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COVID-19 Community Update – May 10

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently updated their Higher Education quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing rules, which Pepperdine is required to follow. The updates signify a shift from broad community mandates to individual personal responsibility, reflecting public health’s evolving pandemic response. 

Accordingly, the University is implementing the following changes, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2022:

Close Contacts and Quarantine 

The definition of a close contact has been generally broadened to those who “shared the same indoor airspace” with a COVID-19 positive case for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. Under this definition in a college campus setting, “indoor airspace” includes, but is not limited to, classrooms, offices, and other similarly sized spaces. In large indoor spaces, close contacts are only those within six feet of a COVID-19-positive individual for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period. At Pepperdine, this includes spaces such as the cafeteria, the libraries, and large lecture halls. 

Close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. However, all close contacts are required to wear a mask for 10 days from their exposure while around others indoors unless actively eating or drinking. Close contacts are also required to test three to five days after their exposure. 

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing notifications will change to reflect the updated close contact definition. Close contacts identified through the new “shared indoor airspace” definition will be emailed regarding their exposure by contact tracers. Close contacts, defined as being within six feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more, will be called by contact tracers.  

The University will continue to move through the pandemic together and, with your cooperation in following these protocols, help protect the health of the University community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the University’s COVID-19 information line at 310.506.8111 or covid19info@pepperdine.edu.

End of Spring 2022 Term COVID-19 Considerations

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As the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s response to COVID-19 evolves, the University continues its commitment to providing our community with relevant information. Recent Los Angeles County Public Health guideline updates are shifting away from mandates and replacing them with recommendations and guidance designed to assist individuals in making informed decisions best suited for their personal risk tolerance and response to the pandemic. 

Over the course of the past two weeks, Los Angeles County has experienced an increase in the average number of daily positive cases, and Pepperdine has likewise seen cases increase over the same period. A number of large events and gatherings will occur over the next several days and weeks, many related to commencement ceremonies and the end of the spring term. As you contemplate participation in these events, we want to ensure you are aware of the following resources:

  • Pepperdine continues to offer optional free PCR testing and masks to all community members at the campus testing sites. 
  • Rapid antigen tests will also be available to Pepperdine community members during the next few weeks. 
  • Although masks are not required (other than in situations following COVID-19 positive cases and related exposures), you may consider wearing a mask around others, especially in crowded indoor locations.

The University has weathered this pandemic together. As Pepperdine approaches its numerous commencements, celebrating the accomplishments of graduates with their families, our collective effort to remain mindful of current circumstances, considerate of the well-being of our entire community, and informed regarding individual personal health decisions, will serve us well.

UPDATE: Individual of Concern for West LA Campus

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To ensure you continue to have the latest available information, we provide the following update: This evening, a PGBS employee reported to Public Safety that she believes she saw Brian Cain standing outside the Howard Hughes Center, near Starbucks, this morning  at approximately 9:30 am.  The man she believed to be Brian Cain was wearing black jeans, a blue windbreaker, black gloves, and a medical mask.  While the University cannot independently confirm the identity of the man, we are treating it as a possible sighting of Brian Cain out of an abundance of caution.

West L.A. campus building security and University security are aware and responding accordingly, including conducting perimeter checks this evening and throughout the day tomorrow. Further, the Los Angeles Police Department is actively investigating the situation and has been made aware of this new information.

If Brian Cain (picture below) is seen on or near campus, call 911 and then, when safe to do so, call the Public Safety Dispatch Emergency Line at 310.506.4441. 

  • For general or safety information, contact Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4442.
  • For counseling support:
    • Students contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210.                 
    • Faculty/staff contact the Employee Assistant Provider 866.799.2728
  • For spiritual support contact Associate Chaplain Zac Luben at zachary.luben@pepperdine.edu.

Description

  • White Male 
  • 5’11”  
  • 155 lbs
  • Black Hair 
  • Dark Eyes
  • Age: 34 years

Individual of Concern for West LA Campus

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Members of the Pepperdine West Los Angeles campus community are advised to be on the lookout for Brian Cain (pictured below). Brian is not affiliated with Pepperdine University and is not allowed on any Pepperdine University campus. He has made threats toward a Pepperdine community member. He may arrive at the West Los Angeles campus seeking mental health services or requesting information about a faculty member. If seen on or near campus, do not provide any information, call 911 and then, when safe to do so, call the Public Safety Dispatch Emergency Line at 310.506.4441. 

West LA campus building security is aware and responding accordingly to protect the campus. Further, the Los Angeles Police Department is actively investigating the situation.

  • For general or safety information, contact Public Safety Dispatch at 310.506.4442.
  • For counseling support:
    • Students contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210.                 
    • Faculty/staff contact the Employee Assistant Provider 866.799.2728
  • For spiritual support contact Associate Chaplain Zac Luben at zachary.luben@pepperdine.edu. 

Description

  • White Male 
  • 5’11”  
  • 155 lbs
  • Black Hair 
  • Dark Eyes
  • Age: 34 years