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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 (six feet or less for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who either has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-19 report the positive result or exposure. If you have been exposed wear a mask while indoors for 14 days. If you are fully vaccinated you can still be around others, the mask is a precaution. All others must quarantine as recommended by the CDC. A person 's high infectious period begins once a laboratory positive result is received.  It is either two-days prior to the positive result or two-days prior to symptoms,  whichever is first. It is recommended that the CDC procedures for isolation are followed.

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 return to campus status, and responds to concerns from the campus community on COVID-19.

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

In the event that 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.

Building Notifications are sent to building occupants to notify them of the case.  Attached is a Sample Building Notification Email.

Classroom Notifications are sent to students, instructor(s), the Department Chair, Associate Dean and Dean of the class notifying them of the case.  Attached is a Sample Classroom Notification Email. 

Investigation and response follows 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 or have to quarantine?

Effective March 29, 2021, California employers must provide employees with supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for various COVID-related absences in addition to paid time off benefits employees receive by law or policy, e.g., non-COVID paid sick leave or vacation. The new law applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, and is effective through September 30, 2021. The Chancellor’s Office announced the new Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave (ECRL) program, which complies with and enhances the requirements in SPSL. This expanded benefit is effective through December 31, 2021.

Hours:
128 hours* for full time and prorated for less than full time

Eligibility:
All employees (except rehired annuitants and in part for work study students)

Reasons for Leave Usage:

  • Employee is subject to a quarantine order from the appropriate agency.
  • Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • The covered employee is attending an appointment to receive a vaccine for protection against contracting COVID-19.
  • The covered employee is experiencing symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine that prevent the employee from being able to work.
  • The covered employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • The covered employee is caring for a family member, as defined, who is subject to a COVID-19 quarantine or isolation period or has been advised by a healthcare provided to quarantine due to COVID-19.
  • The covered employee is caring for a child, as defined, whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

*The number of hours may vary based on bargaining unit.

What are the quarantine requirements if I am exposed to COVID-19?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention requires a 10-day quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

See “What leave benefits do I have if I get COVID-19 or have to quarantine?” for additional information.

Do I report an exposure if I’ve have been in close contact with a person who was exposed to someone else who tested positive for COVID-19?

No, only report exposures if you have been in close contact (6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has a positive test confirmation or COVID-19 like symptoms. Tiertiary exposure is not considered a close contact.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 where can they go for help?

If a student tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who tested positive, they should complete the COVID-19 Reporting Tool for Positive Cases and exposures found on the Return of the Pack website. Contract tracing will begin with the information provided as it relates to the campus and students and staff will be notified, which will also include referral to campus resources (Services to Students with Disabilities, Student Health Center, etc). Students may access resources virtually or by phone so that they may follow self-isolation guidelines and not visit the campus.

If a student reports to a faculty member that they have tested positive for COVID-19 what will happen?

If the faculty member was in direct close contact with the student, the faculty should use the CSUSB COVID-19 Reporting Form to report the exposure and direct the student to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form to inform campus offices. Contract tracing will begin with the information provided as it relates to the campus and students and staff will be notified, which will also include referral to campus resources (Services to Students with Disabilities, Student Health Center, etc). Students may access resources virtually or by phone so that they may follow self-isolation guidelines and not visit the campus.

What is the timeline from when a person tests positive and close contacts are notified by the University?

The University begins the contact tracing and notification process as soon as a case or exposure is reported.  In accordance with the Cal-OSHA COVID-19 Requirement the campus has one business day from the time we are aware of a known COVID-19 case to notify employees of a possible exposure.  It is critical that members of the campus community report if they test positive in a timely manner.

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.