
  • You will receive your test results directly via text message and/or email 24-48 hours after testing. 

If you have been exposed or have symptoms: 

  • If you have symptoms, please do not make an appointment with Healthy Pitzer, and instead email [email protected] explaining your situation and we will get you scheduled for diagnostic testing.  
  • This is important so that we can determine if you are safe to work on campus and so that we can test symptomatic individuals separately from others to reduce the risk of exposure. 

Testing at an outside facility: 

  • If you would prefer to test off-campus or if you need testing on a holiday or weekend, please check LA County testing sites or Kaiser testing sites.  
  • If you need assistance finding or making an appointment, please let us know!
  • If you are getting diagnostic testing at an outside facility for symptoms or an exposure you must get a PCR test, a rapid/antigen test will not clear you to return to campus. 
  • If you get tested an outside facility you can report your test results to [email protected]

Best,
Nurse Zephyr

SHS Summer Schedule Starting May 16 - 05.11.22

Students: Saliva COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at Tranquada from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with closures for Memorial Day, Juneteenth, and Independence Day. This goes into effect starting Monday, May 16.

SHS Summer COVID Testing
Friday Nurse Notes - 05.09.22

May 6, 2022

Dear Community,

Happy Friday! As we come to the end of the semester, I would like to thank everyone in the community for always being kind and patient with one another regarding COVID-19.

Students, please remember to continue mandatory weekly testing until leaving campus. Summer hours will be available for students who would like a test, with adjusted hours listed below. Staff/faculty, please continue to get tested regularly; weekly, if coming to campus.

Please be mindful of your symptoms and remember that minor cold symptoms are also symptoms of COVID-19. Before attending large events such as commencement, consider taking a rapid antigen test.

COVID-19 Testing Summer Hours:

Students:

  • The summer COVID saliva testing will take place at Tranquada Building between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 
  • The site will be closed for Memorial Day (May 30), Juneteenth (June 20), and Independence Day (July 4).

Staff/Faculty:

  • Continue to get tested regularly; weekly, if coming to campus. Please make an appointment at the campus COVID Clinic through Healthy Pitzer
  • Clinic Hours will remain the same:
    • The testing clinic is in West Hall living room Q222, testing hours are 9 am-1 pm Monday/Wednesday and 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm Tuesday/Thursday. 

See below the COVID case numbers for the week, as of 05/06/2022:

Day ofStudents PositivesStaff & Faculty Positives
05/05/202220
05/04/202231
05/03/202231
05/02/202200

As always, please reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely,
Nurse Zephyr

Booster Monday from Nurse Zephyr - 05.02.22

May 2, 2022

Good afternoon, everyone!

As we start a new week, I would like to remind everyone of our hours, and encourage weekly testing!

The testing clinic is in West Hall living room Q222, testing hours are 9 am-1 pm Monday/Wednesday and 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm Tuesday/Thursday.  Please see testing instructions below for more details.  

Booster Monday: Booster shots are available in the Clinic! We will be having a booster day, Monday, May 9 during our regular scheduled hours, 9 am-1 pm. Family members are welcome! Make an appointment here: Pitzer Clinic. If these hours do not work for you, please reach out to me and we can make arrangements.

Daily Health Screening:  The Daily Health Screening is required every day that you come to campus, if you have any symptoms or have had an exposure to a positive case email [email protected] or call (909) 607-2180 before coming to campus.

COVID-19 Testing Instructions

How to make an appointment:

  • Routine Testing: Please make an appointment for testing through Healthy Pitzer, after logging in you will see Appointments on the second tab. The first time that you log into Healthy Pitzer you will be required to sign Pitzer and HHB consent forms, these forms must be completed prior to testing. 
  • Please bring your phone to your appointment and be ready to log into Healthy Pitzer, we will use the barcode found in the top right corner of the homepage for testing. 
  • The test will be a self-administered nasal swab and the process only takes a few minutes. 
  • You will receive your test results directly via text message and/or email 24-48 hours after testing. 

If you have been exposed or have symptoms: 

  • If you have symptoms, please do not make an appointment with Healthy Pitzer, and instead email [email protected] explaining your situation and we will get you scheduled for diagnostic testing.  
  • This is important so that we can determine if you are safe to work on campus and so that we can test symptomatic individuals separately from others to reduce the risk of exposure. 

Testing at an outside facility: 

  • If you would prefer to test off-campus or if you need testing on a holiday or weekend, please check LA County testing sites or Kaiser testing sites.  
  • If you need assistance finding or making an appointment, please let us know!
  • If you are getting diagnostic testing at an outside facility for symptoms or an exposure you must get a PCR test, a rapid/antigen test will not clear you to return to campus. 
  • If you get tested at an outside facility you can report your test results to [email protected]

Best Regards, 

Zephyr

Zephyr Dowd-Lukesh – RN (She, Her, Hers)  

Hamilton Health Box 

COVID-19 Requirements at Commencement - 05.02.22

May 2, 2022

Like much of the country, Los Angeles County has recently seen a significant increase in COVID-19 infections, and our campus has been impacted. While the County and the State of California do not currently require masks at large outdoor events, Pitzer College, in consultation with medical consultants and the College’s Covid Task Force (a committee of faculty, staff, and students), has determined that masks will be required at commencement ceremonies on campus this month. In addition, like many other events held in the region, Pitzer will require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test in order to attend the ceremonies.

These decisions were made in the interests of the health and well-being of our community and guests, driven by Pitzer’s core value of social responsibility. Three of the factors that contributed to this decision were:

  1. Size of the event – over 2,000 people typically attend commencement on campus
  2. Duration of the commencement ceremonies – approximately two hours in length
  3. Ventilation limitations –the large, mostly enclosed commencement tent will provide limited fresh air and no filtered air

Pitzer is committed to keeping our community and guests as safe as possible as we celebrate the success of our students. We look forward to seeing you at Commencement.

For more information about Commencement, visit www.pitzer.edu/commencement

Friday Nurse Notes - 04.29.22

April 29, 2022

Dear Community,

The COVID cases are decreasing on campus, thanks to everyone’s efforts. This week’s email will touch base on the 2nd booster shot, as well as some testing reminders.

Students: Please remember to continue mandatory weekly testing as we approach the end of the semester.

Staff/Faculty: Continue to get tested regularly; weekly, if coming to campus. Please make an appointment at the campus COVID Clinic through Healthy Pitzer

The second booster shot is recommended for those who are immunocompromised or over the age of 50 or people who got 2 doses of the J&J vaccine. Refer to CDC guidance and discuss with your physician to determine if now is the right time to receive the 2nd booster.

If you get a second booster:

  • Make sure it’s been at least 4 months since your 1st COVID-19 booster.
  • Remember that 2nd boosters can only be Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (and for 12 through 17-year-olds, only Pfizer-BioNTech).
  • You can self-attest that you have a moderately or severely weakened immune system. This means you do not need any documentation that you have a weakened immune system to get a COVID-19 vaccine (including booster) wherever they are offered.

See below the COVID case numbers for the week, as of 04/29/2022:

Day ofStudents PositivesStaff & Faculty Positives
04/28/202200
04/27/202271
04/26/202211
04/25/202210

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Nurse Zephyr

Campus Covid Update and Modifications - 04.22.22

Friday, April 22, 2022

Briefly:

  • Indoor dining will resume at dinner tonight, with reduced capacity
  • Events are now permitted on campus, with limitations
  • The pool will reopen tomorrow, with reduced density
  • Masks continue to be required indoors and recommended outdoors
  • No other changes to current campus health and safety protocols 

Dear Pitzer Community,  

This is an update on the current situation regarding COVID-19 on campus. Thanks to our community’s adherence to health and safety protocols, Pitzer and the other Claremont’s have recently experienced a significant decline in the number of students testing positive for COVID-19. While this is good news, we must continue to be mindful of each other and minimize transmission. The following changes are effective immediately or as noted:

  • Dining will resume indoors beginning with dinner on Friday, April 22. McConnell Dining Hall will be limited to 50% capacity – a maximum of 200 people will be permitted in the dining hall at one time. The Shakedown and Pit-Stop Café will also shift to 50% capacity indoors. Grab and go is encouraged. Masks should be worn in all food service venues unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Events on campus are permitted for 30 people or fewer. Masks and reasonable distancing are required indoors and encouraged outdoors. Events with more than 30 participants need to be approved by the appropriate vice president. Student events with over 30 participants need to be approved and registered by Campus Life. There can be no 5 College (5C) student events at this time. 1C only.
  • The Pool at the Gold Student Center will reopen on Saturday, April 23 at 9:00 am. with reduced density. A maximum of 80 people will be permitted in the pool area at one time.

College leadership, Pitzer’s medical consultants, Student Health Services, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Covid Task Force all continue to closely monitor the situation. More information on Pitzer’s COVID-19 protocols and the dashboard can be found at COVID-19 Dashboard – Pathway Forward (pitzer.edu).

Please remember that indoor masking is required at all locations on the Pitzer campus, except for certain residential spaces when only Pitzer students are present.

Below is a reminder of other current guidance and resources: 

  • Campus events should be held outdoors whenever possible. Indoor events require masking at all times, social distancing when possible, and limited food service.
  • N95 and other masks are available for free in the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Faculty Office, Facilities, Gold Student Center, ResLife, PitStop, Dining Hall, and the Covid Clinic.
  • If you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive: https://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/ 
  • Students must adhere to Campus Life program registration and masking expectations as required by Campus Life, including for approved outdoor, student-led programs. 

Students: If you have tested positive, please refer to the Quarantine & Isolation Plans for Students as well as the Students – COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol & Support for details on protocols and support. 

Faculty and Staff: Continue to get tested regularly; weekly, if coming to campus. Please make an appointment at the campus COVID Clinic through Healthy Pitzer. Clinic hours are listed below.

We will continue to monitor cases and notify the community of any changes to these policies and practices. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our community healthy and safe. 

Sincerely,

Laura Troendle
Chief Operating Officer

Sandy Vasquez
Vice President for Student Affairs

Note: The clinic is located in West Hall living room, Q222.
Testing hours are 9 am-1 pm Monday/Wednesday
8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm Tuesday/Thursday.

COVID Clinic Information from Nurse Zephyr - 04.18.22

April 18, 2022

I would like to remind everyone that if you are in high contact with others, please be mindful of your symptoms, and remember that minor symptoms such as cold symptoms, can be symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not enter the clinic without speaking to Nurse Zephyr at (909) 952-1000.

04/18 Week’s Testing Hours:

Monday 9 am-1 pm
Tuesday 8 am-12 pm, 1 pm-3 pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 8 am-12 pm, 1 pm-3 pm

We will be closed this Wednesday 04/20/2022. If this interferes with your testing schedule, please reach out to me and we can work on getting you tested on Friday.

Testing Schedule:

Testing is available on campus and is free to all Pitzer employees. Appointments can be made through Healthy Pitzer, detailed instructions can be found below.
If you have recently had a COVID-19 infection, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your testing schedule, as you may be exempt from PCR testing for 90 days post a positive COVID test.

Daily Health Screening: The Daily Health Screening is required every day that you come to campus, if you have any symptoms or have had any exposure to a positive case email [email protected] or call (909) 607-2180 before coming to campus.

COVID-19 Testing Instructions

How to make an appointment:

  • Routine Testing: Please make an appointment for testing through Healthy Pitzer, after logging in you will see Appointments on the second tab. The first time that you log into Healthy Pitzer you will be required to sign Pitzer and HHB consent forms, these forms must be completed prior to testing.
  • Please bring your phone to your appointment and be ready to log into Healthy Pitzer, we will use the barcode found in the top right corner of the homepage for testing.
  • The test will be a self-administered nasal swab and the process only takes a few minutes.
  • You will receive your test results directly via text message and/or email 24-48 hours after testing.
  • If you have been exposed or have symptoms:

If you have symptoms, please do not make an appointment through Healthy Pitzer, but email [email protected] instead, explaining your situation and we will get you scheduled for diagnostic testing.

This is important so that we can determine if you are safe to work on campus and so that we can test symptomatic individuals separately from others to reduce the risk of exposure.

Testing at an outside facility:

  • If you would prefer to test off campus or if you need testing on a holiday or weekend, please check LA County testing sites or Kaiser testing sites.
  • If you need assistance finding or making an appointment, please let us know
  • If you are getting diagnostic testing at an outside facility for symptoms or an exposure you must get a PCR test, a rapid/antigen test will not clear you to return to campus.
  • If you get tested at an outside facility, you can report your test results to [email protected]

Warm Regards,
Zephyr

Friday Nurse Notes - 04.15.22

Dear Community,

The number of COVID cases on campus is decreasing. This is thanks to everyone’s help in following and implementing the mitigation efforts these past couple of weeks.

COVID-19 Reminders:

  • COVID-19 symptoms could be as minor as a cold or could develop into severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath. It’s important to report all symptoms to either Nurse Zephyr or student health services as soon as they develop.
  • N95 and KN95 masks offer the best protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. Medical grade surgical masks and KN95 masks are available for free in the Office of Student Affairs, Dean of Faculty Office, Gold Student Center, ResLife, PitStop, Dining and the Nurse Clinic.
  • Hendrick’s Pharmacy in the Claremont Village provides deliveries of medications, antigen tests, and other medical supplies with no delivery fee.

See below the COVID case numbers for the week, as of 04/15/2022:

Day ofStudents PositivesStaff & Faculty Positives
04/15/202210
04/14/202210
04/13/202250
04/12/202280
04/11/202241

Thank you to everyone for continuing to wear your masks and participating in weekly testing. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated by everyone in the community. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! As always, if anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Nurse Zephyr