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February 24, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates: "You don't have to go at it alone!"

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

A couple of weeks ago, we reminded you that if you're unsure what to do about suspicious symptoms or a possible COVID-19 exposure, your first thought should be:

When in doubt, give us a shout!

Well, many of you have done just that, and we thank you for being proactive in keeping yourselves and other members of the CSU family safe. But, completing the online self-report form isn't the end of the process - it's just the beginning. The next step includes:

Check your email. Answer your phone.

You don't have to go at it alone!

Usually, no later than the next business day after submitting a self-report, you'll hear from a member of the COVID-19 Response Team either by phone or email - or both. This follow-up is important, as the information we gather from you will clarify the online information you provided. In many cases, that follow-up moves many self-reporters off our active case management rosters after we learn more about your circumstances.

As of Monday, Feb. 22, our case management efforts included 13 active positive cases of COVID-19 among students and employees. Another 32 individuals were among those in case management for active exposures or symptoms.

So, if you self-report symptoms, exposures or positive tests, please remember that answering the call or responding to an email from our COVID-19 Response Team is an important step in our efforts to keep everyone on campus healthy and safe.

Summer Camps and Programs

The COVID-19 Response Team is currently collaborating with those who plan summer camps and activities on our campus so that we offer these programs in the safest manner possible - and within the confines of public health guidelines. Those efforts are under the umbrella of Continuing and Professional Education. While they may "look different" than some of our traditional summer programs, they will build on the successes we've experienced through spring events hosted by Student Life & Development and Athletics. Please look for future updates regarding these efforts, and contact Sam Gurski with Continuing and Professional Education if you have questions or need guidance.


We continue to be thankful to each and every member of the CSU family for abiding by our public health guidelines - wearing your face coverings, remaining physically distant and washing your hands often. We appreciate all you're doing to keep yourselves and Cougars everywhere safe and healthy.

Shana Young and Julio Llanos, Co-Chairs
COVID-19 Response Team

Virtual Advisor