Safe at Home Extended to May 15

Dear Woodbury Campus Community,

On Friday, April 10, Los Angeles County health department officials extended the current safer-at-home order until at least May 15 with the possibility that this date may extend well into summer. Woodbury University continues its dedication to slowing the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to all county and state orders. As such, the university would like to remind our community that all of our summer session instruction and learning will take place
virtually. We are well prepared to continue this change of setting to best accommodate our students during such dynamic times. Our IT department, faculty, and students were able to make this change after Spring Break swiftly, and we are more prepared than ever to provide virtual learning for the summer session.

We do not know yet what the new normal is going to be, but we do know that our county, state, and country have tremendous work to do to combat the spread of COVID-19. Woodbury University is committed to working with our community members to help combat fear and uncertainty by providing the most recent and accurate information. We will continue explaining what’s happened – and what’s happening-in clear language, continuing to update our website with comprehensive information as it becomes available, and by answering your questions.

As life in Los Angeles and San Diego County and most of the country has experienced fundamental changes, we would like to take this time to provide up to date information on how to protect yourself from the spread of COVID-19 in alignment with Los Angeles County and San Diego County, and the State of California standards. As of now, your duty and responsibility as a Los Angeles, San Diego, and California resident require you to:

Wear face coverings whenever you are out of the house and interacting with people. Starting April 15, businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants offering takeout will be allowed to deny service to customers who do not have facial coverings, which protect the mouth and nose. Those who violate the measure could face a fine, jail time, or both. If you cannot obtain facial coverings, please visit https://laprotects.org/. This website also allows garment manufacturers to sign up to produce facial coverings as well. Woodbury has provided face coverings or masks to all students who are still living on campus, our maintenance department who continues to clean and sanitize our campus, our campus security who are working 24/7 to keep our campus safe, and our staff members still on campus who continue to work diligently to assist our students.

The Safer at Home emergency order is extended until at least May 15. Residents should remain at home and should not gather in enclosed spaces with more than ten people. We know it has been several weeks since this order was introduced. We are making a difference by following these orders. However, we still have a way to go. Being cooped up may be tiring. The good news is you are allowed to go for a walk, a drive, or get out of the house so long as you wear facial coverings and do not gather in groups larger than ten and continue to keep six feet between yourself and others.

The Emergency Isolation Order is still in effect. All individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves. These persons are required to follow all instructions in the Emergency Isolation Order and the Public Health guidance documented in the order. Woodbury continues to work with community members who share that they may be sick. Our campus nurse has been in contact with several community members who may be ill or need assistance. At this time, Woodbury University is not aware of any community member who has COVID-19. We urge anyone who may feel sick to again fill out the form to obtain immediate assistance from the nurse.

To stay current during these fluid and dynamic times, we urge you to continue to check out our website, pay attention to your email, and sign up for emergency alerts in your area. These alerts are provided by local authorities and require your initiative to sign up. You can sign up for four local services:

  • Alert LA County
  • NotifyLA
  • Burbank Community Alert
  • AlertSanDiego

More importantly, we urge our community members to utilize official information and news from trusted sources. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation circulating during these trying times. Please see below for official government sources you can visit to stay up to date:

  • California Department of Public Health
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • San Diego Health & Services Agency

Woodbury University continues to work in alignment with the orders of local officials and wants our community members to know that we are doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID19. Please do not forget to continue to wash your hands with warm soap and water for approximately 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face, and avoid touching items in public. We wish everyone to stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times. As always, please feel free to email HelpDeskCampusSecurity@Woodbury.edu for any questions or assistance.

Updated on April 13th, 2020.