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Cal Poly seeing confirmed COVID-19 cases among students as start of fall quarter nears

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Sep 09, 2020

Five cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among Cal Poly students this week as move-in continues ahead of the start of the new school year.

By late Wednesday morning, Cal Poly reported 1,08 COVID-19 tests had been conducted by Campus Health and Wellbeing since July 8.

During that time, three tests have come back positive for students living on-campus with two of the cases being reported in the past 24 hours.

For students living in off-campus housing, 66 positive cases have been reported since July 8 with three of them being in the last 24 hours, according to new information released Wednesday by the university.

The results come after Cal Poly recently revised its COVID-19 testing requirements for all students.

All students who live and participate in on-campus activities are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arriving on campus.

This applies to:

  • Students living on campus at any point during the academic year.
  • Students living off-campus who plan to be on campus for any reason, such as a lab or to receive services. A negative test result must be presented before participating in any on-campus activity.

Cal Poly officials say students who are not able to obtain a test in the required time frame will still be able to move in as scheduled and the university will coordinate testing with the campus health department.

The university is also encouraging students who live off-campus but who are not planning to visit the campus for any reason to get tested before returning to San Luis Obispo from out of the area.

Parents who are helping students move into the dorms are not required to take a test.

More than 175 apartment spaces have been reserved for isolation and quarantine for students on campus who test positive.

The first day of Fall Quarter classes is Monday, September 14.

More information on the university's COVID-19 testing guidelines are available on the Cal Poly website.