To keep our Santa Clara community appropriately informed about the total number of students, faculty, and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, we are providing a regularly updated tally of confirmed cases.
Last Updated: April 24, 2020 at 11:20 a.m.
We will not be providing further details about individual cases which do not pose a health threat to campus community members, because the infected person has not been on campus for 14 or more days.
Information about community members who have been on campus or have had close contact with other community members within the last 14 days will be provided as available.
This information is based on confirmed cases reported to Santa Clara University and verified by a public health agency. It does not include information about community members who are preventatively self-isolated due to suspected exposure to another infected person.
- March 20: A student, who lives off campus, tested positive. The student was last on campus on March 6. The university personally reached out to all individuals who we know had exposure to this student.
- March 31: An undergraduate student tested positive, reporting experiencing symptoms on March 16. The student was tested on March 17, with results coming back positive 10 days later. This student began a period of self-isolation on March 16 and remained in self-isolation through the requisite time period ending March 31. The student recovered at home off campus.
- April 15: A staff member tested positive and was briefly on campus on March 28. The staff member's colleagues working remotely were notified and the building has gone through deep disinfecting protocols. The staff member is at home recuperating.
- April 17: An undergraduate student who was tested in late March received news that they tested positive. The student is still recovering.
- April 17: An undergraduate student who was tested in late March received news that they tested positive. The student has fully recovered.
- April 20: A faculty member tested positive and intermittently used a studio on campus. Colleagues who had used the same facility have been notified and alerted on health guidance to follow. The building has gone through deep disinfecting protocols. The faculty member is at home recovering.
Santa Clara University strives at all times to respect the privacy and medical confidentiality of our community members who have tested positive for COVID-19. While it is understandable to be concerned and seek details about possible exposure from peers or colleagues who are infected, it is important to remember:
- Except for a small number of resident students and essential personnel, our campus has been dispersed since early March 2020, greatly reducing the risk of transmission.
- Confirmed cases do not always indicate active infections. Many individuals who have tested positive have already recovered or are in the process of recovering.
- The public health department in a person’s county of residence determines who, if anyone, must be contacted regarding potential exposure to COVID-19, based on current guidelines. For Santa Clara County, guidelines can be found on the Santa Clara County Public Health website.
- The most important factors in preventing the spread of COVID-19 continue to be social distancing; strictly following good health practices such as frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer; wearing masks when engaging in essential activities outside the home; and following all guidance from U.S. and local health authorities.
- Those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19—such as a fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing or trouble breathing—should contact their local provider, or, if residing on campus, contact the Cowell Health Center.