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Dear SDSU Community,

We are writing to inform you that two SDSU students, both of whom live off campus in San Diego, and who have not been to campus other than to seek testing at Student Health Services, have tested positive for COVID-19. These are independent cases not connected to one another, and both individuals are recovering well and are away from campus.

About the Two Unrelated Cases

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

Both students were only on campus to seek testing at Student Health Services. Positive test results for both students were confirmed on Aug. 26. Again, the cases are unrelated.

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, and 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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