Two Cal State Long Beach students test positive for COVID-19

Two Cal State long Beach students have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in self-isolation off campus, officials said Tuesday.

President Jane Close Conoley in a email to students and faculty said health officials are notifying those who may have come into contact with the students.

In one case, the student has not been on campus for two weeks, while in the second case, health officials said there was no “opportunity for on-campus exposure,” she said.

“While it was to be expected that The Beach family eventually would be affected by this pandemic, we were saddened to hear this news,” Conoley said. “It is a sober signal that the impact of this illness will be felt widely. It is critically important that everyone adheres to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible.”

Yesterday, Long Beach said there are 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city. It wasn’t immediately clear if the two students were included in that number.

If you think that you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should:

  • Call—not visit—your healthcare provider and follow their directions. For students on or near campus, this is likely Student Health Services. If you are a member of the faculty or staff, also notify your Appropriate Administrator or Administrative Services Manager. Anyone in Long Beach without a healthcare provider can call the city’s hotline at 562-570-4636.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days and monitor your health.
  • Take preventative steps within your home to avoid spreading illness to family members or roommates in case you are now carrying the virus. These steps include thorough hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, not sharing household items and distancing yourself from others.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].