Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
How is COVID-19 spread?
According to the CDC, as of February 28, there are 62 identified cases of COVID-19 in the United States out of the more than 80,000 worldwide. This includes confirmed cases and cases among people expatriated to the U.S. There have been no deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How do I protect myself and others from COVID-19?
- Treat Yourself Well
- Maintain good sleep habits.
- Manage stress.
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- Make It Hard for Viruses to Spread
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Check with your heath-care provider whether obtaining the influenza vaccine is advisable for you.
- Think of Others
- If you feel ill, call or email a health provider for advice.
- Stay home or reduce contact with others until your symptoms subside.
As with all communicable diseases, employees should stay home when sick and practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. See also the CDC guidelines on their website.
As stated on the CDC website, to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described on the website to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available here.
What do I do if I believe I have been exposed to COVID-19 (but have no symptoms and feel well)?
The CDC strongly recommends that you self-quarantine. Students should contact your faculty instructors to discuss how you can continue to make progress on your coursework. Staff and faculty who may self-quarantine and can fulfill their responsibilities without physically reporting to campus should contact their supervisors to make arrangements to work remotely. For those who may need to self-quarantine but cannot work remotely—sick, vacation and/or personal holidays as well as leave programs may be applied.
What do I do if I believe members of my household or myself have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
Stay home if you have any concerns or symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Do not come to work until you are free of fever (100.4°F), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours. Notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick. As with other communicable diseases such as the flu, supervisors should send home employees who become sick during the day to prevent others from becoming ill. Call your healthcare professional for guidance on whether to be tested and what to do.
Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?
The first COVID-19 case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The first confirmed instance of person-to-person infection of this virus in the U.S. was reported on January 30, 2020. See the current U.S. case count of COVID-19.
Monitoring and Managing
Who is in charge of monitoring the ongoing outbreak and managing SJSU’s response?
SJSU is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and managing the university’s response via the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which includes campus leaders from the Academic Affairs, University Police Department, Student Affairs, Facilities Development and Operations, and other groups. The EOC consults regularly with the President and her staff who will make large-scale policy decisions.
Classes, Work, and Campus Closure
Is there a plan to conduct some classes by teleconference such as Zoom?
With no reported cases on campus, we will continue to operate the campus and its classes as normal. If a case is reported, and there is concern that coming to campus can put our community at risk, we will ask that faculty provide alternative access to course content – this could take place through Zoom (we have a campus-wide site license) or alternative assignments.
Under what circumstances will classes be cancelled or the campus closed? How will I be notified?
The EOC will continue to monitor and assess the situation. They will also manage any operations necessary to respond to or address an outbreak. One case, with no identifiable route of contagion (exposure) may be enough to trigger closure, while one case with a clear epidemiology and low exposure on campus may not trigger a closure.
Ultimately, the President, in consultation with her Cabinet, will determine whether to cancel classes or close campus. This information will be distributed by the following communication channels: Email, Twitter, Facebook, and the SJSU Newsroom.
Potential Outbreak on Campus
What will happen if an SJSU student, faculty, or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
What will happen if students, faculty, or staff living in the residence halls are diagnosed with COVID-19?
The EOC and University Housing Services will initially coordinate with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on the most appropriate response that protects the safety of individual students and the larger campus community. University Housing is currently preparing for multiple response scenarios and will communicate with students, families, and the university community in the event of an emergency situation.
Whom should I contact with questions?
- Students should contact their faculty instructors for questions about specific classes.
- Employees should contact their healthcare providers. Students may contact the SJSU Student Health Center at (408) 924-6122 with questions about symptoms.
- Faculty should contact their department chairs with questions about their classes.
- Staff should contact their supervisors with questions about working remotely in the case of self quarantine.
- Faculty and staff should contact University Personnel (408) 924-2250 with questions about sick time and leave programs.