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The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Case Alert Protocol

This is what all members of the San Diego State University community must know:

  • SDSU actively monitors and assesses campus cases and also county, state and federal guidance, and seeks California State University (system) guidance to make data-informed decisions.
  • The university closely coordinates with county public health officials in San Diego County and Imperial County, and actively and constantly monitors U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • SDSU follows the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities when addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases involving its students, faculty and staff.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should be prepared for contingency options should conditions with the pandemic change.

Know your Risk

High

Close, prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19. Typically household contacts or intimate partners.

Self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms closely. If you become ill, seek medical attention. Students and employees suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 via a test should fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Medium

Close contact (15 minutes or more) within six (6) feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 during the time period when they were infectious, or you have had brief contact with someone who has been ill with COVID-19-like symptoms, or who tested positive. 

You should self-quarantine and monitor your health. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Low

You have had brief contact with someone who has been ill with cold or flu-like symptoms, not confirmed to be COVID-19.

You do not need to report the situation, but you should monitor your health for any changes and contact a medical provider if you become ill.

Cold VS. Flu VS. Coronavirus

Symptoms

Cold:
Rare.

Flu:
High (100 - 102 F). Can last 3 - 4 days.

Coronavirus:
Common.

Cold:
Rare.

Flu:
Intense.

Coronavirus:
Can be present.

Cold:
Slight.

Flu:
Usual. Often severe.

Coronavirus:
Can be present.

Cold:
Mild.

Flu:
Intense, can last up to 2 - 3 weeks.

Coronavirus:
Can be present.

Cold:
Never.

Flu:
Usual (starts early).

Coronavirus:
Can be present.

Cold:
Common.

Flu:
Sometimes.

Coronavirus:
Has been reported.

Cold:
Usual.

Flu:
Sometimes.

Coronavirus:
Has been reported.

Cold:
Common.

Flu:
Common.

Coronavirus:
Has been reported.

Cold:
Mild to moderate.

Flu:
Common, can become severe.

Coronavirus:
Common.

Cold:
Rare.

Flu:
Rare.

Coronavirus:
In more serious infections.

cold versus flu versus coronavirus symptoms

COVID-19 CASE DASHBOARD

COVD Cases by Symptom Onset at SDSU and SD County Through 11/27/20

The case rate among adults who live in San Diego County and who are taking SDSU courses — mostly online and with limited to no campus contact — makes up the majority of the overall university-affiliated case count. While there are day to day fluctuations, cases off campus held an overall total of about 60 percent and 75 percent of all cases connected with SDSU.

SDSU continues to highly encourage all students off campus to get tested and to continue following public health orders and guidelines. In addition to COVID-19 testing services at Student Health Services, SDSU is working in partnership with San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) to offer testing to SDSU students. 

Test-Confirmed and Probable COVID-19 Cases at SDSU Locations (Since Aug. 24, 2020)*

Most recent case update: Dec. 1,  2020

Previous case update: Nov. 23, 2020

Please note: Of the 63 confirmed and probable cases added to the total case count on Nov. 19, 26 are new cases. The remaining 37 cases were previously reported to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), but only recently identified, through continued cross-referencing between San Diego State University and HHSA, as having an SDSU-affiliation. Please note: The university updates the case count two times per week.

Campus Students Faculty and Staff Vendors/Contractors Visitors Total
Total 1,711 29 4 17 1,761
SDSU (on-campus)* 484 - - - 484
SDSU (non-residential) 1,227 29 4 17 1,277
SDSU Imperial Valley 0 0 0 0 0
SDSU Georgia 0 0 0 0 0

COVID-19 Case Details

San Diego State University has updated its case communications protocol and is now reporting all cases confirmed since Aug. 24, 2020, which was the first day of instruction for Fall 2020.

Since Aug. 24, SDSU is aware of 1,664 confirmed cases at SDSU and 97 probable cases. This brings the total probable and confirmed case count at SDSU to 1,761 as of Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., with the majority of these cases being among students living off-campus in San Diego.

This information is based on cases reported to Student Health Services by an individual or by a public health official. As more private labs are administering tests, a possibility exists that not all cases are being reported to Student Health Services. Anyone who receives a positive COVID-19 test should fill out the SDSU's online COVID-19 reporting form.

For privacy reasons, SDSU does not report names, affiliations or health conditions of students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 unless a public health agency advises that there is a health and public safety benefit to reporting such details.

The university will also 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.

Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test

Community transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 continues locally, in our region and in the United States. Wearing masks when around others, practicing physical distancing and other precautions are vital to slowing this outbreak.

  • If you are a student or employee living or working on campus or are a vendor or contractor who has been on campus and exhibit symptoms, report your situation to SDSU.
  • If you are concerned that someone in your residence hall or work space has COVID-19, report the situation to SDSU.
  • For anyone who is asymptomatic and have not been in direct, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are considered by public health officials to be at low risk. Continue to monitor your health.

When SDSU learns of a probable or confirmed case at any SDSU location, Student Health Services contacts the individual and those known to have been contact with them. Student Health Service works to learn more about symptom onset, provide public health guidance for isolation, quarantine and testing, and to appropriately communication information about the case. Guidance is provided directly to individuals and other members of campus as defined by the notification process detailed below.

Also, while the SDSU and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency report different test result types, SDSU will collate information regardless of test type, and post all known confirmed positive cases. The county only reports diagnostic tests (RT-PCR), while SDSU reports both diagnostic and antigen test results. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides information about different test types.

The university provides information about new cases and sends campus notices about new cases in compliance with U.S. Department of Education guidelines.

COVID-19 Case Alerts

San Diego State University relies on the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, known commonly as the Clery Act, to guide communications decisions regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases. Per the Clery Act, SDSU will send a campus notification when 1) a public health agency has confirmed via a COVID-19 test that a member of the community has the virus AND 2) the individual was recently on or near the campus or other university-related instructional site.

The following details SDSU’s process for communicating regarding known COVID-19 cases to the campus community.

Case Description, Confirmation process and Notification Process

Asymptomatic individual quarantined due to exposure to sick people or post-travel.

Confirmation Process:

Individual report or identified during contact tracing of confirmed case.

Notification Process:

No all campus notification.

Individual has mild flu, cold symptoms not consistent with COVID-19 per individual’s report of assessment by healthcare provider. 

Confirmation Process:

Individual report.

Notification Process:

No all campus notification.

Individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but no test confirmation; individual is advised by health care provider to isolate per CDC guidance.

Confirmation Process:

Individual report.

Notification Process:

No all campus notification, but SDSU will provide direct communication and guidance to students and/or employees if they were near or in direct contact on a case by case basis.*

Individual self-reports a positive lab test for COVID-19, but is outside of San Diego County with no direct contact to campus.

Confirmation Process:

Public health agency confirmation via the individual.

Notification Process:

No all campus notification; but SDSU will provide direct communication and guidance to students and/or employees if they were near or in direct contact with the individual who tested positive.

Individual reports a positive lab test for COVID-19, confirmed by a public health agency, and has had direct contact to campus. 

Confirmation Process:

Public health agency confirmation to the individual and to SDSU.

Notification Process:

The campus community will be notified; SDSU will provide direct communication and guidance to students and/or employees if they were near or in direct contact with the individual who tested positive.

*Based on last contact on campus or in community and timing of symptom onset.