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Campus Notifications

Confirming COVID-19 Cases

When the University learns of a probable or confirmed case at any CSUSM location, the COVID-19 Case Management Team contacts the positive individual and employees identified as close contacts. The COVID-19 Case Management Team learns more about symptom onset or test date and provides public health guidance for isolation, quarantine, and testing. For employees, MPP supervisors are notified and given information on required time away from campus if applicable.

Employees may contact Human Resources at to learn about possible leave options.

Notification Process

Campus notifications about COVID-19 exposures are required pursuant to Title 8 California Code of Regulations ยง 3205(c)(3)(B)(3). Managers will send email notifications to their affected employees and  provide information that lists the buildings where a COVID-19 positive individual spent time.

When CSUSM is notified that a positive COVID-19 individual was present on campus during their infectious period, the University will investigate the case, directly contact employees and possibly students who have been identified as close contacts as soon as possible, and post the affected campus work site(s) and date(s) on the CSUSM COVID-19 On-Campus Worksite Exposures Dashboard within one business day.

Employees who work on campus and students who live on campus or attend classes on campus are advised to check the dashboard daily to determine if they were present at the same work site(s) on the same day(s) as the positive individual.

Being present in the same location on the same day does not mean you have had close contact with the positive person, and public health officials have determined there is a low risk of exposure for those who have not been in close contact with an infected individual.

California Department of Public Health defines "close contact" as the following:

  1. In indoor spaces of 400,000 or fewer cubic feet per floor (such as homes, clinic waiting rooms, airplanes, etc.), close contact is defined as sharing the same indoor airspace for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) during a confirmed case's infectious period.
  2. In large indoor spaces greater than 400,000 cubic feet per floor (such as open-floor-plan offices, warehouses, large retail stores, manufacturing, or food processing facilities), close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period during the confirmed case's infectious period.

Spaces that are separated by floor-to-ceiling walls (e.g., offices, suites, rooms, waiting areas, bathrooms, or break or eating areas that are separated by floor-to-ceiling walls) must be considered distinct indoor airspaces.

COVID-19 Prevention Program

The COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) is designed to control exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may occur in our workplace. Key components of the Return to Campus Program, Research Reactivating Guidance, and the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) directly support the aims of the CPP at CSU San Marcos.