Health Watch

Coronavirus Information

Cal State LA urges students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 to contact the Student Health Center at (323) 343-3302. Employees should also notify their supervisor, who should contact Human Resources Management at (323) 343-3694.

To comply with public health orders, students, faculty, staff and members of the public should not come to campus unless they are visiting the COVID-19 testing site with an appointment.

As part of a health order issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Cal State LA has implemented physical distancing protocols to safeguard employees and visitors.

Coronavirus FAQ

 

What is the 2019 novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new respiratory disease first identified in Wuhan City, China. The name of this illness is Coronavirus Disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. Diseases from coronaviruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses, cause serious infections like pneumonia. COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

Cal State LA is home to a free Los Angeles County COVID-19 testing center. The center is located in the Luckman Gallery on the Street of the Arts.

To schedule an appointment to be tested at Cal State LA, please visit the COVID-19 testing website. For all testing locations in Los Angeles County, visit the L.A. County COVID-19 testing website.

You may receive the test even if you are not experiencing symptoms. However, individuals with symptoms will receive priority consideration.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

We urge students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 to contact the Student Health Center at (323) 343-3302. Employees should also notify their supervisor, who should contact Human Resources Management at (323) 343-3694.

When Cal State LA learns of individuals in our community who test positive, we can offer direction and support, and assess any potential issues that may need to be addressed. We will target outreach to those individuals who may need to take additional measures to safeguard their own health or the health of others.

The CDC offers guidance on what to do if you are sick with, or if you have been exposed to, COVID-19.

What should I do if I believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are a student or employee and you think you have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 (living in the same household, intimate partner, caregiver, being within six feet of the ill individual for more than 10 minutes), please take the following steps:

  • Stay informed, and use phone and technology to communicate with friends and family to avoid isolation.
  • Call your medical provider and follow their advice. We ask that you also contact the Student Health Center at (323) 343-3302. For other information and hours of operation, please visit the Student Health Center webpage
  • Employees should also notify their supervisor, who should contact Human Resources Management at (323) 343-3694.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure and monitor your health.
  • If you must leave home, please do not use public transportation and do keep your distance from others.
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or trouble breathing. Symptoms may also include chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose. 

The CDC offers guidance on what to do if you are sick with, or if you have been exposed to, COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 has been confirmed in people who have had no symptoms to mild symptoms to severe illness. Coronavirus symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Severe illness

Symptoms may also include chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.

Symptoms are believed to develop 2-14 days after becoming infected with the virus.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you become ill, please:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care if needed.
  • Students may seek medical care from the Student Health Center (SHC). Please call first at (323) 343-3300 before visiting the SHC. The SHC is following the guidelines of Public Health in assessing and caring for patients presenting with symptoms. For other information and hours of operation, please visit the Student Health Center webpage.
  • Employees should contact their healthcare provider.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in trash and wash your hands immediately.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home and avoid sharing personal items.
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Seek urgent medical care for serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing or inability to keep fluids down.

What should I do to protect myself and others against the virus?

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving globally. We encourage you to stay informed through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and the World Health Organization.

As the pandemic continues, continue to practice good public health hygiene:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Maintain physical distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning agent.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue followed by thoroughly washing hands.
  • Get plenty of rest, consume ample water, eat healthy meals, and stay physically active at home or outdoors while keeping at least six feet away from others.

Should I wear a face covering?

The California Department of Public Health issued new guidance June 18 requiring that Californians wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions.

The city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County have also issued orders requiring face coverings. Find additional details on the city order and the county order on face coverings.

Face coverings are an additional tool that individuals should use to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but they do not replace other physical distancing requirements.

These face coverings are not required to be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings.

How is the virus spread?

Health experts are still learning how the coronavirus is spread. Based on other coronaviruses, the virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to spread through close contact (defined as about 6 feet) with an infected person. Similar to the flu, when an infected person coughs or sneezes droplets from their respiratory tract enter the air. These virus-filled droplets can enter the mouths or noses of individuals close by or land on nearby objects.

It's possible the COVID-19 virus may be spread by infected individuals before they have symptoms. It's believed infected individuals are most contagious when their symptoms are the most intense. The incubation period for COVID-19 (the time period between getting infected and when symptoms develop) is believed to be 2-14 days. Community spread (spread that includes infections among people whose infection sources are unknown) appears to be occurring in certain areas of the U.S. 

Do not assume that someone of a particular race or nationality is likely to have COVID-19; this new virus has infected people of many different races and nationalities across the entire world. No one in our community should be excluded from activities because of their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness. 

For additional details, read the CDC's How COVID-19 Spreads.

University Messages

July 15, 2020
Message from the Student Health Center Regarding COVID-19

June 12, 2020
Important Message from the Student Health Center Regarding L.A. County Reopenings

May 21, 2020
Message from the President to the Class of 2020

May 14, 2020
Message from the President Regarding Fall 2020

May 12, 2020
Message from Housing and Residence Life to Housing Applicants

May 7, 2020
Message Regarding COVID-19 Testing Site at Cal State LA
Reminder to Students Regarding Grading Options for Spring 2020
Message from Housing and Residence Life Regarding Summer Housing

May 6, 2020
Message from the President Regarding the Class of 2020

April 30, 2020
Message from the President Regarding CARES Act Funding

April 29, 2020
Message to Employees from the CSU Chancellor

April 27, 2020
Message from the President

April 15, 2020
Message Regarding Student Resources and Updates
Message from Human Resources Management Regarding Social Distancing Protocol

April 14, 2020
Message to Students from Vice President of Student Life Regarding Staying Connected to the Cal State LA Community

April 13, 2020
Message from Student Health Center Director Regarding Update on Face Coverings

April 9, 2020
Message to Students Regarding May and Summer Session Payment Plans

April 7, 2020
Message Regarding Grading Options for Spring Semester

April 3, 2020
Message Regarding Alternative Instruction for May and Summer Sessions

April 2, 2020
Message Regarding Annex Link Lab Closure

April 1, 2020
Message from the President and First Lady

March 30, 2020
Message from Student Health Center Director Regarding Spring Break and COVID-19 Case in University Community

March 27, 2020
Message to Students from Vice President for Student Life Regarding Emergency Grants
Message Regarding Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Cal State LA Community

March 26, 2020
Message from President Regarding Reporting COVID-19 Cases to the University
Message Regarding Off-Campus Internet Access

March 25, 2020
Message Regarding Remaining Secure When Online

March 23, 2020
Message from Provost Regarding First Week of Alternative Instruction

March 20, 2020
Message Regarding Accessing Student Resources Without Coming to Campus
Message from Housing and Residence Life

March 19, 2020
Message Regarding Extending Alternative Instruction Through Spring Semester

March 18, 2020
Message Regarding Bookstore Closure

March 17, 2020
Message Regarding Commencement and Campus Operations

March 16, 2020
Message Regarding Library Closure
Message from Student Health Center with Public Health Guidance

March 15, 2020
Message from President to Employees Regarding Vulnerable Populations

March 13, 2020
Message from President to Staff Regarding COVID-19 Preparations
Message from Vice President for Student Life Regarding Student Resources

March 11, 2020
Message from President Regarding Suspension of Face-to-Face Instruction

March 10, 2020
Message from President Regarding Suspension of Events and Travel

March 9, 2020
Message to Students from Vice President for Student Life Regarding Caring for Mental Health
Message from President to Faculty and Staff Regarding COVID-19 Preparations

March 6, 2020
Message Regarding Enhanced Cleaning Protocols Campuswide

March 4, 2020
Message from President Regarding Coronavirus Preparations
Message from Provost to Faculty Regarding Preparing for Alternative Instruction
Information Regarding COVID-19 Response

February 27, 2020
Update from Student Health Center Director Regarding Coronavirus

January 28, 2020
Message from Student Health Center Director Regarding Coronavirus