COVID-19 Response (3.30.21 Update)

Welcome to Spring 2021!

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Thank you to our entire community for working together during this academic year as we launched the first two online semesters in the College's history and helping us prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We have experienced very few cases of COVID-19 on our campus and are pleased to that the State of California has upgraded Alameda County to the orange/moderate tier as of March 30, 2021. We ask you to continue following the health and safety guidelines that mitigate the risk of spreading the virus as we monitor the progress of vaccine distribution.

What You Can Expect

Classes Will Continue to be Primarily Online.

Housing Remains Open on a Single-Occupancy Basis.

The Campus Will Continue to be Closed to the Public Until Further Notice.

As the state and county public health guidelines evolve, we will be looking at ways to open up more academic and co-curricular opportunities for students when it is safe to do so. Here's an overview of what you need to know:

Please check this page frequently as public health orders and restrictions are subject to change.

What You Need to Know

Health & Safety Guidelines

As we respond to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our health, Mills has developed guidelines to be followed by everyone on campus. These measures ensure that we are adhering to public health mandates to mitigate the spread of the virus. As the healthcare situation evolves, we will adjust our policies and practices to protect our community. Please visit our health and safety guidelines page for details.

Student wearing mask
Wear a mask.

Anyone over the age of two must wear a face covering or mask as mandated by the State of California and Alameda County. The mask should cover your nose and mouth and be worn any time you are within six feet of someone else. The CDC has recently introduced new guidelines for double masking to increase your level of protection, particularly for indoor situations.

Social distancing
Keep your distance.

Keep a minimum of six feet (about two arms' length) between yourself and others following social distancing guidelines. This physical distance helps stop the spread of the virus and minimizes the risk to everyone at Mills.

Hand washing for 20 seconds
Wash your hands.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer made with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not immediately available.

Cleaning bottle
Clean your space.

Mills has instituted stringent cleaning procedures and protocols across campus to protect all members of the community and official visitors. Please protect your environment and your health by following all cleaning requirements.

Wellness checklist
Do a daily health check.

Every member of the Mills community and official visitors are asked to perform a daily health check to determine if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms before coming on to campus/leaving a residence hall.

Staying at home
Stay home if you feel sick.

If you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home or in your residence hall and seek medical assistance/diagnosis. You may need to quarantine for up to 14 days to ensure that you do not infect others.

Getting a test
Get tested.

We encourage you to get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Students may contact the Vera Whole Health Center to be tested. Others may access any convenient testing location that offers free COVID-19 tests.

Testing positive
Quarantine if positive.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact dsl@mills.edu if you are a student and immediately quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, following all Mills health and safety guidelines. Employees should contact benefits@mills.edu and quarantine at home.


Mills COVID-19 Dashboard

To keep the Mills community informed, we have created a dashboard that will be updated every Monday with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus, classified by students, faculty, and staff. We encourage any student, faculty, or staff member who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive to get tested.

COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 News Updates

Update 3.30.21:

In a new announcement from the State of California, Alameda County has moved to the orange or "moderate" tier (PDF) in the State's color-coded, four-tier "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." At this time, the Mills campus remains closed to the general public. Students, faculty, and staff are still required to pass a daily health check via the MillsGo app before coming to campus. Vendors and guests can take the daily health check by using this using this symptom check form. Read more details about campus access procedures.

"The key to keeping newly permitted activities [in the county] open and moving Alameda County closer to the yellow tier is to continue practicing the safety measures we know work against COVID-19: wearing masks whenever we leave home (even if fully vaccinated), watching our distance, washing our hands frequently, and limiting mixing with people from different households," said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County Health Officer.

COVID-19 vaccines are currently available based on eligibility and availability at mega and community points of distribution sites (such as the Oakland Coliseum), through your healthcare provider, and at some pharmacies. On April 15, 2021, every Californian age 16 and up will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Register at myturn.ca.gov to be notified when you can make an appointment.

The Oakland Coliseum vaccination site is now open to Bay Area residents who fall into one of the following categories:

The Oakland Coliseum vaccination site operates daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. AC Transit will be providing free daily shuttles to increase access to the site, and BART is offering free rides home from the Coliseum after vaccination appointments. If you are eligible, visit myturn.ca.gov or call 1.833.422.4255 to schedule an appointment or register at the MyTurn website to be notified when you can make an appointment. You will not be asked about immigration status.

See All Updates

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to assist higher education institutions and enrolled students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current Mills students were eligible to apply for emergency grants to help with their immediate and long-term needs. For detailed information, visit the CARES Act reporting page.

Questions?

If you have additional specific COVID-19 questions that are not addressed on these web pages, contact us at questions@mills.edu.


Public Health Resources