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CSULB students attend event where 3 individuals tested positive for coronavirus

Long Beach State officials reported cases of the novel-coronavirus potentially impacting the campus Saturday.

Kimberly Fodran, co-director of Student Health Services, said that 10 students and two community members attended an event earlier in the week in Washington, D.C. where three of those on the trip, who Fodran said were not associated with the campus, have tested positive for coronavirus.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in coordination with public-health officials, our Beach community members who were in attendance are now in self-quarantine,” she said. “Because one of our attendees at the event in Washington lives in student housing, that facility is also being specially cleaned as a preventative measure.  As noted in an email to campus yesterday, our campus has initiated additional cleaning protocols across campus.”

“We will continue to be in close and ongoing communication with the affected students and assess if they develop any symptoms.”

According to CSULB strategic communications, it believes there still are no confirmed cases in Long Beach. 

This story is developing and will be updated when more information becomes available. 

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What to know about COVID-19

Common symptoms:

● Cough                   ● Fever

● Tiredness            ● Shortness of breath

● Chills                      ● Shaking

● Loss of taste      ● Loss of smell

● Muscle pain        ● Headache

● Sore throat

Symptoms can begin to present one to 14 days after initial exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How is it transmitted?

● Close contact with someone, such as shaking hands or hugging.

● Contact with droplets from a sneeze or cough.

● Touching of eyes, mouth or nose with dirty hands.

Are you at risk?

● Have you traveled to an affected area within the past two weeks?

● Have you had close contact with someone who is infected?

If yes to either, and you begin to present symptoms, call your doctor and ask to be tested. 

Prevention:

There is currently no treatment for COVID-19, but the CDC recommends measures to contain the spread of the virus.

● Self-isolate; avoid contact with others including pets; only leave your house for food or medical attention.

● Wear a face mask.

● Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds; sanitizer must contain over 60% alcohol to be effective.

● Clean “high-touch” areas every day.  

● Maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals; abide by “social distancing” recommendations. 

● Avoid gatherings with more than nine people. 

 Alert health officials if you think you have COVID-19; monitor your symptoms.


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