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Dear SDSU Faculty,

This weekend, we learned that three employees with the SDSU Research Foundation (SDSURF) facilities team have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are recovering well and isolating away from campus. The employees have not been on site since September 17. The positive cases were confirmed on September 19 and September 20.

Please note: The SDSURF facilities team does not service the SDSU main campus. The research foundation is an auxiliary of San Diego State University. SDSURF buildings are not located on the SDSU campus, but rather off-site. The risk to the campus community associated with these cases is deemed low.

As a precaution, all SDSURF-owned buildings have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected over the weekend. This cleaning was done in addition to the already enhanced regularly scheduled cleanings of SDSURF spaces. All individuals who have been in direct contact with the employees are in the process of being notified. At this time, we do not believe these cases are connected to current cases in the undergraduate student population.

Out of an abundance of caution, SDSURF has requested that the facilities team, which is made up of eleven essential personnel, individually quarantine away from campus. We are in regular communication with them to provide support as they complete their quarantine.

Because these important team members will remain home, responses to work order requests for any SDSURF building may be delayed over the next 14 days. Building tenants should continue to use the work order system with the understanding that non-critical work orders will be addressed once the facilities team is able to resume operations. External contractors will be on call to address emergency needs such as water leaks, plumbing, electrical or HVAC concerns.

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 employees. 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 sdsurfriskmanagemen[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 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.

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 Protection 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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