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Dear SDSU Essential Personnel,

We are writing to inform you of a confirmed COVID-19 case within a SDSU Research Foundation (SDSURF) department. The individual is recovering well and isolating away from campus. The employee has not been on site since September 17.

Though the research foundation is an auxiliary of San Diego State University, this particular auxiliary employee did have limited contact with the main campus. The risk to the campus community associated with this case is deemed low.

As a precaution, locations where the employee is known to have briefly visited, including the Gateway Center building, are being cleaned and sanitized in addition to already enhanced cleaning practices at these locations. Individuals who have been in direct contact with the employee are being notified.

This message is being shared out of an abundance of caution and in alignment with SDSU's COVID-19 Case Communications Protocol.

Due to privacy restrictions, we cannot share the name or additional details about the employee. SDSU will generally not disclose very specific information about the location of the individual who was infected for privacy reasons, and 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.

What to Do

We encourage team members to monitor their health and well-being through October 2, 2020. Please be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and contact your healthcare provider if you do not feel well. If you are experiencing symptoms or become ill, you are not to come to work until you are well. SDSURF employees who become ill should inform their supervisors and contact SDSU Research Foundation’s Human Resources and Risk Management teams by emailing [email protected], and also report any positive COVID-19 test results to SDSU so that the university can provide appropriate support or assistance. SDSU employees who become ill should remain home, inform their supervisors and contact Human Resources by emailing [email protected].

We will continue following county, state and federal guidance to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 and, as a further precaution, we encourage all team members to continue using general prevention techniques, including wearing facial coverings and following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

Testing, Other Information

Employees are able to get tested at any of San Diego County’s free testing sites including the walk-up clinic at the SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Locations and times are available online.

Also, continue to rely on SDSU’s public-facing COVID-19 site for information and guidance, as the site is regularly updated.

Again, we encourage all on campus to continue using these prevention techniques, to include:

  • Wearing a facial covering, which is now required for all who are on campus, with few exceptions.

  • Following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to protect yourself and those around you.

  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and frequently, which is one of the most important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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

Thank you,

Hala Madanat, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation

Michèle G. Goetz, MBA
Associate Vice President and Executive Director
SDSU Research Foundation

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

 
 
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