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Report a COVID-19 Case or Exposure

What if I have been exposed or if I test positive for COVID-19?

The University requests that any employee or student who tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes aware that they may have been in close contact (In indoor spaces of 400,000 or fewer cubic feet per, close contact is defined as sharing the same indoor airspace for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) during a confirmed case's infectious period. Report your positive test result using the CSUSB COVID-19 Reporting Form. The Office of Risk Management and Student Health Center reviews and verifies COVID-19 confirmed cases, provides a return to campus status, and responds to concerns from the campus community on COVID-19.

The campus follows the Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines established by the California Department of Public Health. Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms until you have not had a fever for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication, AND other COVID-19 symptoms are mild and improving.      

How will the campus respond in the event of a positive COVID case or a COVID outbreak on campus?

If there is a positive case on campus, Risk Management will notify those community members who may have been exposed. There are several types of mass notifications, as well as individual, close-contact notifications that may occur. All Campus positive cases are reported on our Return of the Pack website dashboard.

Investigation and response follow the latest federal, state, and county guidelines and the COVID-19 Prevention Plan. The University continues to work closely with the San Bernardino and Riverside County Departments of Public Health to report and respond to cases on campus. 

What leave benefits do I have if I get COVID-19 and need to isolate?

If you believe you contracted a COVID‐19‐related illness as a result of your university employment, you may be entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits through the University. This may include hospital, surgical, and medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits. Please note that if you want to pursue Workers' Compensation benefits, we require you to take a PCR test within 30 days of your symptoms. For more information, please contact Please follow departmental protocol for reporting absences at work.

If a student becomes sick with COVID-19, will the CSU help cover medical costs?

No, but fully-enrolled students who have paid their student fees may access basic health services through the Student Health Center for free.  Some additional services may involve a small cost.

Does the campus provide at-home testing kits to students or employees?

The campus vending machines will no longer provide COVID-19 tests for general distribution. COVID-19 testing will be focused on individuals with campus work-related exposures and students.

  • Campus Exposure: Contact to request a test if you've been exposed at work.  
  • Students: Students will continue to have access to COVID-19 tests at the Student Health Center in San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campus (While supplies last). 
  • At-Home Test: U.S. households are eligible for four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Order yours at
  • External Testing: We encourage you to use external testing services in the community. Many local pharmacies and health centers offer testing. Please visit to locate a no-cost COVID-19 test.
  • Health Care Provider: Check with your provider for complimentary test kits that may be available to you.