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The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Case Alert Protocol

San Diego State University 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.

Know your Risk

High

Close, prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19.

You should self-quarantine and monitor your symptoms closely. If you become ill, seek medical attention. Students and employees who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 via a test should report to SDSU via the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Medium

Travel to a country or to an area within the U.S. that has an elevated travel warning of 3 or 4.

You should self-quarantine and monitor your health. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, report the test result to SDSU.

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 have 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

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

To date, and since March 2020, SDSU is aware of 24 students, faculty, staff or independent contractors on either on the SDSU or SDSU Imperial Valley campuses who have received a confirmed COVID-19 test at any point during the pandemic.

If you are a student or employee living or working 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.

If you are 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.

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.