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Critical Health and Safety Information for Students

As many students have either recently returned to the SCU campus area or have plans to travel back soon, we highlight the current situation in Santa Clara County and provide resources for those students who are currently quarantining or isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test or contact with someone who tested positive. This can be a scary and lonely situation for many, and we want to make sure our students know they are not alone.

Please continue to:

  • Wear a mask any time you are outside of your household - inside, outside, with people who have tested negative, and with your friends. The virus is everywhere, and masks really can make a difference.
  • Come and get tested on campus once a week. Testing is a key piece of our response to the pandemic! No one will get in trouble for testing positive, and the more we can normalize the practice of testing, the better.
  • Talk to your friends about staying safe. This is not just about students - the virus does not care about our SCU bubble, so transmission among students will affect neighbors, community members, and people who can't work from home.

State Stay at Home Order

Santa Clara is currently under a state-mandated regional (Bay Area region) stay at home order that greatly restricts travel, leisure activities, and other activities within and outside the county. Please read the order so that you are aware of what you can and cannot do if you are in or plan to travel to Santa Clara County and/or the greater Bay Area region.  

Travel Restrictions & Mandatory Quarantine

Santa Clara County advises, "in particular, non-essential strongly discouraged and should be postponed until after the current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations subsides." People traveling into Santa Clara County from 150 or more miles away (by plane, car, train, bus, or other mode of transportation) are required by the county and state to quarantine for at least 10 days. Quarantining involves "staying at home or another place of temporary shelter without contact with any persons other than members of one’s own immediate traveling party or one’s household." 

Testing at SCU

If you are living on or near campus, or plan to return soon to live on or near campus, SCU is advising you to be tested weekly. Here is information on how to get tested at SCU.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you are in Santa Clara County, you should also follow the county’s Home Isolation Steps.

  • Stay home and isolate for at least 10 days. Monitor your symptoms and call Cowell if you have concerns.
  • Talk with SCU contact tracers to help alert others who may have been exposed and minimize outbreaks.
  • Inform professors/supervisors and housemates. The SCU contact tracing team and OSL can help.
  • Talk to your housemates and ask for support.
  • Keep your distance from your housemates if they have not tested positive. If you have to be in a shared space (e.g. kitchen, bathroom) - wear a mask and wipe down anything you touch. Do not share towels or other household items.
  • Get food delivered and brought to your room.

If you are elsewhere in the United States, you should isolate according to your county’s current COVID-19 guidelines. If you are outside the United States, please check with your local or national health authority for guidelines.

Any SCU students or others who received a positive test that was not conducted on campus should report their results by calling 408-554-5100.


What should I do if someone with whom I’m in close contact tests positive?

If you are in Santa Clara County, you should follow the county’s Home Quarantine Steps.

If you are elsewhere in the United States, you should quarantine according to your county’s current COVID-19 guidelines. If you are outside the United States, please check with your local or national health authority for guidelines.

Resources for Grocery, Food, Medicine & Supply Delivery

In the San Jose metro area and many other places in the US and abroad, you can get groceries, over-the-counter medicine and household goods delivered in a contactless manner for a fee+tip through the following services:

You can also contactless delivery  from restaurants  for a fee+tip from the following apps:

Some local restaurants also offer contactless delivery by calling them directly or using their website.  

Resources for Food Insecurity

If you cannot afford to buy food or other essentials, please contact the SCU Food Insecurity Program for assistance.  If you are close to SCU, they can connect you with access to the Bronco Pantry, and if you are further away or currently isolating/quarantining, they may be able to provide you with gift cards to purchase essentials.

Resources for Medical & Mental Health Care

If you need medical or mental health care, you can contact the Cowell Center, which is providing most of its medical and mental health care through telemedicine appointments.  

If you have a trusted provider at home, many are currently offering telemedicine appointments. Your insurance provider may also offer access to telemedicine services.

Academic and Other Support

If you are unable to participate in your classes due to being ill or another hardship, or need other support from the university please contact the Office of Student Life at or fill out the Student of Concern form (about yourself).  If you are not comfortable referring yourself, please contact me and I am happy to fill out the form on your behalf.  An OSL staff member will contact you and help connect you with resources.

Santa Clara County COVID-19 Support Team

Receive key COVID-19 support services from Santa Clara County during your period of isolation or quarantine, including medical check-ins, transportation, mental health support, and more. For more information, call 408-808-7770. 

In addition to the aforementioned resources, students can always reach out via email to We are here for you!