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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Information and Reporting

Status

SDSU remains open; the campus has not closed at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Campus Access

Access is limited to students, faculty and staff who are either living in on-campus housing, taking in-person courses or engaged in university work that is deemed both critical and essential.

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. 

COVID-19 CASE DASHBOARD

San Diego State University is committed to report the number of student, employee and campus visitor cases of those who have had contact with any campus location. 

The data below show the number of cases diagnosed for all individuals who have had any direct campus contact. 

Most recent case update: Jan. 26, 2021 (For spring 2021, and beginning with the first day of instruction on Jan. 20, 2021, SDSU is reporting positive COVID-19 cases confirmed among members of the university community who have on-campus contact).

14

Number of positive cases among students

living in on campus housing

(total) 

0.70% 

Positivity rate for SHS-administered tests conducted over the last 7 days (excluding pending test results) based on 1,287 tests completed

7

Number of residential students in quarantine on campus  

3

Number of residential students in isolation on campus

78.57%

Of residential students since Jan. 20, 2021 who completed isolation period

8

Number of confirmed cases among faculty and staff members with on campus contact

1

Number of confirmed cases among contractors with on campus contact

Note: 2020 COVID-19 case details and information about cases before the start of instruction on Jan. 20, 2021 are available via an archive.

As the university is reporting COVID-19 data, the following definitions provide clarification about individuals who are on-campus and those who are off campus.

On-campus

  • Students: Any enrolled student who was physically on campus or at a university facility while potentially infectious. 
  • Faculty/Staff: Any faculty or staff member working on campus or at a university- managed facility while potentially infectious.
  • Contractor: Any contractor who, while potentially infectious, had contact with a campus or university-managed location that is accessible by the broader SDSU campus community.

Off-campus 

  • Students: Any enrolled student who is in the university's surveillance testing program and is diagnosed with COVID-19, but who was not on campus while infectious. 
  • Faculty/Staff: Any faculty or staff member who was not on campus while infectious regardless of if they are approved to be on campus and come to campus periodically
  • Contractor: Any contractor approved to work in an on campus location or at a university facility accessible by the broader SDSU campus community, but did not visit that location while infectious. 

COVID-19 Case Details

Information detailed on the dashboard is based on cases reported to Student Health Services by an individual or by public health officials, who receive regular reporting from providers and testing locations across San Diego County. 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.

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 is defined as being within six (6) feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period beginning two (2) days before illness onset. 

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.

Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test

Wearing a facial coving,  practicing physical distancing, washing your hands frequently, and other precautions, are vital to slowing the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • If you are a student or employee living or working on campus, or are a vendor or contractor who has been on campus and have exhibited 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 has 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 in 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 communicate information about the case. Guidance is provided directly to individuals and other members of campus as defined by the notification process detailed below.

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; 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 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.