New Guidelines for Orange County’s COVID-19 LOW Risk Level

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Recently, Chapman University removed requirements for masks while indoors and announced additional policy changes that reflected the guidance from California Governor Newsom and new guidelines issued by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has since reduced Orange County’s COVID-19 Community Level to low, allowing the university to reduce additional restrictions in alignment with the state.

Those who are personally at high-risk, or in contact with high-risk individuals, or who are more comfortable wearing a mask should continue to do so. We will also continue the mask requirement on our Chapman shuttle service in compliance with the state mandate to mask in high-transmission areas such as public transit. Chapman will also continue masking in medical settings, such as Student Health and the COVID-19 Testing Center. Masking will also continue in some clinical settings, as designated by Deans.

The CU Safely Back website has been revised to explain our campus protocols for each CDC-designated community level. Please follow these guidelines closely. The CU Safely Back website will continue to be a resource for announcements, updates, and protocols, including guidelines for what to do if you are exposed to COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms.

Effective immediately, Chapman University will:

  • Move COVID-19 testing to the Student Health Center, 402 N. Glassell. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.

  • Provide at-home test kits on the Rinker Campus at the Public Safety building 9401, Room 110 during business hours. Call 714-997-6763 for assistance.

More about Orange County’s low COVID-19 community level

These levels — low, medium, and high — are determined by the CDC and by considering hospital admissions, the number of hospital beds in use by COVID-19 patients, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. You can track COVID-19 by county, learn about the COVID-19 community levels and learn what prevention steps you should take based on the county’s current level here.