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Mandatory Free COVID-19 Testing for Students on Campus

Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, weekly COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for all students who:

  • live in campus housing
  • come to the San Marcos or Temecula campuses for instruction
  • come to either campus for any other purpose (e.g., to participate in research, work, use the computer lab, etc.)
Testing is FREE and available at several on-campus locations.
Protect Yourself

The following are best practices suggested by the CDC in regards to COVID-19.

Know how it spreads

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person. Infections occur mainly through exposure to respiratory droplets when a person is in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission. There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation.
  • COVID-19 spreads less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces.

Everyone Should

🧼 Clean your hands often.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
🤝 Avoid close contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible. This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated by bringing in outdoor air as much as possible. In general, being outdoors and in spaces with good ventilation reduces the risk of exposure to infectious respiratory droplets.
😷 Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • This helps reduce the risk of spread both by close contact and by airborne transmission.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. A face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
🧽 Clean and disinfect
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and take other steps to stop the spread at home.
Stress and Coping
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
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