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Posted November 14, 2018

Cal State East Bay Announcement

Cal State East Bay is closed through  Nov. 18 due to smoke, poor air quality

UPDATE- Nov. 15 at 2:34 p.m. 

The Cal State East Bay campuses (Hayward, Concord and Oakland) will be closed through Nov. 18 beginning at noon on Thursday, Nov. 15 due to poor air quality related to the Camp Fire. All classes, work, events (with the exception of the National Pacific Islander Education Network Conference) and activities are canceled. 

UPDATE - Nov. 14 at 10:53 p.m. 

All three Cal State East Bay campuses (Hayward, Concord and Oakland) will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 15 due to poor air quality related to the Camp Fire in Butte County. All classes, work, events and activities are canceled for the day. 

Residence halls, the Dining Commons and Student Health Services will remain open.

Air quality will be monitored and decisions on any further action, including  the status for Friday, Nov. 16, will be forthcoming. For updated information, please continue monitoring your university  email, the Cal State East Bay homepage and social media channels.

Previous post - Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. 

As you already know, the Bay Area’s air quality has been affected by the wildfires north of us. Currently, Hayward air quality is rated as “moderate.” At this level, according to airnow.gov, air quality is acceptable, however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

These conditions change and are unpredictable and we are continually monitoring pollution levels. In any case, we should take precautions for the health and welfare of students, staff and faculty. These include checking air quality reports and curtailing or canceling outdoor activities and events as appropriate. Building HVAC systems have been set to recirculate and not draw in outside air.

The smoke from these fires will affect each of us in different ways. We encourage you to take care of your health. 

1. Listen to your body, if you are experiencing health symptoms, consult your healthcare provider. 

2. Reduce the amount of time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activity.

3. Find areas in building that have fresher air.

4. Drink lots of water.

5. Work with your supervisor to take fresh breaks.

6. Drive your car with recirculating air. 

For updates and local information, visit Bay Area Quality Management District  

During this difficult time, it’s important that we each manage the situation to best take care of our health. If you have questions, please do not hesitate calling EH&S at (510) 885-2395. 

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