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Dear SDSU Community,

I am writing to inform you of three new COVID-19 cases confirmed among students who are all known to one another. These cases are all connected to the case confirmed yesterday, June 28. The group of four students did not have close contact with any other students. They also did not come into close contact with any faculty and staff.

Additional details and guidance are provided below.

While the risk of transmission associated with these new cases is low, it is important that all students, faculty and staff who become sick, no matter their symptoms or severity, remain home. Be attentive to your symptoms and never come to campus for work, classes or meetings if you are sick. The only exception is if you are going to Student Health Services or the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center for COVID-19 testing (the county-operated test site will close after June 30, but other sites remain open) or, for those living on campus, you must leave your campus residence to seek medical care or get essential supplies.

As a reminder, faculty and staff are encouraged to get COVID-19 tested. The SDSU community can get tested at the county’s on campus testing site at Viejas Arena through Wednesday, June 30, after which the county vaccine site will close. Other county test sites in the region are also open beyond June 30. SDSU supports members of the university community who seek vaccination through the county, their personal medical provider, or other vaccine providers. Additional COVID-19 testing and vaccination information is available online.

About the Cases; SDSU’s Response

All of the students who tested positive confirmed wearing facial coverings during their time on campus. Two were last on campus on June 25, and one was on campus on June 28. The three students confirmed to have COVID-19 are connected to the one student confirmed yesterday. The four students are closely connected to one another, and did not come within close contact with other students or faculty and staff. The four students are isolating.

All students in these related cases spent time in the Fowler Athletics Center. The areas where the students visited have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected pursuant to COVID-19 enhanced cleaning protocols. For more information about SDSU’s cleaning protocols, the information is accessible online through SharePoint site (employee login required).

Despite the low risk to the campus, this message is being shared out of an abundance of caution with the campus community, and in alignment with SDSU's COVID-19 Case Communications Protocol.

Also, SDSU will generally not disclose more specific details about the location of individuals who have been infected for privacy reasons and also because avoiding the physical location does not inherently lower a person's risk of infection; maintaining healthy practices such as physical distancing, wearing a facial covering and washing your hands are the best methods to lower your risk.

Health and Safety Guidelines

SDSU continues to encourage our campus community to wear facial coverings at all times and to monitor your health and wellbeing at all times.

Please be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and do the following:

  • Again, if you become ill, you are not to come to campus until you are well. We ask that you do this for your own wellbeing and for the health and safety of others.

  • Contact your healthcare provider or a medical facility if you do not feel well.

  • All faculty, staff and students should report positive COVID-19 cases or exposure concerns to SDSU — whether you test positive, or you know of a student, faculty or staff member who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms — using the online reporting form. Doing so allows the university to ensure that students and employees receive appropriate support, and others are informed if they were in close contact with the individual who tested positive.

  • Employees who become ill should remain home, inform their supervisors and contact Human Resources by emailing [email protected].

  • All supervisors who become aware of a COVID-19 case should report the situation to their dean and associate dean, Associate Vice President or Vice President.

University Support

SDSU employees may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and university‐specific policies and agreements. If you have any questions about these benefits, please contact the Center for Human Resources, Benefits Services by calling 619-594-1144 or emailing [email protected].

If you believe you contracted a COVID‐19‐related illness as a result of your university employment, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits through the university. This may include hospital, surgical, and medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits. For more information, please contact the Center for Human Resources, Benefits Services at 619-594-1144 or [email protected].

Any member of the SDSU community can report instances of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation using the online complaint form. Individuals will be contacted after submitting information and be provided with information on resources, interim remedies, reporting procedures and, if applicable, the potential for an investigation.

Again, all on campus are encouraged to continue using these prevention techniques, including wearing facial coverings and following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection guidance to protect yourself and those around you. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and frequently, is one of the most important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In compliance with the California State University (CSU) system’s Executive Order 1107, this is a reminder that we are in a public health state of emergency and additional information can be accessed via SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site.

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director

 
 
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