Dear SDSU Community,

As the White House administration announced yesterday, nationwide guidelines restricting the physical distance between people will be extended through April 30. Given this new announcement, we would like to share with you the growing number of virtual supports and other assistance and resources offered to San Diego State University’s community.

Also, following our commitment to transparency, we are also providing information about a confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case involving a student living off-campus.

Expanding Campus Resources, Services

As you are spending spring recess this week in an environment where we must continue to physically distance ourselves from others, several resources are available to both main campus and SDSU Imperial Valley students. Those include the following:

Also, SDSU students who are experiencing food insecurity and other unforeseen economic uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a number of options, including food resources (pages 4-6). The Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) asks that any student who needs emergency food, housing, technology, crisis support, financial aid, or who have other urgent needs, submit via the ECRT form to request assistance.

Most recently, a call for support raised more than $40,000 from donors in the first week alone, which is directly supporting students who have critical needs. We appreciate the generosity of these donors and are actively working to use these funds to provide our students with much needed resources.

Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Case, Student is Off-campus

A SDSU student who previously lived on campus is confirmed to have the coronavirus (COVID-19). The student is in recovery and in isolation off-campus, meaning the student’s access to others is highly restricted. The student did not begin to feel unwell until after moving out of the on-campus residence hall. Public health authorities are aware of this situation.

While living on campus, the student was in a single room without any roommates and had a private bathroom not directly accessible to anyone else. The student moved off campus on the morning of March 19. All SDSU community members known or suspected to have direct interactions with the student have already been contacted and are receiving appropriate guidance.

The student’s former living area has been vacant and, as a precaution, the university has completed a thorough, hospital-grade cleaning of the area. As social distancing guidelines have been in effect, the situation is contained to a small number of individuals nearest the student.

We continue to urge all members of the campus community to adhere to the county, state and federal guidance to help restrict the spread of COVID-19. This includes the 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.

Student, Employee-Facing COVID-19 Pages Introduced

To ensure that students, faculty and staff have readily available and easily accessible information related to COVID-19, SDSU has introduced two new pages within the COVID-19 site:

Both sites, along with the SDSU’s main public-facing page, are regularly updated with information and updates.

We each have a responsibility to help restrict the spread of COVID-19. As we look to tomorrow’s holiday, César Chávez Day, during which the campus will be closed, and as spring recess continues through this weekend, we urge all members of the campus community to practice physical distancing and follow travel restrictions.

Be safe and be well,

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

Christy Samarkos, M.S.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Rory Brening, M.D., M.P.H.
Interim Medical Director, Student Health Services

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