Dear Members of the Southwestern Community,
Today, we were informed that a Southwestern contract employee tested positive for COVID-19. The person was last on campus yesterday and is now isolating in accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protocols. While on campus, the person practiced social distancing and wore a face covering. Due to privacy concerns, Southwestern will not be releasing the name of this individual.
Southwestern, under the guidance of public health protocols, conducted a review to identify any individuals on campus who may have been in close contact with this person. After that review, it was determined that the infected individual did not come into close contact with anyone on campus.
Southwestern has identified the areas in which the person worked and the areas have been cleaned and disinfected. This extra cleaning and disinfecting was conducted in addition to the regular cleaning and disinfecting that occur daily on campus.
It is imperative that we all remain vigilant in our collective efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy. All of us should follow the guidance of our public health officials by wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, conducting good hygiene practices such as covering coughs and sneezes, washing our hands, and avoid touching our faces.
In addition, the LA County Department of Health urges everyone over the age of six months to get a flu shot. This will help to decrease the stress on our health care system as it works to help patients fighting COVID-19.
The LA County Department of Public Health has provided the following helpful information on COVID-19:
How to Stay Healthy and Reduce Your Risk:
What to Do if You are Sick
Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19:
Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19
Let's all continue to work together to keep each other safe and healthy.
Michael Carter, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer