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Dear SDSU Community,

We are writing to inform you of three new cases of COVID-19 among the off-campus student population.

On Friday, Aug. 28, SDSU confirmed that these students all live off-campus in San Diego and have not been to campus other than to seek testing at SDSU’s Student Health Services (SHS). All individuals are recovering well and continue to be away from campus.

Two of the students are connected to one of the student cases confirmed yesterday, Aug. 27. The other case, the third case, is related to one of the cases confirmed on Aug. 26. Students sought testing, as instructed, as a result of contact-tracing efforts. It is important to clarify that the three cases, together, are not all connected. Further, due to their connection to previously reported positive cases, all of these individuals were already quarantining in compliance with public health guidelines.

We continue to be pleased that students are proactively utilizing the free testing opportunities at SHS, are monitoring their health and safety, and are remaining away from campus if they believe themselves to be symptomatic or have had exposure to someone who received a positive COVID-19 test.

Including these three new cases, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the university has had 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases within our broader campus community (i.e. faculty, staff, students, and visitors to any campus location). This also includes cases at our SDSU Imperial Valley campus.

About the Three New Cases

The three students did not interact with any SDSU employees or spaces, outside of the Student Health Services Outdoor COVID-19 Test Collection Booth, and were not in any other spaces utilized by the campus community.

Again, all three students were only on campus to seek testing at SHS. Positive test results for these students were confirmed on Aug. 28.

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.

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

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

The Student Health Services COVID-19 Test Collection Booth, where self-administered COVID-19 tests are collected from students standing outside the facility via a pass-through window, is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as part of patient care and enhanced COVID-19 disinfection protocols.

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 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].

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

 
 
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