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COVID-19 Updates

Notification of potential workplace COVID-19 exposure

Sept. 17, 2021

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.

Fresno State was notified on Sep. 17 that individuals infected with COVID-19 were present in campus buildings on the following dates:

  • 1 individual on Sept. 1: Social Science, Professional / Human Services (PHS)
    • Sept. 2: Social Science
    • Sept. 7: Library
  • 1 individual on Sept. 7: Peters Building
  • 1 individual on Sept. 9: McLane Hall, Ag Mechanics, Student Rec Center, USU
  • 1 individual on Sept. 10: Ag Mechanics
  • 1 individual on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14: North Gym

If you were present at the above worksite locations on the dates 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 having close contact (within 6 feet) for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour cumulative period with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

If you believe that you may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 cases listed above, please reach out to case investigators with Environmental Health and Safety. Their contact information is as follows:

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 you 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:

  • University (State): Tracey Garza,, 559.278.2125
  • Auxiliary Human Resources: 559.278.0865

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