UC San Diego Emergency Notification

March 23, 2020


SUBJECT:    Triton Alert: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at UC San Diego

On March 23, 2020, we learned that a member of our UC San Diego community has tested positive for COVID-19. The student resident has self-isolated and remains isolated while receiving care. The university is in contact with the student and is offering support during recovery. We are working closely with San Diego County Public Health officials and are following their guidance on notification to individuals with recent close contact. Please know that if there is a need for anyone to be isolated or tested they will be contacted.

We understand that this news may cause anxiety and create concern among members of our community. Please remember to contact your health care provider if you feel ill and develop symptoms of COVID-19. If you are considering going to Student Health Services, your primary care provider, urgent care center or emergency department, call ahead and let them know you are coming.

It is critically important that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Please follow the Governor’s Stay at Home order
  • Should you need to leave your home for essential needs, practice social distancing – maintain a distance from others of at least 6 feet
  • Practice regular and consistent hand hygiene especially before eating or touching your face. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs - with clothing, or use a tissue and dispose of the tissue
During this stressful time, mental health is as important and physical health. Students may seek services at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): and (858) 534-3755. Faculty and Staff on the main campus should contact Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP): and (858) 534-5523. UC San Diego Health Sciences benefits-eligible faculty and staff – visit Liveandworkwell operated by Optum/United Behavioral Health: and (866) 808-6205 (use company code UCSDMC).

As you have likely observed world and nationwide, as COVID-19 testing becomes more widely available, we expect that positive test results will increase and we anticipate other members of our community will be impacted. We will continue notify the UC San Diego community of significant developments on the COVID-19 webpage at

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.