COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure

Last updated: December 1, 2022

A close contact, as defined by the California Department of Public Health, is someone who shared the same indoor airspace as a person who has COVID-19 (e.g., in a home, airplane, or clinic waiting room) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period while the case was considered contagious

If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, follow the quarantine and testing guidelines to help keep yourself and others safe. Visit the Home Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines website from Santa Clara County Public Health for more information.

If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19, please visit guidance outlined by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department

We are aligning our campus safety measures with CDC Community Level metrics. As Community Level changes in the county, so will the safety measures.

  • When the county moves from higher to lower Community Level, SJSU will communicate plans to change safety strategies after three full weeks of stability at the lower community level.
  • When the county moves from lower to higher Community Level, SJSU will communicate plans to change safety strategies after giving one week’s notice.

Additionally, SJSU will continue to adhere to required safety measures from the California Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Isolation Guidelines 

Students living in University residences

To help protect our campus community, isolation and quarantine guidelines for students living in University residences may differ from the general student population.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please visit guidance outlined by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

  • Isolation in University Housing will operate with an isolation-in-place model
  • If you have the ability to isolate elsewhere (i.e. at home), please coordinate with housing and inform them of your decision.
  • Please ensure you follow isolation guidelines immediately. Violations may result in disciplinary action as we strive to ensure our campus community is safe
  • If you are in testing protocols, you will be removed from the weekly testing requirement for 90 days.

General Student Population

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please visit guidance outlined by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.


Exposure Notifications

Students may receive an Exposure Notification, informing them of a potential exposure to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 in their class. If you receive this notification, you may continue to attend in-person courses as scheduled. 

Individuals who have been identified as close contacts will be notified directly by the Case Management team from the SJSU Student Wellness Center. 

Regardless of vaccination status:

  • Should you start to display symptoms, please seek medical attention.
  • Report the case for follow up.  
  • If you have symptoms, do not come to campus or leave your residence hall room. Contact a healthcare provider or the Student Wellness Center and get tested for COVID-19.

Testing information:

If you do not have symptoms and would like to get tested, testing is available, Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30am - 4:30pm by scheduling an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. If you plan to test, bring your student ID and insurance information if applicable.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call the Student Wellness Center at (408) 924-6122 for support.

For more information about campus building notifications or about our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit the SJSU Health Advisories site.