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Dear SDSU Community,

Given the known and growing rate of COVID-19 cases within the San Diego State University student population, and as we are preparing for the Labor Day weekend, this message is being shared with the greatest sense of urgency.

We ask that all members of our community review this message in total, and take the actions detailed below to help avoid further spread of COVID-19.

What to Do, What to Avoid

In alignment with guidance from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), we urge everyone, especially our students, to:

  • Adhere to public health orders and avoid travel, even during the holiday weekend.

  • Avoid any form of gathering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Monitor your health and well-being. 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, isolate and avoid interacting with others unless you need to seek medical attention. Employees must avoid going to work until you are well.

Testing Available

If you have been or may have been around others who have been sick or who tested positive for COVID-19, you are highly encouraged to seek testing as soon as possible. This is especially true for our student population, where the county has declared at least one COVID-19 outbreak in an off-campus apartment building.

In addition to the testing being offered by appointment to students through SDSU’s Student Health Services, the following options are available to you:

  • Contact your medical provider about testing, and seek medical attention if you become ill.

  • HHSA has expanded testing at the County of San Diego-operated, drive-up coronavirus testing site, located in parking lot 17B at 6200 Alvarado Road. HHSA has added additional appointment spots to the drive-up location for Friday and Saturday. Sign up for appointments on the county’s testing site. Testing is free.

    • In addition to the Alvarado Road location, county testing is available to students and employees at the San Diego Tubman-Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave., which is the next nearest location to campus. This is a walk-in testing site, and no appointment necessary. Testing is free.

  • The Imperial County Public Health Department is also offering testing locations in areas near SDSU Imperial Valley. Imperial County testing location information is available online.

Also, as previously shared and due to the known and growing spread of COVID-19 in our community, we urge students, in particular, to isolate if sick and to quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who has been sick.

Policy, Guidelines Enforcement

SDSU will pursue disciplinary actions related to both organizational and individual violations should policies not be followed. To date, SDSU has issued more than 310 notices of possible individual or organizational violations. Consequences can range up to a suspension, and in extreme cases, expulsion.

Any community member who becomes aware of a potential violation among students is asked to report the situation using the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form. Concerns regarding student organizations may be submitted using the Student Organization Incident Report Form.

Compliance violations may also be shared with HHSA by calling 858-694-2900 or by emailing [email protected]. 

In Closing

Again, we encourage all on campus to continue relying on guidance that is meant to protect you: avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary; wear a facial covering; wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and frequently; avoid gatherings and maintain physical distancing. Following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection guidance to protect yourself also helps protect those around you.

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.

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
San Diego State University Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
SDSU Student Health Services Director

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