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Confirmed Cases

 Last Updated: September 25, 2020 at 9:27 a.m.

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.

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Total Confirmed Cases

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.


Contact Tracing and Disinfecting Protocol  

Following state and Santa Clara County public health directives, SCU’s contact tracing program aims to identify early cases, notify appropriate parties, and quarantine close contacts. 

SCU Facilities implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols (using EPA approved products for COVID-19) when the pandemic began and will continue to do so for its duration. Buildings in which a confirmed case has been identified are deep cleaned and disinfected.

Active Confirmed Cases

At this time, we are aware of two active confirmed cases of COVID-19 at SCU. Active cases have been on campus or have had close contact with other community members within the last 14 days.

  • September 23: A student tested positive on September 21 and was on campus for 15 minutes from Saturday, September 19 to Monday, September 21.
  • September 23: A student tested positive on September 21 and was on campus for 15 minutes from Saturday, September 19 to Monday, September 21.

Past Confirmed Cases

Past confirmed cases do not pose a health threat to campus community members because the infected person has not been on campus for 14 or more days.

  • September 23: A student tested positive on August 27. The student was last on campus on March 4.
  • September 23: A student tested positive on September 9. The student was last on campus on September 23.
  • September 23: A student tested positive on September 21. The student was last on campus on March 6.
  • September 15: A student tested positive on September 15. The student was last on campus on February 22.
  • September 13: A staff member tested positive on September 11 and was on campus for 24 hours from Wednesday, September 9 to Thursday, September 10.
  • September 4: A student tested positive on September 3. The student was last on campus on March 16.
  • September 4: A student tested positive on September 2. The student was last on campus on March 16.
  • September 3: A student tested positive on August 28. The student was last on campus on March 6.
  • August 26: A student tested positive on August 22 . The student was last on campus on March 6.
  • August 24: A contractor tested positive on August 21 and was on campus for 8 hours on August 20
  • July 30: A staff member tested positive on July 22 and was on campus on July 21.
  • July 28: A contractor tested positive and was on campus on July 22 for four hours.
  • July 10: A staff member tested positive and was briefly on campus on July 6. 
  • April 20: A faculty member tested positive and intermittently used a studio on campus. 
  • April 17: An undergraduate student tested positive in late March. 
  • April 17: An undergraduate student tested positive in late March. 
  • April 15: A staff member tested positive and was briefly on campus on March 28.
  • March 31: An undergraduate student tested positive on March 17, with results coming back positive 10 days later. 
  • March 20: A student, who lives off-campus, tested positive. The student was last on campus on March 6. 

 

Privacy Reminder

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.