EOC Community Update

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We understand that with all that is happening around the world, and all that has already happened with Pepperdine international programs, there are some understandable questions and concerns that members of our community have. Pepperdine’s Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) continues to closely follow the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and is following its plans to protect the well-being of the University community. The EOC is working closely with University stakeholders, as well as an outside infectious disease expert; consulting with International SOS; and following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

At this time, none of the University’s US campuses is under any immediate threat from COVID-19. Additionally, the CDC does not recommend individuals wear face masks to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people exhibiting symptoms and medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients. 

The EOC advises the University community to take the following actions to protect their health and prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash. Then go wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils with others, even when neither of you are showing symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot if you have not already done so this flu season.

You can also share this flyer for tips on staying healthy during cold and flu season.

Anyone with concerns about their health or symptoms they are experiencing can call the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3. The Student Health Center continues to offer risk assessments for those with recent international travel or who have had close contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at no charge to all members of the Pepperdine community. Call the health center to make an appointment.

Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff benefit from a community of care and compassion. During these times please remember the following resources are also available to you:

  • Students may contact the Counseling Center at 310.506.4210 or student.counseling.center@pepperdine.edu. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential emotional/psychological support to all Pepperdine students.
  • Faculty and staff may access counseling services through their Employee Assistance Program. Details are available on the HR website or by contacting HR at 310.506.4397.
  • Pastoral support is available to the Pepperdine community through the Office of the Chaplain. Contact chaplain Sara Barton at sara.barton@pepperdine.edu.

For questions regarding international travel please contact the Office of Emergency Services at 310.506.4996. More information and regular updates about the coronavirus can be found on the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and L.A. County Public Health websites.