Last Updated: December 2, 2020 at 2:13 p.m.
Santa Clara continues to operate with mostly virtual classes, limited campus facilities, and very few on-campus resident students. 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.
Weekly On-Campus Testing
Testing includes students, faculty, and staff members—with some individuals tested multiple times. Visit Testing Protocol for more details.
Past Testing Results
View Past Weeks
|Test Date||Number of Tests*||Number of Positive Tests||Positivity Rate|
|Exit Testing Nov. 16 & 17||1065||33||3.1%|
*Includes students, faculty, and staff. Includes some individuals tested multiple times.
California Tiers for COVID-19 Re-opening
As each county’s case rates (number of new cases per 100,000 residents, using a seven-day average) and positivity rates (percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive) improve, more types of businesses are able to open, and opened businesses are permitted to accommodate greater capacity. Information available at the California Department of Public Health. County rules can be stricter than state. See Santa Clara County’s public health for more information.
- Tier 1 (Purple) Case rate greater than seven cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of 8% or higher.
- Tier 2 (Red) Case rates between four and seven new cases per 100,000 residents; positivity rate between 5% and 8%.
- Tier 3 (Orange) Case rate between one and 3.9 new cases per 100,000 residents; positivity rate between 2% and 4.9%.
- Tier 4 (Yellow) Fewer than one new case per 100,000 residents per day; positivity rate under 2% a day.
SCU Confirmed Cases
Active cases have been on campus or have had close contact with other community members within the last 14 days. Campus community members that have not been on campus for 14 or more days do not pose a health threat.
108Total Confirmed Cases
The total number reflects confirmed positive cases that have been reported to Santa Clara University and a public health agency since March 2020, the outset of the pandemic.
*The active cases list is being updated to reflect on-campus testing results.
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.
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.