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The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirmed with San Diego State University the evening of March 13 that one of its community members tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19): a study abroad student who returned from Italy. The student is self-quarantined at home and outside of the San Diego county. The university has been in direct contact with the student to offer support during recovery. HHSA has confirmed that the risk to the campus community remains low.

SDSU is closely monitoring the worldwide situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. SDSU, in its decision-making regarding COVID-19, follows the guidance of the San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHSA), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

On March 12, County of San Diego announced that social distancing and visiting restrictions were established countywide, and mass gatherings are being banned to slow the regional spread of novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Preceeding these decisions, SDSU decided to cancel non-essential public events, an accelerated move to virtual instruction, a return of study abroad of students in Europe, and other decisions detailed below.

Understanding the California Stay at Home Order

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Stay at Home

  • Unless you need to access essential services. This is the best way to protect yourself and others.

Essential Services

  • Getting food
  • Caring for a friend or relative
  • Getting necessary health care

What Will be Closed

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars & nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events & gatherings
  • Convention centers

What Will be Open

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Food (Grocery and convenience stores, food banks, take-out & delivery restaurants)

What Can't I Do

  • Throw a quarantine party
  • Congregate in close quarters
  • Proceed as normal
  • Ignore this guidance

What Can I Do

  • Meditate
  • Do an indoor workout
  • Read a book
  • Virtual hangouts
  • Dance challenge
  • Study
  • Practice a hobby
  • Go for a walk or hike (Practice social distancing by keeping 6ft between you and others)

Covid19.ca.gov

Please visit this site often as it is updated regularly.

Other Resources

U.S. Government Information

State of California Information

California State University Information

San Diego County Resources

The San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) offers additional resources:

Imperial County Public Health Department Resources

Sign Up for SDSU Alerts

The community can register through the Emergency Alert System.

Emergency Alert System

 

Recent COMMUNICATIONS

The following earlier e-mail messages have been shared with the SDSU campus community and include some of the university's targeted communications:

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.

In the continued interest of health and safety, SDSU and the University Senate are encouraging all faculty to transition from in-person meetings and classes to distributed or fully virtual modalities. This decision, supported by a University Senate vote, pertains to an all campus adoption of virtual course offerings. Many units have already moved to meet the request.

Fully virtual means that all course material is delivered through a web-based format, whereas a distributed class may include aspects of digital or web-supported formats, such as synchronous live lectures delivered from one’s office or distributed materials that are returned to the instructor via a variety of modalities. These options should provide maximum flexibility to each instructor within the confines of this very challenging public health care environment.

No. It is with the greatest level of caution that SDSU has decided to cancel Explore SDSU.

With the guidance of the California State University system, SDSU chose to cancel the event out of an abudance of caution for public health, and given concerns with shifting travel availability.

No, not at this time. SDSU is closely following information relating to COVID-19. The risk of COVID-19 exposure within California and at SDSU remains low. SDSU has suspended its study abroad programs and has directed its participants to return to their home to self-isolate for 14 days, as recommended by the CDC. The university has opted to move courses into virtual spaces, and it remains open.

Certain events are being cancelled and others are being modified.

Also, the Mountain West Board of Directors suspended all spring sport competitions indefinitely. In conjunction with that decision, SDSU and the Athletics department have immediately suspended game competition for its spring sports, and is suspending all team activities, including practices. Fans who have purchased advanced tickets to spring sports may receive a refund by contacting the San Diego State ticket office at 619-283-7378.

Currently, SDSU has not announced cancellation of any arena events. The university is following the direction of the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) regarding public gatherings and large events, to include concerts.

For all events and meetings, regardless of the size, SDSU has been instituting rigorous environmental cleaning before and after the event/meeting, as well encouraging the practice of preventive behaviors (e.g., providing hand sanitizer, tissue, etc.). Additional cleaning is occurring out of an abundance of caution. You may see individuals wearing protective gear during this time.

SDSU is involved in the following as a precaution during the growing public health threat associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The university:

  • Is providing updates to campus to students, faculty and staff via in person and email communications. Some communications occur more directly through guidance being provided to segments of the students, faculty and staff populations.
  • Is continuously monitoring and following recommendations of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), the California State University system, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Established a group of campus health officials and specialists who are regularly communicating to assess needed action and communication related to this swiftly moving global public health situation.
  • Suspended university-related study abroad programs.
  • Is providing screening for students who visit Student Health Services who have a fever, cough, sore throat, or other symptoms consistent with upper respiratory infections.
  • For all events and meetings, regardless of the size, SDSU has instituting rigorous environmental cleaning before and after the event/meeting, as well encouraging the practice of preventive behaviors (e.g., providing hand sanitizer, tissue, etc.). Additional cleaning is occurring out of an abundance of caution. You may see individuals wearing protective gear during this time.

SDSU has an established protocol for communicating when a public health authority confirms COVID-19 cases among members of the campus community.

Any student, faculty or staff member with a confirmed COVID-19 case is asked to share that information with SDSU through the COVID-19 Reporting Form. The university does not provide testing for the coronavirus and does not confirm COVID-19 cases, but will share certain information provided by county and other public health authorities. 

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to nearly 40 countries as of February 27, 2020. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The coronavirus can spread from person-to-person, through close contact, and primarily through coughing and sneezing. Washing hands, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and avoiding sick people are the best ways to prevent the illness from spreading.

COVID-19 is an emerging disease and is not yet entirely understood. Public health officials are still learning about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of the virus.

More information is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website regarding coronavirus symptoms.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. However, it is currently the flu and respiratory disease season, and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine. Also, everyone is encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

You may be at greater risk if you have recently traveled to regions where there are currently outbreaks of the virus, or if you have come into close contact with someone who has the virus. Symptoms typically appear within two to 14 days after exposure.

If you are not feeling well, stay home from work, school, and other errands, if possible. Remain home until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours.

Two SDSU study abroad students and one SDSU employee are confirmed to have COVID-19, but health officials deem campus risk to be low.

Be attentive to the most recent information on the outbreak, available via the CDC's COVID-19 page and the World Health Organization's COVID-19 site.

We ask that you not attend classes or attend work if you are ill or are symptomatic, and seek medical care as soon as possible if your symptoms do not improve. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Avoid individuals who are ill, particularly if they are coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Properly dispose of any used tissues immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

Additional protection measures are suggested for those who are in or who have recently visited (defined as within the last 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is present. You are asked to:

  • Stay at home and self-isolate if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
  • If you develop fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.

The university encourages all members of the campus community to remain home from school or work if they become sick. Inform your supervisor or faculty member of your absense.

Please note all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus. Such employees are asked to telework.

If you believe that a staff member has COVID-19 or has had very close contact with a person who has COVID-19 (such as living in the same household), please contact the Office of Employee Relations and Compliance at 619-594-6464 for guidance.

Please note all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus. Such employees are asked to telework.

Please follow the direction from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding prevention. The recommended steps include washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are ill, and also cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

SDSU also recommends continuing to read e-mails and updates from SDSU, and regularly checking this site. SDSU will continue to share important updates and information as this situation evolves and recommend any additional steps that students should take to stay well.

We know that some members of the SDSU community are feeling greater stress than usual, and I want to encourage you to seek out support and information from the many organizations on campus that are here for you.

Also, as with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, COVID-19 can lead to additional stress and worry to members of our community, including those who have personal connections to affected areas. This is a critically-important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.

If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through campus mental health services:

Students can contact SDSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm., by calling 619-594-5220. The After-Hours Crisis Line is 888-724-7240. For emergencies, call 911.

Faculty and staff can rely on the Employee Assistance Program which offers SDSU faculty and staff confidential support for a variety of concerns, including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available by calling 1-800-342-8111 and visiting the EAP website.

For all events and meetings, regardless of the size, SDSU has been instituting rigorous environmental cleaning before and after the event/meeting, as well encouraging the practice of preventive behaviors (e.g., providing hand sanitizer, tissue, etc.). Additional cleaning is occurring out of an abundance of caution. You may see individuals wearing protective gear during this time. At this time, one SDSU study abroad student living off campus is confirmed to have COVID-19.

The university announced on March 10 that it is moving classes into virtual modalities as a precaution.

Also, for all events and meetings, regardless of the size, SDSU has instituting rigorous environmental cleaning before and after the event/meeting, as well encouraging the practice of preventive behaviors (e.g., providing hand sanitizer, tissue, etc.). Additional cleaning is occurring out of an abundance of caution. You may see individuals wearing protective gear during this time.

Yes. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all non-essential personnel, and essential personnel whose work can be accomplished remotely, are asked not to come to the San Diego State University campus.

SDSU must quickly transition all staff, management, and student employees, including those working in auxiliary units, to telework arrangements. Employees are asked to make arrangements no later than Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. This will allow employees to gather any essential work materials and equipment from their offices to successfully telework from home.

To support those who will telework, SDSU’s Information Technology Services has introduced [email protected]: Remote Work Resources. This new site provides tools and resources for remote work, including request forms for equipment and other materials that may be provided without having to come to campus. Additional resources and direction to facilitate telework will be provided as soon as possible.

Further, you can contact the Office of Employee Relations and Compliance at 619-594-6464 to discuss reasonable accommodations.

No, upon careful consideration of the potential health and financial risks to students and their families, and due to the long-term uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19, SDSU has decided to suspend all study abroad programs administered by SDSU Global Affairs for spring break and summer. The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries.

Students should speak with their assistant deans who, at the department level, can identify the best alternate options. Also, to help mitigate academic disruption, SDSU will offer waivers to the international experience requirement to seniors graduating in May, August, or December 2020.

SDSU Global Affairs will send additional guidance to students and faculty regarding the suspension of either their spring break or summer 2020 program. Students who are unsure if their study abroad program is administered by SDSU Global Affairs, should contact the SDSU Study Abroad office at 619-594-2475 or [email protected].

After thorough assessment, SDSU has also decided to suspend all study abroad programs administered by SDSU Global Affairs for spring break and summer. The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries. Among the spring break and summer programs now suspended are: SDSU faculty-led programs, Transborder programs, Travel embedded in SDSU courses, SDSU’s Health and Human Services 350, and summer SDSU Exchange programs.

As an assessment is ongoing, SDSU may decide to implement changes that will impact plans for programs during the summer and fall. If you are currently studying abroad in other countries, you may consider returning home, even if your program is continuing.

Any students with study abroad-related questions should contact the SDSU Study Abroad office at 619-594-2475 or [email protected]

The

CDC offers travel guidance. You are asked to:

  • Stay at home and self-isolate if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
  • If you develop fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.

At this time, one SDSU study abroad student living off campus is confirmed to have COVID-19, but health officials deem campus risk to be low.

Please call a medical professional if, in the last 14 days, you:

  • Have traveled to an affected geographic area and have a fever and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
  • Have a fever with a severe acute lower respiratory illness that requires hospitalization and doesn't have an alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) and no known source of your exposure, or
  • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath).

When you call, please inform them of your symptoms and recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

Students, faculty and staff may be planning international travel into Asia, Europe, Mexico or other parts of the world in the weeks ahead, especially as we are approaching spring recess. We urge you to be attentive to travel advisories and existing regulations, and to follow the guidance provided by agencies, such as the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.

Please familiarize yourself with the following:

If you are traveling in or returning from other countries, you may be asked by a public health official to restrict travel or to self-quarantine in certain circumstances. We urge you to follow the guidance of public health officials and government agencies.

In the rare instance travel could be deemed essential, please submit a written email justification via your supervisor to your Dean or Vice President for review and approval. Documentation (e.g. email) of Dean or Vice President approval must be submitted with your T-2 Travel Authorization Form.

Written justification is necessary to document that the traveler has obtained the required approval to travel on essential university-related business during the travel suspension.

Yes, travelers should make every effort to claim a refund. Many airlines, hotels and car rental companies are refunding or crediting individuals for these transactions. Travelers should collect and maintain documentation about the refund/credit request and outcome. 

Refund requests that were denied by the travel partner are eligible for full reimbursement. 

Refunds granted in the form of a voucher to the traveler are also eligible for full reimbursement, however will be treated as a travel advance to be applied to future university-related business travel. If the traveler uses the voucher for personal use, it will be reported as income subject to payroll tax withholding per IRS regulations.

Faculty/staff reimbursements through a travel claim or direct payment form for approved expenses may take 3-5 business days for reimbursement via direct deposit and 10 business days for a mailed check. Student reimbursements for airfare once  all required documents are submitted may take10 business days for a mailed check.

 Yes, travelers should make every effort to claim a refund. Many airlines, hotels and car rental companies are refunding or crediting individuals for these transactions. Travelers should collect and maintain documentation about the refund/credit request and outcome. Refund requests that were denied by the travel partner are eligible for full reimbursement. 

Refunds granted in the form of a voucher to the traveler are also eligible for full reimbursement, however will be treated as a travel advance to be applied to future university-related business travel. If the traveler uses the voucher for personal use, it will be reported as income subject to payroll tax withholding per IRS regulations. 

Student Success Fee (SSF) proposals that were awarded this year were approved for implementation in spring 2020. Per the SSF policy, unused funds will carry forward and be available for reallocation during the next proposal funding process in fall 2020.

SDSU has suspended all study abroad programs for the spring and summer, and is assessing possible changes regarding programs in the fall, which may impact study abroad plans.

The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries. Among the spring break and summer programs now suspended are: SDSU faculty-led programs, Transborder programs, Travel embedded in SDSU courses, SDSU’s Health and Human Services 350, and summer SDSU Exchange programs.

It is highly recommended that students consider alternate options for international study. If you are a student who is studying abroad or if you plan to study abroad later this year and have questions about programs, please contact the SDSU Study Abroad office at 619-594-2475 or [email protected]

This site serves as the central repository for information and updates related to SDSU's preparedness, guidance and decisions related to COVID-19. Visit often, as the site is updated frequently.
Yes, SDSU regularly sends email notices to students, faculty and staff about COVID-19. Please check your email regularly.

While SDSU is actively monitoring the global health situation with COVID-19 and has dedicated a team responsible for developing contingency plans, the university has not elevated to emergency status. The university reserves the use of SDSU Alert (the notification system capable of sending text alerts) for campus-wide emergencies. The university is asking all students, faculty and staff to review their university email accounts and this public-facing website, as these are two of the primary modes of communication in use. The university may begin utilizing other channels, including text messages, in the future.

Also, sign up for alerts: Students can register through the Web Portal; faculty, staff and members of the community can register online.

Yes, the university regrets that it must cancel non-essential public events.

Explore SDSU, GradFest and Student Success Fee Programs are among the canceled events as all non-essential public events on campus scheduled between March 12, 2020 and April 8, 2020 must be canceled or postponed.

SDSU has also decided to cancel the opening event for the March 21 Native and Indigenous Healing Garden.

Also, the Mountain West Board of Directors suspended all spring sport competitions indefinitely. In conjunction with that decision, SDSU and the Athletics department have immediately suspended game competition for its spring sports, and is suspending all team activities, including practices. Fans who have purchased advanced tickets to spring sports may receive a refund by contacting the San Diego State ticket office at 619-283-7378.

Certain events are being cancelled and others are being modified.

Also, the Mountain West Board of Directors suspended all spring sport competitions indefinitely. In conjunction with that decision, SDSU and the Athletics department have immediately suspended game competition for its spring sports, and is suspending all team activities, including practices. Fans who have purchased advanced tickets to spring sports may receive a refund by contacting the San Diego State ticket office at 619-283-7378.

Currently, SDSU has not announced cancellation of any arena events. The university is following the direction of the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) regarding public gatherings and large events, to include concerts.

No, the current small mumps outbreak involving SDSU students is not connected to coronavirus, or COVID-19

SDSU's International Student Center, available by calling 619-594-1982, is helping to connect international students to resources as needed.

Some may be concerned or become anxious about friends, relatives, colleagues or classmates who are living in or visiting affected areas. Fear and anxiety about the disease and becoming ill can lead to social stigma towards or discrimination of individuals from certain countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes that “Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths. Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.”

In a March 4 vote, the University Senate's executive committee, acting on behalf of the Senate, voted and approved to implement a waiver on the international experience requirement, often referenced as the study abroad graduation requirement.

The waiver is designed to cover spring, summer, and fall suspensions related to COVID-19.

The waiver will apply when a student is in their final year of study, and the study abroad program has been suspended due to the global public health concern associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Not at this time, but the university is moving to virtual adoption of classes for the remainder of the spring semester.

One SDSU study abroad student living off campus is confirmed to have COVID-19. University officials continue to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak. The university remains open, and the only exceptions are study abroad programs and all non-essential domestic and international travel. 

For all events and meetings, regardless of the size, SDSU has been instituting rigorous environmental cleaning before and after the event/meeting, as well encouraging the practice of preventive behaviors (e.g., providing hand sanitizer, tissue, etc.). Additional cleaning is occurring out of an abundance of caution. You may see individuals wearing protective gear during this time. At this time, one SDSU study abroad student living off campus is confirmed to have COVID-19.