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Updated Information Regarding COVID-19 Protocols

Welcome back, Cougars. We hope that the spring semester is off to a wonderful start. We wanted to provide updated information regarding the campus’s COVID-19 protocols and a few reminders to help you keep safe and healthy.

COVID-19 Campus Protocols

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its COVID-19 isolation guidance. New guidance for those testing positive:

  • 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.​
    • ​​​​​​​​​If you do not have symptoms, you should follow the recommendations below to reduce exposure to others.
  • Mask when you are around other people indoors for the 10 days after you become sick or test positive (if no symptoms). You may remove your mask sooner than 10 days if you have two sequential negative tests at least one day apart. Day 0 is the symptom onset date or positive test date.
  • Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 for 10 days.

These CDPH changes impact Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Standards.

CSUSM strongly encourages those who test positive for COVID-19 to submit a COVID-19 self-reporting form.  Close contacts (exposed individuals) should follow the suggested protocols.

The university provides notifications of close contacts and possible exposures to keep our campus community informed and to comply with applicable state regulations. Learn how CSUSM is keeping our campus community safe. Keep up to date with our CSUSM on-campus worksite exposure dashboard.

General Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are not required. However, the campus strongly advises following the recommendations adopted by the CDPH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Masking is not required on campus, except as required by the isolation and return protocol.

Rapid antigen (at-home) tests are free and available to U.S households from COVID.gov. CSUSM has new wellness vending machines with tests available for purchase.

Additional COVID-19 information is available at the CSUSM COVID-19 Resources & Guidelines website.

Please continue to reduce your risk of illness and review general safety protocols to help you and others stay safe and healthy.

Have a successful and safe semester, Cougars!