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Dear SDSU Community,

I am writing to inform you of three additional positive COVID-19 test results among individuals who had contact with a campus location. These individual cases are unrelated to one another and do not appear to be connected with any previously confirmed COVID-19 cases related to campus. The cases involve two students and a staff member, all of which visited campus for academic or work-related reasons. All three individuals are now away from campus and recovering.

Additional details and guidance are provided below.

While the risk of transmission associated with these cases are low, it is important that all students, faculty and staff who become sick, no matter their symptoms or severity, remain home. Be attentive to your symptoms and never come to campus for work, classes or meetings if you are sick. The only exception is if you are going to Student Health Services or the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center for COVID-19 testing or, for those living on campus, you must leave your campus residence to seek medical care or get essential supplies.

As a reminder, faculty and staff are encouraged to get COVID-19 tested and can do so at no cost at the county’s on campus testing site, and other county test sites in the region.

About the Unrelated Cases

One case involves a student who works in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The student was last on campus on Nov. 13 and, while working on campus, did not have any close contact with other students, faculty or staff. The student wore a facial covering and was physically distanced from others while working.

The second unrelated case involves a graduate student teaching assistant who also worked in a lab, all in the Chemical Sciences Laboratory building. The student was last on campus on Nov. 20 and, while on campus, did not have close contact with others and also wore a facial covering and physically distanced from others. The student’s positive test result was confirmed through SDSU’s mandatory surveillance testing program.

The third unrelated case involves a university police officer who has not been on campus since Nov. 22. While this employee did consistently use precautions, the individual did have close contact with one other university police employee. That close contact has been notified and is following quarantine guidance away from campus.

Public health officials have determined that the campus risk is low. 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 more specific details about the location of individuals who have been 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

The areas where the three individuals in these unrelated cases visited, to include the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, the University Police Department building, and the Chemical Sciences Laboratory, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected pursuant to our already enhanced cleaning of campus facilities pursuant to COVID-19 protocols and applicable repopulation plans. In addition, equipment in use by the class has been cleaned and sanitized by the occupants pursuant to campus repopulation plans.

Health and Safety Guidelines

The university continues 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 do the following:

  • Again, if you become ill, you are not to come to campus until you are well. We ask that you do this for your own wellbeing and for the health and safety of others.

  • Contact your healthcare provider or a medical facility if you do not feel well.

  • All faculty, staff and students should report positive COVID-19 cases or exposure concerns to SDSU using the online reporting form. Doing so allows the university to ensure that students and employees receive appropriate support, and others are informed if they were in close contact with the individual who tested positive.

  • Employees who become ill should remain home, inform their supervisors and contact Human Resources by emailing [email protected].

  • All supervisors who become aware of a COVID-19 case should report the situation to their dean and associate dean, Associate Vice President or Vice President.

Again, all on campus are encouraged 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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