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Dear SDSU Community,

We are writing to inform you that a University Police Department officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member has not been on campus since Sept. 23, and has been away from campus recovering. While on campus, the officer did not come within close contact of any students and staff, or other members of the university or general community.

Due to privacy restrictions, we cannot share the name or additional details about the staff member. Also, public health officials have deemed the COVID-19 risk to campus to be low.

While the risk of transmission associated with this case remains low, we must reinforce that all students, faculty and staff who become sick, no matter their symptoms or severity, are to remain home. 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.

About the Case

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

As a precaution, the areas where this officer was located, which included the University Police Department building and patrol vehicles, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in addition to our already enhanced cleanings of these spaces.

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 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 to SDSU 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.

  • Students who test positive should inform Student Health Services by calling 619-594-4325.

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

Josh Mays
University Police Department Chief

 
 
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