Vanguard University announced in an email, on Friday Oct. 9, that at least three COVID-19 cases were confirmed on the Costa Mesa main campus, and that the campus will temporarily close.
The announced was first released at 9:48 a.m. PST through the campus alert system Titan HST. The email assured students that, “the individuals who have tested positive are either in quarantine or have been moved to isolation in residential housing and are under the care of a medical professional.”
A second email was released at 1:49 p.m. PST from Vanguard University President Dr. Mike Beals. The email stated that the main Costa Mesa campus will close for two weeks, from Oct. 10-23. In addition, all athletics conditioning will be paused, and the campus will be closed to non-essential faculty, staff, and visitors.
“Employees should only work on campus if they support an essential service required under the University’s operations and remote work is not possible.”
The university encouraged that students and staff complete, “the Titan Screening App every morning before coming to campus so we can continue to assess any students/employees with symptoms related to COVID-19” in previous email correspondence prior to this event. Vanguard University accounted for this possibility and had procedures in place and isolation rooms prepared in advance for afflicted students who live on campus.