COVID-19 Suspected Case and Campus Operations Update

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 12:16pm

TO: Campus Community
FR: Missy Brunetta, Director for Emergency Services and Associate Risk Manager
RE: COVID-19 Suspected Case and Campus Operations Update

Campus Community,

We write to share with you that Sonoma State University is acting on a suspected case of COVID-19 on campus. In compliance with HIPAA privacy rules, SSU will not release any identifying information involving the private healthcare of one of our campus community members. 

Our primary focus is the health and safety of our campus community, and our mission remains empowering every student for success. The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve in our region, and we must remain collectively vigilant. Individuals who are determined to have had direct contact with the COVID infected person will be contacted by the COVID Monitoring Team by the end of the day today. This case is not a confirmed case of COVID-19 and we will not be further communicating the details of this possible exposure. 

In an abundance of caution, Darwin Hall will be closed today, Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6. The building will be sanitized and cleaned in line with our rigorous response protocols. Darwin Hall will reopen Wednesday, October 7 at 8 a.m.

If you have a critical or vital need to access Darwin Hall on Monday, October 5, or Tuesday, October 6, please contact the COVID Monitoring Team.  All employees scheduled to work in Darwin Hall during this period may telecommute while the building is closed. Employees who are unable to telecommute may be eligible for leave or alternate worksite accommodations may be provided. Please contact Renee Senander and your supervisor for more information.

SSU continues to:

  • Stay in close touch with the affected individual to ensure that they are getting the care they need. We wish them well and will provide assistance in any way we can.
  • Remain consistent with the local public health department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols for infectious disease response.

Important Reminders and Resources

  • Wear a facial covering
  • Practice physical distancing at all times
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitizers provided
  • Stay home if sick or if anyone in your household is suspected of being COVID-19 positive
  • Complete the daily wellness screening online
  • Find up to date information on SSU’s response on the SSU COVID-19 webpages 

Please take care of yourself, your family and fellow community members by following the recommendations of the federal, state and local health officials as we manage through this challenge together. 

If you have any questions about any information included in this email, please contact

Stay safe and well.