General Campus Alert

By | 2015-10-12

Public Safety is aware of an anonymous social media post from earlier today that is concerning in nature. While concerning, the post did not constitute an overt threat to PLNU specifically.

SDPD is actively investigating. Public Safety and SDPD will also be increasing their presence in the area.

In the meantime, be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Public Safety at 619-849-2525. Further updates will be provided through the alert system.

9/17/15: Coastal Water Advisory

By | 2015-09-17

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for coastal waters due to the recent heavy rainfall:

Swimmers, surfers and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in oceans and bays, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
Urban runoff many contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources, including animal waste, soil and decomposing vegetation.
Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay.
Visit http://www.sdbeachinfo.com for more info.

9/16/15: Tsunami Advisory Issued for Southern California

By | 2015-09-16
The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami advisory for coastal areas from San Clemente to San Luis Obispo. San Diego is NOT among the areas expected to be affected.

"837 PM PDT WED SEP 16 2015

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA
/WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT
   CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS
   OBISPO/...

"IF YOU ARE LOCATED IN THIS COASTAL AREA... MOVE OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS. "TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE WATER IS EXPECTED OR IS ALREADY OCCURRING. AREAS IN THE ADVISORY SHOULD NOT EXPECT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES DANGEROUS MANY HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME. THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST."

The latest updates can be found at tsunami.gov or weather.gov.

2/27/15: Health Alert

By | 2015-02-27

There is a probable case of Pertussis (whooping cough) on our campus. You may have been exposed to this highly contagious disease that causes severe coughing.  Because no vaccine is 100% protective, even immunized persons can become ill with Pertussis, but the symptoms are usually milder.

Pertussis is spread through the air when an ill person coughs or sneezes.  In adults, Pertussis symptoms include aggravating coughing attacks that last for two weeks or longer and may be accompanied by vomiting, gagging, and sticky mucus production.  These attacks may worsen at night.  Between the coughing attacks, the person may feel well and have no symptoms.

If you show symptoms of Pertussis:

  1. Consult the Wellness Center or your healthcare provider and let them know you may have been exposed to someone ill with Pertussis.  This disease is treated with specific antibiotics.
  2. Notify the Wellness Center if your doctor suspects that you are ill with Pertussis.  You will be given instructions regarding class attendance.

To help protect against getting ill from Pertussis:

  1. Check with your doctor to see if you are up to date with the appropriate number of Tdap (adolescent and adult) vaccine doses.
  2. Wash hands frequently.
  3. Visit the websites www.vaccineinformation.org/video/pertussis.asp or www.sdiz.org. to learn more about Pertussis.

If you have any additional questions regarding Pertussis, you may call the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Epidemiology and Immunization Services at 1-866-358-2966 and press 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

PLNU’s Wellness Center is available for consultation M-F, 8:00a-4:30a and may be reached at 619-849-2574.

2/9/15: Health Alert

By | 2015-02-09

A large and ongoing outbreak of Measles cases has been reported in southern California, and includes cases in San Diego. The outbreak is being monitored closely by the health services team in the WELLNESS CENTER; they are prepared to respond quickly to any suspicion of Measles on campus. If you are exposed to Measles, you may be required to provide evidence of immunity. You may be “home quarantined” for 2-3 weeks and not be allowed to attend classes or remain in the residence halls if unimmunized, or until immunity is proven. This has happened recently at two Southern California high schools, initiated by the Department of Public Health.

Most of the recent cases have been linked to an exposure at Disneyland in mid-December. Measles is a highly contagious airborne viral illness that can lead to serious complications, or (rarely) death. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also likely become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.
Symptoms usually begin 10-12 days (up to 21 days) after exposure. The symptoms are high fever, cough, and runny nose, red watery eyes, followed a few days later by a distinct red rash.

Fortunately, Measles can be prevented through vaccination. The MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine is a highly effective vaccine that is part of the routine childhood vaccine series in the U.S. and most foreign countries. The vast majority of individuals who contracted Measles in this recent San Diego/ Disneyland outbreak were unvaccinated.

The MMR vaccine is required for undergraduate enrollment at PLNU; a majority of undergraduate PLNU students are protected. University students who do not have evidence of immunity against measles need two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. Two doses of the MMR vaccine, is 99% effective in preventing disease. If you have NOT received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, you are at increased risk of measles. Again, if you are exposed to Measles, the Department of Public Health may require you to be “home quarantined” for 2 weeks. This could have significant impact as you will not be able to attend classes or remain in the residence halls.

If you have NOT submitted documentation of PLNU’s required immunizations and TB screening, it is highly recommended that you do so now, before a potential exposure.

If you’d like to discuss your risk, immunization status, receive a lab test to determine your immunity, or receive the vaccine, please call The WELLNESS CENTER at 619-849-2574.

If you are concerned about having measles symptoms, please isolate yourselves and call ahead to The WELLNESS CENTER and arrange to be evaluated without potentially increasing the spread of infection. Please call 619-849-2574.

More information about Measles can be found at the CDC measles website.

1/30/15: Power Outage

By | 2015-01-30

UPDATED: Power is out to a portion of the Point Loma campus. The affected buildings include Rohr Science, Bond Academic Center, Salomon Theater, Keller Visual Arts Center, Public Safety, Campus Facilities and the Athletic Complex. No residence halls are impacted. SDG&E estimates power will be restored by 10am. Normal class and work schedules remain in effect.

11/28/14: Shooting Near Campus

By | 2014-11-28

A domestic disturbance in a neighborhood close to campus at approx. 3am on Friday morning has resulted in the deaths of at least two non campus persons. Police have indicated there is no need to lock down the campus as there are no suspects outstanding at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.