California Baptist University update on coronavirus developments

March 09, 2020 - Riverside, CA

CBU is closely monitoring the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is important to note that there are no confirmed cases or suspected cases on campus. The risks associated with catching the COVID-19 in the U.S. are still minimal.

With that said, CBU is aware of the growing public concerns for the COVID-19. To address concerns, CBU has been in contact with the Riverside County Health Department Center for Disease Control to monitor their responses to the virus. Additionally, CBU is forming a COVID-19 task force that will meet frequently to discuss the developments surrounding the COVID-19. The group will also keep the CBU community aware of the important information associated with the virus.

CBU is also continuing to enforce travel restrictions for its faculty members, staff and students that now include Alert Level 2 and 3 areas according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The areas for restricted travel include:   

  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • China
  • Japan

Tracking travel abroad

As a cautionary measure, CBU would like to keep track of our community’s recent travels. If you have traveled outside the U.S. in the past month or plan to travel abroad, please let our Student Services office know at 951-343-4217.

Our continued alertness is important to reduce the potential impact this virus and other diseases can have on the campus community. As we strive to foster a safe campus environment, we encourage everyone’s participation and we thank you in advance for all you do to keep our campus community safe.


According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus is a respiratory illness that is spread through human-to-human transmission?including sneezing, coughing or close contact. 

In reported illnesses, patients have had symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


Contact the CBU Wellness Center or your healthcare professional if you develop any of these symptoms. Please note that we are experiencing a strong flu season that has similar symptoms. You are more likely to catch the flu than the COVID-19 virus.

*Preventative measures against respiratory illnesses include:

  • Flu shot
  • Good hygiene – by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth frequently

*The previous information was taken from the CDC website.

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