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Dear SDSU Community,

We are writing to inform you of two new confirmed cases of COVID-19: one involves an employee known to have worked in Storm Hall; the second involves a student residing in [email protected] The cases are unrelated. Both have tested positive for COVID-19 and are believed to have contracted COVID-19 from personal contacts off-campus.

The employee did not interact with any other SDSU students or employees outside of the areas where they were working. The employee, who is recovering well and away from campus, has not been on campus since July 26 and sought testing after learning of potential exposure to COVID-19, which was confirmed positive on July 29.

The student is known to have interacted with students only in close proximity to living spaces, and not with any instructional or research faculty, or other staff. The student will be isolated on campus in one of the apartment rooms designed for just such a purpose.

In both cases, we quickly identified and are speaking with the individuals known to have been in direct contact with the individuals in the unrelated cases. All are following established public health protocols for isolation and quarantine, and exposure risk to others on campus is deemed low.

As a precaution, the areas where both the employee and the student spent time have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in addition to our already enhanced cleanings of campus spaces.

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.

As a further precaution, we encourage our campus community to monitor their health and well-being through Aug. 12. 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 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].

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. Continue to rely on SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site for information and guidance.

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

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

Kimberly H. Carnot, JD
SDSU Facilities Services Director

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

 
 
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