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COVID-19 Updates

Notification of potential workplace COVID-19 exposure


Dear Colleagues,

Throughout the pandemic, we have adjusted our protocols in response to evolving infection control guidance and requirements from regulatory and public health agencies. This notification process is a California COVID-19 requirement that originally went into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and it meets Cal-OSHA notification guidelines that went into effect June 16.

This notification provides information about the dates and locations that an individual was on campus during their infectious period. According to the CDC, a person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms and later test positive, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.

Fresno State was notified on January 9 that individuals infected with COVID-19 were present in the following campus buildings:

  • 1 Individual on January 4, 5: Student Recreation Center
  • 1 Individual on January 5: IT

If you were present at these worksite locations during the time periods provided, please note that an exposure investigation is underway. If it is determined that you were in close contact with the infected individual, you will be contacted directly by Environmental Health and Safety.A close contact is defined as being within the shared airspace (same room/open indoor area) for over 15 minutes total over a 24-hour period of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 during that person’s infectious period.

If you believe that you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 cases listed above, please reach out to Environmental Health and Safety. Their contact information is as follows: Self-help guidance to address your specific situation can be found on the campus COVID-19 website:

Fresno State's COVID-19-specific protocols and plans to ensure the disinfection and safety of University worksites are available at: (see FAQ question "How does the campus clean and disinfect?")

As an employee, if you are required to quarantine or become ill because of COVID-19, you may be entitled to various leave-related benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. Information about these benefits can be found on the following campus websites:

If you have any questions about leave benefits, please contact:

  • University (State) Human Resources: 559.278.2032
  • Auxiliary Human Resources: 559.278.0865

If you believe you contracted a COVID-19-related illness as a result of your employment, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This may include hospital, surgical and medical treatment, disability indemnity and death benefits. Information about these benefits can be found on the following campus web sites:

If you have any questions about workers' compensation benefits, please contact:

Employee assistance is available from Empathia. Information about these services can be found on the following campus web site:

Please know that your safety and well-being are very important to us. Together with your help we are doing everything we can to minimize the spread of infection.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Lisa Kao, Director
Office of Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management, 559.278.6910