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Dear SDSU Community,

I am writing to inform you of two new COVID-19 cases among individuals who were recently on campus. These two cases are unrelated and involve a student and University Police Department officer. In addition to being unrelated to one another, these two new cases are not connected with any previously confirmed COVID-19 cases related to campus.

Additional details and guidance are provided below.

While the risk of transmission associated with these two new, unrelated 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 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 and can do so at no cost at the county’s on campus testing site, and other county test sites in the region.

About the Cases

The student was last on campus on Dec. 17 and was not in close contact with any students, faculty or staff during their time on campus. The student was not involved in any in-person course or research-related activities, and maintained physical distance from others while on campus.

In the second, unrelated case, the University Police Department officer has not been on campus since Dec. 19, and wore a facial covering at all times while on campus. The officer had close contact with only one another individual, who has been informed. Both are away from campus per isolation and quarantine protocols.

Public health officials have determined that the campus risk related to these two unrelated cases remains low. 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.

SDSU’s Response

The area where the student visited, including the Aztec Recreation Center outdoor recreation field, has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected pursuant to COVID-19 applicable repopulation plans.

The areas where the University Police Department officer was located in the University Police Department building have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in response and pursuant to our already enhanced cleaning of campus facilities pursuant to COVID-19 protocols.

Health and Safety Guidelines

The university continues 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 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.

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.
SDSU Student Health Services Director

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