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Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Entering Los Angeles County

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As Los Angeles County continues to see an unprecedented wave of COVID-19 cases, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an update to the Safer at Home Health Officer Order announcing that all travelers returning to the Southern California region on or from non-essential travel must self-quarantine for 10 days upon returning to Los Angeles County. In addition, individuals arriving from other countries or states into Los Angeles are also required to complete a mandatory form acknowledging that they have read and understood L.A. County Public Health’s travel requirement and California’s travel advisory. Travelers over the age of 16 must submit this form online prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station.

Students affected by the mandatory self-quarantine requirement who are moving into or returning to the Pepperdine Malibu campus must plan to quarantine for the full 10 days in their assigned apartments. Housing and Residence Life has sent additional information to all students who currently are or will be residing on campus. 

Employees affected by the mandatory self-quarantine requirement should plan to work remotely or identify alternate work with their supervisors during the period of self-quarantine. Employees should contact their supervisor as soon as they know that their regularly scheduled work will be affected by the need to self-quarantine and should not come to campus before self-quarantining after travel.

As always, the University encourages all students, faculty, and staff to stay informed and follow the latest guidance of local authorities. The latest information is available on the University’s COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page. If you have questions, please contact Pepperdine’s COVID-19 Information Line at 310.506.8111 or via email at covid19info@pepperdine.edu.

Pepperdine Monitoring Power Conditions in the Region

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As the Los Angeles area continues to be under a Red Flag Warning, Southern California Edison (SCE) has initiated a number of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in the region, preemptively de-energizing electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. University officials have been monitoring the situation closely and remain in regular contact with SCE representatives. Pepperdine University campuses are not currently impacted by any active or expected PSPS, but are not exempt from this possibility. 

As these conditions continue, employees working remotely who may be impacted by a PSPS should contact their supervisor to modify work if needed, and contact Human Resources to ensure hours are recorded appropriately. Because of COVID-19 guidelines, only essential employees may go to a Pepperdine campus to complete essential work. 

You may want to consider, especially if you are a student living on campus, keeping a flashlight on hand, fully charging all personal electronic devices in preparation for outages, and keeping refrigerators in the closed position throughout the duration of an outage to avoid spoilage. If University campuses are impacted, updates will be posted on Pepperdine’s Emergency Information Page. Contact the University’s Emergency Services through the information line at 310.506.8111 with any questions.

Limited Stay at Home Order Issued Beginning November 21

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Following an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases across California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced yesterday a Limited Stay at Home Order will go into effect tomorrow, November 21. The order will be effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which currently includes Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and will prohibit all nonessential activities outside a person’s residence from 10 PM to 5 AM each day through at least December 21. Los Angeles County public health officials indicated they will update the county’s Health Officer Order to address this order from the state.

While this order does not directly impact current campus operations, the University encourages faculty, staff, and students to continue limiting their interactions with others and follow all safety guidelines issued by local and national health agencies. For any questions pertaining to this order’s impact on University operations, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at covid19info@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8111. 

Red Flag Warning – October 25-27, 2020

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning beginning last night Sunday, October 25, 2020, through 6 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2020, for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, due to strong northeast winds and relatively low humidity. Gusts of 35-50 are predicted in Malibu.

Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service identify time periods when conditions are ideal for wildfires. During Red Flag warnings it is especially important to:

  • Report any signs of smoke immediately to emergency responders. If on the Malibu campus call Public Safety at 310.506.4441. At all other locations report smoke by calling 911.
  • Use caution when disposing of cigarettes and ensure that they are completely extinguished.
  • Minimize any use of open flame in outdoor settings.
  • Consider taking down umbrellas and moving patio furniture inside.

During Red Flag conditions, Southern California Edison (SCE) may issue a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), a preemptive deenergization of electrical circuits in an attempt to prevent power lines from starting a potential wildfire. This may result in the loss of power for a Pepperdine campus. While SCE has promised to advise the community in advance, and University officials are in regular communication with SCE representatives, the community should nevertheless be prepared for the possibility of a PSPS. Further details on a PSPS and how you can prepare are available here

The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond to potential wildfires.