Path to the Bluff
Path to the Bluff is home to university efforts as we address the COVID-19 pandemic, advocate for campus reopening, and prepare for welcoming our community back to the bluff.
Highlighting the university’s efforts toward seeking support from county and local officials to safely reopen our campus.
- Letter to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from President Timothy Law Snyder
Nov. 4, 2020
Public Health Updates
Notes from the L.A. County Department of Public Health briefings specific to institutions of higher education.
1-25-21: Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the statewide Safer at Home order on Jan. 25. This resulted in some restrictions being loosened in Los Angeles County, such as the return of outdoor dining starting Jan. 29. However, LMU’s operations were not impacted by this change and our campuses remain closed. Locally, county health officials see cases and hospitalizations “leveling off,” though numbers remain high. Distribution of vaccine doses to counties has been slow, and there are not enough doses to go around for all eligible groups.
For instance, Los Angeles County (home to 10 million residents) received just 137,000 doses last week. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer expressed optimism about improved production and distribution of vaccines in the coming months.
01-22-21 County health officials see cases and hospitalizations “leveling off,” but as cases remain high, there is no change to the Safer at Home order. No change is expected before March. Additionally, distribution of vaccine doses to counties has been slow, and there are not enough doses to go around for all eligible groups. For instance, Los Angeles County (home to 10 million residents) will receive 137,000 doses next week. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer expressed optimism that the new presidential administration would bring transparency and improved production to vaccine distribution plans.
12-30-20: County health officials announced a new Mandatory Travel Directive, requiring all individuals traveling into Los Angeles County for nonessential purposes, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin outside the Southern California Region to quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival.
11-24-20: County health officials urge any students traveling for Thanksgiving not to return for the rest of the semester, in order to limit the chances of virus transmission. Students who do travel and come back should quarantine for 14 days. The new Safer at Home order does not include any changes to existing protocols for higher education in Los Angeles County. If cases surge post-Thanksgiving, even stricter measures will be considered.
On-campus COVID-19 Testing Center
We are pleased to announce the opening of our COVID Testing Center, which provides voluntary PCR (polymerase chain reaction) surveillance testing to those who are approved to work on campus or participate in an approved on-campus activity. Family members of those who live on campus may also get tested.About the Testing Center
Reopening our campus will be the result of a collaborative effort with our partners, which includes influential leaders outside of the university.
Collaboration with Local Presidents and Chancellors
Leading over 20 local colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area including USC, Pepperdine, UCLA and LACC, LMU and partners have been able to affect the reopening protocols for the higher education sector put forward by the county office of public health.
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) works on behalf of 85 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities in California that make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities sector (ICCU). They articulate the principles and priorities of its institutions in the higher education ecosystem of California. AICCU provides a strong and visible presence at the state and federal level, as well as professional development opportunities for its member institutions’ senior leaders.