Latest Update

Jan. 11, 2021

Stay-at-home orders based on ICU capacities in our three county regions require us to remain in a mostly remote teaching and learning environment, keeping a steadfast focus on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. We begin 2021 with hope as COVID-19 vaccine distribution is underway across our nation and we eagerly look forward to when we can return to our campuses.

Note: Dated communications are archived here for reference, but may not reflect the most up-to-date information available.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Any member of the campus community is required to complete the daily health screen through the Pacific website or app before coming to campus.

The daily health screening is required for all campus visits regardless of duration.

Under California law and Cal-OSHA practices the University is required to inform the campus community of a COVID-19 positive individual. These practices serve as a reminder to remain vigilant and informed.

Close contact or direct exposure is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 consecutive minutes or more. All individuals who are identified as close contacts will be alerted and provided with next steps before the general exposure advisory email is sent to the campus community. 

Student Protocol for New Onset of Symptoms

  • Self-isolate or quarantine until you have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation or quarantine.
  • Contact Student Health Services (SHS); during business hours, the nurse advice line after hours, call 911 or report directly to the urgent care or emergency room for urgent and/or emergency health care as needed.
  • Get tested. Symptomatic testing will be provided to you by Student Health Services, your primary care physician or through various testing sites around the county.
  • An alert will be sent to Care Managers in Student Life to coordinate social, emotional and academic support services as needed.
  • Continue isolation for 10 days.

Employee Protocol for New Onset of Symptoms

  • Immediately leave campus and self-isolate at home.
  • Alert supervisor and HR by phone or email.
  • Contact personal physician to receive instructions, guidance and health care instructions.

Continue to self-isolate at home for 10 days.  

All COVID-19 positive individual’s work areas will be immediately closed for cleaning and disinfecting. Students and staff isolating on campus will be provided appropriate cleaning supplied to disinfect their living space. 

If COVID-19 symptoms impact your ability to work, individuals should notify their supervisor in the same manner of when they are otherwise sick, as well as HR.  Supplemental leave should be indicated on your time sheets using the comments box.  Payroll will implementing a COVID sick leave box/option soon.

If you do test positive and have no symptoms or mild symptoms you are allowed to continue to work at your own discretion.  

The purpose of surveillance tests is to monitor the current state of COVID-19 on campus. This is one component of the overall health and safety plan of the university. Testing provides early warning of infection, and allows targeted measures to be taken to stop the spread. 

  • PCR Molecular tests are provided through RTW- This test is a self-administered saliva collection and will be used to conduct our monthly testing. 
  • Rapid Antigen tests are provided through BinaxNOW. Due to lower accuracy rates the University will only be using rapid antigen tests for symptomatic students and staff living on campus.

  • Molecular tests detect the virus’s genetic material and diagnosis active COVID-19 infection. Samples are collected through nasal or throat (nasopharyngeal) swabs or a saliva collection and results are provided in 2-7 days. 
  • Antigen tests are diagnostic tests that can detect active COVID-19 infections. Samples are collected through nasal (nasopharyngeal) swabs and results are generally provided within 30 minutes. 

  • Students and Employees living on campus
  • Students and Employees coming to campus more than 8 hours or 2 days per week

Find more information about Pacific’s testing protocol here.

A day counts as any time an individual is on campus for more than 4 hours at a time. 

The University’s testing protocols are put in place to protect the health and safety of our community.  Objections from employees can be discussed with HR and students may speak with Student Life. 

Students will be sent an email notification the Friday before their testing week and instructed to pick up a testing kit available Monday through Wednesday from 7:00am-1:00pm during their testing week.

COVID Testing Locations

Station One - PICK UP

(I-Pads will be available if you forget your phone or laptop)

Station Two - COLLECTION

  • Private Self Testing Station
  • Collect the specimen, or in layman’s terms spit into the tube until you have reached the fill line.
  • Seal the tube with the cap, shake for five seconds.
  • Write your name on the tube (name should match the name of your online registration).
  • Sanitize the testing area (Disinfecting wipes will be provided).

Station Three - DROP OFF

  • Drop the tube into the designated bin
  • Sanitize hands

University team members will be on hand should you need assistance.

Results will be available within 2-3 days once it has reached the lab. Individuals will be able to track their specimens through the barcode at

If an individual tests positive they will be notified with next steps by Student Health Services if they are a student and Human Resources if they are an employee.  The university has established contact tracing protocols on each campus to assist local Public Health officials in identification of contacts for COVID-19 positive individuals. The university will communicate contact tracing information with government authorities as required by law and local orders.

If you have missed your testing week email COVID-19_information@PACIFIC.EDU. You and your supervisor will be sent additional instructions.

Results will only be seen by Student Health Services and Human Resources. 

Individual’s medical records and personal health information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which ensure the privacy and security of a person’s health information.

Student information and records are additionally covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

No. The testing kits may only be used by the designated faculty, student and staff members on campus. Friends and family can be tested through their healthcare provider or through a County testing site.

No. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days you will not have to test.  Students should notify Student Health Services and employees should notify Human Resources of their 90 testing exemption.

It can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information here.

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination—there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States do not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex. For a full list of ingredients, please see each vaccine’s Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers:

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection with COVID-19 is possible, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts do not yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called “natural immunity,” varies from person to person.  It is rare for someone who has had COVID-19 to get infected again. It also is uncommon for people who do get COVID-19 again to get it within 90 days of when they recovered from their first infection.  We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.

Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are working to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.

Wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including a flu or shingles vaccine, if you get your COVID-19 vaccine first. And if you get another vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

If a COVID-19 vaccine is inadvertently given within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not need to restart the COVID-19 vaccine series; you should still complete the series on schedule. When more data are available on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, CDC may update this recommendation. This recommendation may be updated.

All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible. Systems that allow CDC to watch for safety issues are in place across the entire country.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to meet rigorous safety criteria and be effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. Watch a video describing the emergency use authorization. Clinical trials for all vaccines must first show they meet rigorous criteria for safety and effectiveness before any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be authorized or approved for use. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine.

People with underlying medical conditions can receive the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines provided they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for persons with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Serious problems from vaccination can happen, but they are rare. CDC has learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions—also known as anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. As an example, an allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen© or if they must go to the hospital. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergies here.


CDC. Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccinations.  Updated January 15, 2021

CDC. Facts about COVID-19 vaccines. Updated January 4, 2021

Additional questions or concerns can be submitted to the COVID inbox at COVID-19_information@PACIFIC.EDU

Yes. Per CDC guidelines, because the disease is still transmittable after receiving a vaccine, continued testing for COVID-19 is still required.