State Regional Stay Home Order extension for Sonoma County

Friday, January 15, 2021, 3:15pm

TO: All Employees
FR: Karen Moranski, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Joyce Lopes, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration and Finance

Faculty and staff,

We hope you all had a restorative and relaxing winter break, and that 2021 brings better tidings for us all. As you may know, the Sonoma County Department of Public Health has extended the current State Regional Stay Home Order due to increased risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 in the community. This order, which was set to expire tonight, will continue until the state’s four-week projections of the Bay Area’s total available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15 percent.

As with our previous Stay Home Order, Sonoma State may temporarily modify the on-campus schedules of employees who are currently assigned to full- or part-time on-campus work. We will be evaluating schedules and campus visits on a week-to-week basis as the Stay Home Order continues. 

The University Continuity Team continues to limit our on-campus presence while ensuring that necessary on-campus services continue. We recognize reduction of on-campus staff may not be possible in all departments where telework would not allow important tasks to be accomplished. Additionally, some on-campus services may adjust service hours to reduce employee exposure. Such adjustments will be announced as needed. Managers who have questions about their on-campus staffing plans should contact the Continuity Team

All employees currently assigned to on-campus work are expected to continue to report to campus as scheduled unless notified by their supervisor to transition to telework. 

Short-term, on-campus visits scheduled during this order will be restricted to mandatory activities only. If faculty or staff need office or lab materials to teach or work from home, please use the Special Access Request text box in the Short-Term Visit form to explain your needs. The Continuity Team will be evaluating requests on a case by case basis. The Continuity Team will be reaching out to employees directly regarding all previously approved visits. 

We continue to encourage all employees to take all necessary and recommended precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself, your family, and our communities. As a reminder, you can find information on COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and other important information for Sonoma County on the SoCo Emergency website

For any questions about this new order or SSU’s response, please contact the Continuity Team at