Two HSU Students Test Positive

August 30, 2020 - 4:13pm

Two HSU students who live off-campus tested positive for COVID-19. The students chose to be tested at the Student Health Center and are self-isolating off-campus. 

Overall, eight students have tested positive. Six are campus residents, two of whom have been released from isolation by Humboldt County Public Health. A University employee who was affected by COVID-19 has also been released from isolation by County Public Health. 

Affected student residents have been moved to rooms on campus that are set aside for isolation. The University is providing ongoing support including health and wellness checks with the students, as well as delivery of meals and other necessities. 

Humboldt State has conducted tests on all student residents, and second round testing is well underway. HSU has tested 782 student residents and is still awaiting results for 50 of those tests from County Public Health. The positivity rate of those results is .82 percent, compared to a county rate of 1.68 percent and the state 14-day rate of 5.6 percent.

The number of cases affecting HSU students and known cases affecting HSU employees is updated at campusready.humboldt.edu

Based on its policies and protocols, the University is protecting the privacy rights of the students while also working to share information necessary to protect the health of the campus and the broader community. HSU continues to work closely with County Public Health, which will determine whether there are members of the campus community who need to be advised of their risk of exposure to affected people. 

Comprehensive testing is continuing for all students living on campus this year. Campus residents will be tested multiple times during the course of a 14-day quarantine period. This enhanced level of testing is intended to identify those who may be asymptomatic and isolate them quickly, and was implemented late last week with the help of additional resources that the state provided from the state and county. 

In addition to the required testing for students living on campus, all other HSU students may opt to be tested at the Student Health Center and all students showing symptoms will be tested. Student-athletes are also being tested periodically per state requirements.

Residence Life and the University continue to provide a host of services to students preparing for the fall semester.Services include technological support, counseling and advising, mental and physical health services, basic needs support and, more. 

This advisory provides all the information the University will share about the cases. 

Guidelines and Support

The campus community is encouraged to stay safe and healthy, and to help protect the health of the community, by adhering to the Social Responsibility Commitment. This includes wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and staying at home if you are sick or have a fever.

The ongoing challenges of the pandemic can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Any students who would like to talk with a counselor can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 707.826.3236. Staff or faculty needing additional support may call the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the California Department of Public Health website.

For more information about HSU’s plans for the fall semester, visit the HSU Campus Ready website.

 

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