COVID-19 & Spring 2021 Semester Updates

January 27, 2021

Dear Berkeley City College Community,

I am writing to inform you of a positive COVID-19 test that was reported by an employee today.

Earlier today, the College was informed that an employee who had been to campus on Tuesday, January 19th tested positive. The employee is home and quarantining. The district has been informed of this test positive and will begin contact tracing procedures. As you are aware, the College follows a strict process for accessing the campus. If you were on campus on January 19th, you may want to consider contacting your health provider to be tested.

The health and well-being of our community is paramount and your active practicing of social distancing and COVID-19 prevention works to mitigate its spread. If you develop flu or other symptoms including dry cough and fever, please contact your medical provider. As a response to protect everyone’s health and safety, this message serves as notification, though we cannot identify the individuals who tested positive for the virus due to privacy laws.

During this time of both Purple Tier status and the newly revised January 25, 2021 Shelter-In-Place Orders, Berkeley City College’s physical campus remains officially closed until May 29, 2021, with exceptions made for individuals performing essential roles on campus. If you need to access the campus for essential work functions, continue to submit your request to access the campus via the Building Access Form located on the College’s home web page.

We ask that you abide by Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines to protect your health and those around you. They are as follows:

  • Abide by state guidelines as it relates to counties in the Purple Tier. Also, please observe the guidelines established by CA Department of Health: Shelter-In-Place Orders Revised
  • Abide by the guidelines established by the County of Alameda Health Department

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Follow all recommendations provided by the CDC.

If you have medical questions, please contact your health care provider. Students with concerns can contact the Roots Clinic at (510) 533-1248 (please provide your student ID during the call). Please visit for the most up-to-date information and resources regarding COVID-19 for students, faculty/staff, and the community.

If you, or someone in your household, shows COVID-19 related symptoms, please notify Human Resources, your immediate supervisor, supervising Vice President, or me. Be assured that we will maintain confidentiality to the highest degree possible.

As everyone’s health and safety are our priority, we will continue to assess the situation and provide updates.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our community healthy and safe.


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