COVID-19 News Updates

Update 2.11.22:

This communication is to provide guidance due to the announcement of the end of the California indoor mask mandate beginning February 15, 2022. We will continue to communicate policy updates for Mills based on guidelines from the State, Alameda County, and input from campus stakeholders to direct the policies and practices of Mills College with safety as our priority. Please note that there may be differences between the State and County requirements and Mills' requirements, so please review this information carefully.

Masks

Starting February 15, 2022, the State of California plans to remove the mask requirement in all indoor public spaces and workplaces. To ensure the safety of our community members who are at a higher risk, Mills will continue to require individuals to mask when indoors and in the presence of other people except when actively eating or drinking. Individuals indoors, not within 6 feet of another person may unmask as appropriate. Mills does not require individuals to wear masks while outdoors, unless you come within six feet of someone not in your social bubble. 

Mills reserves the right to require masks at events or programs where the risk is higher due to the size, scope, or other risk-related factors regardless of location. Residential students should refer to policies and practices communicated by Housing and Residential Life. Mills encourages everyone to use higher-quality masks like surgical or KN95s, but does not require it at this time.

Vaccinations and Booster Shots

As a reminder, we offer COVID-19 initial vaccinations and boosters for employees and students at the Student Health Center in CPM. Contact the Student Health Center for more information at 510.431.1108.

Testing

Students can access both PCR and rapid tests at the Student Health Center. Students and employees can access free PCR testing each Tuesday on the meadow from 11:00 am–3:00 pm. Please see the email regarding requirement intake forms and documentation needed that was sent to each employee and student.

Immunization Information

Please remember to submit your booster immunization information as you become eligible per Mills College Policy. Complete the online immunization form for Mills employees or the form for Mills students.

Immunization Status and Privacy

Members of the Mills community should not inquire about a person’s vaccination or exemption status unless they are explicitly required to as part of their job responsibilities. Please consult with your direct supervisor if you are unsure if this is part of your responsibilities. Individuals may self-disclose their status but that self-disclosure is not a replacement for the official immunization exemption process. Additionally, an individual’s vaccination status should not be shared and cannot be used to treat a person differently except as outlined in the Mills policy. If you have concerns related to the treatment of employees or students, please report this to Human Resources for employees or to the Dean of Students for students. You can also submit your concern via the Mills Reporting Page.

If you are not feeling well and have any symptoms of COVID-19, please follow public health guidance and stay home and contact your medical provider. Do not come to campus if you feel ill. For employees, please also contact your supervisor and benefits@mills.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact benefits@mills.edu (employees) or health@mills.edu (students).

On behalf of the entire campus community, we would like to thank each of you for following the healthcare guidelines over the last two years, which resulted in very few cases of COVID-19 on campus.

Prior COVID-19 Updates