Report a possible COVID exposure to Sonoma State University
SSU encourages campus members to take measures to protect against illness including:
- Practice social and physical distancing.
- Wear a face covering.
- Follow all shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders to ensure you are doing your part to protect public health and your own health.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer frequently and avoid touching your face as much as possible.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, not your hands.
- Get a flu shot.
- If you take medication or receive medical treatments that result in immunosuppression, contact your health-care provider for advice and guidance regarding any additional measures that might be recommended for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wear a face covering?
Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes within 6 feet of others. You may have the virus and spread it even if you feel well.
To prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. Wearing a mask is now required statewide. It can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of virus into the air. Cloth masks or face coverings can reduce your exposure to infectious droplets through filtration. It also reinforces physical distancing, and shows you care about the health of others.
Sonoma State University requires a facial covering to be worn at all times when on campus, including outdoors, with the expection of vehicles in which no other individuals are present or private offices when the door is closed. Employees who are on campus and do not have a face covering and are in need, please visit the Seawolf Service Center.
What is the difference between 'quarantine' and 'isolation'?
Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to stop or limit the spread of disease.
Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable or infectious disease from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases. For example, hospitals use isolation for patients with the coronavirus (COVID-19). View the County of Sonoma’s video on Isolation.
Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to the coronavirus to see if they become infected. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.View the County of Sonoma’s video on Quarantine.
What should I do if I need to self-quarantine?
Follow these steps to monitor your health, and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Self-isolate in a room by yourself with your own bathroom for 14 days. If you do not have access to a private bathroom, sanitize all surfaces after using the restroom and do not share hand towels with others in the home. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are self-quarantining..
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep a 6 foot distance from others.
What to do if you get sick:
- If you get sick with fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit/38°C or higher), cough or have trouble breathing,
- seek medical care.
- Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel, exposure to COVID-infected persons and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
I am stressed and do not know what to do.
As with any disaster, COVID-19 can lead to additional stress and worry to members of our community. This is a critically important time for all of us to reinforce a community and to support one another. Should you feel you need assistance, we encourage you to seek out support and information from the many organizations that are here for you.
Students may access Counseling and Psychological Services remotely by scheduling an appointment with a counselor. An on-call counselor is available by phone 24/7call (707) 664-2153 and follow the instructions to talk to a counselor immediately.
Faculty and staff can rely on the Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential support for a variety of concerns including emotional, relationship, health, legal and workplace issues. Information, resources and tools are available by calling (707) 664-2793 or visiting the EAP website.
Faculty and staff who feel they need to take leave or seek an accommodation can contact the appropriate person: Renee Senander in Human Resources or Sally Russo in Faculty Affairs, as per SSU's usual procedures.
Sonoma County has established a warm line that is available to any county resident experiencing the emotional side effects of the pandemic and/or the shelter in place order, or knows somebody who is. This free and private warm line is available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. by calling 707-565-2652. Service in Spanish is also available as well as telephone interpretation for other languages.