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Dear SDSU Community,

We are writing to inform you that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual, who was asymptomatic, is isolating away from campus. The student has not been on campus since August 19, and the positive test result was confirmed on August 20 as part of routine testing.

The student did not interact with any other SDSU employees outside of Fowler Athletic Center and was not in any spaces utilized by members of the general SDSU community. We have quickly identified and spoken with the individuals known to have been in direct contact with the student. 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 this student spent time, which includes Fowler Athletic Center, 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 individual. 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.

Therefore, we encourage our campus community to monitor their health and well-being through September 3. 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 and employees who become ill should seek medical attention from their providers or a medical facility. Students can also contact Student Health Services by calling 619-594-4325. Employees should inform their supervisors and contact Human Resources by emailing [email protected]. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please report your situation to the university.

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.

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

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