COVID-19 Update: Doing Our Part to Ensure a Safe Return to Campus

Brousseau HallAs the Saint Mary’s community returns from Easter break and the spring semester moves into the home stretch, we are excited to look forward to the return of traditional end-of-year celebrations across campus.

With that excitement also comes the need to remain as safe as possible when it comes to COVID-19. Here are a few key points to keep in mind as classes reconvene and the end of the semester draws closer.

  • Though case rates have declined this spring, the emergence of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant reminds us that the COVID-19 pandemic remains part of everyday life. Proactive testing and masking remain the most effective tools to stay as safe as possible from COVID-19. Students can stop by the library during normal hours of operation to pick up a test kit or new mask. Faculty and staff can also pick up test kits through Human Resources (Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with current SMC ID).
  • Masking remains mandatory in all classroom settings and the library. Students can continue to pick up masks through the library as well as the Health & Wellness Center. Faculty and staff can also pick up masks through Academic Affairs.
  • SMC continues to strongly recommend booster shots for all eligible individuals. To schedule a booster shot appointment, visit the state’s MyTurn app or website. You may also schedule an appointment through Contra Costa Health Services by visiting its online portal or calling 1-833-829-2626. Local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens also offer booster shot appointments. Remember, getting a booster shot is the only way to avoid automatically going into quarantine due to having a close contact to COVID-19.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, remember to log it in the reporting portal. Doing so will help to keep others in our community safe. And, be sure to review and follow the isolation period guidelines put forward by Contra Costa Health Services.
  • Finally, if you come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, CCHS provides updated guidance for what to do next.