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COVID-19 Community Update

Dear University Community,

I wish you a wonderful winter break and holiday season.

As we enjoy this time with our family and friends, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cases of COVID-19 in California are increasing, and public health officials are closely monitoring the impact of the new Omicron variant.

Here at the University of La Verne, we continue to follow the safety measures detailed in our comprehensive La Verne Safe Return plan. Those include requirements to wear masks while indoors, to stay home when sick, and to report positive cases or exposure.

We will also continue to require that all students and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exemptions. In addition, we encourage everyone who is eligible for a booster vaccine to get one, as recommended by each individual’s health care provider.

Please see additional recommendations below from public health agencies for safer holiday gatherings and travel.

Holiday Gatherings

The winter holidays are a time for joyous celebrations with family and friends, festive community events, and beloved traditions. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has provided guidance on how to reduce your risk of COVID-19 this season.

Holiday Travel

If you are planning to travel during the holiday season, please familiarize yourself with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for safe travel and take appropriate precautions before returning to work or school.

After travel and before returning to work or school, vaccinated employees or students should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop. Unvaccinated employees or students should get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after returning from travel.

Thank you for taking these precautions. Please continue to visit the University of La Verne’s COVID-19 information portal for updates and information, and have a safe and festive holiday season.



Devorah A. Lieberman, PhD