Monday, August 24, 2020

HSU: No New COVID-19 Cases Today

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 5:27 PM

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Humboldt State University reports no new positive COVID-19 results today for students who have moved into the residence halls on campus.

To date, five students have tested positive. All have been moved into rooms set aside for isolation, according to the university.

“Comprehensive testing is continuing for all students living on campus this year,” a news release states. “Campus residents will be tested multiple times during the course of a 14-day quarantine period.”

Those who are living off-campus can opt to be tested at the Student Health Center and student athletes are “tested periodically per state requirements.”

About 600 tests have been administered, so far, placing the campus at a positive rate of 0.83 compared to the county rate of 1.68 percent and the state rate of 5.6 percent, the release states.

Read the full HSU release below:

No Humboldt State students tested positive today as testing of all on-campus residents continues.

A total of five student residents have tested positive. They had not shown symptoms or felt ill prior to moving into the residence halls. Humboldt State has administered approximately 600 tests, and County Public Health officials have shared with HSU that approximately 600 test results have been completed. The positive rate of those results is approximately 0.83 percent, compared to a county rate of 1.68 percent and the state rate of 5.6 percent.

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

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 is working closely with Humboldt County Public Health, which will determine whether there are members of the campus community who need to be advised of their contact with 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 with the help of additional resources that 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.

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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