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Dear SDSU Community,

We are writing to inform you of 13 new cases of COVID-19 among SDSU students. The majority of these students live off-campus and sought testing from San Diego State University’s Student Health Services (SHS) Testing Collection Booth. None of the students attended any in-person classes.

As mentioned, while the majority of these cases involve students who live off-campus, three of the cases live on-campus at Zapotec, Villa Alvarado Apartments and South Campus Plaza North. Two on-campus students have been moved to a designated isolation room, per SDSU’s Office of Housing Administration COVID-19 protocol. The other student was already isolating away from campus, prior to seeking testing this weekend. All are recovering well.

It is important to note that the majority of students did not interact with any other SDSU employees outside of brief visits to SHS and were not in any spaces utilized by the campus community. Only one student also had a brief visit to the SDSU Bookstore.

On-Campus Cases

When the university becomes aware of an on-campus resident with COVID-like symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 case, an assessment and response team is activated to ensure the student is isolated and, as appropriate, close contacts are quarantined. Prior to the fall 2020 semester, several campus apartment buildings were designated as isolation spaces for confirmed cases. Isolation kits containing bathroom tissue, paper towels, disinfectant/cleaning spray bottle, liquid hand soap, and hand sanitizer are provided. Food and meal delivery is also arranged.

Off-Campus Cases

In regards to the students who live off-campus, including those who live in the off-campus [email protected] Apartments, all are recovering well and isolating.

It is important to note that as SDSU continues to request that students who are symptomatic, or have potentially been exposed to someone who received a positive COVID-19 test, voluntarily seek testing through the SHS Test Collection Booth, we expect to see positive test results. SDSU will continue to report these cases appropriately as defined through the SDSU COVID-19 Case Alert Protocol. As previously shared, we continue to be pleased that students are proactively utilizing the free testing opportunities at SHS, and are monitoring their health and safety.

Due to privacy restrictions, we cannot share the name or additional details about the individuals. 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 the specific location of the individual who was 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.

SDSU’s Response

We quickly identified and have spoken with the individuals known to have been in direct contact with the students. Again, all are following established public health protocols for isolation and quarantine, and exposure risk to others on campus is deemed low.

The Student Health Services COVID-19 Test Collection Booth, where self-administered COVID-19 tests are collected from students standing outside the facility via a pass-through window, is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as part of patient care and enhanced COVID-19 disinfection protocols. In addition, the areas where these students spent time, which includes residential areas and the Bookstore, are also frequently cleaned and disinfected as part of enhanced campus cleaning protocols. [email protected] staff advised the university that they are following enhanced disinfection protocols that are aligned with the university.

Health and Safety Guidelines

We continue to encourage our campus community to wear facial coverings at all times, to maintain a distance between you and those outside of your immediate household, to avoid gatherings of people, and to monitor your health and wellbeing.

Please be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and contact your healthcare provider or a medical facility if you do not feel well. If you become ill, you are not to attend classes, interact with others, or go to work until you are well. Students should also inform Student Health Services by calling 619-594-4325. Employees who become ill should remain home, inform their supervisors and contact Human Resources by emailing [email protected].

Again, we encourage all on campus 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.
SDSU Student Health Services Director

Eric J. Hansen, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President - Business Operations

Cynthia M. Cervantes, M.B.A.
Director of the Office of Housing Administration

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